With the most exquisite collection of flora and fauna, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is claimed to abode the world's first children garden and is absolutely worth a visit. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the country's first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. First of its kind in the whole of Asia and third in the world, these gardens are over a hundred and fifty years old star visitor attraction.
Part of the 9-km long trail of Southern Ridges of Singapore, it is blessed with nature trails, heritage ruins and a seaside promenade. It is built on the edge of secondary forest and contains the only rocky sea-cliff on the main island of Singapore. Visitors can traverse through the seaside promenade on foot, or use a bicycle towards Keppel Harbour, explore the mangrove forests along Berlayer Creek, see the relics from the Second World War, or have a picnic with barbequed meals.
Chestnut Nature Park, opened in February 2017, is Singapore’s largest nature park, covering a total of 81 hectares. It is located on the eastern end of Chestnut Avenue, beside the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The Park consists of two parts, in the north and the south, with the Northern part being four times larger than the Southern part. The Chestnut Nature Park was especially made for biking and hiking enthusiasts and is the only nature park in Singapore with separate trials being made for both.
Home to around 40% of the native flora and fauna of Singapore, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the two ASEAN Heritage Parks in Singapore, part of the regional network that forms the range of the representative ecosystems of ASEAN. This 400-acre natural wonderland, considered one of the largest remaining rainforests of the country, is found on Bukit Timah Hill, the tallest hill of Singapore.
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a wildlife and biodiversity park, located smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Singapore. It is Singapore's first ASEAN Heritage Park and offers visitors the experience of enjoying the wonders of nature through various tours, walks and guides. The Wetland Reserve is spread over 130 hectares of land, every inch of which is covered with rich flora and fauna.
Fort Canning Fort is a historic site built in year 1859, which served as a significance part of SingaporeÍs defence. Spread across an area of 18 hectares amid the forested land of islandÍs business district, the fort had an extensive and diverse life. The landmark raised hill of the fort once served as a strategic point for the 14th century fortress.
The Dairy Farm Nature Park is a spread across a thriving 63-hectare land and is famous for many things such as its nature trails, hiking, and the quarry. Although this park does not have cows anymore as it is no longer a dairy farm, it still stands out from most parks in Singapore due to it being the place where the Wallace Education Centre resides.
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