21 Gardens in Singapore To Give You A Well Deserved Nature Experience!
Singapore is renowned for its beauty and green initiatives. It is increasingly gaining an appreciation for its environmental programmes. Singapore is one of the most densely populated regions, but still, the city has earned the nickname City in a Garden owing to the areas of green space in the city thanks to the beautiful gardens in Singapore. So hop out of your hotel and discover the charm all around you!
Gardens by the Bay is the most famous garden in Singapore and is on the bucket list of every tourist. Spread across 101 hectares, it encompasses three waterfront gardens- Bay Central, Bay South and Bay East. The park has SuperTree Groves- eighteen metal structures, all of which are covered in vegetation and other plants. Two of the tallest SuperTree Groves are connected with a bridge to get a view of the entire park. The park has many attractions like the Flower Dome, Marina Barrage, Cloud Forest Conservatories and Heritage Gardens. So walk into the most beautiful garden in Singapore!
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 5:00 AM to 2:00 AM Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Singapore Botanic Garden is the oldest garden in Singapore and is situated in the middle of the busy city-state. The park is rich with flora and is a habitat for many monitor lizards and jungle animals. The Botanic Garden is one of the premier orchid research and breeding centres in the world. This garden contains Jacob Ballas Children's Garden which is a specialised garden for kids and the Symphony Lake, as the name suggests is an excellent spot for family gatherings, picnics and even open air concerts!
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM Location: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore
MacRitchie Reservoir is a park in Singapore that is ideal for nature-lovers. It is a bit away from the city so the visitors can spot wildlife like monkeys, flying lemurs and monitor lizards that inhabit the park. This reservoir offers hiking trails like the Treetop Walk which is a 250m tall bridge. There is a beautiful boardwalk and renting arrangements for kayaks and canoes. While planning your visit to MacRitchie, you should make sure that snacks and sufficient water are kept because there is just one rich shop at the entrance, and also insect repellent and sunscreen.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Location: MacRitchie Reservoir Park Reservoir Road, Singapore
East Coast Park is Singapore's most extensive park which covers almost two square kilometres of waterfront land. This park also has dedicated cycling and skating lane to explore this beauty. East Coast Park is filled with people on the weekends with their entire family on wheels discovering the whole park. They mostly ride bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and even quadricycle which is a fun way to enjoy in the space. East Coast Park offers barbecue park rentals which can be booked in advance from National Parks. Enjoy here with the refreshing breeze and stroll in the sunset!
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the largest swaddles of Primary forest left in Singapore. This reserve may seem like a trek but it has two square kilometres of land and forty per cent of Singapore's species of flora and fauna. It has many hiking trails and even has rock climbing and mountain biking. Bukit Timah also hosts much discovery walks for people who are keen to know more about wildlife that inhabits the park.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Location: Hindhede Drive, Singapore
6. Bishan Park
Bishan Park is a lovely park located in the middle of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio neighbourhoods. The tourists rarely visit this park but have a great scenic view. The park provides satisfying facilities to be enjoyed by the community like a promenade along a meandering river, several restaurants, spa and even a cycling track. Bishan park has a play structure and a football field too!
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Avenue1, Singapore
Fort Canning Park, as compared to other considerable parks in Singapore, is a tiny park-like-hill in the middle of this busy city. This park has a lot of historical significance because of its elevation and location. The founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, built his first home on this island and during World World 2, the fort was headquarters of the British Army. The park is a famous location for concerts and festivals.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Location: River Valley Road, Singapore
Located on the highest hill of the Singapore Botanical Gardens, the Orchid Garden is a major tourist garden in Singapore for everyone, whether they are interested in orchids or not. The Garden currently houses over 60,000 orchid plants, out of which 1000 are pure species and 2000 are hybrids; and all of which are carefully curated by the vast team of the Garden's horticulturists. Four colour zones representing the four seasons are the major theme around which the Garden has been designed. The zone representing Spring has orchids in shades of gold, yellow and cream; the orchids in the zone representing Summer are deep reds and pinks, the Autumn zone is represented with a mix of muted colour orchids, while the Winter zone has white and cool blue orchids.
Cost: INR 250 Timings: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore
The Chinese Garden along with its neighbour- the Japanese Garden, has always been especially famous in Singapore due to its beautiful Asian architecture and hoard of attractions. At the entrance of the Chinese Garden in Singapore stand two majestic lions made of stone and guarding the gates which lead to a 13-arch white bridge that resembles and replicates the 17-arch bridge in Beijing. The white bridge leads to the main arch building of the garden that contains a pond filled with Koi fish, another homage to China, and two splendid courtyards ahead of which lies all that the garden has to offer from museums and statues to unique natural displays. The garden is especially visited during the Mid Autumn Festival as well as the Chinese New Year (January/February).
Cost: No Entry Fee Timings: 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM Location: 1 Chinese Garden Rd, Singapore
Pulau Ubin is the perfect vacation island with something to offer for every type of traveller. It has an exciting and adventurous bike trail for those interested in mountain biking. Other than mountain biking, visitors can also simply explore the island on a bicycle. The island is beautiful and is filled with enchanting lakes, lush green forests and wide rolling meadows. A variety of rare birds can often be seen and heard among the trees. The island also has a hill, called the Puaka Hill, which provides a perfect hiking opportunity. Visitors can go kayaking among the mangroves and or enjoy a night amidst the peace of Pulau Ubin at the numerous camping sites across the island. The main attraction of Pulau Ubin however, is the Chek Jawa Wetlands which is a marvel of nature.
Cost: No entry fee, boat to Pulau Ubin from Singapore fare - INR 130 per person. Timings: No timings for the island, Boat timings are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Mount Faber Park is among the oldest parks in Singapore. Attracting more tourists than locals, this is a pleasant walking nature reserve with excellent panoramic views of Southern Singapore. This park is believed to be even appealing during the nights and is a perfect venue for a romantic evening. It has footpaths, a road, stairs and a trail leading up to a hill. Lookout points like a small Merlion statue (One of the four in Singapore) and a mural wall depicting scenes of local history are present in the park. A section called "Bell of Happiness" is also present at the Jewel Box, where ringing the bell is believed to bring you happiness and prosperity.
Mount Faber has cable car rides to Harbourfront and Sentosa Island to visitors.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Mount Faber Road, Singapore
The Bukit Batok Nature Park (BBNP) is a quiet, serene park near the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Bukit Batok means Coughing Hill in Malay and the park was given this name when it was formed in 1988, as it was made around an abandoned quarry that was once used to dig up granite. Since then the quarry has filled up with rainwater and given way to a beautiful pond set against the foot of a high cliff and the secondary forest that the park now houses. This pond lies at the entrance and is definitely the highlight of the park. The 36-hectare park is perfect for jogging, walking or biking on the trails surrounded by the lush green beauty of the secondary forest. Many also prefer exercising in this park as it contains fitness areas and many bike trails of varying difficulty.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 & Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, Singapore
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a wildlife and biodiversity parkin Singapore, 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. The huge mangrove forests are the main selling point of the Reserve and visitors come from various parts of the world every year to visit these forests.
Cost: INR 50 per person Timings: 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM Location: 301 Neo Tiew Cres, Singapore
The Ginger Garden in Singapore is one of the several unique gardens that form the Singapore Botanic Gardens. These gardens that lie next to the National Orchid Garden are known as the richest and most extraordinary gardens as they contain the most amount of different species under one premise. In fact, some of the plants found in the Botanic Garden are so rare that they are rarely found in more than one or two locations. The Ginger Garden is a one-hectare land that is filled with a variety of different species of ginger as well as the related families.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM Location: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore
The HortPark is a 9-hectare park located in the southwestern part of Singapore and is said to be the first one-stop shop gardening lifestyle hub in Asia. This park is situated at the Southern Ridges and serves as a park connector, allowing visitors to travel around Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park. Elevated walkways and connecting bridges facilitated this connect. HortPark is a go-to place for gardening enthusiasts, families and community groups with interest in the environment. People also visit here to relax or have a silent walk in nature, along with the Southern Ridges.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM Location: 33 Hyderabad Rd, Singapore
With its rich history and picturesque setting, Labrador National Reserve is the perfect example of the best of both worlds. 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 the 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.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore
Lying between the exuberant Mount Faber Park and Vibrant HortPark of the Southern Ridges of Singapore, Telok Blangah Hill Park is a calm, peaceful getaway to enjoy nature with a view. Even though joggers and trekkers may treat it as a mere passageway between two parks, there's much more to it. On one end of Telok Blangah Hill Park in Singapore is the well-known Henderson Waves, which is a 274 metre long and 36-metre high undulatory structure with unique curved metal ribs, and on the other end is the Forest Walk which is a 1.3-kilometre long metal pathway offering breathtaking, bird-eye views of the forest below. Another trail to not miss in Telok Blangah Hill Park is the Earth Trail which runs parallel to the Forest Walk, offering a view of the forest from ground-level.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: 10, Telok Blangah Green, Singapore
Pasir Ris Park is the perfect destination for families and friends to have a fun-filled day and not travel to the outskirts of the city. The park is a 70-hectare land stretching across 3.2km, including six hectares of forest. This attribute makes Pasir Ris Park the second largest park in Singapore. It has several activities for guests to choose from including water sports, cycling, gardening or just relaxing in the outdoors in your choice of location. The park is most famous for the Mangroves that it accommodates in its 70 hectares. The place is always crawling with people looking to have a fun time.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: 98 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore
The Kent Ridge Park is a sprawling 47-hectare park in Singapore situated at Kent Ridge. It lies between the Singapore Science Park and the National University of Singapore. Owing to its high level of biodiversity in terms of greenery and wildlife, this place receives many bird-watchers and nature lovers. The vast area also provides a suitable, serene environment to joggers and fitness enthusiasts. In fact, you will find a series of exercise stations near Carpark B, along a terrace at the park.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Vigilante Dr, Singapore
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 specially made for biking and hiking enthusiasts and is the only nature park in Singapore with separate trials being made for both.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: 7: AM to 7:00 PM Location: Chestnut Ave, Singapore
This 5-hectare garden in Singapore houses a variety of economically significant trees such as rubber, cinnamon and nutmeg, and the fresh air enveloping this beautiful park attracts many visitors to spend an hour or two in solace. Several sizable, egg-shaped sculptures of nutmeg and rubber seeds adorn the area, adding a touch of uniqueness to the charm of this park. The insides of these sculptures hold written information regarding the rubber and nutmeg estates that used to occupy this space.
Cost: No entry fee Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Junction of Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 and 8, behind Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, Singapore
Gardens in Singapore are being compromised lately, so the visitors are often asked to keep it clean. To maintain the city's charm and beauty, many initiatives have been taken by the locals to keep it clean. Visitors would love the garden as each of them holds grand history behind them. So explore the royalty of the city with your family!