Are you looking for some fun things to do in Singapore? From the famed Gardens by the Bay and some relatively unknown hidden gems, our guide of what to do in Singapore details all the best Singapore attractions to add to your travel bucket list!
Singapore happens to have one of the best airports in the world, making it a great place for a stopover break when going on an Asia holiday. We regularly stopover for a few days in Singapore when we travel between Australia and Europe.
But Singapore is actually so much more than just a stopover city. It’s one of the most instagrammable places in the world, and there is so many fun things to in Singapore for all types of travellers – families, couples, singles, you name it!
Below we’ve detailed 29 awesome tourist attractions and fun activities to do in Singapore, to add to your bucket list!
These 29 fun things to do in Singapore will inspire you to book a trip today!
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Where to Stay in Singapore
We recommend staying at least 2 days in Singapore, but ideally 3 to 4 days to experience these Singapore attractions during your visit.
There are a ton of great places to stay in Singapore to suit all budgets. We recommend staying somewhere central.
Marina Bay, Orchard Road or the Colonial District are great places to stay in Singapore if you’re looking for luxury hotel accommodation. However, if you want something on a budget, we recommend Chinatown, Little India or Kampong Glam.
Sentosa Island is a little further away from the city centre, but it’s the best place to stay if you’re visiting Singapore with kids.
Below we’ve listed some great Singapore accommodation options across a range of budgets:
- Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
- The Fullerton Bay Hotel
- ParkRoyal On Pickering
- Hotel Fort Canning
- The Outpost Hotel Sentosa
Top 13 Fun Things to do in Singapore
#1 | Explore the Cloud Forest & Flower Dome
Singapore’s premier green space development, Garden’s by the Bay, is one of the coolest Singapore attractions to visit. Set amongst the gardens are two gigantic purpose-built conservatories that recreate the environments found in countries around the world.
As soon as you step into the Cloud Forest, you will be enchanted by the 35-metre totally Instagrammable indoor waterfall – the tallest in the world – and lush greenery that typically grows at 2,000 metres above sea level.
The modern greenhouse allows its visitors to explore the Cloud Walk, a multiple level walkway that meanders through a mountain of plants and flowers. Begonias, orchids, ferns are just a few examples you will see.
The nearby Flower Dome features ever-changing flora displays from dry climates such as Australia, South Africa, and the Mediterranean including olive groves, flower gardens, boabab trees and a succulent garden. You might be in Singapore, but you will feel like you have travelled oceans away!
#2 | See the Merlion
One of the most unique Singapore attractions to add to your itinerary is the mythical Merlion statue. The 8.6 metre tall and 70 tonne heavy artwork once used to be at the mouth of the Singapore River, but in 1997, it was relocated to the Merlion Park, which overlooks Marina Bay.
The mythical creature is the official mascot in Singapore and possesses the body of a fish and the head is of a lion. The Merlion spouts water from its mouth and is a very popular place to visit in Singapore.
#3 | Swim in the Pool at the Marina Bay Sands
If you’ve never seen or heard of the rooftop pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel then you must be living under a rock. It’s known as the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool and is one of the most instagrammed spots in Singapore!
Just imagine the experience – gazing down at the city from 57 levels above. After a long day of exploring the busy streets of Singapore, there is no better way to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand!
Marina Bay Sands is the city’s most famous resort, which is comprised of three 55-storey towers. It has become an iconic part of Singapore’s skyline, so visiting it is a ‘must’ for every traveller. While it’s possible to visit the rooftop viewing deck without staying at the hotel, you have to be a paying guest in order to access the rooftop pool.
#4 | Experience the Night Safari
One of the most family-friendly fun things to do in Singapore is to experience the Night Safari. Step into a world of nocturnal creatures and have a look into their fascinating lives on one of the most unique activities in Singapore.
The Night Safari is home to more than 900 animals, and 41% are threatened species, like the Asian elephant, Malayan tiger and Malayan tapir. Of course, your eyes will need some time to get used to the darkness, but – once they do – you will have an incredible experience.
Pro Tip: Pre book your tickets and make a plan to see the Creatures of the Night show prior to hopping on the safari drive. Arrive early as the show is popular and seats fill up quick!
#5 | Visit the Art Science Museum
The Art Science Museum is an iconic building shaped like a lotus flower that sits in front of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. As soon as you step into its building, you will be impressed by its spectacular architecture and design.
The Art Science Museum regularly hosts exhibitions that focus on art, science, technology and culture. Visiting the Future World exhibit at the Art Science Museum is one of the most interactive and fun activities in Singapore for kids and big kids alike.
#6 | Eat at the Chinatown Complex Hawker Food Centre
Singapore is well known for its iconic Hawker Centres. With over 260 food stalls, the hawker centre in Chinatown is the largest in Singapore and the ultimate foodie destination!
Just a short MRT ride from the city centre to Chinatown station, head up to the street level and you will find an abundance of street vendors offering all kinds of cuisines, including the famous chilli crab. For Singaporeans, this is the place to bond through the shared love for food and at nighttime, the street really comes alive.
The best thing about the Chinatown Complex Hawker Food Centre is its very reasonable prices – so you won’t have to break your bank to enjoy a delicious meal!
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#7 | Explore Singapore Botanical Gardens
A visit to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without exploring the famous Botanical Gardens.
In 2016, the city’s oldest garden became the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the main reason why it’s considered one of the top things to do in Singapore is that it houses over 60,000 plants, some of which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Plus – the National Orchid Garden is a must-see attraction in Singapore, where you’ll find beautiful flowers that have been named after dignitaries and celebrities, such as Nelson Mandela, Jackie Chan, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
#8 | Visit Jewel Changi Airport
Normally, visiting an airport isn’t something that would be considered one of the top tourist attractions in Singapore. But then again, Changi airport isn’t just any airport.
Jewel Changi Airport is a modern entertainment, shopping and dining complex located inside Singapore’s International Airport and accessible directly from the passenger terminals.
Jewel Changi Airport has been voted the best in the world for several years in a row.
If you wish to satisfy your inner shopaholic, admire the iconic architecture and spend time in lush indoor gardens, this is the place to be. Being in the air-conditioned garden environment truly is a one-of-a-kind experience and one of the most fun things to do in Singapore.
#9 | Experience the Garden Rhapsody Show
Every evening the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay comes alive with the Garden Rhapsody Show, a spectacular light and sound show. When it comes to Singapore tourist attractions, this one is a stand-out experience that you must not miss.
There are two shows each evening starting at 7.45 PM and 8.45 PM every day of the week, but make sure to arrive at least a few minutes before to get a good spot. The Garden Rhapsody Show is free to watch making it one of the best cheap things to do in Singapore.
#10 | Wander along the OCBC Skyway
While visiting the Gardens by the Bay, be sure to book a time to experience the OCBC Skyway at the Supertree Grove. The arcing walkway will give you a totally different perspective of the gardens and the stunning Supertrees and is one of the best things to do in Singapore. Plus – the magnificent views make it one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore.
The OCBC Skyway is open all day and every day, but remember that you need a ticket to enjoy the experience. If you plan on seeing the Garden Rhapsody Show, it is a good idea to watch it from the Skyway.
#11 | Explore Kampong Glam
Although Singapore is mostly known for its epic gardens, the city also has some incredible cultural neighborhood to offer. One of the most unique Singapore tourist spots that should be on your radar is Kampong Glam, where the modern city meets tradition.
Centered around lively Arab Street, Kampong Glam (also known as Kampong Gelam) is Singapore’s Muslim Quarter, one of the oldest areas in the city and home to many historical landmarks like the majestic Sultan Mosque.
Within the district, you will also find many delicious eateries and restaurants serving mostly middle eastern cuisine, as well as charming shophouses and boutiques selling clothing, carpets and street art.
The vibe around Kampong Glam is vibrant and eclectic, making it one of the most fun places in Singapore. It’s a great spot to head for dinner and drinks in the evening when the street comes alive with live music, cheap and cheerful eats and trendy bars.
#12 | Visit Fort Canning
One of the best family-friendly places in Singapore is Fort Canning Park. History enthusiasts will enjoy the park’s medieval and colonial history, while children will have fun at the park’s playground. Within the park, you can also find many hiking trails, green spaces that are excellent to squeeze in a work-out and many other cool spots.
Also, make sure to stop by the Nine Gardens. Each of them has its own purpose and idea. For example, the Spice Garden is the perfect place to discover all kinds of spice plants such as roselle, cinnamon, black pepper and more.
You can also stay in the park at Hotel Fort Canning, a beautiful heritage luxury boutique hotel surrounded by lush greenery.
#13 | Enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel
Having a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel is one of the most popular Singapore activities for visitors to experience. Anyone who has been to Singapore will say you have to try their national drink. And what better place to do it than the original birthplace of this delicious fruity cocktail.
Primarily a gin-based cocktail, the drink is made of lime juice, pineapple juice, curaçao and Bénédictine, grenadine and cherry liqueur. The rosy-coloured cocktail has become an iconic part of Singaporean culture and tastes as good as it looks.
The Raffles Hotel is a beautiful colonial-style hotel oozing with grandeur. Head to the Long Bar where you’ll find backpackers mixing with some of Singapore’s elite, but most people are there for one reason – to enjoy a cocktail or two. Expect to pay around $30 SGD for a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotels.
More Fun Things to Do in Singapore
Looking for more fun things to do in Singapore? Here are 16 additional Singapore tourist attractions that that have been recommended by us as well as other BSL readers:
- Visit Singapore’s oldest nature park – MacRichie Reservoir
- Ride the Skyline Luge at Sentosa
- Snap a pic at the Museum of Ice-cream
- See the orangutans at Singapore Zoo
- Take a wild boat ride on the River Safari
- Visit the quirky Haw Par Villa
- Grab a meal at Clarke Quay
- Party at Tanjong Beach Club
- Stroll down East Coast Road
- Visit the SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
- Grab a bite at Amoy Street Food Centre or Maxwell Food Centre
- Explore the National Gallery of Singapore
- Visit the Malay Heritage Centre
- Wander across the Helix Bridge
- Spend a day at Universal Studios Singapore
- Take a walk around Mount Faber Park
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Singapore Attractions Wrap Up
Singapore is a very popular stopover city for those travelling between Europe and Asia or Australia. It’s also a great destination for families with kids, couples looking for a weekend getaway, or even singles looking to explore a beautiful Asian city with top notch food. It’s one destination we highly recommend you add to your bucket list ASAP!
We hope this Singapore travel guide has provided you with some great ideas on what to do in Singapore for your next visit.
To help plan your trip to Singapore be sure to visit the official Singapore Tourism website where you can also check any current travel restrictions. Also, don’t forget to take a look at our other Singapore travel blog articles:
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