Known for its abundance of skyscrapers, modern architecture, gleaming shopping malls, and modern vibe with a forward-thinking outlook, many visitors to Singapore are surprised to find that the country also boasts some lovely outdoor spaces where you can enjoy nature and relax in a peaceful atmosphere. There are several charming gardens dotted around Singapore, ideal if you just want to take some time out and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. They are also brilliant places to take the kids, providing them with plenty of space to run and play as they let off steam and soak up some fresh air.
Offering nice views and home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, some of Singapore’s gardens also offer pretty ponds, fountains, and other water features, interesting statues and sculptures, sporting facilities, tea houses and other places to eat and drink, designated play areas and good quality ply equipment for children, and more.
Take some time out when exploring the Little Red Dot and chill out in one of these lovely gardens:
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Boasting a spectacular assortment of plants, Singapore Botanic Gardens offers a wonderful meld of colours, shapes, and fragrances. A definite highlight for anyone who loves beautiful gardens, the original botanic gardens were created by the country’s founding father, Sir Stamford Raffles. The present gardens date back to the late 1850s, and are today both a National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can take some time to explore the various walking trails that run through the extensive gardens. Covering an area of around 82 hectares (203 acres) there’s certainly plenty to look at! The walks are not challenging, and you cn take it slowly simply enjoying the beauty all around. Trails range from around 40 minutes to 90 minutes in duration.
If you’re visiting with kids, be sure not to miss the popular Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. With great play equipment for little visitors and heaps of engaging interactive activities that seek to teach young visitors more about nature, it’s a cool spot to relax for some time while the little ones have fun.
Symphony Lake is a picturesque spot. Why not take a picnic and chill out alongside the sparkling waters? The National Orchid Garden is another top section of the gardens, filled with an array of attractive and rare orchids. You can also see the country’s national flower here. The Healing Garden showcases an interesting collection of medicinal plants and herbs, and the Evolution Garden is sure to provoke your thoughts. Explore the rainforest and see the plants and creatures that typically call tropical jungles home. The buzz of insects fills the air, and sweet bird song adds to the serene vibe. Other sections are home to towering old trees, fountains, ponds, statues, bridges, intricately designed topiaries, cute bonsai trees, and more.
Worried that you may not have time to fit the Botanical Gardens in to your plans? Fret no more – it is open from 5 am until 12 midnight! You’ll find places to eat and drink throughout the gardens, and admission to the main sections is free! There is an additional charge of 5 Singapore dollars, however, for the National Orchid Garden.
Esplanade Roof Gardens
Perched high above the city you’ll find a delightful garden that not only has some lovely plants and flowers, but also offers incredible views over the surrounding areas. Free to enjoy, it is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike. There are seating areas high above the city streets below, and couples often pack some goodies and head up here for a romantic picnic!
Fort Canning Park
Within the large and historic Fort Canning Park you can enjoy some scenic gardens, ideal for chilling out between exploring the rest of the park. The Spice Garden is particularly interesting – see how many different varieties of spice you already knew! Heady aromas fill the air, and you might be surprised by the different uses of many of the plants. Large green lawns are perfect for a picnic, and if the weather is sunny you can find some welcoming shade underneath a leafy tree. The ASEAN Sculpture Garden boasts an interesting selection of sculptures, showing how unity is promoted throughout the region. And one of the best parts? Admission to Fort Canning Park is totally free!
Gardens by the Bay
Any list of gardens in Singapore would be sadly lacking if it did not include the marvelous Gardens by the Bay. One of the country’s main gardens and a premier tourist attraction, you can enjoy different fascinating areas, such as the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, and the futuristic Supertree Grove. A dedicated garden for children (the Far East Organization Children’s Garden) ensures that little ones aren’t left out, and kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy strolling around the picturesque lakes. Do note that whilst there is no charge to enter the garden, many of the attractions inside have separate entrance fees.
Jurong Gardens, home to the enchanting Chinese and Japanese Gardens, is another top spot, nd you’ll find lots of pockets of nature around Sentosa’s fun attractions.