When visiting Singapore, it’s easy to be lured into the major attractions on the island and head straight to the famous areas of Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sky Park, Clarke Quay and even Sentosa Island. While those attractions need to be given your due diligence, it’s important to see what the outdoors has to offer by exploring the nature of Singapore.
This amazing Southeast Asian country is not only about its modern infrastructure that looks stunning from a distance, Singapore has an abundance of well landscaped parks and gardens that need to occupy your list of activities when venturing to the island.
With that in mind, you need to check out this list of the fabulous outdoor parklands, gardens and even World War II heritage attractions that will not only provide a great stroll amongst the nature of Singapore, but also give a detailed history lesson of what Singapore had been through before it became one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
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Singapore Botanic Gardens
As is the case with any Botanic Gardens around the world, The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a glorious stroll that should never be taken for granted. A whole day can be spent in these stunning gardens as you take a series of adventures through many themed attractions that have an abundance of plant species, water features and hidden paths that take you through some well-maintained gardens and forests.
CHECK IT OUT: Nation Orchard Garden – If you seek colour, shade and a tropical walk through a jungle of orchards, then this garden is for you. Located inside the Botanic Gardens, The National Orchard Garden, you’ll need to pay a small admission fee to enter, but it’ll be worth it.
ADMISSION FEE: Free
GETTING THERE: Get off at the Botanic Gardens MRT station on the Yellow Circle Line.
Singapore really does enjoy going around the world and it does it extremely well at the Chinese Garden. The Chinese Garden is popular for joggers and fitness fanatics who love to keep active amongst the stunning backdrop of well landscaped gardens, decorative Chinese buildings and open plain greens parklands. If you are not a keen runner, come into the Chinese gardens for a lovely stroll in picturesque surrounds and to get good use out of your camera.
CHECK IT OUT: The Japanese Garden in the same grounds, provides another cultural garden display that is pleasant viewing.
ADMISSION FEE: Free
GETTING THERE: Catch the MRT to Chinese Gardens station on the Green East West Line.
Jurong Bird Park
If you are a lover of the friends of the sky or those birds who don’t fly, then you will love the Jurong Bird Park. Come for the day and check out some dazzling bird shows that’ll have you applauding, a variety of bird species that live in all parts of the world, and amazing themes such as the Waterfall Avery which is simply a delight.
CHECK IT OUT: Want to see more wildlife in Singapore, then access the big 4 that include the Singapore Zoo, The Night Safari and River Safari with a 4 in one ticket to access all the Wildlife Parks.
ADMISSION FEE: $29 for adults – $19 for kids
GETTING THERE: Catch MRT to Boon Lay station on Green East West Line and catch bus 194, 251 to Jurong Bird Park.
In the hustle and bustle of Singapore City and literally a stone throw from the popular Clarke Quay, this Fort Canning is the home of many of Singapore’s historical milestones, that includes housing King Malay and a major army barracks during World War II. If nothing else climb the stairs to hilltop and escape the busy city with a fine stroll in the gorgeous parklands.
CHECK IT OUT: The Battle Box tour goes deep into real life War Bunkers used by the British Army and goes through room by room description of the going on in the bunker. It also give a descriptive account of how the British decided they would surrender to the Japanese in 1942.
ADMISSION FEE: Free
GETTING THERE: Catch MRT to Fort Canning Station on the blue Downtown line.
Labrador Park is another fine nature park that has a range wildlife, plant species and is home to another piece of World War II history that is filled with gun relics and hidden tunnels throughout the parklands. Labrador Park, which has the famous Sentosa Island in its sights, is a popular fishing zone for the locals who love to throw in a rod off the pier and take in a pleasant stroll over the boardwalks through the mangroves and over creeks.
CHECK IT OUT: Walk east from Labrador Par, over the boardwalks and towards the unique looking apartments that is the Reflections by the Bay. You won’t miss it, as well the Yacht Club and other multi-million-dollar luxury apartments. It is true millionaire club of Singapore.
ADMISSION FEE: Free
GETTING THERE: Catch the MRT to the Labrador Park station on the Yellow Circle Line.
Another World War II parkland and this time we are in the Western end of Sentosa Island. Fort Siloso is a fine nature walk that is full of military infrastructure, real cannons, guns and includes an in-depth history lesson on key events during the war. It starts at the Fort Siloso Skywalk, which provides fantastic views of the surrounding areas, and from there you take a walk through the jungle and check out various military equipment that was used to defend the country during the war.
CHECK IT OUT: While you are headed towards Fort Siloso, you won’t be able to miss the stunning beaches of Sentosa Island such as the Palawan Beach and Siloso Beach. Stop in at the beach for a cool drink, ice -cream or a swim in the calm ocean.
ADMISSION FEE: Free once in Sentosa Island.
GETTING THERE: Once you get to Sentosa island by monorail, cable car or boardwalk, catch the bus or take a long walk West, past the beaches, until you reach Fort Siloso.