If you thought Singapore was all about shopping, entertainment and food then the City of Green is about to give you a very pleasant surprise. Though you’ll see flowers and trees beautifying every corner of the Island, to satisfy your extreme green-space cravings, the Lion City offers some exquisite parks and gardens. Here is the list of top 10 parks and gardens in Singapore.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
With a collection of more than 60,000 plants and it’s topography varying from jungles to rolling lawns, Singapore Botanic Gardens is sure to make you fall in love with it even if you’re not fond of greenery. It was awarded the inaugural International Garden Tourism (2012) – Garden of the Year Award by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council for ensuring that visitors have an enjoyable world class garden experience there.
The most popular and flaunted areas of the park is the Orchid Garden which houses the most extensive collection of tropical orchids in the world and the Evolution Garden which depicts the formation of the planet’s earliest plants.
Gardens by the Bay
Spanning 101 hectares, this awe-inspiring site houses steel Supertrees which are 50+ meters tall and provide you a panoramic view of the gardens and the hustle bustle of Singapore’s financial hub. There are two domed conservatories and the gardens are divided into three spaces, Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. With over 250 thousand rare plants, Gardens by the bay provide you the best chance to study plant species from around the world and at night you can enjoy the visually arresting light show amidst the Supertrees.
East Coast Park
This breath taking Beach Park is Singapore’s most popular park which stretches over 15 km of coastline. To beat the heat of the city come to this Park and enjoy a family picnic amidst the fresh sea breeze or for a little adventure try the enthralling sporting activities like wake boarding or a skating at the Xtreme Skate Park. You needn’t carry boxes of food to the place as there are lots of outdoor restaurants and hawker centers sprinkled around the park.
East Coast Park is also a recommended camping site in Singapore.
Along with the lush greenery, Chinese Garden has a beautiful landscape and Chinese Imperial style architecture for you to see and enjoy. Chinese Garden is also known as Jurong Garden and the concept of the garden is based on Chinese garden-art providing you a chance to experience a bit of China is Singapore. The main highlights of the park are the Bonsai garden, pagoda and the replica of Beijing’s Summer Palace.
While visiting Chinese garden, you can also visit Japanese garden which is quite nearby.
Fort Canning Park
What makes Fort Canning Park unique are the colonial buildings in it dating back to 1822. Fort Canning Park portrays the cultural heritage of Singapore. It is located on a hill and gives you the best view of Clark Quay area. The serene ambiance and lush green lawns are very soothing. Though this park might not appeal to the young ones, it’s sure to please the history enthusiasts with it’s gothic style gates and the still visible memorials and artefacts present on the hill showcasing Singapore’s rich past.
The Southern ridges link Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. The entire trail can be covered in 2.5 hours so don’t forget to wear your most comfortable shoes when planning to enjoy walking along the entire trail. The gem of the ridges are the Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge which stands 36 metre above the Henderson Road and is popular among tourists for its wave like structure and the elevated Forest Walk.
With their rich flora and fauna, the ridges attract everyone from photography enthusiasts to nature lovers to twitchers and obviously all those who simply love to walk long distances.
If you’re travelling to Singapore with you family dog then you really need to visit Bishan Park for your dog to feel he’s on a vacation too. It is the city’s most dog-friendly park and recently the dog run area has doubled. This is the best place to take your dog if you want him to meet other dogs and their proud owners. That’s why we say Singapore has something for everyone! Even your pets.
Old is gold and so is MacRitchie Reservoir which is one of the oldest reservoir in Singapore, completed in 1868. The running tracks and boardwalks at the water’s edge are very popular among exercise buffs. The Tree Top Walk- a 250 meter long free standing suspension that connects the two highest points in MacRitchie is a must see. It provides breathtaking panoramic views of the flora and fauna that live in the forest canopy and don’t forget to take your camera along for some memorable pictures on the tree top walk.
Mouth Faber Park
Mount Faber Park is not only popular for providing some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Singapore, it’s also known as a park for romance. Being one of the oldest parks in Singapore, Mount Faber Park is a popular tourist destination. From this park, you can take a Cable Car to Sentosa Island or you can take a 20-minutes walk towards the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge.
You may enjoy a serene stroll along the Faber Walk with your lady or see the sunset together at Faber Point or enjoy a dinner at the hilltop at The Jewel Box. No matter what you choose this scenic park will definitely cater to your romantic mood.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This ecological jewel is home to over 160 species of birds and over 500 species of tropical flora. If you’re an avid bird watcher then visit the site in the earliest hours of the day when the birds are most active and energetic. It’s a must see especially if you are visiting Singapore in the migratory bird season as every year thousands of birds visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to find food and shelter during winter in the northern parts of the world.
Spanning 23 hectares, this lush park is well-acclaimed as Singapore’s one-stop gardening hub. However, it is more than just a park, as it provides you a chance to enjoy an array of activities from gardening-related activities to recreational, educational, research and retail activities all under one roof.
HortPark features 21 theme gardens with each garden showcasing its own unique qualities. The glorious Butterfly Garden, Bamboo Labyrinth, Recycling Garden and the Herb and Spice Garden are few of the highlights of this gardening hub. Additionally, the elevated walkways and connecting bridges in the park allow you to travel around Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park.
Listed above are the 10 best parks and gardens in Singapore. If you find this list useful or you want to suggest one of the park or add your experience then please do so by adding comment below.