Gardens in Singapore

One thing Singapore is known for is its stunning collection of parks and gardens. As a city-state, being known for parks and gardens is impressive enough on its own, but the beautiful gardens and variety of flora and fauna are remarkable in their own right.

Nature lovers can trek through nature reserves full of green lawns and shady trees, enjoy a picnic on one of the many park lawns, or visit one of the incredibly maintained gardens. Make sure you see the renowned Singapore Botanic Gardens, as well as the Chinese Garden and Mandai Orchid Garden.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Singapore GardensAdmission: Free
Opening times: Limited - bookings essential
Location: 177 Hindhede Drive
Web: www.nparks.gov.sg

Just 12 kilometres from the city is 164 hectares of rainforest full of jungle paths, flying lemurs, exotic birds, monkeys and butterflies. While admission is free, public access is limited at the moment so they can carry out much needed restoration works. You can still visit, but you'll need to book well in advance.

Chek Jawa

Admission: Free
Opening times: Booking essential
Location: Eastern tip of Pulau Ubin
Web: www.wildsingapore.com

Visit one of the 6 distinct habitats in this marine wonderland - coastal forest, coral rubble, mangroves, rocky shore, sand bars and seagrass lagoon. The area is teeming with wildlife including starfish, sea horses and octopus, including a wide array of plants and animals that are fast disappearing through the world.

Chinese Garden

Admission: Free
Opening times: 6am - 11pm Daily
Location: Chinese Garden Road off Yuan Ching Road

The Chinese Garden was designed by Taiwan architect, Professor Yuen-chen Yu, in 1975. It is constructed in the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. Amongst the tranquil gardens you'll see majestic pagodas, meandering footpaths, gentle streams, bridges and beautiful plants all carefully maintained.

East Coast Park

Admission: Free
Opening times: 7pm - 7am Daily
Location: East Coast Parkway and East Coast Park Service Road
Web: www.nparks.gov.sg

The East Coast Park is a family fun park where the beach meets landscaped gardens.  With a theme of "recreation for all" the park offers a huge diversity of sporting, dining and recreational activities to be involved in. Over 185 hectares with coastal views, the park has paths for running & cycling, as well as an extreme skate park, cable skiing facilities, BBQ facilities and much more.

Fort Canning Park

Admission: Free
Opening times: Daily
Location: Fort Canning Centre, Cox Terrace
Web: www.nparks.gov.sg

Fort Canning Park was originally established as military barracks, arm stores and hospital in 1859. There is much to see here, including memorials dating back to the 14th century and Sir Stamford Raffles' bungalow. Not to be missed is the Spice Garden, a mini replica of Singapore's first botanical garden built in 1822 by Raffles.

HortPark

Admission: Free
Opening times: 6am - 10pm Daily
Location: 33 Hyderabad Road
Web: visit site

This 23 hectare park is both fun, educational and suitable for anyone with an interest in gardening.  There are lessons and classes on gardening techniques, as well as information sessions and a huge showcase of designs, products and services.

Labrador Park

Admission: Free
Opening times: 24 hours Daily
Location: Along Labrador Villa Road off Pasir Panjang Road
Web: visit site

Historically Labrador Park's high vantage point served as a defence site to protect the harbours of Singapore. Now, it offers locals, tourists and animals an oasis with beautiful views of the sea. 

MacRitchie, Peirce & Seletar Reservoirs

Admission: Free
Opening times: Daily
Location: off Lornie Road

Escape the fast pace of the city and take your for a picnic amidst this quiet forest. There are plenty of walking trails through the forest and along boardwalks skirting the reservoirs. There's even a Tree Top Walk along a suspension bridge, literally taking you along the top of the rainforest.

Mandai Orchid Garden

Admission: Adult $3, Child $1
Opening times: 8:30am - 7pm Daily
Location: 200 Mandai Lake Road

Singapore's most loved flower is the orchid and here you can enjoy a spectacular array of blooms on this rolling hillside. Enjoy futher tranquility amongst the mature landscaped water garden and later visit the superior restaurant, Vanilla Pod. 

Marina City Park

Admission: Free
Opening times: Daily
Location: Marina Bay

Marina City Park offers amazing views of Singapore's skyline and the South China Sea. You'll also find a huge pond and fountain with 18m high water spurts, sculptures of Confuscious as well as other Chinese legends.

Mount Faber

Admission: Free
Opening times: Daily
Location: off Telok Blangah Road
Web: visit site

From Mount Faber you can take in the spectacular views of Singapore's harbour, Sentosa and the other Southern Islands. In fact, you can even take a cable car to Sentosa Island.

Pasir Ris Park

Admission: Free
Opening times: Daily
Location: Bounded by Pasir Ris Road, Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Sungei Tampines
Web: visit site

This tranquil park along the coast includes a stretch of beach, plenty of walking paths, 6 hectares of preserve mangrove forest, as well as some modern park activities like watersports, pony rides, inline skating and BBQ rentals.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Admission: Free
Opening times: 5am - Midnight Daily
Location: Cluny Road
Web: www.sbg.org.sg

The Singapore Botanic Gardens offer visitors a tranquil getaway just outside the city's centre. Make sure you get to see the National Orchid Garden with over 20 000 orchids, the Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden and Symphony Lake. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes where you can dine while enjoying the tranquil surrounds,

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Admission: Free entry
Opening times: 7.30am - 7pm Monday to Sunday
Location: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent
Web: www.sbwr.org.sg

Home to 500 species of tropical flora and fauna, this is Singapore's first and only protected wetland reserve. There are informative theatrette show screenings daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

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