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23 Things to do in Singapore

Tree Top Walk

The TreeTop Walk (TTW) is the highlight of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie that brings you through different stages of mature secondary forest. The first of its kind in Singapore and in the region, this free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie and offers a bird's eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy. The total length of the walkway is about 250m and its height from the forest floor varies, with the highest point at 25m.

Jurong Bird Park

2 Jurong Hill, H (65) 6265-0022 Boon Lay
One visit is all it takes to understand why the Michelin 2-star* Jurong Bird Park remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Where else can you have breakfast with parrots and pelicans or be entertained by flamingos as you have lunch? Home to 600 species of birds, it is the largest open concept bird park of its kind in Asia.
Whether you hop onto a personalised Bird’s Eye Tour of the park, feed lories in the Lory Loft, catch the Birds of Prey Show, learn to Be a Falconer, or visit the Bird Discovery Centre and Dinosaur Descendants, the Bird Park is an enchanting paradise of birds and colours.
The park also features the world’s tallest manmade waterfall!

The Singapore Zoo

80 Mandai Lake Road, H (65) 6269-3411. Ang Mo Kio or Yio Chu Kang
If you’re an animal lover, you should make the Michelin 3-star Singapore Zoo the first stop on your itinerary.
Its unique “open concept” layout enables visitors to get a more intimate and natural experience as the animals live in landscaped enclosures.
Be it the “Breakfast in the Wild” programme where you get up-close-and-personal with orangutans and other animals while you dine, or the personalised “Wild Discoverer Tours,” be prepared for an unforgettable experience!

Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve

In 1986, a group of avid birdwatchers from the then Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch) stumbled upon this ecological jewel, and subsequently wrote a proposal to the government for its conservation.
The 87 ha wetland site was consequently designated as a nature park in 1989.
The then Parks & Recreation Department, a precursor to the National Parks Board, undertook the development of Sungei Buloh, in consultation with experts in the field, notably, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust from the United Kingdom and Worldwide Fund for Nature.
On 6 Dec 1993, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong officially opened the Nature Park.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It was a key component of Genting's bid for the right to build Singapore's second integrated resort. On 8 December 2006, the Singapore government announced that the consortium had won the bid. Construction of the theme park and the rest of the resort started on 19 April 2007. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia (Japan being the first), and the first in Southeast Asia.

Escape Theme Park

1 Pasir Ris Close, H (65) 6581- 9112. www.escapethemepark. Pasir Ris

The largest outdoor fun park in Singapore, this is one place where your children can just hang loose and be themselves. Look out for Wet & Wild, which, at five storeys, is Asia’s highest water ride.
Also check out Daytona Go-Kart, bumper boats, and the Pirate Ship, touted as “the Viking ride to end all Viking rides.”
There are many other rides available and the park also hosts special themed events during festive holidays like Halloween.

G-Max The Ultimate Bungy Jump and GX-5 Xtreme Swing

Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road, H (65) 6338-1146. Clarke Quay
Bungee jump in the city? Only in Singapore. At this popular haunt, you’ll be able to find out what astronauts go through during a rocket launch as you’re sent hurtling 60 metres into the air at speeds of up to 200 kph. But if this is not extreme enough for you, there’s the GX-5 Xtreme Swing, a five-seater capsule that will catapult you 100 metres across the Singapore River from a height of 50 metres.

Haw Par Villa

262 Pasir Panjang Road, H (65) 6872-2780 Buona Vista or HarbourFront
The colourful statues and depictions of scenes from Chinese folklore may strike some as kitschy but this is one stroll in the park that you will not forget too quickly.
The main attraction here is without a doubt the Ten Courts of Hell, which offers a sobering look at the various punishments meted out to sinners in the afterlife.

Merlion Park

Adjacent to One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road. Raffles Place
No trip to Singapore would be complete without a snapshot featuring Singapore’s most iconic landmark—the Merlion.
Situated next to the Singapore River, its location also offers tourists fantastic photo opportunities of the Esplanade—Theatres on the Bay and the stately Fullerton Hotel.

Singapore Discovery Centre

510 Upper Jurong Road, H (65) 6792-6188. Joo Koon
Want to be a reporter for a day? How about playing paintball or pitting your marksmanship skills against the rest of your family with a real rifle or pistol? If this sounds like fun, then make your way down to the Singapore Discovery Centre.
Part museum, part gallery and part science centre, it offers visitors a novel way of learning more about the events and constraints that have shaped this small, resilient island.
You can watch the latest blockbusters in all their 2D and 3D glory at the iWerks Theatre.
And if you like, you can also hop onto the Bus Tour for a taste of military service (a rite of passage for all Singaporean and secondgeneration permanent resident males) at the Military Training Institute.

Singapore Flyer

30 Raffles Avenue, H (65) 6333-3311. City Hall
As the world’s largest giant observation wheel, standing at a height of 165 metres, it offers one of the best views of the cityscape.
Fengshui is very important here, from the direction the wheel rotates, to the 28 capsules in total and 28 people that each capsule can hold (the number 28 symbolises prosperity in Chinese).
There are plenty of other things you can do at the Singapore Flyer building as well. Here’s a tip: Why not let your kids play in the interactive water fountain while you treat yourself to a fish foot-spa on level 2?

Night Safari

80 Mandai Lake Road, H (65) 6269-3411. Ang Mo Kio or Yio Chu Kang
The Night Safari has the distinction of being the world’s first nocturnal zoo with a Michelin 3-star award.
Here, visitors will be able to see how the animals behave in their natural habitats at night as they explore the different trails.
There’s also a tram ride that takes visitors through landscapes modelled after different parts of the world such as the Himalayan foothills, Equatorial Africa and South American pampas.
For a complete Night Safari experience, there are the Classic and Premier Safari Adventurer Tours which offer personalised tours, guided walking trails, gourmet dining and close encounters with Asian Elephants.

Science Centre Singapore

15 Science Centre Road, H (65) 6425-2500. Jurong East
Even if you’re not a science buff, you will be after a visit to the Science Centre Singapore.
There are more than 850 interactive exhibits here, offering a fascinating look at how things work in the world around us.
Don’t miss the Kinetic Garden, a unique outdoor playground outfitted with toys such as an energy machine, water maze and solar fountain. The centre is also home to the Omni (or IMAX) Theatre, Singapore’s only domed theatre, which screens documentaries and movies.

Singapore Duck & Hippo Tours

DUCKcounter @ Suntec City Tower 5 (Galleria), 5 Temasek Boulevard, H (65) 6338-6877. City Hall
It’s not every day that you get to sit in an authentic Vietnam war-era amphibious craft and tour the streets and waters of Singapore, but that’s exactly what you’ll do on Singapore DuckTours.
This one-hour adventure will introduce you to all the sights in the historic Civic District before ending with a splash and a leisurely cruise on the Singapore River.
For those who prefer to stay on land, the company also operates the Hippo, an open-top doubledecker bus, which offers themed tours to different parts of Singapore.

Snow City

21 Jurong Town Hall Road, H (65) 6560-2306. Jurong East
Escape the sweltering heat of the tropics at Singapore’s first indoor snow centre, which has been designed to give those living near the equator a taste of winter.
You can take part in snow ball fights, slide down a three-storey high snow slope on an inflatable tube and even learn how to ski and snowboard.
Boots and jackets are provided with the entry fee so you don’t have to bother with the hassle of bringing your own.

Singapore River Cruise

Raffles’ Landing Site [behind Parliament House], Boat Quay [near shop house number 59], Liang Court [next to Tan Tye Place], Merlion Park and Esplanade, H (65) 6336-6111/6119.
Just a small fishing village when it was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, Singapore has since become one of the most important financial trading centres in Asia.
A cruise ride along the Singapore River can give you an opportunity to see the changes that this small island has undergone as it takes you past former godowns, shophouses and colonial landmarks as well as modern icons such as the Singapore Flyer.
Throughout your journey, you will learn the role the Singapore River has played in establishing the country as a trading powerhouse.

Sentosa Island

H (65) 1800 SENTOSA (736-8672). HarbourFront
Sentosa is Singapore’s favourite playground teeming with events and special programmes all year round.
Just a 15-minute drive from the city, and easily accessed by bus, taxi, or monorail, Sentosa is a unique blend of leisure and recreational facilities including family attractions, sea sports and golf as well as offering hotel accommodations and retreats.
A canopy of secondary rainforest covers 60 percent of the 500-hectare island, lined with a 3.2- kilometre stretch of white sandy beaches.
There are plenty of attractions that cater to every side of you. Here are just a few!

Wave House Sentosa

36 Siloso Beach Walk.
At Wave House Sentosa, you don’t have to wait for high tide to surf the waves.
The newest addition to the Wave House chain (with the other three being located in the United States, South Africa and Chile), it is home to the island’s only three-metre barrelling wave, and promises beginners and pros alike plenty of fun and excitement with a host of music, retail and entertainment options to discover.

Sentosa Luge and Skyride

Imbiah Lookout (beside Beach Station). luge
With 650 metres of track to burn, the Sentosa Luge offers speed devils a genuine adrenaline rush in the daytime and at night. For those who prefer to take things slower, there’s also the Skyride, which takes you on a scenic aerial tour of the island, complete with breathtaking views of the South China Sea, in an open-air chairlift.

Gogreen Segway® Eco Adventure

Beach Station
If you’d like a more unconventional way of exploring Sentosa, why not rent a Segway? Once you get the hang of this environmentally friendly ride, you’re free to navigate your way round the twists and turns on the Gogreen circuit.
If you prefer, you can also embark on a guided tour of either Tanjong or Siloso Beach.

MegaZip Adventure Park

10a Siloso Beach Walk, H (65) 6884-5602.
Featuring one of the longest and steepest zip lines in Asia, as well as a 12-metre high rope course and a 15-metre free-fall parachute simulator, it’s no surprise that the MegaZip Adventure Park hasbeen ground zero for thrill seeking locals and tourists alike since it opened.

Underwater World Singapore & Dolphin Lagoon

80 Siloso Road, H (65) 6275-0030.
Get up-close and personal with a wide array of ocean creatures swishing and swerving their way around you when you embark on the spectacular journey through an 83-metre-long moving travellator.
Also grab the chance of a lifetime to meet Indo- Pacific Humpback dolphins, commonly known as pink dolphins, and be awed by their performances at the daily “Meet-the- Dolphins” sessions!
Trainers will be on hand to teach you basic hand cues so you can get the dolphins to perform simple tricks such as wave their fins, balance a basketball and whistle.

Sentosa Nature Discovery

Imbiah Lookout Perfect for children who love nature, this free attraction is filled with interactive exhibits, galleries and workshops geared towards educating children about the plants and animals found on Sentosa.

Songs of the Sea

Beach Station
Hands down one of the best ways to end your day on Sentosa, Songs of the Sea is a spectacular, award winning waterworks show that will have you spellbound with its dazzling combination of music, theatrical pyrotechnics, computer effects and thrilling flame bursts.