There are plenty of great things to see and experience here in Singapore. For the curious traveler, a good place to start is the internet. ‘Why’ you ask? Because Singapore’s Tourism Board, through its dedicated website VisitSingapore constantly provides updates and upcoming events and activities that will cater to any individual or group’s travel goals in the city.
In this post, we will share 10 must-try activities in Singapore for your next visit.
Planning to Visit Singapore? Here are 10 Must-Try Activities for the Curious Traveler
The great thing about visiting Singapore is that there is a variety of activities travelers can enjoy – from nature trips and cultural sightseeing to social events and parties, there’s just about everything that will pique your inner curiosity and wanderlust.
#1 Explore the City from Above
The Southern Ridges. Henderson Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 099203.
If the city life isn’t as exciting as where you came from, then check out Singapore’s nature reserves, which include the Southern Ridges, a ten-kilometer network of ridges, pathways, and bridges elevated high above the city skyline. The route you’ll take is one frequented by avid bird watchers and nature lovers, and you can expect to see up to 43 species of birds on this hike alone.
#2 Immerse Yourself in Local Singaporean Culture and Natural Heritage.
Pulau Ubin. Changi Point Ferry Terminal. 51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172.
The only way to know Singapore is to walk through every corner the locals go. And one of the best spots locals visit anytime of the year is Pulau Ubin, an isolated island sanctuary teeming with unique flora and fauna, and a haven for explorers. The island is accessible by bumboat from Changi Point Jetty, Pulau Ubin is also home to Chek Jawa, a 100-hectare wetland that is home to numerous ecosystems and rare wildlife species.
#3 Dive into the Action with Exciting Outdoor Activities.
iFly Singapore. 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore 099010.
Tel No.:+65 6571 0000.
Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri 10am-11.30pm, noon-7.30pm, 8-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 10-11.30am, noon-5.30pm, 6-9.30pm.
Mega Adventure Park – Singapore. 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099008.
Tel No.:+65 67223785.
AJ Hackett Sentosa. 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099011.
Tel No.:+65 6911 3070.
Mon-Thu 1-7pm; Fri 1-8pm; Sat & Sun noon-8pm.
Looking for some adrenaline-pumping action? Head over to Sentosa, where you will find a variety of exciting outdoor activities such as the iFly Singapore – the world’s largest vertical wind tunnel for skydiving—and Mega Adventure Park – Singapore, with its 75-meter-high zipline.
If you’re not afraid of heights, then you’d be happy to find more thrills at AJ Hackett Sentosa, which houses a 42-meter vertical skywalk and a 47-meter Bungy Tower.
#4 Have a Chat with the Friendly Locals.
Wala Wala Café Bar. 31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689.
Tel No.:+65 6462 4288.
Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 3pm-2am; Sun 3pm-1am.
Bynd Artisan. 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-54, Singapore 278116.
Tel No.: +65 6475 1680.
Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.
Check out these places to meet local musicians as well as budding entrepreneurs. Make a new friend or two then take a walk in the neighborhood and have a chat with the locals to uncover the story behind this artistic enclave.
#5 Be Inspired by Singapore’s Rich Art and Lifestyle Scene.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 St Andrew’s Road #01-01, Singapore 178957.
Mon-Thu & Sat 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm.
Standing on what used to be Singapore’s Supreme Court Building and City Hall is the National Gallery Singapore, which is a visual arts institution that is home to an extensive collection of modern Singaporean and Southeast Asian Art. Visiting artists and creative trailblazers can expect to find inspiration among the works on display at this 64,000-square-metre art space.
#6 Hunt for Amazing Items and Finds for Great Prices.
If there’s one thing you need to understand about Singapore is that just like most Asian countries, it is a melting pot of cultures and colors. So if you’re in the mood to look for treasured finds and quality cultural pieces, don’t forget to swing by Kampong Glam, which is a cross of Malay heritage and innovative new establishments. Check out Haji Lane, where you’ll find a whole strip where quirky boutiques sit shoulder to shoulder with traditional wares like Persian carpets and kebaya (traditional nonya dress) dresses up for sale.
#7 Unleash Your Inner Shopper (or Brand Aficionado)!
As iconic as it is, did you know that the towering Marina Bay Sands is home to some of the finest consumer brands that the world has on offer? If you’re itching to get your hands on some designer label products, be sure to check out The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where world-class brands are in store for discerning shoppers, from Cartier and Bvlgari to Patek Phillipes and Limited Edt!
#8 Treat Your Taste Buds with Singapore’s Finest Cuisines.
Lau Pa Sat. 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582.
Daily 24 hours. (Individual stalls may vary)
Amoy Street Food Centre. 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111.
Daily 24 hours. (Individual stalls may vary)
If there’s a quick way to experience a new culture, it has got to be through food. Though modest upfront, you’ll be surprised at how varied and exciting the dishes are at any of Singapore’s local hawker centers. Out top faves include Lau Pa Sat and Amoy Street Food Centre. The latter houses Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed stall A Noodle Story, one of the many award-winning food choices around the island.
#9 Unwind with a Drink on Hand – There’s No Better Way to Enjoy Yourself!
ATLAS. Parkview Square. 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778. +65 6396 6466.
Mon-Thu 10-1am; Fri 10pm-2am; Sat 3pm-2am.
Operation Dagger. 7 Ann Siang Hill #B1-01, Singapore 069791. +65 6438 4057.
Tue-Sat 6 pm -midnight.
NATIVE. 52 Amoy Street, Singapore 069878. +65 8869 6520.
Mon-Sat 6 pm-midnight.
With gourmands and chefs extraordinaire regularly visiting the island, it’s no surprise that Singapore also has some of the world’s boldest and most innovative bartenders, with Singapore clinching 12 spots in Asia’s 50 Best Bars of 2018.
Among our top picks include the art deco-inspired ATLAS, local underground joint Operation Dagger, as well as the aptly-named NATIVE -where bartender Vijay Mudaliar whips up cocktails with locally-foraged ingredients. If you’re visiting Singapore and are raring to get a new drinking experience, be sure to check out these spots among others.
#10 Go on an Exciting Adventure with the Family.
Universal Studios Singapore™. 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269.
Daily 10am. (Closing times vary).
Night Safari. 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826.
Traveling with the family, especially during the holiday season, is something many foreigners look forward to. But if you’re worried about finding kid-friendly places and experiences in Singapore, fret no more! We just have the best activities to recommend for a couple of days’ worth of exploration.
Thrill-seeking families will have their plates full when they learn about the endless options to indulge in the sunny island.
For sure, a trip to Universal Studios Singapore is a no-brainer. With around 24 movie-themed rides and a variety of family-friendly activities, you can be sure that the fun and excitement never ceases at this world-class theme park!
And if you’re psyched to try something new, you can go out for a walk on the wild side at the Night Safari, where you’ll come face-to-face with over 2,500 nocturnal animals! The only problem you’ll have is how to put the kids to bed after this unique trip!
And there you have it, folks! Though we’ve come at the end of our shortlist, rest assured, there are plenty more places you can alternatively check out as well, as soon as you set foot on the island.
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