Whether you are a new immigrant who is looking for fun and exciting things to do in Singapore, or you are in Singapore, but no idea where to go, it can be difficult to keep coming up with great ideas for various activities around the town. Here, we have got a list of various fun things to do with children, exciting things to do for the couples, and some interesting things for a night out too- with or without kids. Also, we have mentioned a few leisure activities to do in Singapore.
Top Leisure Activities to do in Singapore
Go for a leisurely cruise
One of the common leisure activities to do in Singapore is to spend your weekend in the Royal Albatross during the Sunset Sails. It is a two-and-a-half-hour dinner cruise along the southern coast of Singapore. Starting from RWS, this cruise will take you to places between the Southern Island and Sentosa beaches. Before moving back to the shore, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Singapore skyline. You can choose from two options: A dinner cruise where you can enjoy a three-course shared platter and a Sunset sail where you can order your favorite food from the menu. You can also choose special packages meant for anniversaries, birthdays, and proposals.
Enjoy a walk-through garden by the bay
The huge waterfront garden has a cool, futuristic feel and large numbers of exotic plants, making it a beautiful spot for enjoying a walk. Here, the must-see places include Flower dome, which focuses on Mediterranean flower and the Cloud Forest, a misty tropical wonderland with a busy indoor waterfall. Are you interested in getting closer to the age-old Supertrees? Go for the Skyway trail after dusk and enjoy a 22-meter high stroll within the glowing structures. If you want something special for your kids, take them to the Children’s Garden, which has large numbers of treehouses, a toddler zone, and a water play area.
Spend your afternoon at Botanic Gardens
Still considered as one the best parks in Singapore for enjoying a picnic, Botanic Gardens has large numbers of meadows, public sculptures and picturesque foliage to enjoy. If you want to admire the beauty of fresh flowers, visit the National Orchid Garden, which has more than 1,000 species and over 2,000 hybrids. You can also spend some time down by the Symphony Lake where free musical concerts are conducted.
Sungei Buloh Wetlands
If you want to enjoy the unique wildlife of Singapore, don’t miss out this natural reserve. You can enjoy a coastal boardwalk along with a mid-canopy walk. While doing so, you can come across mudskippers, lizards, horseshoe crabs, and herons. As you go deep into the mangrove trees, there are chances that you might even see a crocodile. While returning, it is better to book a cab or get into a bus to Kranji MRT.
River Safari and Singapore Zoo
One of the popular leisure activities to do in Singapore, especially for animal lovers is to visit the popular zoo in Singapore. The zoo is home to more than 300 species of animals. There are heaps to see in every zone- ranging from Komodo Dragons in Reptile Garden and Baboons in the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Kids will love the Kidz World, which includes a water playground, farmyard animals, an obstacle course, and much more.
Enjoy Shopping in Orchard Road
Singapore’s main shopping street, mainly popular for its fashion stores. Its name is a bit of a misnomer as there is not an orchard in sight; instead, you have a lot of gleaming malls, stores, designer shops, and department stores. You can spend your days shopping, sustained by the food served in the best food courts. ION Orchard focuses on high street fashion on its low floors; for haute couture, move upstairs. If you are looking for some reasonably priced high street brands like Muji and Uniqlo; it is popular with young shoppers. Ngee Ann City has lots of international brands. Takashimaya Food Village, a food court that is a part of the Japanese department store serves delicious food. Paragon is where fashionistas shop for their Jimmy Choo footwear, threads by Burberry and Hermes, and elegant wear by Raoul label. If you like Asian art, carvings, and ornaments, the retro Tanglin Shopping Centre is a must-stop.
National Gallery in Singapore
One of the few leisure activities to do in Singapore is to visit the National Gallery. With over 8,000 works, National Gallery in Singapore owns the biggest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia. It is widespread across two attractive national monuments: City Hall and the nation’s former Supreme Court. Some tourists spend almost half a day strolling the several galleries of the museum. But, if you do not have much time, cut straight to the inaugural show. If you want to avoid lines and crowds, go out on a weekday and purchase tickets in advance online.
This lavish colonial-style hotel has a history dating back since 1887 and has become one of the most significant landmarks in Singapore. The guest lists include Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Taylor, and the late King of Pop, and Michael Jackson.
The Raffles Hotel features around 103 suites and 18 distinct bars and restaurants along with an arcade with more than 40 stores and boutiques. Many come for Raffles Bar experience and you can be for sure to enjoy the best Singapore Sling in the town. After all, it was invented here and they have had nearly 1000 years of experience in making them.
It is the world’s largest aquarium, with 49 marine habitats and more than 100, 000 sea creatures. Part of Sentosa Island attractions, this stat-of-the-art aquarium is a great journey through the diverse marine habitats of the world. Enter through shark tunnel, with silvertip, hammerheads, and sandbar sharks swimming over your head. Learn about the watery environments of Lake Malawi, kelp forests and coastal mangroves. One of the most unearthly and beautiful exhibits is Ocean Journet, with eerily-lit jellyfishes, spider crabs, and immense deep-sea octopus. The huge, 36m long, 8.3 m high Open ocean tank is a show-stopper. It brings you face to face with sharks, barracuda, stingrays, and several other huge open water fish. Children will love The Discovery Touch Pool and Daily feedings. Do not miss the second underwater tunnel, with fishes darting in and out of shipwreck, and learn more about the Maritime Heritage of Asia at the on-site Maritime Experiential Museum.
Try Kayak fishing
This is one of the popular leisure activities to do in Singapore. As the name indicates, it mixes the fun of paddling a kayak with the excitement and skill of trying to catch fishes. Kayak Fishing Fever provides three itineraries, covering various distances: The Playground, Island Hopper, Big Boat Small Boat. You will be glad to know that fishes caught during the tours are released into the sea as a part of the catch and release practice of the company. Every tour has about 4 people, with a dedicated guide. Rather than using a regular kayak paddle, the boats of the company are Hobie Kayaks, which are leg-powered, so be ready for some peddling. They provide all the equipment, so just bring sunblock and hat to safeguard your eyes from the rays. Kids are welcome, but those who are aged 12 and below must be accompanied by an adult in a tandem kayak for safety reasons. The tours start at 7 am, but during other timings, special arrangements can also be made.