It’s The Best Time To Be A Local Tourist Again

Travelling is still a miles away as every country juggles reopening their economy and borders along with the potential of a second wave hitting.

Singapore has most recently moved into Phase 2 with dining in and the resumption of social activities welcomed by many. While not all restrictions have been lifted, we are gradually returning to a semblance of normal pre-Covid-19.

Since the start of Circuit Breaker back on April 7, all attractions have been closed but come July 1, several local attractions will reopen, and we thought that there’s no better time than now to be a tourist in your own country.

Getting Close to Nature

Being cooped up at home for the better part of two months, many of us crave for the outdoors and nature. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature and see some cute animals, we know a few spots you might like to check out.

1. The Flower Dome @ Gardens By The Bay

The cooled conservatories in Gardens by the Bay have been a tourist magnet since their inception in 2012, so if you want to escape the stream of tourists often seen, now’s your chance.

The largest glass greenhouse in the world, the Flower Dome features flowers from all around the world in a specialised cool and dry Mediterranean climate.

When the Flower Dome reopens, there’ll be a special floral display with a dedicated area called Edible Garden showcasing a range of vegetables and herbs that are grown for use in the kitchen. The space is designed to create awareness on the importance of sustainable food production.

The varied species of plants and flowers makes this a worthwhile trip, and doubles as an excellent way to beat the sweltering heat of Singapore.

2. Jurong Bird Park (Reopen on 6 July 2020)

The Jurong Bird Park is one of Singapore’s oldest attractions, first opened back in 1971. With a 20.2 hectre hillside dedicated to the conservation of 3,500 birds of over 400 species, the Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird park.

Boasting large walk-in aviaries like the Lory Loft and unique areas featuring the ever-cute penguins at the Penguin Coast, the Jurong Bird Park is an underrated attraction to visit. If you want a fresh change, here’s a place to head to!

3. River Safari (Reopen on 6 July 2020)

The River Safari is the latest instalment into the Wildlife Reserves Singapore family and it so happens to be Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.

It’s the home of 400 plant species and over 7,500 aquatic and terrestrial animals, boasting one of the largest collections of freshwater animals. You’ll be able to catch of a glimpse of rare and endangered species from the manatee to the Mekong giant catfish.

If you need any more motivation, the Red Pandas are simply adorable!

4. Singapore Zoo (Reopen on 6 July 2020)

The Singapore Zoo is the jewel of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Adopting an “open concept” with a Rainforest environment, the Singapore Zoo is home to 2,400 specimens belonging to 300 species.

One “open concept” which has seen quite a resounding success is the world’s first free-ranging habitat for orangutans. The space was created to mimic the natural environment of the apes with a raised boardwalk allowing visitors to get a bird’s eye view of the enclosure.

Attracting approximately 1.9m visitors annually, the Singapore Zoo is a local attraction hotspot and well worth a visit if you haven’t been there in a while.

5. S.E.A. Aquarium (Reopen on 4 July 2020)

The S.E.A. Aquarium is the bigger and better version of what used to be the Underwater World at Sentosa.

Part of Resorts World Sentosa, the aquarium boasts some 100,000 underwater creatures from over 1,000 species that features leopard sharks to goliath groupers. Divided into various habitats, each section will have you explore species from around the globe like the Bay of Bengal to the Great Lakes of East Africa.

The S.E.A. Aquarium masterpiece, the Open Ocean Habitat, is truly eye-catching and you will have you feeling immersed in wonder at the bottom of the ocean floor.

It’s Time For Some Plain Ol Fun

If getting close with nature isn’t for you, we have some alternatives that we’re sure you’ll like.

1. ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum is one of the few museums in Singapore that constantly amazes people with their interactive and innovative galleries.

Championing the blend of art and science in a digital age, the ArtScience Museum is full of colourful displays and massive installations. A journey through the ArtScience Museum is certainly a full sensory experience with amazing Instagram spots to boot.

Take note that the Future World exhibit opens on July 1 while the 2219: Futures Imagined is only slated to reopen on July 3.

2. Universal Studios Singapore (USS)

If pure fun and entertainment are what you want, then there’s really no better place on this list than Universal Studios Singapore.

Now, I know this isn’t exactly indoors per se, but it isn’t a park in the traditional sense either. Since USS opened in Singapore, it has attracted droves of people, both tourists and locals and queue times were quite often an issue.

But that’s all about the change, at least for the foreseeable future. Even before Circuit Breaker, there were minimal crowds seen in USS and with it’s reopening this week, there won’t be hordes of people just yet. As such, there’s really no better time to visit USS, and you can ride the Battlestar Galactica as many times as you want.

If rollercoasters aren’t your jam, you can get to see your favourite cartoon characters come to life and that’s a treat even adults can enjoy.

3. Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is an internationally renowned wax museum and it quickly gained a lot of hype when it first arrived in Singapore.

Its Singapore outpost has more than just your typical celebrity wax figures featuring a section titled Images of Singapore Live where you’re brought around by an actor to revisit Singapore’s history, something that isn’t available in our local museums.

If you’re looking for a totally new museum experience, Madame Tussauds Singapore should be your next stop!

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