List of Top Attractions in Singapore
Singapore is one of Asia’s most modern cities with its space-age architecture, bustling malls, and skyscraper-lined shoreline, but there is more to the city than its modern skyline. Explore Singapore’s diverse heritage in Little India and the Arab Quarter, stroll along Marina Bay’s lit coastline, chow down on delectable street cuisine at Chinatown’s night market, and then escape the city’s sprawl at the Botanic Gardens and Gardens By the Bay. Sentosa Island, just a short cable car trip away, offers plenty of seaside entertainment, theme parks, and amusement rides for the whole family.
Are you headed to Singapore and wondering what to do? Check out the top 10 most visited attractions in Singapore for some inspiration.
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1. Merlion Park
The Merlion is a statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. It is the national icon of Singapore. The park is popular with both tourists and also locals who come and play and relax along the waterfront. There are actually 2 Merlion statues here: the original one which has a height of 8.6m and spouts water from its mouth into the bay, and the other one which is a smaller Merlion cub standing at 2m tall. The park also offers stunning views of the city’s other famous attractions such as Marina Bay Sands, Art Science Museum, and Singapore Flyer.
How to get to Merlion Park:
By bus, the closest bus stop is Fullerton Square. By MRT, the closest station is Raffles Place.
2. Gardens By the Bay
Gardens by the Bay consist of two cooled observatories (the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome). Both require admission tickets. However, there are also free outdoor gardens that comprise the Supertree Grove, the Sun Pavillion, the Heritage Gardens, the World of Plants, and Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes. For a SGD$12 fee, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the parks as well as the city’s skyline at OCBC Skyway – a circular walkway amid the Supertree Canopy.
How to get to Gardens by the Bay:
By MRT, the closest station is Bayfront Station. By bus, board bus 400 from Tanjong Pagar MRT station and alight at Marine Gardens Drive.
3. Night Safari at Singapore Zoo
Night Safari is one of Singapore’s top family-friendly attractions. On the tour, ride an open-air tram through the 86 acres (40 hectares) of the vast jungle park to view nocturnal wildlife in action. A guide will take you on walking routes including the Fishing Cat Trail, Wallaby Trail, and Leopard Trail after the tram ride. In addition, you can choose to enjoy a buffet dinner at the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant for the ultimate night at the safari experience.
How to get to Night Safari:
Taking a connecting bus from any of the MRT stations below will take you directly to Mandai Wildlife Reserve.
4. Little India
Little India is no doubt one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts. You’ll find colourful street art, temples, mosques and brightly painted shophouses – there’s never a dull moment!
No trip would be complete without trying some of the local Indian cuisine, as the aromas of spicy curries and dosas drift from the neighborhood’s numerous street sellers.
How to get to Little India:
By MRT, you can take to either Farrer Park or Little India station. There are also stations adjacent to Little India such as Rochor, Newton and Dhoby Ghaut.
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5. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is one of the most well-liked family attractions in Singapore. One full day is necessary to properly enjoy it. The park is organised into six themed areas, each with its own collection of attractions (Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, and Far Far Away). Visitors to the park can pre-book a number of ticket choices, ranging from a normal one-day entry to a VIP guided tour with skip-the-line access.
How to get to Universal Studios:
The MRT, bus and taxis can all be used to get to the Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa. Use the Sentosa Express, the RWS8 Bus, or the Sentosa Boardwalk to enter the resort. HarbourFront Station is the closest MRT station. If you’re coming by taxi, stop at the casino, take the escalators up, and you’ll be able to see the Universal Globe.
6. Clarke Quay
One of Singapore’s top entertainment zones, Clarke Quay is renowned for its large assortment of eateries, pubs, and cafes. For after-work cocktails and late-night dancing, both locals and tourists frequent Clarke Quay.
The vibrant riverside district of Clarke Quay is a must-see on any trip to Singapore due to its popularity and significance, and it is therefore a part of almost every sightseeing tour. Boat tours along the Singapore River depart from the quay, and it’s one of the best spots in the city for a night out on the town after a long day of sightseeing.
How to get to Clarke Quay:
The closest MRT station is Clarke Quay station and it is located on the North East Line. Alternative stations to access Clarke Quay include Chinatown, Fort Canning, Cityhall and Raffles Place.
7. Singapore Botanical Garden
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 158-hectare (390-acre) tropical garden located at the heart of Singapore’s most affluent residential and shopping district. The garden was founded in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society of Singapore, and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is home to a wide variety of plants, including over 10,000 species of orchids, as well as a number of other tropical plants. The garden also features a number of historical buildings, including the Conservatory, the National Orchid Garden, and the Herbarium.
You can take a guided tour of the gardens, which are led by knowledgeable guides who can tell you about the plants and history of the gardens.
How to get to Botanic Gardens:
You can take either circle line or downtown line. Ride the MRT directly to Botanic Gardens station. If you are coming from Dunearn Road, you can take the following buses: 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 186 and alight at Botanic Gardens station.
8. Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Trick Eye Museum Singapore is an art museum located on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It is a popular tourist destination, especially for families and children. The museum has four different zones, each with a different theme of artwork and optical illusions. Imagine stepping into life-sized replicas of famous paintings such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night!
These artworks are created using a technique called Trompe-l’oeil, which is a type of optical illusion that makes 2D images appear to be 3D. It is an interesting place to spend a few hours exploring the world of illusions and creating memories with a group of friends.
Download the free “XR Museum” mobile app from the Google Play Store or App Store to explore a secret world that can only be viewed there, and then watch as your pictures and videos magically come to life with hidden creatures, magic, fireworks, and other spectacular effects! Tickets to the museum start from SGD$26.
How to get to Trick Eye Museum:
Image from sentosa.com
9. Orchard Road
Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping district, is a one-stop shop for everything from enormous malls, upscale hotels, and fine-dining restaurants to underground food courts and entertainment hubs. The renowned neighborhood has something to offer everyone.
How to get to Orchard Road:
Orchard MRT station which is under ION shopping mall or Somerset MRT station are the closest. However, it is accessible by the following buses as well: 36,54,124,126,143,167.
10. Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport
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Canopy Park, which is located on Jewel’s highest level (L5), welcomes children and adults alike with a variety of fun play attractions.
There are exciting play attractions from mazes to bouncing nets, who’s to say that you can’t have action-packed adventures among the trees and— in an air-conditioned environment? It’s all fun at Canopy Park!
Hide in bowls of soothing mist, ride down enormous slides, or stroll along creative garden trails featuring animal-shaped topiaries!
Admission ticket for adult is priced at SGD$8 and for children is priced at SGD$6.