Things to do in Singapore (2021)
The Ultimate On-The-Go’s Guide
Looking for the best places to visit in Singapore? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of some of the top attractions in this small city-state country. From its rich historical background to its modern metropolis, there are so many activities available in this city that you will never get bored of exploring it! However, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s why we’ve made this list of the top 39 attractions in Singapore-whether you’re travelling with children or your partner, for a staycation or an adventure, these are some of the best places for you! They’re all amazing experiences!
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1. Asian Civilisations Museum
It is the only museum in the region devoted to exploring the artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral culture in Singapore. It houses artefacts and artwork that tell the story of Singapore’s history as an emporium for global trade. The museum also has a contemporary art space on its ground floor, which houses Chinese ceramics from its collection with 300 pieces on display.
Efforts are being made to bring more locals into the museum to connect closely with culture and arts.
Asian Civilisations Museum
2. ArtScience Museum
The museum has hosted exhibitions by some of the world’s best-known artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh and M.C. Escher, since opening in February 2011.
The museum’s mission is to explore where art, science, culture and technology come together, and it is here at the intersection of art and science that innovation and new ideas are formed. Featuring over 40 interactive exhibits on art, science, technology and life.
There are shows on everything from human cells to planets, with everything being explained via an array of multimedia devices designed for all ages.
3. Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Consider visiting this venue when you next travel to Singapore; it will add vibrancy to your cultural experience while providing an incredible performance space that can be hired out for private functions too!
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
4. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Explore the museum to learn more about how different parts of the earth have been shaped by evolution, from which branches on the Tree of Life human beings evolved, and why birds are actually “dinosaurs.” With a wealth of information at your fingertips, you’ll be able to explore important topics such as animal behaviour or geology in greater detail. The museum is also home to three diplodocus skeletons that were discovered here–a rarity for dinosaur discoveries!
So come see what this natural history museum has waiting for you today!
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
5. NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
The latest jewel in Singapore’s crown should be your next stop if you’re looking to learn more about Southeast Asia or just have some fun with the family!
National Gallery Singapore
6. National Museum of Singapore
The iconic National Museum of Singapore is a cultural and architectural landmark in the heart of the nation’s capital. Its innovative activities and events are sure to delight visitors from all walks.
The Museum hosts Night Festival each year- an event where you can enjoy performances by different artists while experiencing art installations created by local talents. This event should not be missed. Want more information on what other exciting things happen at the Museum?
Check out their website for upcoming programs. We hope to see you soon!
National Museum of Singapore
7. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a sanctuary for nature lovers and budding horticulturalists alike. Located by the Marina Bay Waterfront in the heart of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is home to three distinct spaces over 101 hectares-Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. This oasis of lush greenery has won multiple accolades since it first opened in 2012.
The Flower Dome at Bay South Gardens is a conservatory with plants, trees, and flowers from five continents. It broke the Guinness World Record of the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse in 2015 with 3,332 glass panels. This dome measures 1.28 hectares and has a volume that is equivalent to 75 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Offering visitors a look into the beauty of nature.
Floral Fantasy took inspiration from fairy tales and the storied Hanging Gardens of Babylon with cavernous spaces, dramatic driftwood sculptures and works of floral art. It delves into realms of both history and fantasy.
Cloud Forest is a remarkable landscape that is a mix of a misty environment and lush mountains. It includes one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls and some most beautiful plants worldwide while also getting to see views with aerial walkways. As you exit the conservatory, you’re likely to notice a grove of soaring, surreal structures known as the Supertree.
Meet the 12 of the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees at the Supertree Grove in person! Fifty meters high, these iconic giants provide shade during the day and become a spectacular light and music show at night.
It offers an unforgettable view of Singapore, with two connected by the dramatic arch of the OCBC Skyway.
Gardens by the Bay
8. Jewel Changi Airport
The 135,700 sqm complex comprises a total of 10 storeys – five above ground and five basement storeys. Jewel seamlessly links Changi Airport’s terminals, thus improving the experience for airport users.
The Jewel experience will be unlike any other shopping experience in Singapore. The highlights of the Jewel experience are the HSBC Rain Vortex, a 40-metre tall indoor waterfall, which is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall set next to Shiseido Forest Valley, a verdant four-storey landscape, which houses one of the largest indoor collections of plants in Singapore with landscaping will complement the wide array of retail and F&B activities at Jewel, allowing visitors to shop and dine amidst a resplendent indoor forest.
Its stunning result is a mixed-use development with gardens, attractions, retail, and dining facilities to support airport operations. This integration of nature with engineering marvels housed under a striking glass and steel dome is poised to make headlines.
Address: 78 Airport Blvd., Singapore 819666
Contact: 6956 9898
Opening Hours: Jewel is open 24hrs. Most shops operate between 10am to 10pm.
Selected shops have extended operating hours. *Please check the directory listing for specific operating hours.
Jewel Changi AIrpot
9. Jurong Bird Park
The birds are displayed in naturalistic enclosures that also simulate their natural habitat. The park has received the prestigious ‘Breeders Award’ from the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society for breeding two critically endangered species in captivity.
It’s also one of Asia’s best areas for bird-watching.
Jurong Bird Park
10. Marina Bay Sands
Enjoy the 360-degree views from the Sands SkyPark observation deck. Hotel guests can enjoy a panoramic view in the infinity-edge swimming pool, the world’s longest elevated swimming pool – 200 meters above the ground.
Shopaholics will rejoice at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®, which houses the most extensive collection of coveted designer boutiques in Asia with delectable dining options, including restaurants by celebrity chefs, fine dining, and casual dining eateries. While in Singapore, make sure to visit this.
Marina Bay Sands
11. Marina Barrage
As the water in the reservoir remains calm all year round, it’s ideal for some soaking wet fun, whether it’s kayaking or, for the more team-spirited, a dragon boat race. The Marina Barrage also plays an important part in helping to alleviate flooding in some of the lower-lying areas of the island.
The facility also features one of Singapore’s largest collections of solar panels that provide the electricity needed for lighting at the barrage during the day.
The roof of the Visitor Centre is completely covered with grass, hence its name, the Green Roof. It serves as a viewing deck and a venue for private functions and recreational activities such as picnics.
Best of all, you can enjoy a fun day with free entry.
12. Night Safari
More than 40% of the species are threatened, but Night Safari does not stop at just conserving them; it also helps with their breeding. They have successfully bred Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, fishing cats, red dholes, anoas, markhors, bantengs, Malayan tapirs and Asian lions.
13. River Safari
The park also provides education on how to care for fragile freshwater ecosystems so visitors can learn more about what they can do to protect them. There are 400 plant species and over 7,500 aquatic and terrestrial animal representations at River Safari, with close to 240 different species represented.
14. SEA Aquarium
Visitors can get up close with these creatures by exploring underwater tunnels or flat viewing panels, discovering facts about them in interactive exhibits like Sharks: Predators With A Purpose, Coral Garden (featuring more than 5,000 fish), Open Ocean Habitat (with 18 million litres of water) and more!
The aquarium is also well known for its wide range of unique sharks from 12 different species, including epaulette sharks and knobbly sea stars found only in Singapore’s waters. S.E.A Aquarium is a place where you can get up close to some of the amazing marine life. – this aquarium has something for everyone!
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, S.E.A. Aquarium is the place to go!
15. Singapore Cable Car
You will be able to see the Adventure Cove at Resorts World Sentosa, the lush jungle foliage of Sentosa, and the coastline in general. It is a great way to explore the many attractions of Sentosa!
Singapore Cable Car
16. Singapore Flyer
From this glorious vantage point, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on iconic and historical sights from Marina Bay to the Singapore River, such as Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang. With any luck, you’ll be able to spot landmarks up to 45km away, like Changi Airport, Sentosa Island and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
If you’re looking for places with amazing views, come check out what all this world’s largest observation wheel has to offer! It is an experience not to miss!
30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
17. Singapore's Zoo
Singapore’s zoo is one of the most well-known zoos in the world.
The Zoo is set in a rainforest environment and provides an opportunity for people to see and be inspired by the wonders of nature. It has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes. There are over 300 species of over 2,400 specimens which 34% of these specimens are endangered.
Apart from the usual park activities, there is also a children’s zoo with plenty of domesticated animals so kids can get up close and personal with these creatures.
Annually, approximately 1.9 million visitors enjoy experiential learning journeys at the 26-hectare award-winning Zoo.
30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
18. Universal Studios Singapore
There are seven uniquely designed zones: Hollywood, New York, Far Far Away, Ancient Egypt, Madagascar and Lost World. Enjoy performances such as The Waterworld performance—based on the blockbuster film—which involves death-defying stunts and jaw-dropping explosions. After an exhilarating day out, replenish your energy between the attractions and step into the many themed restaurants across the parks.
If you’re visiting on Friday, Saturday or selected public holidays, you’ll be able to experience the park after dark with Universal After Hours, a thrilling lineup of night-time activities that last until 10 pm.
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
19. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
It was conceptualized by the temple’s Chief Abbot Venerable Shi Fa Zhao with help from local and overseas consultants. The building design was inspired by the mandala symbolizing Buddhism culture that represents the universe.
In this Tang-styled Chinese Buddhist temple, Buddha’s tooth relic is housed in a giant stupa weighing 3,500 kilograms made from 320 kilograms of gold donated by devotees to house it within its walls.
Visitors can gain more insight into Buddhism at interactive workshops led by resident venerables which are available onsite.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
20. St. Andrew's Cathedral
During opening hours, you can explore this grand cathedral at your own pace. Guided tours are also available for free, but please call ahead.
St. Andrew's Cathedral
21. Sultan Mosque
If you are lucky enough to be there during Ramadan, make sure to check out Kampong Gelam’s night market, where Muslims gather together to Break their fast with family and friends while enjoying traditional Malay food stalls.
Address: 3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Contact: 6293 4405
Opening Hours: CLOSED FOR TOUR VISITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
22. Thian Hock Keng
Thian Hock Keng is one of Singapore’s oldest and most significant Hokkien temples. Also known as the Temple of Heavenly Happiness, this temple was built in 1839 by Peranakan Chinese and is dedicated to Ma Cho Po, Goddess of the Sea.
This beautiful structure is also widely regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of architecture from Singapore’s colonial period. It can indeed be considered one of Singapore’s most famous temples.
Thian Hock Keng
23. The Intan
This is a great place to learn more about Peranakan culture.
Address: 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231
Contact: 6440 1148
Opening Hours: The Intan is a private Peranakan haven. Kindly be reminded that visits are STRICTLY by appointments only
24. Hay Dairies Farm
Hay Dairies farm tour is a chance for you and your family to have an up-close experience of the animals in action. If you’ve always been curious about how goat milk is produced, come on down! You can view the milking process from 9:00 am until 10:30 am during our regular operating hours. We also provide alfalfa hay that has high protein content and lack GMO content for feeding purposes.
So whether it’s a child or adult who wants to see what happens behind the scenes at Hay Dairies, we invite everyone to take part in this unique opportunity!
Hay Dairies Farm
Would you like to see more of Singapore? Try islands hopping for a uniquely Singaporean experience.
St. John Island has been transformed from a penal settlement to an idyllic holiday island in Singapore. This resort island offers vast activities for all ages. Around the island are camping grounds, trekking routes and lovely sandy beaches. The short stretch of natural shores of the isle offers exquisite coral reefs and a wide variety of sea creatures you can explore during your visit!
Sisters Island is a serene location with an abundance of marine life, perfect for the experienced diver. The island offers 19 huts to shelter visitors and has beautiful beaches that are great for swimming. This spot may be one of Singapore’s most untouched locations, but it doesn’t mean you can get away without seeing any people or other signs of human presence!
Pulau Hantu is a small island in the south west of Pulau Bukum. The island was originally called ‘ghost’ because it tends to be submerged at high tide, but legend says that two great warriors locked in a fierce battle on this island and died there, so they are now known as islets for their spirits to live on. Although the visibility may not always be good, many people visit due to its proximity and abundance of coral reefs with amazing marine life.
Kusu Island is an 8.5-hectare resort island that has been transformed from the legend of a giant tortoise who sacrificed itself to save two shipwrecked sailors, Malay and Chinese. The Taoist temple and the Malay Shrine are situated on this beautiful island which also houses Da Bo Gong (the Merchant God or the God of Prosperity). During their 9th lunar month, Devotees come here to seek five blessings like longevity, wealth, tranquillity, love for virtue and fulfilled destiny. Visitors cannot stay overnight on Kusu Island but can enjoy its natural beauty by visiting it during daytime hours when you can explore lagoons, pristine beaches and serene panorama.
St John Island
26. Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum is a great place to learn more about these creatures. It’s also entertaining for children and adults alike, as some of the turtles are on display in tanks where visitors can pet them or hand-feed them.
If you’re looking to find out more information about turtle species, this museum may be your best bet!
Address: 81 Lor Chencharu, #01-16, ORTO 769198
Contact: Not Available
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pm (except Tuesdays)
The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
27. MINT Museum of Toys
MINT Museum of Toys is one of the interesting places to visit for anyone who has fond memories of the toys they played with as a child.
At this private museum, you’ll find more than 50,000 vintage toys, some of them dating back over 100 years, and childhood memorabilia from over 40 countries, from Bulgaria to Japan.
The wide variety of collectables will delight both adults and their children, giving them the opportunity to relive some old feelings about what it was like when they were younger. MINT Museum of Toys also offers items that can be purchased in its museum shop, so visitors don’t have to leave empty-handed!
This is definitely is one of the fun things you can do with your kids.
MINT Museum of Toys
28. Tiger Brewery Tour
The Tiger Brewery Tour is a must-have experience for any beer lover. You get to step inside the home of one of Singapore’s most iconic beers and see how it’s made with just four high-quality ingredients! From milling the malt to packaging, you will see each step in the brewing process. To round it off, you will try your hand at tapping a perfect pint of draught beer and sample some fresh beers that are sure to touch your lips.
The whole tour takes up to 60 minutes, and afterwards, we’ll guide you over to our Tiger Tavern, where we offer free local brewed tasting opportunities.
Tiger Brewery Tour
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29. Black-and-white Houses
Singapore’s Black-and-White houses are a must-see for visitors and residents alike.
In Singapore, there are about 500 such houses left from the British occupation. They are Tudorbethan in style and have been preserved by the Singapore Land Authority. Some of these houses have been turned into residences, while others are still used for commercial purposes. As a means to preserve this heritage, owners of a black and white house cannot change the look and feel of the home.
It is now a popular attraction for tourists wishing to get a glimpse into Singapore’s past.
30. Botanic Garden
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the oldest in Singapore and was established in 1859. It has since grown to include 82 hectares of land. In 2015, Singapore’s botanical gardens were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site includes one of the oldest living plant collections in the world, with 36,400 living plant accessions, 6,544 species and 44 heritage trees.
The Garden’s herbarium includes 750,000 specimens and a library collection of over 28,500 volumes, including books, journals, and unpublished materials.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
To experience the best of Singapore’s Chinese heritage, visit Chinatown. You can spend a whole day exploring this vibrant district and see firsthand how it has adapted to modern life while retaining its history. Visit centuries-old temples, traditional medicinal halls and bold new bars in one place! It doesn’t matter what you prefer; you’ll always find something to do or explore here.
Buddhist temples have attractive architecture and rich history, which is evident in their shrines and murals. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is the only Buddhist temple in Singapore located right next to a mosque and Hindu temple, making it an interesting place of exploration for cultural vultures.
Whether you visit during daytime hours or at night, Chinatown has something special waiting for everyone who visits!
32. Clark Quay
Discover a new and exciting place in Clarke Quay. With its recent revamp, this area has rapidly transformed into one of the biggest entertainment districts in Singapore, boasting funky styles, darling attitudes, and sexy concepts. On top of all these things, there are also cruises by the River where tourists can enjoy the cool breeze, dazzling lights and sounds coming from little restaurants and pubs established along your ride.
The nightlife in Clarke Quay is a sight to behold. Whether you want somewhere quiet and intimate or a place that’s all about the party, there are plenty of options here for everyone looking for an unforgettable experience.
The river cruise was also a highlight! We recommend trying out this cruise as not only will it provide some much-needed relaxation, but it will allow you to see what’s happening onshore like never before!
Then what are you waiting for? Get going!
33. Find the 7 Merlions
Singapore has seven Merlion statues that have been built with approval from the STB. How do you know where they are?
- Sentosa Merlion (now closed)
- Merlion Park – The Original Merlion
- Merlion Park – Merlion Cub
- Mount Faber Merlion:
- Tourism Court Merlion:
- Ang Mo Kio Merlion Twins
34. Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Hill in Singapore has a rich history and is an iconic landmark. The hill was the location of many historical milestones, including when it served as Headquarters for British Army Barracks and Far East Command Centre before being surrendered to Japanese forces on 15 February 1942.
Today, visitors can enjoy nine different gardens at Fort Canning Park that were once home to kings or where important decisions about Singapore’s future were made. In addition, visitors can download the augmented reality trail, BALIKSG: The Fort Canning Trail app, which takes them through 2.5km worth of trails with eight checkpoints throughout the park and various garden locations along the way.
Address: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Contact: Open 24 hours
Opening Hours: N/A
Fort Canning Park
35. Merlion Park
Singapore National icon, the Merlion. The figure of a mythical creature that has the head of a lion and the body and tail of a fish. A Half-fish and half-lion statue.
Merlion Park is a must-see for tourists visiting Singapore. The park features an iconic statue representing both the country’s humble beginnings and its original name, Singapura – which means “Lion City” in Malay. This national icon stands at 8.6 meters tall and weighs 70 tonnes; it spouts water from its mouth to represent how this country has grown into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations today.
Address: 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
Contact: Open 24 hours
Opening Hours: N/A
36. Mount Faber Park
Located in the heart of Singapore, Mount Faber Park is one of the oldest parks and is a popular tourist attraction. From its vantage point, it provides picturesque and breathtaking views of the country’s coast and lush foliage surrounding it.
The park is one of five parks in the Southern Ridges network, alongside Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, and Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.
The Southern Ridge are a great family outing alternative.
Address: Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and, Telok Blangah Rd, 099448
Contact: Open 24 hours
Opening Hours: N/A
Mount Faber Park
37. Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin, a 1,020-hectare island situated just off Singapore’s coast in northeast Singapore. It was once a cluster of five smaller islets separated by tidal rivers. In its earlier days, granite mining supported a few thousand settlers, and much of the original vegetation was cleared for the cultivation of rubber and crops like coffee, pineapple, coconut and jasmine. As time progressed, abandoned quarry became relics of Ubin’s history while forests and grasslands regenerated to cover up the ravages of the past.
Today, the island still retains the rustic beauty and simplicity of a bygone era. Furthermore, thrill-seekers can rent mountain bikes from the many rental shops at the main village, near the jetty, and embark on a thrilling ride across Pulau Ubin’s rugged terrain.
38. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
In 2002, the wetland reserve is gazetted as a Nature Reserve in Singapore. It was opened as a Nature Park in 1993 and has since expanded to include 202ha of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests, providing an even larger sanctuary for flora and fauna that call it home. Sungei Buloh offers many trails for visitors to explore with resident birds such as herons, kingfishers or sunbirds. The wetland reserve also attracts migratory shorebirds, including plovers or sandpipers, during September-March every year.
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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
39. TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie
This is a must when you goes to MacRitchie Reservoir. You will learn about the different stages of a mature secondary forest. Singapore’s first free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie.
It offers you a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy. The total length is approximately 250 meters starting at the beginning and ending at 25 meters.
It’s 4.5 km (1.5 hours) from MacRitchie Reservoir Park and 2.5 km (45 minutes – 1 hour) from Venus Drive car park. Additionally, many other trails take you through different stages of an ecosystem, so your trip won’t be wasted if this one doesn’t work out for you!
Address: 601 Island Club Road (Located close to Singapore Island Country Club, via Venus Drive)
Opening Hours: from 11 August 2020. Works are expected to complete by 3Q 2021.