Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir right in the heart of the city. It is also a popular recreational area.
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Good for family, lovers and friends
My hubby first brought me here in late 2011 when I was pregnant, cranky and crazy about flying kites. I scolded him non-stop during the long wait for the bus till we finally got on the bus and reached the open air field at the top of the building. I immediately apologize for it is indeed a great place to fly kite and the view was just spectacular!
I went back again with my toddler and she has great fun learning to walk on the grass patch.I also enjoyed showing her how precious is water to Singapore at the education centre at level one.
There was a small cafe at the 2nd floor which serves great chicken dishes though the service is greatly dependent on the mood of the servers. You do not have other choice for food unless you planned a picnic, however the scenery you get from the cafe over looking the boardwalk may help you get over the bad service.
Icon of our Garden City
As one of the first major NParks project to integrate art and greenery, Marina Barrage is a worthy icon of Singapore. The bold and modern architecture enclosing environmental-friendly landscaping is a testament to Singapore's reputation as a world class nation. It tells the world (or at least the multitude of tourists that visit the barrage everyday) that we strive to be the best in absolutely everything, whether its our economy or art and nature.
While I have nothing against it's statement to the world, Marina Barrage is definitely not the place to go for relaxation during the weekends. I brought a whole busload of kids to fly kites there on a Saturday and was horrified to discover how crowded the grass lawn was. I really shouldn’t have been surprised. It was a tourist attraction smack in the middle of the city after all, and the rooftop wasn’t that big.
The popular activities up there were purportedly picnic and kite-flying. However, if I were to bring the kids kite-flying again, I would choose someplace like Sengkang Park. And if I were to bring them picnic-ing, I’d go East Coast Park or some other beach. Marina Barrage is for tourists, and the only reason I’d bring anyone there on a weekend again is if they are tourists.
Great learning journey
Marina Barrage is mostly known as a great place to have picnics and to fly kites on the Green Deck. Personally, I feel the same way too. The Green Deck is a wide open area grass turf where many lay their picnic mats to have a picnic with friends. You can often see people flying their colourful kites at the deck too. However, the Green Deck is may really crowded with picnic goers such that it loses its spacious feel.
However, what many may neglect about the Marina Barrage would be it's educational aspect. The gallery has many exhibitions explaining the concept and background of the Marina Barrage. Honestly, this is quite a bore to me, but the part I found interesting was the simulation of the Marina Barrage and how the dams work. A mini mock-up of the Marina Barrage in the form of a table-like setting serves to inform the visitors of the main purpose of the Marina Barrage and it is in fact, really interesting to watch it at work. The Gallery also consists of many other interesting exhibitions and activities that people tend to neglect. So the next time you're down at the Marina Barrage, do spend some time to experience the Gallery too.
Quite an eye opener.
The Marina Barrage is something the locals would describe as "ulu" which roughly translates to an isolated place or out of the way.Considering that a few years ago, this place did not even exist and the same spot where the barrage stands on now was the same spot where I had gone fishing testifies to the adage "If the Government wants it to happen, it will happen".
The architecture of the Barrage is pretty unique. It has a giant ramp in-built into the structure which allows visitors to reach the top-most level. You could of course take the lift or the stairs but that would not be anywhere as scenic. Speaking of stairs to the top, they are made of stainless steel and sometime last year, I was there for a company event. It rained and due to that the stairs were wet. Cleaners were trying to mop up excess water, but you don't need to be Einstein to figure out that the stairs would be slippery. My boss slipped and fell a few steps down.
After that mishap, the next time I was at the barrage, I am glad that rough surface strips were installed on the stairs to make them safer to walk on in wet weather. It showed that the management of the facility actually listened to a complaint. I can be cynical as to why, but for once, I am going to hold my tongue.
Best place for kite-flying!
Fancy a lazy and relaxing afternoon/evening doing just about nothing at all? If yes, then Marina Barrage will definitely be the place for you! Even though it is not very accessible, there are buses that go into the place and the best news for drivers - Parking is free!
You absolutely should head down for a picnic or two when you are free. On sunny/windy days, many people can be seen laying their picnic mats and bringing their own picnic food along. Do grab your kites too, as the place is totally suited for kite-flying! Marina Barrage is spacious with grass covering a large piece of land. You can run about freely and on weekends, many colorful kites can be seen decorating the sky. It is definitely a good way to catch up with family and friends, whilst enjoying the scenery and good weather, basking in happiness of the others. In the night, the lit up kites are flown in the sky too, which makes Marina Barrage even prettier.
Do visit Marina Barrage on days with good weather, it is a cheap and relaxing way to spend your lazy weekend afternoons instead of lazying at home!
A cooling place for a humid night
It might take a little effort to get to Marina Barrage especially if you don't drive, but it's all worth it in the end. After all, you don't have to pay to come and enjoy a place as beautiful as this, so why not? It might also take some effort to walk up the winding slope to get up to where you can have the best view of the city, but again, it's all worth it. What makes it better is that the moment you get to Marina Barrage, you can start to feel the wind which makes the humid weather in Singapore slightly more bearable.
The view of the city was spectacular at night, what with all the lights from the Singapore Flyer etc. Simply breathtaking... There were a few groups of rowdy teenagers, but I didn't let them affect my mood because the atmosphere there was just that good. This place is also a perfect place for kite flyers because of the big grass patch in between the two walkways. However, I've never been here in the daytime before so I'm not sure if the wind would be as strong in the daytime, but I would suppose it's worth a try.
This place would also be perfect for a picnic - a plan I've thought about for a long time now but which hasn't materialized...
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Nice and breezy
I used to run along the Singapore River (particularly the stretch along MBS), and reaching the barrage was both my favourite and least favourite part of the jog. It was my favourite because 1. there were water points and 2. when I ran up the barrage it was super breezy, but it was my least favourite because I had to run uphill.
It's a great spot for picnics, kite-flying (the wind up there is amazing), and chilling with friends. I'd advise against going up at night though, because the insects once the sun goes down are plentiful and I don't like bugs. You also get an amazing view of the Singapore skyline, with MBS in the background, so it's great for taking pictures and enjoying the city. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you're looking for a cheap date idea.
Barrage? More like Bar-ugh
Marina Barrage has many things going for it. A prime location in the center of the city, and gorgeous views of the Singapore skyline at night. However, Marina Barrage, being so popular, draws massive crowds constantly, and this left a sour taste in my mouth.
Yes, it is a good spot to fly kites, take pictures, and have a picnic, but that could be said for plenty of other recreational spots in Singapore like East Coast Park and West Coast Park. The sheer number of people coming in on weekends suffocates the entire atmosphere, making a visit to the Barrage more trouble than it's worth.
I don't hate the location - it's pleasant, and enjoyable at times. Sun and wind never did anyone any harm, but in this case, it isn't worth it. Don't brave the crowds. Do the smart thing, and head to another location.
To have a good view of Singapore, Marina Barrage is the place to go.
If you're looking for a place to relax after bustling the streets in Singapore, it's the place I would recommend.
Once the sky turns dark and the crowd's moving out - that would be the best time to head over. To me, it's quite a romantic spot to chill with someone special by laying on the grass and star gaze, or even looking at the view of Singapore's skyline.
If you're looking to have a date with the special someone, consider Marina Barrage. Grab a bottle of wine and some grapes, have a picnic for supper and you would be amazed with how wonderful the night can turn out to be.
Try to avoid the barrage on the peak hour as it can get pretty crowded.
Relief and Enjoy
Marina Barrage is a great place for relaxation, taking a break from all those hectic work be it school or working in an office. Having been to Marina Barrage for quite a few times, it does not get boring at all and every time you go there you can do different activities. A while back, I went with my polytechnic friends to have a picnic as a form of bonding session. We brought snacks, home-made food, guitar for pleasing music in the air and even played the classic game of catching across the big open roof top.
You do not need to take transportation to Marine Barrage as there are jogging/ cycling paths which people can use. I have personally cycled with my friend from Singapore indoor stadium, following the route, all the way towards Marina barrage. We would ride in and refill our water before take a stroll to the bridge and having a sit over looking the two divided sea water and fresh water.
These are just some of the most beautiful memories that I have with Marina Barrage. To be honest, I really felt relax every time I go there as the wind blows and the feeling of being close to nature (although it is closer to the city than to nature but still...) helps distress if you will call it.
Do plan ahead like checking the weather because you may never know what will happen. Haha! :)
Windy, great for picnics!
If you know me well, you'd know that I am the biggest fan of picnics. Marina Barrage is one of the best places to have one and the thing I like about it most is that it's windy. Morning, afternoon or night, it is windy. Just perfect for kite-flying!
What annoys me about the barrage is that it's quite ulu to get to. You would have to take a bus from Marina Bay MRT station and the bus comes at irregular timing. Of course you could opt to take the shuttle bus but even till now, I have no idea where to board it. Do not ever try to walk there because my friends and I tried it before...it took us about 45 minutes.
However, the view from the barrage is amazing. If you want a great view at sunset, the Marina Barrage is definitely a great place to be at. I can't wait to visit it again!
The best thing about Marina Barrage is that it has a wonderful view of Singapore; from the massive skyscrapers in Shenton Way to the view of the Singapore River! Its free admission and wide open spaces make it perfect for class outings, gatherings and picnics.
However, the bad thing about Marina Barrage is that its quite hard to get to; it is not in a very convenient location :/ However, if you are prepared to stay there for long, then the trip there will definitely be worth it :)
I suggest planning your trip there in advance and check out what the weather conditions for the day are. If it rains, there's not much alternative entertainment around that area that has shelter. Go on a bright sunny day and I'm sure it will then be an awesome adventure :)
Good for bonding
Marina Barrage. Green field. Kites. Picnics. Beautiful.
Whenever I think of marina barrage, I think of the memories that I had with my friends there. It is really a good place for bonding and picnics. Of course, the admission is free which is really good for poor students like us.
If you decided to go there, do not forget to bring a kite along and some food. Check the weather as the best way to utilize the time spent there is when there is no rain. Compete with another kite-flyer to see whose kite can fly higher, have fun, get fat, laugh.
It is one of the best place to fly a kite as the wind there is really strong. With so many different colorful kites decorating the blue sky, and the addition of the lush grass carpet under your feet, it serves as a really beautiful backdrop for photo enthusiasts. I would definitely recommend people to go there for a good enjoyable bonding session.
Not your typical reservoir.
After burning out the whole week at work, or churning out hours in school, how does an outdoor space with a tinge of tranquility, sounds to you? What if it can bear witness to sunset, even to the beautiful city lights of Singapore at night? What if there are fascinating water fountains, kite-flying at the two-story manmade park, with a breathtaking scenery to boot? It ought to tempt you. (It has to!)
Other than it being a beautiful place to hang out in, I had no idea that it was actually Singapore’s 15th reservoir, the first in the heart of the city. It is a great place to hangout with your friends, or to enjoy some quiet time with your other half or simply, enjoy the sunset, which was exactly what I did.
It is absolutely relaxing when I first went, and I like that even when there are a lot of people there, I can still manage to find your own private corner at the open air field above because it is a huge place. If you don’t mind getting wet/ you can play at the water fountains, almost like a water playground, not just for kids but for grown ups as well. You can also choose to kite-fly there. Don't have to worry about not having a kite to fly, because you can buy it at a convenience store below (it is quite cheap too!) It is even more magical at night, not to forget a lovely view of the sunset, which is truly amazing.
It is definitely a place that you would want to go! (And the admission is free, so why not!)
More than a reservoir !
The Marina Barrage is one venue I always love to bring my family and overseas friends to visit...because the history leading to the construction of this awesome infrastructure and the amazing engineering feats achieved never fail to inspire and bring on the "Wow!"...
Yes, the Marina Barrage, with it's opened and spacious vistas are hard to come by in our densely built up urban landscape. The field at the top, functions as a great cooling roof and rain catchment, are perfect for picnic and kite flying (read: no trees to ensnare your flying "apparatus".) or simply a place to chill out. The water park with it's sprays and water arches will especially be a favourite among children...and may even bring out the kid in us all. At night, the Barrage takes on a different vibe as the water fountain delights with its colourful music-lights co-ordinated hydro display and with the beautiful skyline of the Marina Bay precinct, makes a great photo-taking backdrop.
While there are eateries at the venue.. I am unable to commend as I've yet to patronise any as I always commute elsewhere for food jaunts or come prepared with picnic baskets. And for those who have yet to visit the MB and those who drives ...here's the sweetener - there's no entry fee and the parking is free. So make a date to visit MB...not just MBS.
Anyone got a kite?
I must confess this place does not thrill me. Having said that, the view back over Marina Bay and Kallang basin to the city is spectacular. The construction of the barrage wall with its massive barriers is mildly interesting and the few displays relating to water are so so.
What is great is the sweeping, grassed circle that leads you form the top floor of the building that houses the ubiquitous restaurants and headquarters of the place back down to the water play area (nice) on the ground floor.
It is a reasonable destination, but only if you have nothing better to do.
If you are a walker, walk back through Gardens on the Bay to the city or cross the barrage and wander through the gardens on the eastern side to reach a bus at Tanjung Rhu or further on a little, the MRT at Stadium.