Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Given Singapore’s small size, it’s easy to think of the country as a dense concrete jungle sprawling with tall office buildings and HDB blocks. But that doesn’t mean we’re devoid of a healthy amount of nature reserves and parks to balance everything out.

Just to be extra sure everyone knows we’re good with greenery, Singapore also has the iconic Gardens by the Bay. They didn’t skimp on displaying as much as possible either – think 250 acres of manicured gardens, scenic walking paths, and educational pit stops that’ll please everyone from your S/O and your friends, to your ah ma and kiddos. 

Get the best views at Supertree Grove

Supertree Grove
Image credit: Gardens by the Bay

Picture Gardens by the Bay and an image of the whimsical tree-like towers of Supertree Grove immediately comes to mind. Most visitors will take full advantage of strolling under the shaded walkways during the day, but you’ll likely find it worthwhile to stay till sundown. That’s because the entire enclave sparkles with colourful light displays at night. 

Entry is free, after all, so it’s an easy go-to spot for getting some fresh air and IG-worthy snaps. 

supertree grove at night
Image credit: @gardensbythebay

For those who can’t resist getting a good bird’s-eye view of Marina Bay and the CBD, head up to the Supertree Observatory. Located on the highest Supertree in the park, the observatory has a rooftop deck and an outdoor walkway for unobstructed views. That, plus a cafe for you to wind down at. 

While you’re at it, check out the OCBC Skyway, a bridge between two Supertrees to make you feel like you’re walking through a canopy.

Fun fact: Supertree Grove was the backdrop for the memorable wedding reception scene in “Crazy Rich Asians”.  

Supertree Observatory
Admission: From $6/child | from $10/adult
Opening hours: 4PM-10PM, Daily 

OCBC Skyway
Admission: $5/child | $8/adult
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM, Daily

Catch seasonal displays at Flower Dome & Cloud Forest

Folks who’re in need of a dose of nature but aren’t a fan of Singapore’s year-round tropical heat will find respite at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. These climate-controlled conservatories sport cool temperatures of 23°C – 25°C to house an array of plant habitats.

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

If you’ve been to the Flower Dome once, you’ll likely find parts of it completely different the next time you roll around. That’s because seasonal displays are commonplace here, where past exhibits have included annual Christmas decor and summery sunflower fields. There are also permanent displays with Mediterranean and subtropical plants in the dome. 

Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay

Once you’re done, head over to Cloud Forest to experience a replica of mountain greenery. The most noticeable feature of this dome is its 35m waterfall and cooling mist. There’s currently an art exhibit featuring 16 bronze sculptures hidden among the lush vegetation till 27th June 2021. 

Fun fact: The Flower Dome is the biggest greenhouse in the world, as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records.

Admission to two conservatories: From $10/child | from $20/adult
Admission to one conservatory: From $5/child | from $10/adult
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM, Daily

Take a stroll through outdoor gardens

Sun Pavilion, Gardens by the Bay
Sun Pavilion
Image credit: Gardens by the Bay

Be sure to wear comfy shoes if you’re planning to spend the day at Gardens by the Bay, because there are plenty of outdoor gardens and displays to explore – most of which are free. Ponds, art installations and pavilions are among the few fine touches you’ll stumble upon while strolling through manicured grounds. 

Floral Fantasy, Gardens by the Bay
Floral Fantasy
Image credit: @hottiemargaret

Among these, check out photo-worthy gems like Floral Fantasy (from $5/child and $10/adult), a dreamy corner filled with floating bouquets and romantic paths lined with foliage. Meanwhile, those with young kids can head to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden so the kiddos can unleash their energy amid interactive play areas. 

Things to do at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay seasonal display

Whether you love being surrounded by nature, or simply appreciate gorgeous backgrounds for your IG feed, you’ll find Gardens by the Bay a strong contender to spend a full day at. 

Pick up educational tidbits about nature while you’re there, or simply enjoy the cool temperatures of the iconic domes. Either way, the gardens are fit for a day out with your loved ones, whether it’s your fam, friends or bae

Getting there: If you’re taking the MRT on the Circle or Downtown Line, hop off at Bayfront MRT Station and take Exit B towards Gardens by the Bay. 

If you’re on the East-West Line, alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station and take Exit C. Go to bus stop no. 03223 and take bus 400 till bus stop no. 03371 that’s 6 stops away. 

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Public areas open from 5AM-2AM, Daily

More info on Gardens by the Bay attractions here

Cover image adapted from: @gardensbythebay & @hottiemargaret