Gardens By The Bay
OCBC Skyway: $3 - $5 (9am - 9pm)
- < $10
Spanning 101 hectares, this newly-opened $1 billion superpark houses over a quarter of a million rare plants and is just a five-minute walk from the city. The park comprises three gardens; Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. From the waterfront promenade, enjoy an amazing view of the Marina Bay financial district skyline. The grounds are perfect for an evening stroll and picnic with family and friends.
When the gardens are fully developed, and fully grown, they will of course be lovely. At the moment, I remain slightly muffed by the sight of trees supported by bamboo crutches and all too many patches of plants which did not quite make it and are on the way to plant heaven or the incinerator in the centre of the food courts where I presume they burn all waste. Including the junk food refuse? I doubt it.
Entrance is free. The flower dome and the cloud dome are the only extra costs. And they are expensive. And if you want to walk along a path suspended on the supertree towers and are willing to fork out $5 for less minutes, be my guest.
When I compare this place with the original botanic gardens, this one comes off second best. The Singapore Tourist authorities claim that visitors have exceeded plan. Hmmm. Most of the times I have been, you could shoot an arrow along the far too wide paths and not hit anyone. Spin doctors, maybe?
Why build paths which are so wide? The essence of gardens is to be part of them, folded in their embrace, not viewing with distaste from a safe distance.
Nonetheless, it is growing on me, and I wish it well, but for the time being, give me the original gardens any time. What about the flower and cloud dome, you may ask? Feel free! The only wow factor was blast of icy air as one entered the cloud dome and viewed the amazing waterfall. From there it was all down hill. It reminded me of a space rocket with plants stuck to its side with sellotape.
And the flower dome? The Chelsea Flower Show on pirate steroids. I would much rather spend a tenth of the price and wander through the Orchid Garden at the original gardens.
But as I said, it is slowly growing on me.
As an afterthought, why not walk to the barrage, cross it, and wander through the garden on the other side of the marine, the one that runs on the east bank of the Kallang Basi down to the Benjamin Shears Bridge and Tanjung Rhu. No pretension there, so no lofty expectations. You can pause on a shaded park bench, look back over the basin at the iron frames of the supertrees and ask, why?
1) Start early - about 9am onwards would be good.
2) The Gardens opens early (5am) and closes 2am. BUT the OCBC Skyway, aircon conservatories Flower Dome & Cloud Forest closes 9pm. Ticketing closes at 830pm.
3) The open areas at the garden are FREE of charge.
4) The Skyway entry is S$5/adult, Kids S$3/-.
5) The Sounds & Light display (Free of Charge) at the Supertree Grove , nightly 745pm & 845pm is a good for look-see, if you need to rest your legs after dinner....so plan to stay at least till 10pm.
6) Prepare a cardigan for children or anyone afraid of coolness, especially at the Flower Dome near the Bottle Trees section.
7) Check out the Garden website for latest updates or events held at the venue, to avoid clashing with the hordes...
8) The meals at the Supertree Dining are reasonably nice..but it's on the side of pricy (that's why it's usually deserted on weekdays)...
9) Water coolers are available at restrooms area, if you want to save on mineral water
10) If you have only time and budget for one of the two domes, my recommendation would be the Cloud Forest, with the imposing 35m indoor waterfall. Beautiful, especially in the evening...
Have a great day at the Park...
Mother Nature’s creations are things of wondrous beauty. Why gild her lilies and paint legs on her serpents?
The Cloud Forest was my favourite part of the trip. It looked like a futuristic version of something out of the movie Avatar! The Flower Dome was also jaw-droppingly beautiful and I was amazed to stand in the largest greenhouse in the world. Besides these two conservatories, I wasn’t wowed by anything else in Gardens by the Bay.
Nevertheless, visiting Gardens by the Bay at least once should be on your bucket list. If you’re up for the challenge, you can even cycle to Gardens by the Bay from East Coast Park! You’d get to exercise and enjoy the beautiful flowers!
I mean honestly, it really looks nice, at night, the lights twinkle and are a joy to look at as you're driving along the expressway. It's clean, and it still has greenery so we can't complain that its detrimental to the environment. Sure, having to pay to get into the two domes can pinch your pockets (just a little) but so many great events are free for you anyway!
Personally, I've enjoyed the exhibitions and the chilly air of the domes, getting to see the endangered plants are a plus point and I happen to think the area is perfect for a picnic.
Next time you're done, appreciate the beauty of the greenery rather than whine about how much it all cost. It's been spent, no point crying over spilt milk!
Events being held at the place are always so beautiful too, surrounded by the greenery and t
One of the highlights would be the OCBC skyway located 22 metres above the ground. It is a walkway overlooking Marina Bay. When the wind gets too strong, it may sway a little. Definitely not for those afraid of heights!
There are two conservatories at Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. I would prefer the latter. At Cloud Forest, there is not much to see as compared to the Flower Dome. For photography enthusiasts, the Flower Dome will be a good place to snap a few good photographs. I enjoyed looking at the various types of flowers and took plenty of photographs. Both conservatories are air-conditioned; go in the afternoon to avoid the heat from the sun!
Be sure to stop by the Children’s Garden when you are there. It is not your typical playground. They have a fairly huge water play area with water effects. Bring along extra clothes to change into if you intend to play. In the Children’s Garden, there are two tree houses with interactive fixtures as well as a mini obstacle course. One of the tree house is even almost 8 metres tall! That’s one place to check out when you are there.
Take a walk at Gardens by the Bay at night. It is a good place to unwind after a long day, especially during Friday nights or weekends. At night, there are Supertrees that will be lighted up. The colour changes from time to time as well; a beautiful sight. Be sure to visit Gardens by the Bay at least once.
Not the botanist type, we were more interested to get some pictures taken rather than to stop and smell the flowers. It was the NDP rehearsal and the highlight must have been to catch the helicopter flying past with our Singapore flag. So that pretty much sums up our first visit - uneventful.
After Caden came along, I began to stay peeled for fun activities for toddlers and I found out about the Children's Garden at the Gardens! Since that discovery, we have been back countless times. The most attractive part about this feature is the fact that it's free! Best time to visit is on weekday mornings where the sun isn't blaring down on the kids and when it's not crowded. Avoid weekends and public holidays.
I noticed that the Children's Garden is highly popular among the expat kids. Perhaps Singapore is too hot for them and any opportunity to cool off is welcomed with open arms. One tip is to bring splash toys and buckets for your child so that he/ she can have fun not just with the fountains and sprinklers but play with the toys at the same time. This way, parents can kick back and relax on the bleachers or chairs provided. There are staff around to watch out for dangerous behaviours or simply stop patrons from entering with footwear. Thumbs up for that!
The water play area is divided into 2 sections - the 1-5 year olds and the 6 & above. However, there is no strict ruling on little children who run over to the older children area. Toddlers have to be supervised by an adult. Caden loves to play with the big kids and is mostly at the 6 & above area.
There are shower and changing facilities next to the water play and overall I am very impressed by the water park in the Gardens.
My friends and I took the OCBC Skywalk and it was a very exciting experience. I'm not usually scared of heights but the Skywalk was slightly shaky if someone started bouncing/running on it. So if you're truly scared of heights, I suggest you stay away from this.
That was the only exciting thing that happened at Gardens by the Bay though. Everything else was quite boring but my friends and I decided to make things fun by having our mini photoshoot there.
While the entrance fee is slightly expensive, the experience of the large biodiversity within the domes are a great place for nature lovers, especially people like me. Also an avid fan of taking macro photography, the range of diversity allowed me to take zoomed in shots of a pitcher plant or observe the intricate petals of a plant. The multicoloured positioning of the plant also makes a nice setting for tourist-like photographs that adds colour to the photographs. Definitely one of a few places that has given me fantastic natural lighting flitting nicely into my pictures.
By night, the place is transformed into a spectacular light show with the tree groves. The trees are lighted up and made into beautiful light displays that are multicoloured against the black sky. A beautiful experience and once again, beautiful results for a photographer like me.
A recommendation would be to set aside a full day in order to enjoy the beauties of this place.
Of course, if you are a tourist in Singapore, visiting Gardens by the Bay is encouraged! There is the sky walk, twining sinuously around the tree- like structures, and the Flower Dome, which houses many beautiful flowers. Sadly, both need an entry fee. On top of the tallest metal tree, there is even a restaurant. An elevator will take you up there.
There are a few eateries on ground level, next to Gardens by the Bay. The pricing is a bit on the expensive side, though I suppose it is only natural considering that they are located there.
There was a large diversity of plants present and im usually not someone to stop and appreciate nature, but this was nice and the plants actually looked different from each other and weren’t the basic greens that we normally see.
We bought the tickets to 3 attractions - The Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Supertree Grove (All the attractions is air-conditioned inside). As for ticket-wise, it was considered as a reasonable price if you bought the whole package since they never stated the duration of which we were allowed to stay inside that certain attraction.
Cloud Forest (Don't ever go to the higher levels if you are afraid of heights) - When I first entered the attraction, I was able to feel a huge gust of ice-like wind coming towards me. One word to describe it - Breezy. When I looked up to see where the wind came from, I was amazed by the breathtaking sight I saw. There was a huge man made waterfall with the plants surrounding it. It was definitely comparable to the ones you see in forests.
There are a few levels in this attraction. I only realized that I am afraid of heights when I tried to look down from the metal bridge itself. The view is just scary. Other people were happily walking and chatting whereas I was practically running while looking at the sky to get to the basement. When I reached the basement, no there wasn't much flowers there, in replacement it was full of crystals(?) - mainly in purple/white. It was quite an eye-opener for my case since I never anticipated this.
Flower Dome - The entire garden is full of flowers. It would be a good date for couples to go as well, since the atmosphere there just gives off that romantic feeling and they could just hold hands and chat while walking and admiring these flowers. Since it was the christmas season at that time, there were cute sculptures there and of course, some HUGE ones are made of flowers itself ! If I was a kid I would not be able to resist touching those.. Being a huge lover of the nature, I kept snapping photos of any interesting things I saw there. (All the photos can be found in my album) This place would be perfect for people who wants to take a breather from their busy lives or simply just want to relax.
What I liked the best: The flowers and all the attractions itself!
What wasn't so pleasant: The height, and do remember to bring along a jacket if you get easily cold since it would be like in a large icy room (if not you would end up suffering like me)
Note: To reach the gardens by the bay, you would need to walk for a certain distance. Be careful not to get lost since there were lots of turning paths here and there.
I'll have to say that I think it is one of the most beautiful places to explore, and though its concrete, and fake exterior looks uninviting for the nature purist, I do beseech you give it a shot, because it is fun. Similar to the Singapore Zoo, it's one of the best places to bring your children to, because it does inject an element of education with the many thematic parts of the park.
A nice, cool park in Singapore to bring your partner to, or a decent place to get some nature photography done. Its also not too hard to get to, so do give it a shot sometime. PS: The admission to the skybridge thing is about 5 dollars. Might be higher/lower, but do take the chance to check it out. It's a fun little attraction, if you can get past a phobia for heights.