Whether you’re looking to get out in the fresh air, or clear your mind after a long day at work, Singapore exhibits a range of picturesque parks and gardens, for a quiet stroll amongst nature. Lucky for you, there are dozens of pretty parks to relax with a book, spot some wildlife on a hike, admire colourful flowers, and discover secret green sanctuaries. So, we’ve listed 10 of the most beautiful parks and gardens to explore in Singapore.
Jurong Lake Gardens is a large 90-hectare park in the heartlands exhibiting a lake and swamp forest, with a charming boardwalk, playgrounds for children, a dog run, and even watersports. As one of Singapore’s newest national gardens, it’s a superb location for loved ones to get together to birdwatch, over a picnic with games. Highlights include a Double Beauty Bridge connecting Chinese and Japanese Gardens, as well as an exotic temple along the waterfront, The Twin Pagodas, that will make you feel as if you’re Bali.
In fact, a charming new Starbucks is hidden at Jurong Lake Gardens, and it’s one of the most picturesque alfresco dining places around the island. Certainly, an excellent place to relax with a coffee, against the backdrop of the beautiful views of Jurong Lake and the floating wetlands.
📍Jurong Lake Gardens, Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore
Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Singapore. The 164-year-old beautiful tropical botanic garden gained the title back in 2015. Situated along Orchard Road, visitors can experience the magic of tropical mountain trails, several plants and orchids from around the world, nature-themed exhibitions, green archways, the first garden in Asia dedicated to children, and many more attractions. Delightfully, it’s free-to-enter. Plus, there’s an iconic glasshouse at National Orchard Garden, inside the park, which just so happens to be one of the most instagrammable places in Singapore.
📍1 Cluny Rd, Singapore, 259569
3. Sang Nila Utama Garden
Fort Canning Park offers more than 10 garden attractions in a peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There’s a selection of themed gardens, but our favourite is Sang Nika Utama Garden, which was constructed to mirror 14th century Southeast Asia. It’s named after an ancient king and features Javanese split gates that resemble The Gates Of Heaven in Bali, reflective pools, statues of creatures, and other hidden gems. Definitely, one of the best parks in Singapore for those who appreciate history and culture. Wonderfully, pets are welcome to the gardens too!
📍1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868
Gardens By The Bay needs no introduction. Singapore’s most famous garden is home to more than 1.5 million plants and dozens of ig-worthy hotspots…so visitors won’t be disappointed. Stroll under the giant supertrees, spend an afternoon with exotic plants from across the globe, admire the view along Dragonfly Bridge, or sit on the boardwalk reading a book, with Marina Bay Sands perched to the background. Additionally, it’s a scenic location for a lazy afternoon with a picnic – all for free.
📍 Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
5. Bird Paradise
Animal lovers can stroll through Asia’s largest bird park in Singapore which is home to more than 3,500 birds from 400 avian species. Bird Paradise features eight walk-in aviaries where visitors can feel as if they are journeying across global ecologies. From the Southeast Asian rice terraces to South American jungles…it will be the ultimate destination for nature and bird enthusiasts. Learn more.
📍20 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729825
The lush 62-hectare Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest parks in Singapore. It is particularly known for a 3km waterway, featuring a myriad of wildlife like otters and banks of wildflowers, that intertwines with the Kallang River. Families are often seen gathering for picnics on the open lawns, while there are a number of exciting activities around the park, from cycling lanes, to wheelchair-accessible playgrounds, and even the Aramsa Garden Spa – which is an excellent date idea.
📍1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore
Get up at the crack of dawn to visit the oldest reservoir in Singapore featuring turtle spotting, bamboo trees, and other elements of nature. MacRitchie Reservoir Park is one of the best hikes around, situated within Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and offers a selection of colour trails to trek. For example, Orange is a 7km hike to reach the picture-perfect Treetop Walk, that looks over a jungle setting, within 1.5 to 2 hours. The suspended bridge 25m above the forest floor offers majestic views afar. Afterward, you can cool off with a kayaking adventure. Certainly, a wonderful park to explore for people of all ages.
📍Lornie Rd, Singapore 298735
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8. Eastern Corridor Route
Explore the new 18km Eastern Corridor route which connects various different parks and is set on more than half of scenic waterways in Singapore. Particularly, it connects Pasir Ris Park and East Coast Park also mentioned on this article. It goes through Bedok Reservoir Park and makes an excellent location for jogging or cycling. Learn more.
Stretching along 15km, East Coast Park is an excellent coastal park for dozens of outdoor activities. The attraction park features a diverse collection of dining, sporting, and recreational activities – for every type of person. There are more than 80 BBQ pits to whip up a feast by the sea, a waterpark and fishing, nearby hawker centres for cheap eats, sporting facilities like cycling, skating, and beach volleyball, as well as a Dog Run, to let your pet run free, to name a few attractions. Definitely, one of the greatest parks to relax at in Singapore.
📍E Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore
First opened in 1988, the 36-hectare Bukit Batok Nature Park is built on an abandoned quarry. Today, it’s one of the most popular parks in Singapore, featuring peaceful walking trails that lead to 10-storey high viewpoints, majestic forest views, a lush pond, playgrounds, and a World War II Memorial Site. Animal lovers will be mesmerised by the moneys, lizards, and butterflies around the park. When you’ve finished wandering this park, you can walk 9 minutes to reach the relatively new Riffles Range Nature Park.
📍Cnr Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, Bukit Batok East Ave 6, and, Singapore 659761
Enjoy the sights and sounds of birds sing as you get in those steps before work from 7am in this stunning leisure park. Wander through a 1km Forest Walk that links to HortPark, cross to Mount Faber Park via the tallest pedestrian bridge in Singapore: Henderson Waves Bridge, and admire colourful flowers, squirrels playing, and beautiful butterflies flying through the air. In fact, the Terrace Garden in this park is popular for weddings.
📍10, Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
HortPark is the ultimate one-stop destination for those who love gardening. It weaves together recreational, research, educational, and retail activities under one canopy. From themed gardens, to urban farms, outdoor trails, art adventures, interesting workshops, wildlife spotting, and more…this 9-hectare park is fabulous place to spend time in the outdoors, whether you’re alone or with a group of people.
📍33 Hyderabad Rd, Singapore 119578
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