Gardens by the Bay

18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

With its domed greenhouses of epic proportions dotted across some 100 hectares (250 acres), the sustainable Gardens by the Bay are educational and fun. The Cloud Forest is a misty, 42-meter-high (138-foot-high) “mountain” that re-creates tropical highlands; visitors use ramps to explore around and through them. A biosphere of Mediterranean and desert plants, including huge baobab trees, makes up the Flower Dome. Outdoors, guests walk on suspended walkways between steel-frame “Supertrees” that are covered in solar-powered lights.

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Stroll Through Singapore's Greatest Gardens

Singapore’s newest garden is also the most whimsical. Gardens by the Bay offers two conservatories that resemble armadillos; giant steel-frame trees put on solar-powered light shows at night. The Singapore Botanic Gardens, established in 1859, house the world’s largest orchid collection and a Healing Garden with more than 300 medicinal plants.

Splendid Sightseeing, Closer to Nature

This new botanical garden features two cooling conservatories, where plants and trees from various parts of the world gather under one glass roof. It’s the best place to stop by and smell the flowers, and to practice photography in Singapore.

Night Stroll Through the Gardens

Gardens by the Bay is a complex of theme gardens and steel-and-glass-domed conservatories located in the Marina Bay area of Singapore. The stars of the complex are undoubtedly the Supertrees: man-made, tree-like structures that serve several purposes, including being vertical gardens housing a myriad of tropical plants. Collectively known as the Supertree Grove, the eighteen trees range in size from 25 to 50 meters. As in nature, no two trees are the same. Just below the “canopy” of several of the trees, held up by dozens of very thin cables, is an elevated walkway called the OCBC Skyway that takes you through one part of the Supertree Grove. Walking among and looking up at the Supertrees is like being in a futuristic forest with trees from another planet. As dusk falls they light up and cast a warm glow over the grove—enough to light the way for a relaxing stroll. There are two 10-minute sound and light shows each night. If you make it up to the OCBC Skyway before it closes you can watch the second show from there. Besides the show, the Supertree Grove is a great spot to catch a nighttime view of Singapore‘s amazing skyline and shimmering lights.

A sky lit up with trees

Yes, you have seen the pictures of these towering trees several times now. But you will still be impressed with lights orchestrated with beautiful classical music when the light & sound show begins on these sky groves. There is a lot to recommend in the Gardens, but if it has to be one thing only that you have time for - walk through the waterfront walk and go straight to these towers at the time of the light show.

Welcome to Pandora

Gardens by the bay would be the closest one would get to being in Pandora, the fictional planet in the celebrated film Avatar. Awe-inspiring would be the most succinct way to describe the place and it’s worth spending your entire afternoon there, reading a book, to escape the humidity of Singaporean weather.

The Coolest Garden on the Planet

Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are out of this world. I enjoy garden and architecture so Garden by The Bay is place for me. It’s an amazing experience, movie at the end was great as well. $30 per person entry seems a bit pricey but once you’re inside you will change your mind. We got better deal on this site. Loved everything there, the ancient Olive trees in the flower dome, beautifully manicured gardens, the huge Supertrees everything.

Singapore's Indoor Cloud Forest

Shrouded in vegetation and mist, the Cloud Forest dome in Singapore‘s Gardens by the Bay hosts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Visitors take a lift to the top of the intro mountain mountain top and work their way down to discover plant life from the tropical highlands. If you only have time to visit one of the domes, I would recommend this one.

Supertree Grove Light Show

One of Gardens by the Bay’s most iconic attraction is its Supertree Grove. If you’re okay with heights, pay to stroll the OCBC Skyway from above. It’s is a good vantage point to view one of the two nighttime Garden Rhapsody shows at 7:45 or 8:45 pm when the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling display of dancing lights.

Engineering Wonder: Supertree Grove

Gardens by the Bay has been one of Singapore’s top attractions since it opened in 2011. As it gets dark, wander to the Supertree Grove. These man-made trees are covered by over 200 species of plants and free to wander from the ground. The canopies not only look cool, they’re embedded with environmentally sustainable features like photovoltaic to harvest energy that light the trees. Others serve as air exhausts to cool the nearby conservatory domes. It’s worth visiting the grove in the evenings, when the Supertrees are transformed by colorful illuminations.

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