The Best Things to Do in Singapore
Collected by Heidi Sarna , AFAR Local Expert
At just 278 square miles, Singapore (aka Lion City) is tiny, but you’ll never run out of fun things to do. From the Singapore Zoo and its nocturnal animals to the spectacular Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, nature is always on show. But it's well worth heading inside to the temples, churches, mosques, and museums to learn about the country's diverse history.
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
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.
E Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449876
East Coast Park is a wonderful stretch of seafront greenery containing plenty of trails where runners, walkers, cyclists, and in-line skaters can frolic in nature. There are shops where you can rent bikes and Rollerblades (just follow signs in the...
39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
With a few hours to spare , I followed a friend's advice and visited the Peranakan Museum. Sized just right for a quick walk through the cultural traditions and history of the Peranakan -- the descendants of Chinese, Indian, and Muslim merchants...
80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Regarded as one of the best zoos on the planet, a unique feature of the Singapore Zoo is the lack of fences to be found anywhere on the property. Exotic wildlife from all corners of the globe are allowed to roam freely throughout the facility,...
Tanglin Rd, Singapore
Singapore may not have bicycle lanes on its roads, but the country does have a wonderful and growing network of bike-friendly asphalt paths along its many canals and rivers that are sometimes joined up with pathways in parks and along old rail...
41 Dunlop St, Abdul Gaffoor Mosque, Singapore 209369
This frilly, century-old mosque, with its interesting mix of Victorian and Arabian architecture, is straight out of a Disney fairy tale. Its Corinthian columns, Doric pilasters, cinquefoil arches, and painted-glass cupolas will mesmerize you. When...
1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
Dive deep into Singapore’s rich multi-ethnic origins with pan-Asian history and art exhibits at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Admission tickets are discounted from 7pm-9pm on Fridays and entry is always free for Singaporeans and permanent...
158 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068613
Built between 1839 and 1842, Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Hok-lo temple in Singapore. Constructed on the site of an earlier primitive shrine created by Chinese sailors grateful to have survived the journey to Singapore (and needing...
Ridley Park, Singapore
In Singapore, black and whites refer to the colonial-era bungalows of that color combination built here by the British for married officers and civil servants. The oldest date back to the 1890s and the newest to the 1940s. About 500 or so survive...
Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and, Telok Blangah Rd, Singapore 099448
Singapore’s a pretty flat place. There used to be more hills, but some were flattened partly to help fill in the country’s expanding coastline, as Singapore has always pursued an aggressive land-reclamation push (it’s almost 25...
781 Mountbatten Rd, Singapore 437779
Named after Louis Mountbatten, Britain’s supreme allied commander in Southeast Asia, Mountbatten Road was originally known as Grove Road. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it became a popular place for the wealthy to build country...
Bussorah St, Singapore
The Sultan Mosque, sometimes considered Singapore’s national mosque, is set at the end of Bussorah Mall in Kampong Glam, angled toward Mecca. It’s topped with a pair of huge golden domes and twin eight-story minarets that can be seen...
347 Serangoon Rd, Singapore
Thaipusam is a festival celebrated by the Tamil Hindu community in Singapore each year in January or February. In 2011 I was invited by a friend to observe the man’s preparations at a Hindu temple in Little India. After all of these little...
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