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10+ Things to Do in Singapore: Best Sites to Visit, Places to Go & More


Curious on the best things to do in Singapore? This guide is packed with things to see and places to visit, from the gardens to the museums and more!

Planning on traveling to Singapore anytime soon?

Singapore is an amazing city which stunningly connects man-made innovation and natural beauty.

Whether you’re planning to visit or need an extra push to buy those tickets, pack your suitcase, and head off to this unique country-city, we created a guide with the best things to do in Singapore.

Let’s get exploring!

1. Merlion Park

the merlion is one of the coolest things to see in singapore
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Singapore might be a very expensive city, but there are still many things you can do and see here without spending a single cent. One of the top free things to do in Singapore is to stroll around Merlion Park. Here you can find the famous statue of the Merlion, a creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s tail, which is the most iconic symbol of Singapore. Walking there, you can also admire the stunning views of the Marina Bay Sands architecture.

2. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer wheel is one of the best things to do in Singapore
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One of the tallest observation wheels in the world, the Singapore Flyer allows you to see panoramic views of the whole city in a 30-minute ride reaching up to a height of 165 m (541 ft). Aside from the standard ride, there are also options where you can enjoy the ride with a glass of champagne or even have a 4-course dinner that will take you an hour and two rotations around the wheel. No matter which option you will choose, it is definitely a thing you cannot miss while visiting Singapore. 

Related Read: 10 Most Interesting Singapore Facts to Know

3. Gardens by the Bay

singapore supertrees are some of the top things to see in singapore
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There is just one word needed to convince anyone to visit Gardens by the Bay: Supertrees! Yes, those gigantic artificial trees that became a calling card of Singapore and are recognizable worldwide. But don’t stop after Supertree Grove; proceed to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest to admire yet again what human hands and minds are capable of creating.

4. Jewel Changi Airport

Rain Vortex indoor waterfall Changi airport Singapore is one of the best things to do in Singapore
That’s not a sci-fi forest from the future, that’s just the rain vortex indoor waterfall at Singapore Changi Airport! Taken by J. Green via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Even if you have just a layover in Singapore, you can still experience one of its miracles! Take your time and explore Jewel Changi Airport, which is a big tourist attraction itself. Inside you can find a few gardens with waterfalls, dozens of installations and sculptures, the biggest hedge maze in Singapore, and many more! It’s no wonder Changi has been awarded the title of the World’s Best Airport by many consultancies and organizations for many consecutive years. 

5. Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

Promenade near Marina Bay is one of the best free things to do in singapore
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Another top thing to do in Singapore, which is also free, is to stroll down the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. From here you can get a closer view of the ArtScience Museum and other architectural wonders. But make sure to find yourself at the promenade in the evening, as that’s the time for the Spectra show, a light and water show similar to the famous one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

6. Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island offers many of the best Singapore activities
The view from the cable car whilst visiting Sentosa Island. Taken by A. Spratt via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

After exploring mainland Singapore, head off to Sentosa Island, where you can spend days having fun or relaxing, whichever sounds better. For fun lovers, you can safely direct your steps towards Resort World Sentosa – the integrated resort which includes a Universal Studios theme park, the S.E.A. Aquarium, and Adventure Cove Waterpark (we will talk about these in more detail shortly, no worries). For those who prefer a more relaxing kind of vacation, check out the Sentosa beaches, such as Siloso Beach or Palawan Beach.

By the way, you can get to Sentosa Island from mainland Singapore by a cable car. How cool is that!

7. Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios is one of the best Singapore things to do
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With seven themed zones that offer different rides, shows, and attractions, Universal Studios Singapore is one of the top things to do in Singapore both for tourists and locals alike. After checking off the most important sights in Singapore, embrace your inner child and have a day full of fun in this awesome amusement park!

8. ArtScience Museum

Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum is one of the best places to go in Singapore
The ArtScience Museum stands directly in front of the world-renowned Marina Bay Sands building. Taken by J. de Salaberry via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

The ArtScience Museum in Singapore is simply stunning. The building itself is a work of art, looking amazing both during the day and at night, but wait till you see what’s in store for you inside! 

As the name suggests, the ArtScience Museum combines both art and science to create an unforgettable experience for its visitors. The 21 galleries of the museum are full of stunning installations and artwork that are complemented by cutting-edge technology. Even those who hate art museums will crack a smile once inside!

9. Jurong Bird Park

peacock at Jurong Bird Park is a top thing to see in Singapore
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If you are the type of a traveler for whom the trip is not complete without visiting a zoo or an animal sanctuary, you should check out Jurong Bird Park. It is the largest bird park in Asia, home to over 400 species of birds, from penguins and flamingos to pelicans and various birds of prey. 

10. National Gallery

inside National Gallery Singapore museum
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Yet another great place for culture lovers is the National Gallery of Singapore. It holds the largest collection of Southeast Asian and Singaporean artwork. It will be especially fascinating for those who consider themselves to be a connoisseur of contemporary art, as you will not find an exhibit older than the 19th century.

11. Singapore Botanic Gardens

the Botanic Gardens is a great place to visit in singapore
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The Botanic Gardens is another place you cannot miss while traveling to Singapore! It found its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the only tropical botanic garden, and it became the first UNESCO Heritage Site in Singapore. You can spend a whole day here wandering around orchids or getting lost in the rainforest. It is one of a few places where you can relax and connect with nature while being in the middle of a bustling, busy city.

12. Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin Singapore kampong house place to see
A traditional kampong house on Pulau Ubin, Singapore. It looks far removed from the modern metropolis of the mainland, that’s for sure! Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Cmglee. [CC BY-SA 3.0].

If you want to go back in time and see what Singapore looked like before becoming this magnificent stronghold of technology and architectural wonders, don’t miss visiting Pulau Ubin island. It is one of a few places in the country that’s so far been able to preserve its pristine nature and the old settlements, so here you can enjoy the scenery and better understand the history of this unique country. On the list of countless activities, you can expect to find fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping. While there, check out Pulau Ubin Recreation Area, which specifically caters to Singapore’s tourists from the mainland.

Well, that’s all for now on our best things to do in Singapore, and we hope we’ve helped to inspire your trip there! Got any questions, feedback, or more Singapore activities which must have a place on our list? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

Mariia Kislitsyna
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