Jurong Bird Park
The Jurong Bird Park is a major tourist attraction in Singapore. The aviary occupies an area of 49 acres on the Jurong Hill’s western slopes and is managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. There are plans to relocate the bird park to Mandai by 2020 as announced by the authorities of the park on June 1, 2016.
The Jurong Bird Park hosts the world’s second largest walk-in aviary, the 2 hectares large African Waterfall Aviary. Here, there are more than 600 free-flying birds belonging to over 50 species. Some of the notable avians of the aviary are the turacos, hoopoe, and the golden-breasted starling. A section of the bird park is reserved for flightless birds like the emus, rheas, ostriches, and more.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
This lush tropical garden in the heart of the city is undoubtedly one of the most popular national parks in Singapore, and the only one that has earned UNESCO world heritage site status. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, a family picnic as well as an invigorating nature walk, Singapore Botanic Gardens are a must-visit. Prepare to be awestruck by the sweeping vistas, lovely lakes with swans and a stunning Orchid Garden as you stroll along this plant paradise.
East Coast Park
Singapore’s largest and most popular park offers a long stretch of sea, sand and swaying palms. Come here for the breeze and enjoy walking, cycling, rollerblading and barbecues. The well-loved Marine Cove also finally reopened in July 2016 after a four-year hiatus. It features a huge outdoor playground as well as a variety of family-friendly dining concepts including a unique upscale Macdonald’s outlet.
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s most popular attraction in recent years, the Gardens by the Bay is an absolute favourite among locals, expats and tourists alike. You can be sure to have seen images of the epic SuperTree Grove when you google photos of Singapore. A great spot to snap a photo of the SuperTree Grove is by walking to the end of the link bridge linking the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to the Gardens by the Bay.
Another great vantage point is the OCBC Skywalk (paid entry), which is the bridge that links two of the tallest SuperTrees. From there, you can take photos of the surrounding park.
If you are hungry, you should visit Satay by the Bay, where you can enjoy local delicacies in a lovely setting. After dinner, head back to the SuperTree Grove for the nightly light and music show.
Meander along the lakeside boardwalks of MacRitchie Reservoir, or hike through the forest on a cross-country trail. Routes vary from one to five hours. A highlight is the HSBC Tree Top Walk, a 250-metre aerial suspension bridge with panoramic views over the surrounding rainforest and Upper Peirce Reservoir. Even in the heat of the day, the jungle keeps it cooler. The reservoir is home to just one of Singapore’s many popular running trails.
Dairy Farm Nature Park
One of the only national parks in Singapore with an educational centre for the children, Dairy Farm Nature Park is a great choice for escaping the concrete jungle for a while. Take a walk along the meandering hiking trails with the kids who will be delighted to spot beautiful butterflies, squirrels and pretty birds in their natural habitat. At one end of the park is the erstwhile Singapore Quarry, now transformed into a beautiful wetland with a viewing platform overlooking a pond and cliffs.
Labrador Nature Reserve
This is amongst the best parks maintained by national parks board in Singapore, which offer a picturesque sea view along with an oasis of tranquillity amidst the sounds of the city.
Labrador Nature Reserve is a great for an evening stroll or a leisurely ride on your bike while listening to the sounds of forest birds and rustling leaves. Easily accessible by public transport, this hidden gem is wonderful for jogging, fishing and splendid sunset views. There are two small children’s playgrounds as well to keep the little ones busy.