Top 7 Parks and Gardens in Singapore
If you've ever spent time in a tropical greenhouse, you'll know what strolling through the Singapore Gardens feels like.
Singapore launched its green policy in 1967 and over the years, trees and shrubs have been planted along every road on the island and parks have been developed for the enjoyment of the public. The National Parks Board develops, manages and promotes parks, gardens and nature reserves as valuable resources for recreation, education, conservation and research. Here, Listed below are the best and most famous gardens, parks and nature reserves in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay
Once you’ve glimpsed this beautifully designed green space (from the top of the Marina Bay Sands, perhaps) you won’t be able to stay away. Wander through the Bay East Garden, perfect for enjoying the vibrant plant life and escaping the city bustle for a moment. You won’t want to miss Supertree Grove, where you’ll find a cluster of the iconic, futuristic structures designed to perform environmentally sustainable functions. Then, head to the Cloud Forest Dome to see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and learn a bit about biodiversity. Check the website for final ticket sale and tour times.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1859, the 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens is a key recreational park and national tourist destination as well as a leading tropical and horticultural institution. The Gardens’ extensive collection of over 60,000 plants includes the National Orchid Garden, the most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids in the world. Besides displaying some of the country’s most beautiful flora and fauna, this tropical garden provides a restful respite from the bustling city.
Comprising both Chinese and Japanese Gardens on two man-made islands in Jurong Lake, Chinese Garden offers some stunning examples of Asian design elements. The former stands out for its Suzhou-style arrangement of 1,000 bonsai trees imported from China, while the latter is outfitted with charming details like wooden bridges, carp ponds, pebble footpaths and stone lanterns.
Fort Canning Park
One of Singapore’s most historic and beautiful landmarks, this is where the British decided to surrender Singapore to the Japanese, with highlights such as the Spice Garden and Gothic-style gates. Today, its lush lawns draw picnic-goers, as well as large-scale events like theater productions and concerts.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park
The oldest park in Singapore, MacRitchie’s running trails and boardwalks skirting the perimeter of the forested area are scenic, sheltered and span distances from three to 11 kilometers. It’s a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts alike, great for leisurely strolls along the water’s edge or a heart-racing run. Try looking for the ruins of a Shinto shrine, which the Japanese built during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.
Pasir Ris Park
Go for a jaunt through Pasir Ris Park with the kids in tow. While the coastline view is a plus, tours of the mangrove swamp (every third Saturday), kitchen garden (every first Saturday) and maze garden make up a trio of educational opportunities for all. Playgrounds, pony rides, and bird-watching towers keep the kids entertained, while nearby barbecue pits, nature trails and fitness equipment ensure parents can keep an eye out for their little ones.
Rat racers, step outside your air-conditioned cubicle and get a breath of fresh air at the Esplanade Park, a tidy little oasis that’s privy to sweeping views of the city and the Marina Bay area. Rows of benches and cosy, shady spots ensure both a calming midday retreat and a chance to clear your head. It’s also popular with courting couples at sundown.