Gardens in Singapore: Best Places in Singapore For Picnics
Singapore is probably one of the few South East Asian cities with so much undeveloped green space and well maintained parks. Here are some of our top picks for romantic picnic spots in Singapore.
Singapore is a popular tourist destination in the Asia-Pacific region. Its truly multicultural heritage is reflected in its vibrancy and diversity. With an area of 274.1 square miles, Singapore is slightly bigger than Chicago, but the sheer number of tourist attractions it has to offer, means that one doesn’t run out of options. Although there have been settlements in Singapore as early as the second century AD, the credit for founding modern Singapore goes to Sir Stamford Raffles, a British statesman.
If you thought Singapore was just about shopping and eating, think again – in fact, nearly 47% of the island is shrouded in green and there is more to our beautiful parks than just colourful flowers. And in times of fine weather, it is the perfect time to get acquainted with Singapore’s parks and have some fun with the family. Better yet if there are playgrounds to keep the little ones busy. Here is a list of top picks of the most famous gardens and parks in Singapore for picnics.
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.
Singapore Botanical Garden is a 74-hectare garden field with various attractions for tourists. Included on its main attractions is National Orchid Garden, Rainforest, the Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden and Botany Centre and Tanglin Gate.
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.
Pasir Ris Park
One of the largest parks in Singapore, highlights here include a renowned children’s playground (which features giant “space nets” and slides) and a three-story bird-watching tower. If you’re up for a little adventure, hire a bicycle and explore the six-hectare mangrove forest and its inhabitants like mud crabs and mudskippers.
Jurong Bird Park
The Jurong Bird Park is a landscaped park that showcases several bird exhibits. It is one of Singapore’s main tourist attractions with great exhibits such as the High Flyers Show, Birds of Prey Show and Wetlands.
East Coast Park
This breath taking Beach Park is Singapore’s most popular park which stretches over 15 km of coastline. To beat the heat of the city come to this Park and enjoy a family picnic amidst the fresh sea breeze or for a little adventure try the enthralling sporting activities like wake boarding or a skating at the Xtreme Skate Park. You needn’t carry boxes of food to the place as there are lots of outdoor restaurants and hawker centers sprinkled around the park.
The Southern ridges link Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. The entire trail can be covered in 2.5 hours so don’t forget to wear your most comfortable shoes when planning to enjoy walking along the entire trail. The gem of the ridges are the Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge which stands 36 metre above the Henderson Road and is popular among tourists for its wave like structure and the elevated Forest Walk.
Established in 1859 as an arms store, barracks and hospital, Fort Canning is sprinkled with memorials of Singapore’s history. Attractions include Sir Stamford Raffles’ personal bungalow and the Spice Garden, a replica of the original 19-hectare tract established by Raffles in 1822. There are plenty of winding paths and staircases, too.