Top Things to Do In Singapore

The island city-state of Singapore in southern Malaysia is easily becoming a can't-miss bucket list destination. The tropical weather is enough to capture one's attention, but the options available to visitors—in addition to residents—is the drawing card. It's a blend of history and modernity. Explore the culture of neighborhoods like Chinatown or go shopping for upscale items along Orchard Road. Discover a theme park dedicated to Chinese mythology or take in the Singapore Grand Prix; museums and art galleries abound and dining options vary from respected street hawkers to three-star fine dining. There is plenty of nightlife and events for the single population and a myriad of activities for families to do together.

 

Singapore Botanic Garden

The 82-hectare gardens, over 150 years old, is the only tropical botanic garden designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stated mission is to "connect people and plants through publications, horticultural and botanical displays educational outreach and events.

Singapore Flyer

Get one of the best views of the city in a 30-minute ride on one of the 28 capsules on the Singapore Flyer, a 165-meter observation wheel. The flyer terminal building also houses quality wining and dining outlets. Open daily 8:30 am-10:30 pm.

National Gallery Singapore

In the heart of Singapore's Civic district, National Gallery Singapore oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The gallery is housed in two national monuments—the former Supreme Court and City Hall—which have been beautifully restored for the venue.

ION Orchard

ION Orchard's spectacular frontage makes it perhaps the most eyecatching mall on the Orchard Road strip. This colossal mall houses duplex flagship stores of designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dior and Prada. Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

Haw Par Villa

An adult theme park showcasing Chinese folklore and mythology. Take a guided tour or see famed descriptions of folklore at 10 Courts of Hell (parental guidance recommended). There is plenty to see with over 1,000 colorful statues on the grounds. Open daily from 9 am-7 pm.

National Museum Of Singapore

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation's oldest museum and the custodian of 11 national treasures including the Singapore Stone, which dates back to at least the 13th century, plus gold ornaments unearthed from nearby Fort Canning Hill in 1928. Open daily 10am-7pm

Gardens By The Bay

This icon is a $1-billion 101-hectare green zone. Dominated by two domed conservatories that house over a quarter of a million rare plants, the site also features towering steel 'Supertrees' that stretch up to 50 meters into the sky. Outdoor gardens open daily 5-2 am and conservatories and OCBC Skyway daily 9 am-9 pm.

Singapore Art Museum

SAM at 8Q expands the Singapore Art Museum's contemporary art offerings and encompasses painting, sculpture, installation, film & video, photography, new media, performance art and sound art of living artists of Southeast Asia.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Housed in a former missionary school, Singapore Philatelic Museum is the custodian and curator of Singapore's treasure of philatelic materials.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

This grand dame of elegant hotels opened in 1887 and is today one of the city's most photographed landmarks.