6 of the most beautiful parks and gardens in Singapore

It may be one of the most exciting and futuristic cities in the world, but Singapore’s green spaces and awe-inspiring botanical wonders are just as much a part of its allure as its towering skyscrapers and thrilling attractions. From waterfalls to walking trails, discover the best parks and natural wonders of this Garden City…

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site (and the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List) the Botanic Gardens feature a treasure trove of horticultural attractions, from the Bonsai Garden to the National Orchid Garden, the Botany Centre, Swan Lake, and many more. Whatever the season, visitors will be greeted with stunning blooms, restful lakes and historic colonial buildings. The calendar is packed full of free outdoor events including concerts by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on the outdoor Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. The self-led guides are easy to follow but if you’d like to delve a little deeper join one of the monthly guided tours or workshops on offer.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

We simply can’t do a hotlist of must-visit gardens and parks without mentioning Singapore’s jaw-dropping Gardens by the Bay.  Home to around 1.5 million plants, the futuristic gardens span more than 101 hectares and are a spectacular wonderland of suspended walkways, vertical gardens and ergonomic biodomes. The gardens are dominated by 18 Supertrees, which measure between 25 and 50 metres tall. When night falls, these monumental installations form part of the famous Gardens of the Bay light and sound show. Enjoy panoramic views from the suspended walkway that connects the highest Supertrees and once back on terra firma marvel at the lush tropical vegetation and incredible flora in the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome – there’s even a 35-metre mountain and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Southern Ridges


Southern Ridges


Looking for the best way to savour Singapore’s scenic parks? Hike the show-stopping Southern Ridge trail, a 10-kilometre route that links Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park, and the Labrador Nature Reserve, and you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the city, harbour and Southern Islands. A must for runners, walkers, shutterbugs and nature lovers, the route has wow moments around every corner. Stroll amid the forest canopy on the elevated walkway, head to the top of the hill at Kent Ridge park for jaw-dropping views of Singapore, marvel at the undulating architectural masterpiece of the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge – this park route is a spellbinding mix of iconic landmarks and natural beauty.

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park

An iconic part that plays an integral role in Singaporean history – Fort Canning Park is the site where the British surrendered to the invading Japanese during World War II, and where Malay royalty once ruled in times gone by. Today, the super-central park (just moments from Orchard Road) is much loved by runners and walkers and is often the location for great outdoor events, concerts and festivals. For history lovers, the Maritime Corner tells the story of Singapore’s evolution from trading post to international maritime hub, while the Spice Garden and the ASEAN Sculpture Garden will be of interest for green-fingered visitors.

MacRitchie Reservoir Park

MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Want a break from the city? The MacRitchie Reservoir Park is Singapore’s natural jewel in the crown and home to its largest reservoir, 80 species of forest birds and untold natural habitats. The park is crisscrossed with magical hiking trails, making it a magnet for runners and hikers. Trek through lush tropical rainforest or glide around the tranquil waters by kayak or canoe. Bring your head for heights on the famous Treetop Walk, a 250-metre-tall suspension bridge, which joins the two the two highest points in the park and offers visitors awe-inspiring views from atop the canopy. Animal lovers will be in luck, too, with the park residents including monkeys, monitor lizards and even flying lemurs.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

The rich and diverse flora and fauna attract families, shutterbugs, nature lovers, runners, cyclists and hikers to this slice of greenery, located just 12km from the city centre. The beautiful 163-hectare reserve of Bukit Timah boasts one of the few areas of primary rainforest in the area and Singapore’s highest peak, Bukit Timah Hill. Take on the challenge of scaling its steep slopes or choose from one of the easier trails.

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