24 Hours in Singapore: An Amazing Day at Gardens By The Bay

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Taking your kids to a garden for the day might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when planning a fun filled day. Visiting Gardens by the Bay though was our top choice this summer when we talked about where we wanted to go. Our son had seen a video of the Supertrees and the more we checked out Gardens by the Bay the more excited we got about visiting the whole venue! We actually ended up making our way back to Gardens by the Bay several times during our stay in Singapore. It is completely free to enter Gardens by the Bay but some attractions do require an additional fee. We really appreciate that Gardens by the Bay invited Family in Faraway Places to visit!

Morning

OCBC Skyway

We started the day at the OCBC Skyway. We wanted to get a bird’s eye view of the area and we figured it would be super-hot later in the day. The OCBC Skyway is a 22 meter high and 128 meter long walkway among the Supertrees. It’s a narrow walkway and you’re only allotted 15 minutes at the top to allow other guests time. I’m nervous about heights and while I wished we could have had more time, I really appreciated that it wasn’t overly crowded. At one point I was taking a photo and a woman shoved me out of the way to go in the opposite direction (the path is only one way). One of the Skyway workers stopped her immediately and came over to make sure I was ok. I was so impressed with the care they took.  Amazing views to match as well! You can see much of Marina Bay as well as the gardens from up top. Though we started our day on the OCBC Skyway other popular times are at sunset and when the Supertrees are lit up.

Admission:
Adult: $8
Child (3-12 years old): $5

Hours:
9 am – 9 pm


Cloud Forest

Gardens by the Bay’s cool mist conservatory, Cloud Forest is kept between 23°C and 25°C.  That alone got us in the door! Cloud Forest showcases plants from tropical highlands. The exhibit around a 35 meter mountain and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall! The waterfall is SO cool. Make sure to look down because there were some pretty great rainbows in the mist of the falls when we were there.

After checking out the falls you can take an elevator up to the top of the mountain and then make your way back down along walkways through the mist. We really liked the little display of Lego carnivorous plants. Keep your eye out for them!

Admission (to get into both the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome):
Adult: $28
Child (3-12 years old): $15
Discounts available for local residents.

Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Mist Timings: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm


Far East Organization Children’s Garden Playground

Bring your swimsuit! In the Far East Organization Children’s Garden there is a splash pad and water play area for little ones.  There are water play and playground zones for both toddlers and older kids. The 6-12 year old playground has two rain forest tree houses with bridges swaying among the trees!


Lunch – Mc Donald’s

I know. I know! We’re in Singapore and eating at Mc Donald’s. There are several dining options around Gardens by the Bay but the fast food giant is also there and is in a very central location. We wanted to grab just a quick bite to eat before we continued on our way.


Afternoon

Flower Dome

We were feeling pretty sleepy by now so we headed over to the Flower Dome. Like Cloud Forest, the Flower Dome is also a temperature controlled area so it’s a great place to take a rest and cool down. The Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world and is divided into different geographical regions from Mediterranean and semi-arid parts of the world. We wandered around and ended up resting for a while in the olive grove under beautiful big trees.  The succulent garden though was our favorite by far!

Admission (to get into both the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome):
Adult: $28
Child (3-12 years old): $15
Discounts available for local residents.

Hours: 9 am – 9 pm


Far East Organization Children’s Garden Playground

We visited the water park in the morning and the playground in the afternoon. See above.


Dinner – Satay by the Bay

We were really looking to try some local dishes in a kid friendly environment that wouldn’t make me sick. (I always get sick when we travel!) We were really surprised to come across a place like Satay by the Bay at Gardens by the Bay. At Satay by the Bay there are 19 food stalls which serve up local dishes, and 6 satay carts as well as a bar and bistro. The prices are cheap, the food is good, and the environment casual.


Evening

Kingfisher Lake, Water Lily Pond, and Waterfront Promenade

After dinner we spent some time walking around Kingfisher Lake, Water Lily Pond and the Waterfront Promenade. Despite being in the city there is plenty of wildlife to be fond here. We found turtles in the ponds as well as fish, monitor lizards along the promenade, and all sorts of birds and bugs.


Supertree Light Show

The whole reason we originally wanted to come to Singapore was to see the Supertrees! Twice a day Garden’s by the Bay puts on a FREE Supertree light show to an arrangement of musical theater show tunes.  Just pull up a spot on the grass lawn for a wider view or you can sit on the pavement right under the trees. During certain celebrations throughout the year the light show is also performed to different music arrangements. Check Garden’s by the Bay’s website to find out when there is a special arrangement.

We loved the show! We liked it so much in fact that we came twice during our stay and if we had had time we would have come again. Our son couldn’t stop talking about it and even now that we’re home in he goes on and on about the Supertree show whenever he sees a photo.  Garden’s by the Bay and the Supertrees are definitely worth the trip to Singapore!

Admission: Free
Performances: 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm daily

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6 Replies to “24 Hours in Singapore: An Amazing Day at Gardens By The Bay”

    • Far Away Places Post author

      It’s still pretty new. It only opened in 2012 but it was part of a long term plan the country put in place ages ago. Singapore wants to be a city in a garden rather than just have a garden in a city. Seems like it’s working!

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