Things to do in Singapore and event guide for 2020
Zip line over the jungle and visit Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
A multitude of cultures make up Singapore, creating a diverse, busy and exciting city to visit.
There's a buzz in the air that refuses to dissipate and a blend of colourful shops and dense gardens to make your eyes water. Whether you're in for shopping, sightseeing or touring, you won't be short on activities or attractions to keep you entertained.
Want to know more? We've curated a list of the best spots to check out while in Singapore.
Top things to do in Singapore
Explore Singapore's theme parks
A trip to Singapore wouldn't be complete without a visit to Universal Studios. Enjoy the thrill of adrenaline-inducing rides, entertaining shows and attractions based on popular blockbusters and TV shows. If you can't choose which attractions in Singapore you want to visit, that's okay! You can visit them all with the iVenture Ultimate Attraction Pass. The pass will give you "skip the queue" access at select attractions, and you can enjoy the freedom of planning your itinerary with 30 attractions to visit.
Visit the iconic Marina Bay Sands
Head to Marina Bay to get a taste of luxury at the famous Marina Bay Sands Resort. You can find everything you could possibly need here to entertain yourself while in Singapore. Marina Bay is one of Singapore's most sought after attractions and has some of the best picturesque views. Visit Gardens by the Bay and see exotic plants and get a peek at the 35-metre indoor waterfall. Get your camera ready because the views are worth capturing.
- Pocket-friendly option: Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck Admission Ticket
- The ultimate experience: Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Hop On Hop Off Ticket
Test out Singapore's thrilling attractions
Take a leap of courage and try out Singapore's thrilling attractions such as zip lining through the lush jungle or overlooking Siloso Beach from a giant swing. A 75-metre high and 250-metre long zip line adventure puts you in a pretty good position to get the best views of the jungle below. Grab a friend and share the fun by racing next to each other at 60km/h. A giant swing experience is the perfect activity for adrenaline junkies who are curious about what the freedom of flying feels like. Swing at up to 120km/h from 40m off the ground for the ultimate experience – and you get to enjoy the views along the way.
Visit a museum
Singapore has some pretty impressive options when it comes to immersive and interactive museum experiences. The Maritime Experiential Museum allows visitors to step back in time and observe the vessels used on the Maritime Silk Route, learn about lower deck navigation skills and participate in a projection experience of escaping from pirates. The ArtScience Museum brings science to life with teamLab through cutting edge digital art installations and an immersive experience that will keep the kids entertained for hours.
- Pocket-friendly option: The Maritime Experiential Museum and Typhoon Theatre Ticket
- The ultimate experience: ArtScience Museum Entry
Wildlife and marine life experience
Spend a day hanging out with Singapore's wildlife and marine life with a trip to Singapore Zoo or S.E.A. Aquarium. Singapore Zoo is known as one of the best in the world, and it's no surprise why. There are over 2,800 animals and 300 species that can be seen from elevated platforms, underwater galleries and observatory decks as the animals roam freely in their open habitats. If you want to have a memorable experience with the marine life in Singapore, head to S.E.A. Life Aquarium to explore the realm of an impressive 100,000 marine animals and 1,000 species across 50 habitats. Get the ultimate VIP experience, which includes a back-of-house tour of Dolphin Island at the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia.
Get behind the wheel of a luge or electric scooter.
If you haven't heard of a luge before, it's half go-kart and half-toboggan. The concept and attraction originated in New Zealand, but you'll find its only extension in Asia right in the heart of Singapore. The experience involves riding the Sentosa Skyride to the top of the track and enjoying a bird's eye view over the city, Sentosa Island and the South China Sea. Participants then race down a purpose-built track on a three-wheel sled, using push and pull motions on the brakes to control your speed during the 1.2km descent. An electric scooting adventure along the Singapore River is an entertaining way for the whole family to visit famous landmarks. For the more adventurous, you can hire the scooter for extended periods of time, so you can explore further and wider.
Scout the best spot to relax among the waves on Sentosa Island
If you're looking for a quick escape from the urban jungle, head to Singapore's nearby island of Sentosa. It offers spectacular beaches, theme parks, restaurants and shopping. Visiting the island gives you the perfect opportunity to sit back and soak in the sun just a short distance away from the heart of Singapore. This makes the island convenient to visit for a day or for a getaway during your Singapore trip. There are various modes of transport you can take to get to the island, but the short walk is the most cost-effective option.
Take a stroll through Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a standout attraction for both locals and visitors. As the only tropical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage site, it's an attraction that you don't want to miss out on seeing. Within the gardens, you'll find more than 40 heritage trees, the National Orchid Garden, Heritage Museum and an educational and discovery zone. The gardens are free to enter but you can opt for a half-day experience that includes a private tour with a local guide and hotel pick up/drop off.
Indulge in food and embrace the culture in Little India and Chinatown
With a temple, shopping and plenty of food, what more could you want from Little India? The area features goldsmiths and sari retailers as well as shops selling flower garlands and spices. Walk through the streets of Little India and try to see if you can resist its charm. Chinatown has a blend of old and new, with temples and medicinal halls set among modern bars and stores. Similarly, you'll find a wide variety of traditional and fusion eateries, so everyone is sure to find an array of food to tickle their taste buds.
Singapore Zoo Night Safari
Embark of a multi-sensory wildlife adventure with a tram ride that takes you through several regions of Singapore Zoo, or opt for the walking option that gives you the opportunity to delve even further into the park via the walking trail. You'll be able to see thousands of nocturnal animals up close in their lit enclosures as they wake up and start their day.
Night City Tour
Hop on board a double-decker bus and discover the best views of Singapore at night with a city tour. Your local tour guide will provide you with knowledge about Singapore's culture and history as you stop by popular attractions including Gardens by the Bay and dine at local street markets. Enjoy a VIP experience by joining a GOURMETbus city tour that includes everything listed above, with the addition of dinner and watching the Garden Rhapsody and Sound Show.
Take in views of Singapore from Asia's largest observation deck and see if you can point out Marina Bay Sands, the F1 Circuit and Merlion Park. Choose between an exclusively designed capsule where you can sit back and enjoy champagne and a light snack or splurge on doing two full rotations on the wheel while tucking into a four-course meal.
Things to do in Singapore in summer
- Chinese New Year
- Christmas Wonderland
- Singapore Food Festival
Things to do in Singapore in winter
- Ultra Singapore
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Hungry Ghost Festival
- Singapore International Jazz Festival
Things to do in Singapore in autumn
- Vesak Day
- Singapore Marathon
- Singapore Design Week
- Singapore International Film Festival
Things to do in Singapore in spring
- Singapore FinTech Festival
- The Great Wine and Dine Festival
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