The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore will blow your mind with its unique design, from over 1 Million plants to the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, be prepared to be amazed.
The majestic Gardens by the Bay are without doubt the number one attraction of Singapore, with more than 50 Million visitors to date, and one of the top 20 most checked in places on Facebook.
In other words, you can't leave Singapore without visiting the Gardens by the Bay - hands down, it's one of the most unforgettable places to experience. Trust me, you won't regret! After countless trips to Singapore, I visit the Gardens by the Bay every single time I'm in town, and every time I explore something new.
Let me give you a brief overview about the highlights of the Gardens by the Bay. I highly recommend spending at least a half day there, the more time you have, the better. It's easy to get lost inside the 101 hectare nature park, that features more than 1 Million plants and garden artistry with attention to details.
How to explore the Gardens by the Bay and get the most out of it
It's free to visit the Gardens by the Bay, however within the Gardens are some attractions that will charge an entrance fee. It's not that expensive, and it's absolutely worth it. More details on pricing below.
The three major attractions at the Gardens by the Bay are
- OCBC Skyway - a bridge that connects the famous Supertrees
- Cloud Forest - featuring the world's tallest indoor waterfall
- Flower Dome - the largest glass greenhouse in the world
I describe each of these places in detail below with more info and photos, and why you shouldn't miss them! In order to get the most out of your visit, I suggest buying a combo ticket for the Gardens by the Bay from Klook for only US$23. It's much cheaper than paying individually at each site. You can explore all of the featured places in this blog post at a discounted rate.
You can book the ticket here within seconds, it's instantly confirmed and valid for 3 months from the date you chose. No need to print, just show your voucher on the phone to collect the physical ticket.
Are you ready to get amazed? Here are the best things to do and places to see in Singapore's wonder park, AKA Gardens by the Bay...
OCBC Skyway & Supertree Grove
More than just trees, these Supertrees became an icon of Singapore and one of the world's most photographed landmarks. If you have limited time, this is the most important place to see in Singapore!
I'm pretty sure you have seen more than one photo of these futuristic Supertrees on your social media feed, they look absolutely spectacular!
The Supertree Grove is an area with 12 Supertrees, each measures a height between 25 to 50 meters. The highlight here is to walk along the OCBC Skyway, a 128 meter long bridge at 22 meters high, connecting the Supertrees and offering fantastic views of the Gardens and the skyline of Singapore.
For the most magical views, I suggest visiting the Supertree Grove around sunset which is about 7PM. Every night at 07:45PM and 08:45PM you can witness a spectacular light show at the Supertrees, with a mesmerizing display of sound and light effects. The light show is free, come early to grab a good spot!
Opening Times and Admission | OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove
The OCBC Skyway is open daily from 9AM - 9PM. Admission is S$8 for adults and S$5 for children 3-12 years.
Save money by buying a combo ticket for the Gardens by the Bay.
The Supertree Grove is open daily from 5AM - 2AM. Free admission.
The Cloud Forest is the second most visited place within the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. It's one of the two huge glass domes you will see from afar when entering the Gardens. The taller one is the Cloud Forest, with a height of 35 meter and a size of 0.8 hectares. It houses the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, with a height of 30 meter. I was in awe, standing in front of the waterfall, it's pretty surreal.
This botanical wonder world veiled in a mist is an excellent place to learn about biodiversity, rare vegetation and about their disappearing environment. Once you passed the waterfall, the Cloud Forest will lead you up to a jaw dropping treetop walk through mist filled clouds, while you can admire tropical plants all around you.
With a humidity of nearly 90% and a temperature of 23ºC it can get quite chill inside, I suggest bringing a sweater as I felt a bit cold walking through the Cloud Forest.
Opening Times and Admission | Cloud Forest Opening
The Cloud Forest is open daily from 9AM - 9PM. Last entry at 8PM.
Admission is S$28 for adults and S$15 for children 3-12 years. The ticket includes entrance to the Flower Dome as well. Save money by buying a combo ticket for the Gardens by the Bay.
The Flower Dome is the second glass dome, right beside the Cloud Forest. It makes sense to explore both domes, each of them is pretty amazing on its own, with its unique and innovative design. More than 3000 glass panels in different shapes and sizes covering the whole surface of the dome. The Flower Dome is the largest greenhouse in the world, with a size of 1.2 hectares.
Once you enter the Flower Dome, you're surrounded by some of the rarest flowers, plants and trees from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. If you have a green thumb, the Flower Dome is one must do in Singapore, you'll find exotic plants from more than five continents, including thousand-year-old olive trees and the bizarre looking Baobab tree from Madagascar.
The temperature inside the Flower Dome is similar than at the Cloud Forest, at around of 23ºC it can feel a bit cool, have a long sleeve handy in case you get cold.
Opening Times and Admission | Flower Dome
The Flower Dome is open daily from 9AM - 9PM. Last entry at 8PM.
Admission is S$28 for adults and S$15 for children 3-12 years. The ticket includes entrance to the Cloud Forest as well. Save money by buying a combo ticket for the Gardens by the Bay.
Food and Drinks
If you get hungry from all the exploring, it's time to take a break and enjoy a good meal. There are several restaurants and cafes inside the Gardens by the Bay, however for a more local experience I suggest walking over to the Hawker Center Satay by the Bay. It's inside the Gardens, just a few minutes walk from the Cloud Forest and the Supertree Grove. Plus it's a nice walk, you can admire some of the sculptures that are scattered all around the park.
Satay by the Bay offers a budget friendly range of local and Western dishes. Most meals are under S$10 and very affordable, considering its prime location. If you're looking for vegan friendly food, there is a Chinese stall selling delicious veggie dumplings. The Indian stall is also very veggie friendly.
How to get to Gardens by the Bay
The most convenient way is by taxi, every cab driver knows where the Gardens by the Bay are, don't worry. If you want to order a cab online, you can use apps like Gojek or Grab. The address of the Gardens by the Bay is: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
Public Transport is cheap and efficient, and usually my preferred choice if I have enough time. The closest MRT station is Bayfront, from there take Exit B and follow the underground linkway. Once you left the station, you'll be able to access the Gardens by the Bay by crossing Meadow Bridge or Dragonfly Bridge. Keep Google Maps handy in case you get lost... Here is a map of the Gardens by the Bay, so hopefully you won't get lost.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to the beautiful Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. For me, this park is without doubt the most amazing garden in the world! There is so much to see and explore, every time I return, I discover something new. The park is truly a city in a garden.
Even if you're on a budget and don't want to pay entrance fees at some of the attractions, the Gardens are still worth a visit as most of the sites are accessible for free. In other words: You must go there! This won't be my last visit, either.
If you have anything to add or know more things to do in Singapore, or places to see within the Gardens by the Bay, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear more about it. Happy travels!
This blog post was written in collaboration with Klook. All opinions are my own.
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