Parks and Gardens in Singapore

Details about the parks of Singapore, as well as how to visit the Zoological Gardens where many unusual animals are kept...

Singapore has been developing itself as "The Garden City". There are numerous urban parks and gardens open to the public; details are available on the Singapore National Parks Board website.

A selection of Singapore parks

The Botanic Gardens: Over 47 hectares of landscaped parkland and primary jungle are situated to the west of the city (Napier/Cluny roads), and are home to a wide range of animal and plant life. The gardens are particularly well known for their orchids of which it has the largest collection in the world. Open: 05:00-23:00 Monday to Friday and until midnight at weekends and public holidays. Admission is free. There is a small charge to visit the Orchid Gardens.

Pulau Ubin: The pace of life is completely different on this island just a short distance from the main island of Singapore. Rent a mountain bike or hike around. Go into the rubber plantation, bash through the jungle and study the plants. Or bring a tent and camp on the beach.

To get there take a bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Boats run from sunrise to sunset, but special arrangements may be made with the boatmen for trips after dark.

Fort Canning Park: On Fort Canning Rise there was once an ancient fort of the Malay kings covering seven acres. The ruins still survive, as does a 19th-century Christian cemetery. The fort is also a venue for outdoor and indoor performances and events.

The Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari

Towards the north of the island of Singapore, The Singapore Zoological Gardens is largely an "open" zoo, using natural barriers rather than iron bars. Over 170 animals live here, including many which are rare or endangered, such as orang-utans, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons and clouded leopards. Daily attractions include breakfast or tea with an orang-utan and Animal Showtime.

  • The zoo is open daily 08:30-18:00

The Night Safari offers an opportunity to see the many nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. It is open from 18:00-24:00 every day.

Picture courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board