As of 2020, Singapore has a recorded total land area of 728.3 square kilometres. Pretty small for a country, right? But compact as it may be, Singapore is bursting with impressive attractions, unique architectures, Michelin-starred restaurants, high-class shopping centres, and 5-star hotels – a weeklong vacation may not be enough to visit them all. If you are a tourist in the Lion City, the Merlion statue would probably be your first stop. But what comes next? In our Best of Travel series, we have curated the latest 20 Best Things to Do in Singapore, providing quality recommendations to suit your travel needs and budget. Read on and enjoy!
This post was last updated on 22 January 2022.
26 Best Things to Do in Singapore
Travelling with kids or not, Universal Studios Singapore is definitely not something that you should miss while visiting the island. A massive theme park with 7 movie-themed zones and 24 unique rides – it’s your happy place in Sentosa island. Thrill-seekers, make sure that you don’t miss out on screaming your heart out while riding the world’s tallest duelling roller coaster, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™ or the indoor coasters Revenge of the Mummy and TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle.
If you have your family with you, get ready for some festive meet and greets with the stars from Illumination’s Despicable Me, Sesame Workshop’s Sesame Street, and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls. And of course, enjoy kid-friendly attractions like a river crate adventure with friends from Madagascar, a space spaghetti chase with Elmo, and soaring up the sky while riding a friendly dinosaur.
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Just 10 minutes away from Changi International Airport, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is a luxury urban resort that offers hallmark experiences served with touches of Thai hospitality. The hotel comprises 198 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, where you can have a restful sleep before heading out for some fun adventure in Singapore.
After a long day of exploring, guests can make use of the hotel’s three swimming pools, three tennis courts, a gym and a Thai-inspired spa. But as much as we loved the hotel amenities, what really makes us happy is the filling breakfast that comes with every booked room. There’s a lot of variety to choose from and every single dish is deliciously good – just what we need to start the day right!
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Gardens by the Bay is not your typical garden. Yes, there are lush greens and colourful flowers, but the garden is way more massive than you expect. This popular spot presents the plant kingdom on a whole new level – a music and light show of giant Supertree domes, iconic cooled plant conservatories, a cloud forest with the world’s largest indoor waterfall, an orchid haven, and so much more. There is even a flower dome where flowers never stop blooming – a dome that’s as large as 75 Olympic pools! With attractions for both grown-ups and children, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore ensures that everyone will have a day well-spent.
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If greenery is really your thing, make sure that you also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO Heritage Site with roots since 1859. It is open from 5 am up to 12 midnight daily with no admission fees, so there’s no excuse for you not to drop by. Basically, Singapore Botanic Gardens consist of many different gardens packed in a 74-hectare space – all of which housing their own distinct set of plants. What’s also great is that there is a garden specifically designed for children – the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden – offering little ones a space dedicated to exploration, adventure, and play.
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As Southeast Asia’s largest giant aquarium, S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa is home to more than hundreds of thousands of marine animals representing 1,000 species in more than 45 diverse habitats. Get acquainted with marine species as you meet hammerhead sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and threatened ones like the manta ray and Napoleon wrasse on various interactive programmes that the aquarium has to offer.
Moreover, if you have little ones with you, explore the mysterious musical walkway that turns footsteps into the musical sensation ‘Baby Shark’ and learn more about the wonders of – you’ve guessed it right – sharks. Educational, immersive, and wonderfully fascinating – S.E.A. Aquarium is your ultimate marine life experience in Singapore.
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Can’t get enough of Singapore’s amazing bay views? Cruise to nowhere with the Gateway Cruise by Dream Cruises! As of now, the cruise ship is sailing to nowhere with no port-of-calls, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be as fun as you expect. Even while onboard, guests won’t ever run out of things to do. Enjoy exciting amenities like thrilling waterslides and rock climbing courses, immersive VR Experience lab, world-class shows, plus relaxing beach clubs and swimming pools – all while admiring a breathtaking view of the ocean! Not only that, the ship boasts over 35 F&B dining concepts, so you can eat to your heart’s content as you enjoy a perfect two (or three) day holiday on a cruise!
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For the ultimate relaxing stay in Singapore, book a room at Andaz Singapore. Take a dip in the hotel’s luxurious rooftop infinity pool, exercise at the 24-hour fitness centre, satisfy your foodie cravings with the ingenious culinary selection in the hotel’s wide array of restaurants. The best part about Andaz, though, is that it is located near some of the must-visit sites in Singapore. You will be one stroll away from Marina Bay, Little India, and National Gallery Singapore!
Too tired to go out? Well, you can admire the best of Singapore’s skyline views even when you’re locked up in your room – thanks to the top-to-floor windows inside!
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Embrace your inner child and enjoy a gravity-fuelled ride at Skyline Luge. The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, guests will hop on a three-wheeled type of sled and then descend a 1.2m track by pulling or pushing handlebars to brake or accelerate. Imagine riding a go-kart, but down a thrilling race track with various slopes, corners, and tunnels! Choose your own adventure from four themed tracks: Kuppu Kuppu Trail, Expedition Trail, Jungle Trail, and Dragon Trail. Each track also varies in terms of difficulty level, so riders of all ages and experience levels can enjoy this unique experience.
After you arrive down the track, you can head right back up for the next run. Simply board the Sentosa Skyride – a fun open-cabin trip with a bonus of scenic panoramic of the beautiful Sentosa!
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A thrilling aquatic adventure awaits every guest at the Adventure Cove Waterpark™. If you love to get your adrenaline pumping, the high-speed water slides – Dueling Racer and Pipeline Plunge – are your best bets. Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, Riptide Rockets, is also within your reach! But if you are more of a laidback person, you can just laze the day away while drifting on a lazy river, or snorkel with 20,000 tropical fish over a colourful Rainbow Reef.
For visiting families, cruise down the Adventure River and journey through 14 different stunning scenes, which includes a tropical jungle garden and fantasy-like grotto with never-before-seen marine creatures.
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Just like any other zoo on the planet, the Singapore Zoo is home to thousands of animals that roam freely in open enclosures resembling their natural habitats. Mammals, birds, reptiles – see representatives of every single class from the Animal Kingdom inside the zoo! Don’t worry, animals here are all well-taken care of. In fact, you can feed them yourself for the ultimate wildlife experience! Not the African Lions, of course, but animals like elephants, giraffes, goats, and white rhinoceroses.
Singapore Zoo is pretty spacious, so if you easily get tired, hop on a guided tram and journey the zoo’s six different zones while listening to an exclusive commentary along the way.
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Shangri-La Singapore is probably one of the most sought-out hotels on the island. But other than spending the night, we suggest that you book a table at The Line, a sumptuous international buffet restaurant right inside the hotel. Deemed as one of the best in Singapore, guests can enjoy mouthwatering dishes showcasing authentic flavours from all over the world. Dishes are made a la minute, so not only will tummies be filled, but also eyes will be satisfied by a delightful show of talented chefs creating masterpieces in action.
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No visit to Singapore will ever be complete without catching a glimpse of the iconic 3-tower building of Marina Bay Sands. And if you have the means to splurge, book a room at the hotel for one of the most luxurious staycations you will ever get to experience. Imagine diving into the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool – all while gazing down at the impressive Singapore skyline.
Then, explore the seemingly endless entertainment options that the hotel has to offer. Shop ‘til you drop and check out the floating Apple store and one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton outlet inside. Or perhaps visit the ArtScience museum – Singapore’s most futuristic place. But what you never miss out on is visiting the SkyPark Observation Deck, where a bird’s-eye view of Singapore’s cityscape, Gardens by the Bay and amazing sea view awaits.
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Savour Singapore’s stunning skyline and soar aboard Asia’s largest giant observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer. Guests will ride in a fully air-conditioned capsule situated 165m above ground level, so you can only expect that the view would be phenomenal. Not only will you get to see the entirety of the Lion City, but also you will get a glimpse of other neighbouring countries as well! Whether you want to spend a romantic sky date with your partner or just a fun day tour with your kids – you can never go wrong with the Singapore Flyer.
Right now, the Singapore Flyer is also home to Time Capsule, a multisensory attraction of Singapore’s rich 700-year history, heritage, culture and landscape. You get to meet R65 (not the one from Star Wars!), your time-travelling companion, and then discover the country’s past, present, and future. After all, it is always nice to know more about the country you are currently visiting.
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In case a whole day is not enough to meet all the fascinating animals at Singapore Zoo, you can wait until dusk falls and go on an exciting adventure at Night Safari. As the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, this experience is definitely one for the books. Embark on a guided tram ride that will take you to 7 geographical regions of a wide range of animals where 2,500 nocturnal animals will literally be within your reach. You can also opt to explore the walking trails for an even deeper journey into the wild!
After meeting all the animals in the wild, see otters, civets, and other species show off their talents during the famous Creatures of the Night show.
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Take date nights up a notch by onboarding Royal Albatross Sunset Sail. Dinner by the bay with your loved one is already pretty romantic, but a dinner while sailing through Singapore’s calm port waters? That’s something you will forever cherish! This unforgettable journey begins as you board the region’s only luxury tall ship from Resorts World Sentosa and sail as the sun heads for the horizon. Take in the sea breeze while sipping your favourite drink from the premium bars on deck as you sail past Sentosa’s white-sand beaches. And next thing you know, the island’s familiar landmarks are now dazzling jewels in the darkness!
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Similar to how a duck works, The DUCKtours boast an impressive hour-long adventure in both land and the sea. The tour starts by cruising through the historic Civic District, then splashes into the water for a picturesque harbour voyage – all aboard a single vehicle! Yes, the guests will ride a pretty unique vehicle, one that has wheels and can float like a boat. Even the front part of the boat looks like a duck, so overall, the experience is wacky and fun. Perfect for kids and adults alike!
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Bungy jumping is certainly not for the faint-hearted. But if you are up for that extreme once-in-a-lifetime experience, drop by the AJ Hackett Bungy Jump platform at Skypark Sentosa. Then, take the drop from 47m high up the ground! Due to the brilliant designs of the jump decks and overhead roof, you can try bungy jumping in different styles – fall forward, backward, basically, anything to get that adrenaline running. Bonus is that you get to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Singapore’s Siloso Beach as you free fall from the sky!
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One might think that he or she is too old to play. However, if the playground is a floating aqua park – the first one in Singapore – well, you may need to think twice. At HydroDash Singapore, you will literally dash through four zones of thrill-seeking floating obstacle courses. Looking for more fun? Leap off the 3M-tall Springboard or off the Action Tower! We also love how the inflatable playground has something to offer for different ages – the most perfect place for some exhilarating fun with the whole family in Singapore.
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If you think that bungy jumping is too much for you, maybe zip-lining at Mega Adventure, Sentosa may be the better option for you. Zip through the air at speed of up to 60kph – hands-free, Superman-style, or upside down – while being surrounded by the spectacular view of Singapore. The entire zipline course spans 450m, so you will fly over the jungle, beach, and sea in just minutes! It really is a nice experience, definitely a must-try while you are visiting Singapore.
On top of the zipline, there are three additional activities for you to try at Mega Adventure. Embrace your inner acrobat and bounce up to 8m high at MegaBounce, navigate a 15m high rope obstacle course at MegaClimb, and experience a thrilling free fall jump at MegaJump.
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The fun starts as soon as you land in Singapore. Jewel Changi Airport is unlike any other – it will take hours just for you to explore all the nature-themed entertainment and eye-catching attractions inside. Catch a glimpse of the Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Then, take the refreshing garden trail at Canopy Park, where you will see lush greenery and creative floral installations along the way. You can also opt to traverse through the vibrant Hedge Maze and be rewarded with a bewitching view of the entire course as you arrive at the watchtower at its core.
The Jewel Changi is not all about nature, though – there are also exciting activities for you to try. Test your perception (and get dizzy!) at a Mirror Maze, bounce around inside the Manulife Sky Nets, cross the exhilarating Canopy Bridge, and so much more! Make sure that you use your time wisely, since there’s still a lot of things in store for you in Singapore as soon as you step out of the airport.
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With so many things to do in Singapore, you may get a little tired from a whole day of exploring. So, after all the fun activities, we suggest that you also enjoy a day of relaxation and pampering at Ikeda Spa in Bukit Timah. An award-winning luxury spa specialising in the traditional Japanese Onsen experience, all guests will surely get to reinvigorate their mind and body in every signature treatment that they offer.
Also, what’s great is that the spa uses real hinoki in their onsen, a highly-prized type of cypress wood in Japan that was once reserved only for royalty. Not only that, the entire spa is filled with pleasant and soothing scents of essential oils. So even if you haven’t had your treatment yet, the peaceful and serene ambience will calm you at once.
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By now, you are probably pretty aware of how Singapore has so much to offer when it comes to nature. And if you want a full-blown nature experience, try mountain biking at Chestnut Nature Park. Right now, it is Singapore’s largest nature park, with a total area of 81 hectares. Breathe fresh air as you enjoy the native tree species and local wildlife that await you at the mountain bike trail. Or perhaps take a moment to rest and watch some birds! Not a fan of cycling? Take the separate hiking trails instead.
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Marina Barrage is actually a dam designed to help with water storage and flood controls in Singapore. But nowadays, the dam doubles as a recreational space for locals and tourists alike. The rooftop park at Marina Barrage is especially popular for picnics, kite-flying, and basically, just relaxing on the grass while admiring the city skyline. Marina Barrage is only a few minutes away from Singapore’s well-loved attractions like Garden by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands, so make sure that you don’t forget to stop by after all the sightseeing. Better yet, stay until dusk and witness a stunning sunset in Singapore.
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Situated 36 metres above the ground, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge on the island. But what makes it really stand out is its artistic, distinct wave-like design – hence, the name. The best way to explore the bridge, though, is by hiking through Southern Ridges, a five-kilometre trail that includes the gorgeous Henderson Waves along the way. Again, if you are a nature lover, you’d have the time of your life in Singapore since Southern Ridges is also home to a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna. At the same time, you’d be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands.
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Securing 8th place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Odette offers a true French dining marvel to every guest. Inspired by the grandmother of owner-slash-chef Julien Royer, this restaurant prides itself on only using the purest ingredients, so you can only expect French dishes that are pretty remarkable. Moreover, the restaurant is elegantly housed inside National Gallery Singapore, the prime art destination on the entire island. So before your tummy is satisfied by the carefully crafted (and plated) dishes, your eyes will first enjoy a visual feast of stunning interiors and artworks inside the restaurant.
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If a fancy French fare is not your cup of tea, maybe dining at Burnt Ends is a better option for you. Also included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Burnt Ends is known for using custom-made wood-fired scorching ovens for cooking their meat selection. Hence, expect that your meat may come with a lovely charred outer while also being tender and juicy on the inside! Short ribs, lamb chops, beef tenderloin, deboned grilled chicken – Burnt Ends is definitely a carnivore’s happy place on earth. Make sure that you book your reservation ASAP though, as it can often take months to get a seat!
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We hope that our guide on the Best Things to Do in Singapore will help you find the most exciting (or relaxing) activity to experience on the island. If you found this useful, please share it with your friends and family!
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