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Welcome to Singapore! This island city-state has a unique history and culture, combining Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences to create something special. While it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, it’s also a playground for tourists and visitors, with plenty of attractions to enjoy.
Anneliese O'MalleyBy Anneliese O'Malley

The 10 Best Things to Do in Singapore

It can be tricky to decide what to do when you’re visiting a city. We’ve gathered the ten ideas for great activities in Singapore, featuring day trips, attractions, and unique experiences. Pick and choose the ideas that you like the sound of and organize your ideal itinerary!
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Get a Great View of the City

One of the best ways to get to know a city is from above, where you can see the streets laid out below you. Singapore offers you a couple of different ways to get up high. The observation deck of Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is one of the best. Alternatively, you can ride the Singapore Flyer, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world at 541 feet (165 m) tall.
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Visit Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is designed to be a paradise for tourists. It contains two golf courses, a beautiful sheltered beach, and Resorts World Sentosa, which include hotels, an aquarium, a water park, a casino, and Universal Studios Singapore. You can get to Sentosa via Singapore’s cable car system, which also offers you a chance to admire the city’s scenery.
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Get Green-Fingered at the Gardens by the Bay

Singapore is sometimes called the Garden City because of its government’s commitment to plant trees throughout the streets. You can also visit several unique gardens: from the futuristic Gardens by the Bay on the waterfront to the Botanic Gardens, which are the only tropical gardens to be counted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even if you aren’t into gardening, the attractions offer you a cool and refreshing place to rest during a busy day of sightseeing.
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Take a Food Tour

Singaporean cuisine contains several diverse elements as a result of the country’s mixed ethnic heritage. It combines native Malay foods with influences from China, India, Indonesia, England, and Portugal, making any food tour an adventure. We’d recommend taking a walking tour with an expert guide who can help you discover the best dishes that Singapore has to offer.
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Get Around by Bike or Segway

If you enjoy cycling, then why not take a bike tour of Singapore? A guide will show you all the best attractions in the city on safe bike routes, helping you to orient yourself in the city. If that sounds like too much hard work, Segway tours of Marina Bay are also available. Or, if you’re an independent soul, you can always rent a bike or electric scooter and explore by yourself.
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Art Galleries and Museums

Singapore also offers art-lovers and museum fans the chance to experience some of the world’s finest collections. The National Gallery Singapore is home to the world’s largest collection of modern art from Southeast Asia, while the ArtScience Museum hosts exhibitions that combine art, science, and technology to unique effect.
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Pulau Udin | Flickr: alex.ch CC BY 2.0
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Explore Singapore on a Day Trip

Singapore is a relatively small city (and country), so day trips generally involve a trip across the border to Malaysia. Exciting destinations include Johor Bahru in Malaysia or a ferry ride to Batam in Indonesia. These trips can give you an amazing insight into another country in the region, with elements of history, art, and food thrown in. Make sure to check which documents you’ll need with the provider before booking any international day trips.
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Jurong Bird Park
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Meet the Animals

Singapore’s climate means that it’s the perfect place to see animals that live in tropical habitats. Highlights include the hundreds of bird species in Jurong Bird Park, the largest colony of captive orangutans in Singapore Zoo, and the 50,000 animals living at the S.E.A. Aquarium (South East Asia Aquarium) in Sentosa.
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Tiger Brewery | Flickr: Terrazzo CC BY 2.0
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Taste Some Beer

Tiger Beer is one of Singapore’s most famous exports, and you can take a tour of the brewery while you’re in town. You’ll get to practice pulling a pint and adults will be able to sample some of the beers brewed on-site.
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River Cruise/River Safari

Singapore is famous for its bay, so what better way to see the city than from a boat? A range of cruises and ferry tickets are available from several different providers, some of which offer a combined land and boat tour.
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The 10 Best Things to See in Singapore

We’ve gathered the ten best attractions in Singapore to help you put together your ideal itinerary for your stay in the tropical city-state.
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Gardens by the Bay

Parts of the Gardens by the Bay are free to visit and make for a lush, green stop where you can take a break from sightseeing. For visitors who enjoy parks and gardens, the Cooled Conservatories and the Supertree Grove are well worth visiting, even if you do need to pay for a ticket.
Sky Park with Hotel Pool | Flickr: Brian Jeffery Beggerly CC BY 2.0
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Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck

The SkyPark sits on top of the Marina Bay Sands resort and is a fascinating rooftop to explore. The observation deck lets you get a great view of the city below and is a fantastic way to get oriented in the city.
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Singapore Flyer

The huge Singapore Flyer was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world until 2014. From 541 feet (165 m) above the ground, you’ll get an awesome view of Singapore while relaxing in a comfortable and air-conditioned pod. The building below also contains several smaller attractions that visitors of all ages can enjoy.
Jurong Bird Park
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Jurong Bird Park

If you love winged creatures then the Jurong Bird Park is a must-see attraction. Among the over 400 species are majestic birds of prey, elegant swans and flamingos and a host of tropical birds native to Singapore.
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S.E.A. Aquarium

The S.E.A. Aquarium is on the island of Sentosa and is home to more than 1,000 species of marine animals in seriously impressive surroundings. If you want to get hands-on then consider an animal encounter with a dolphin or sharks, or get your scuba diving qualification in the safety of the aquarium’s tanks.
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Universal Studios Singapore

If your vacation is crying out for some extra adrenaline, then a trip to Universal Studios Singapore is definitely on the cards. With seven themed zones containing 28 rides, plus shows and other attractions, you’re sure to have a fun-filled day out.
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Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo looks after animals from over 300 species, several of which are on the endangered register. Its residents include the largest colony of captive orangutans in the world, plus you’ll get to see white rhinoceroses, white tigers, pygmy hippos, and Asian elephants. This attraction has plenty to offer visitors of all ages.
Singapore Cable Car | Flickr: Henry Burrows CC BY-SA 2.0
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Singapore-Sentosa Cable Car

The Singapore Cable Car links the central island of Singapore with Sentosa and Mount Faber and is an excellent way to travel between the city’s best attractions. Whether you just want to ride the whole line to enjoy the view or you want to hop off to do some sightseeing, a trip on the cable car is a must for any visit to Singapore.
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National Museum of Singapore

If you want to learn about the history of Singapore, then the National Museum will be an essential part of your trip. It’s the oldest museum in the country and houses important artifacts relating to the country’s pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial history.
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Tiger Brewery | Flickr: Terrazzo CC BY 2.0
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Tiger Brewery Tour

Sightseeing is thirsty work, so why not stop off at a brewery to sample some cold beer? Tiger Beer is one of Singapore’s most famous exports, and you can take a tour of the brewery where it’s made. You’ll get to learn about the process of brewing and practice pulling a pint before sitting down to sample some of the company’s different offerings.
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Gardens & Parks

Singapore is considered to be a ‘Garden City’, with the government encouraging the planting of trees around the city. In addition to lots of small areas of green, the city contains several gardens which might be worth exploring.The Gardens by the Bay (see above) are a massive modern project, but the Singapore Botanic Gardens have been around since 1859. They are the only tropical gardens to be counted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are free to enter. Inside the Botanic Gardens, you’ll find the National Orchid Garden. You’ll need to buy a ticket to visit this area, but you’ll get an unparalleled insight into the cultivation of all kinds of species of orchids and hybrids. Finally, the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom in Sentosa offers you the chance to learn all about the stunning species of butterfly in an indoor rainforest.
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8 Awesome Museums in Singapore

You might not think of Singapore as the best place to visit museums, but the city is home to several fascinating and diverse institutions that are sure to educate and entertain guests.
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ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum is a unique building in the Marina Bay Sands resort and it features unique exhibitions that blend science, technology, and different artforms. Its permanent exhibition is launching in 2020 and it also hosts a range of temporary exhibitions each year.
National Gallery Singapore
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National Gallery Singapore

This huge art gallery can be found in downtown Singapore and is home to the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian and Singaporean art. With over 8,000 works of art on display, art-lovers can easily spend a day exploring.
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The Battle Box Museum | Flickr: WabbitWanderer CC BY-SA 2.0
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The Battle Box Museum

The Battle Box is a name for the Fort Canning Bunker, a bunker that was used by both sides in World War II as a command center. Today it’s a museum that has been set up to show how the bunker would have looked during the final days of the Battle of Singapore, making it a fascinating destination for anyone interested in military history.
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Asian Civilisations Museum

This museum highlights the similarities between the different cultures of Asia, including China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia, and how elements of each come together within Singaporean culture. Visit to see cultural artifacts and artworks from across Asia.
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Red Dot Design Museum

The Red Dot Design Museum does what its name suggests: it displays the very best of design. Every artifact on show in the permanent collection has won the Red Dot Design Award for product design, including innovative lighting displays, perfume bottles, phones, cutlery, and so much more.
MINT Museum of Toys | Flickr: penreyes CC BY 2.0
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Mint Museum of Toys

MINT stands for ‘Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys’, and this museum showcases a huge collection of vintage toys dating from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. The collection is the personal property of Chang Yang Fa, who has been an avid collector throughout his life.
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Science Centre Singapore

SCS, or the Science Centre Singapore, is one of the country’s most popular science museums. It offers visitors 850 exhibitions, several of them interactive, over eight themed galleries, and receives over 1 million visitors each year. It also hosts stargazing sessions every Friday night for any budding astronomers.
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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum | Flickr: Jack at Wikipedia CC BY-SA 2.0
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Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

This natural history museum on the campus of the National University of Singapore houses the Raffles Natural History Collection. The collection was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore, but it continues to grow and develop, with new additions arriving on display each year.
Legoland Malaysia | Flickr: Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi CC BY 2.0

Attractions for Families

It isn’t easy to keep kids entertained while you’re on vacation, but Singapore makes it easy! There are several attractions designed especially for families with children and adding one or two to your itinerary can make sure your little ones are having just as much fun as you are.KidZania is an indoor theme park that lets children aged 3 and upwards try out different professions, from dentistry to journalism, getting paid in Kidzos that they can spend inside the attraction. The Trick Eye Museum lets the whole family take part in optical illusions in an interactive set of exhibits. For young night owls, the Night Safari will take you to see nocturnal animals in their attraction. Fans of waterparks have two options: Adventure Cove on Sentosa Island or Wild Wild Wet in Downtown East. Both offer slides and pools for all ages, so the whole family can enjoy a visit. Finally, if you don’t mind crossing the border to find some family-friendly entertainment, Legoland Malaysia Resort offers kids a selection of themed rides, play areas, and the chance to build with Lego and Duplo.
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5 Places to Learn About Singaporean Culture

Singapore has an interesting and diverse history, and visitors who want to learn more about it should check out some of these cultural centers and monuments.
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall | Flickr: Dickson Phua CC BY-ND 2.0
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Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

This colonial villa contains a museum dedicated to Sun Yat Sen, founding father of the Republic of China and his numerous visits to Singapore between 1900 and 1911. It also includes a range of artifacts celebrating the relationship between Singapore and China.
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery | Flickr: Jnzl's Photos CC BY 2.0
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Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

The Siong Lim Temple is a Buddhist temple founded in 1898 and has been a national monument since 1980. Its elevation highlights the importance of early Chinese immigrants to Singapore and it’s also a great place to learn about the place of Buddhism in Singaporean culture.
Indian Heritage Centre | Wiki: Smuconlaw CC BY-SA 4.0
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Indian Heritage Centre

The Indian Heritage Centre is located in Little India and is dedicated to the culture and history of Singaporeans of Indian descent. Learn about the history of immigration and settlement that binds India and Singapore on a trip to this cultural center.
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Malay Heritage Centre

The Malay Heritage Centre is a museum that also hosts cultural events to highlight the importance of Malay Singaporean culture. The Malay people are considered the indigenous ethnic group in Singapore, and their local culture has both similarities and differences to Malays living in neighboring Malaysia..
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Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa is a theme park rather than a museum, and it aims to educate visitors about Chinese mythology and Confucianism through statues and dioramas. The most popular area is the Ten Courts of Hell, which depict gruesome interpretations of hell as it’s imagined by Buddhists and in Chinese myth. Parents of young children might want to skip that part!
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Anneliese O'Malley
Written byAnneliese O'MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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