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Ultimate Guide to Gardens by the Bay Singapore [2024]

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Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Best Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Best Gardens by the Bay Singapore

If you’re looking for things to do in Singapore, one of the things that you should definitely do is pay a visit to the Gardens By The Bay.

Imagine that you are stepping into a verdant Eden of tropical greenery on the island of Singapore, a place where natural and deception are so subtly integrated as to be indistinguishable: the Gardens by the Bay, a 250-acre green space that serves as an enduring built-form alongside Singapore’s soaring skyline, just as the whole city has become a laboratory for experimental urban living.

Quick Summary

  • When choosing to visit Gardens by the Bay Singapore, consider the best times to visit, which are early mornings or late afternoons to avoid crowds and enjoy cooler temperatures
  • Gardens by the Bay combines innovative design with environmental sustainability, featuring iconic attractions like the Supertree Grove and two massive climate-controlled conservatories​
  • The 250-acre Gardens by the Bay showcases a variety of themed gardens, art installations, and unique plant species, making it a must-visit destination for nature and technology enthusiasts​

History and Concept

History and Concept
History and Concept

But it was once part of the transient ocean that was reclaimed, with aspiration, into the verdant green world you see today — some of the world’s largest land reclamation works — as part of Singapore’s self-styled label of a ‘City in a Garden’ where botanical aesthetics enlivened the urban realm.

Main Attractions

Main Attractions
Main Attractions

Supertree Grove

These vertical gardens, with structures ranging from 25 to 50 meters, are really impressive to witness. The Supertrees collect rainwater provide venting ducts for the conservatories and generate solar power, among other things. Take a walk on the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre aerial walkway, that gives visitors a view of Marina Bay and Supertrees Gardens. Night-time light and sound show Garden Rhapsody illuminates the Supertrees.

Flower Dome

Then prepare to enter the world’s biggest greenhouse – the Flower Dome, the conservatory that mimics cool, dry climates such as the Mediterranean and semi-arid tropics – strolling between themed Gardens, from the South African to the Mediterranean, with views of ancient olive trees and giant baobabs. A rotating floral display ensures that there’s something new to see nearly every week.

Cloud Forest

Step inside, and into a foggy world called the Cloud Forest. The conservatory contains a 35-meter indoor waterfall and recreates the flora of tropical highlands with orchids, ferns and carnivorous plants. Walk a pathway called the Cloud Walk as well as the Treetop Walk for a look out over the vegetation, and of mountain panoramas created by the dome.

Floral Fantasy

In Floral Fantasy, a garden where flowers and decorative arts meet, technology too: hanging bouquets, three-dimensional hybrids, and interactive displays will take you on a dream-like journey. This colourful tribute to our five senses is a delight for the eyes.

Specialty Gardens

Specialty Gardens
Specialty Gardens

The Canyon

The Canyon is an outdoor gallery created around sculptural rocks collected from Shandong, China. Walking around it, you will first witness the dragon-shaped trail leading into a collection of natural pieces matching the beautiful greenery of ancient rocks, and arid plants such as the beaked yucca and cockspur coral tree.

Serene Garden

Serene garden, a zen garden style appreciation, influenced by Japanese zen gardens, complete with a small waterfall, flying bamboo trees, and blue rocks from Japan, recommended for quiet reflection and unwinding.

Far East Organization Children’s Garden

Designed for family use, this child friendly garden incorporates play features in a water play area, a treehouse, and learning zones. Great for little visitors, they can either run through the water play area or explore the treehouses found in the rainforest.

Heritage Gardens

Explore the cultural diversity of Singapore through the Heritage Gardens, which include Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Colonial-themed areas. Each garden reflects the rich history and traditions of Singapore’s major ethnic groups.

Art and Sculptures

Art and Sculptures
Art and Sculptures

Scattered throughout Gardens by the Bay are over 40 art installations that add a cultural and artistic layer to the experience. Notable pieces include “Planet,” a sculpture of a floating baby, and “Fiore,” which features a woman’s head adorned with a floral headdress. These artworks blend seamlessly with the natural environment, offering visitors a chance to enjoy art and nature simultaneously.

Dining Options

Dining Options
Dining Options

Supertree Food Hall

Inside the towering Supertrees is an international food hall with dishes that range from Vietnamese to Indian, where you can dine casually while taking in the greenery.

The Social Kitchen

This socially responsible restaurant employs and trains individuals from vulnerable communities. The menu features vegetarian options and dishes from The Vegetarian Butcher, ensuring a wholesome dining experience.

Fennel Café

When you’re ready for something more casual, head to Fennel Café for mezze, such as big fat marinated olives, watermelon and feta salad, and Moroccan lamb tagine. The kind of place for a languorous lunch or tea late into the afternoon.

Other notable dining spots

Dine at Pollen for the chef’s table tasting menu, or casual fare at Satay by the Bay, which spotlights popular local street food such as chicken rice and Prata.

Events and Festivals

Events and Festivals
Events and Festivals

There is always something to look forward to when visiting Gardens by the Bay because the year is stuffed with events, from the whimsical Christmas Wonderland to the loud and colourful Mid-Autumn Festival which sees the gardens awash with lights, bestowed treats and lavishly decorated towering lanterns.


Amazing Race at Gardens by the Bay

Amazing Race at Gardens by the Bay
Amazing Race at Gardens by the Bay

If you’re looking for a good way to explore the Gardens by the Bay while having fun with your friends or team, consider booking an Amazing Race experience with FunEmpire.

This activity will take you to iconic locations within the gardens, all while solving clues and puzzles to complete an intriguing storyline.

It’s a great way for your team to bond, so definitely consider this if you’re looking for team building activities in Singapore!

Practical Information

  • Opening times: Entry to the outdoor gardens is free; some conservatories and attractions have an entry fee. Tickets can be booked online or at the entrance.
  • Hours of operation: Gardens by the Bay: Open daily, 5:00 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Conservatories: Open daily, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Best times to visit: For less swarms of other urban residents and cooler weather, go in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Accessibility and amenities: Wheelchair accessibility for the gardens, restrooms, and gift shops throughout the park. Additional amenities are placed in three dining areas.

Tips for Visitors

  • Recommended timetable: Half a day to wander through the main conservatories and Supertree Grove, or a full day to visit the specialty gardens and art installations.
  • Where to photograph: OCBC Skyway, Olive Grove (Flower Dome), and waterfall (Cloud Forest)Last light of the day: the best times for photography are at sunrise and sunset (golden hour).
  • Travel tips: Wear your walking shoes. Bring water and sunscreen. Bring your camera. And buy your tickets online. That way, you won’t have to wait in the queues.

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

It is a place that brings the brilliant ingenuity and passion of Singapore to the forefront as a place of beauty where you can experience and enjoy the wonders of nature.

Whether it is the grandeur of its Supertrees the biodiversity contained within its conservatories, or simply enjoying a meal while enjoying its lush greenery, the garden welcomes all to be enveloped by its natural beauty and innovative optimism.

Now, check, go, let’s fill up our suitcases and our cameras, let’s stuff it into our rucksacks, and then take a selfie from Singapore Gardens by the Bay. Cheers!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have any questions about Gardens by the Bay Singapore, you can refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below:

What is the best time to visit Gardens by the Bay?

To stay away from crowds and relish in the outdoors on cooler days, it is suggested to visit the gardens during early mornings and late afternoons.

Are there any free attractions at Gardens by the Bay?

Yes, you can freely explore the outdoor gardens and the Supertree Grove. However, there are admission fees for the conservatories and some attractions.

How do I get to Gardens by the Bay?

The easiest way is by MRT. Alight at Bayfront Station and follow the signs. Public buses and parking facilities are also available.

Is Gardens by the Bay suitable for children?

Absolutely! The Far East Organization Children’s Garden is perfect for kids with its water play areas and interactive exhibits.

Can I bring my own food to Gardens by the Bay?

Yes, but you can just bring your own picnic or visit one of the cafés or restaurants in the gardens.

Are pets allowed in Gardens by the Bay?

Pets are generally not allowed, except for service animals.

How long does it take to explore Gardens by the Bay?

You can spend anywhere from a few hours to a full day, depending on how much you want to see.

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