Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, escape from the city and explore Singapore’s green spaces for some tranquility.

There’s a park or garden to explore no matter where you are in the country, so we’ve made things easy by sectioning this guide into the four main areas for you to get your fix of fresh air and lush greenery.


Central Region

Replete with rare flowers, vertical gardens (aka Supertrees), and intriguing sculptures from around the world, Gardens by the Bay is a stunning park consisting of three waterfront gardens.

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the 22-metre-high aerial walkway that links two Supertrees together, visit the world’s largest glass greenhouse or marvel at a 35-metre indoor waterfall – there’s lots to do at this award-winning destination.

From one iconic spot to another, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a must-visit. Recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 150-year-old green space features highlights such as National Orchid Garden, a gorgeous swan lake, and heaps of tropical trees to please every dendrophile out there.

Got little ones with you? Take them to the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, where they'll learn all about shrubs, plants, and all things green.

Photo by Afur Wong

Up for a hike? Visit the MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park. Complete the 11-kilometre-long nature trail and don’t miss the Treetop Walk, a 250-metre suspension bridge that connects two of the park's highest points.

History buffs, make a beeline for Fort Canning Park. Conveniently located in the heart of town, this site is home to numerous historical landmarks, such as Fort Gate – a remnant of a fortress that's at least 19 centuries old and other highlights like the Spice Garden.

Just a little outside of the central area are venues like Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Take on the challenge and hike the Summit Trail to climb Singapore's tallest hill (it's 164 metres high) in this lush ASEAN Heritage Park.


Southern Region

Further south of Singapore, there’s Mount Faber and HortPark – these two green spots are part of a 10-kilometre-long trail called the Southern Ridges, which features structures like the Henderson Waves, and bridges such as the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk. 

 

 


North eastern Region

Seletar Reservoir is split into two areas: Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and Upper Seletar Reservoir Park.

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park has highlights like the Family Bay, which consists of a performance stage, a Heritage Bridge, a bioswale rain garden, and a water play area for the young ones. There's also a fishing jetty that's usually packed with anglers hoping to catch a tilapia or two.

Popular with runners, Upper Seletar Reservoir Park features several trails and landmarks such as the rocket-shaped tower, which you can climb to the top of and take in breathtaking views of the park.


There's something for everyone at Punggol Waterway, which is segmented into four different zones: Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone, and Green Gallery. Rent a bicycle and cycle around the park, let the kids have fun at the water playground, look out for unique birds along the waterway, or simply snap landscape photos in the evening to capture the beauty of this green heartland destination.

There are also several eateries and cafes in the area, including Whisk & Paddle – a quaint joint serving up items like a black sesame latte, waffles, and mac and cheese.


Western Region

The 87-hectare Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is bound to impress nature lovers with its incredible biodiversity. First discovered by a group of birdwatchers from the Malayan Nature Society in 1986, this site is home to migratory birds, crabs, mud lobsters and even crocodiles and otters.

Take a stroll along the boardwalk to look at the mangroves at low tide or park yourself at one of the many observation posts found throughout the reserve to watch familiar critters in their natural habitats.

Like something right out of a beautiful masterpiece, Chinese Garden is peppered with northern Chinese imperial-style design elements, from the buildings to the bridges and one of the biggest attractions, the Bonsai Garden.

Drop by the Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum and check out the 60 different species in there before crossing over to the nearby Japanese Garden for more picture-perfect greenery and architecture.

 

Photo by Vincent Chong
Photo by Marklin Ang

Ready for some fresh air and lots of lush greenery? Go out there and explore Singapore’s most iconic green spaces – with this guide you definitely won’t be getting lost!