Second or third time visitors looking for alternative things to do in Singapore will not be left disappointed. Multifaceted, there are always new dimensions for visitors to discover and one of Singapore’s greatest assets is its ability to constantly evolve. There is certainly more to Singapore than can be seen on a first visit so if you think you have covered the main sights read on for a list of alternative activities that will keep you entertained and enthralled in this captivating country.
ALTERNATIVE THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE
MODERN STRUCTURES – If you have seen the skyline architecture
Singapore’s iconic skyline is legendary, with its towering skyscrapers and beautiful ornate buildings such as The Arts House, National Gallery, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and Marina Bay sands. Look closer though and you will find a stunning award winning array of architectural projects sitting comfortably alongside the preserved favourites.
The high-rise undulating towers of Reflections at Keppel Bay, a residential development, provide a unique focal point created by architect Daniel Libeskind.
For a view of the city centre from the 50th storey, visit the Pinnacle@Duxton, a 50 storey public housing development featuring the world’s two longest sky gardens affording stunning panoramic cityscape views. Skybridges link the buildings at the 26th and 50th floors forming a sky garden and jogging track.
To Visit Pinnacle@Duxton – Take the East-West Line (Green) and alight at Outram Park MRT. Head southwest on New Bridge Road towards Bukit Pasoh Road before turning left onto cantonment Road. (About 5 minute walk)
You must have a card compliant with the Singapore Standard of Contactless ePurse Application (CEPAS), for example EZ-Link card. For full details of how to enter the 50th floor check the official website for current details and costs.
CAT CAFE – If you have visited local cafes
Singapore has a burgeoning cafe scene to suit all tastes but if you have tried the traditional cafes why not try something different, like a visit to a cat cafe. Recharge your batteries with a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake or pastry while having the chance to pet a lovely furry cat. All cats housed here have been either a stray or abandoned by their owners and now have a loving home in the cafe’s safe and clean environment. The entrance fee includes a soft drink with the opportunity to upgrade to a hot beverage, all in the knowledge that you are helping towards the continual care of these sweet cats.
To Visit Cat Cafe – Take the East-West Line (Green) and alight at Bugis MRT. Walk south-east on Rochor Road towards Victoria Street. TheCatCafe is located at 241B Victoria Street Level 3, right above Burger King and works on a first come first served basis, charging per entry. Operating hours are 3 pm-10 pm on Mondays and 10 am-10 pm on Tuesday to Sunday. Full and up to date details can be found on the official website.
SOUTHERN ISLANDS – If you have been to Sentosa Island
A mere 15 minutes away from the city centre, Sentosa Island provides hours of fun, whether you want to chill out on a sandy beach or experience thrills, you can be entertained for hours. But if you have been there done that, discover a quieter more serene scene on one of Singapore’s Southern Islands. Just within a short ferry ride is the island of St John offering peace, tranquility and a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. Feel the sand between your toes, wander along one of the trek paths, fish, swim in a lagoon or just sit and enjoy a picnic while admiring the city from afar.
If you are looking for pristine lagoons and beaches and also some history pop along to Kusa island and check out the three shrines and Chinese Temple. be sure to say hello to the cute tortoises in the nearby tortoise sanctuary.
To Visit the Southern Islands – Take the East-West Line (Green) to Raffles Place MRT. Change to the North-South Line (Red) and alight at Marina South Pier. Follow the linkway to Marina South Pier and purchase your ticket from the designated booth. There is nowhere to purchase food so take something to eat and drink. There are clean toilet facitilties on the islands. For details of ferry timings and prices, check the official website.
TIONG BAHRU – If you have visited Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India
Singapore has a plethora of charming neighbourhoods to wander around and explore at your own pace, and highlight Singapore’s heritage shophouses, history, culture and uniqueness. Chances are that you will head to these neighbourhoods on your first visit to the country, so why not check out somewhere different on your subsequent trip? Tiong Bahru is one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods but it is quickly becoming a hip new area, mixing old with new and is steeped in history. Wander around and take a look at the Art Deco architecture of the 1930’s residential blocks, the preserved pieces of it’s old days and the chic new eateries.
To Visit Tiong Bahu Neighbourhood – Take the East-West Line (Green) alighting at Tiong Bahru MRT. Either follow the Heritage Trail from the Market or wander the streets under your own speed.
SOUTHERN RIDGES – If you have been to Singapore Botanic Gardens
Iconic Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015 is a beautiful spot to view rare orchids, tropical plants and trees among other the many other attractions offered within these stunning gardens. For a chance to really stretch your legs and immerse yourself in nature, why not hike the Southern Ridges, a ten kilometre trail which incorporates not one but four picturesque parks, a nature reserve and Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge.
Made up of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, you will be treated to an array of flora and fauna and stunning views.
To Visit the Southern Ridges : The Southern Ridges Walk can be accessed at numerous points, the most common options are:
Kent Ridge MRT station (Circle Line), Exit B. Turn left as you come out of the station and follow Science Park Dr eastwards to access Kent Ridge Park by the lake.
HarbourFront MRT (North-East Line), Exit D, for the start point of the Marang Trail to Mount Faber Park.
HarbourFront MRT station (exit D) provides easy access to the base of Mount Faber and the stairway leading to the top.
ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM – If you have visited The National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore chronicles Singapore’s rich history through a mixture of galleries, visual arts and exhibitions in an interactive way which feels fun and enjoyable. The neo-classical architectural building merges old elements with a modern twist of metal and glass. This is a fantastic museum to discover the culture and history of the country.
With a wealth of incredible museums at your fingertips you will always be able to discover new favourites such as the ArtScience Museum.
With an eye-catching design symbolising the welcoming hand of Singapore, each finger filters in natural daylight flooding the interior exhibits with light. There is something for everyone here with stories coming to life through the fusion of art and science. View the ever changing renowned exhibitions, works from the Arts and creative field and immerse yourself in a digital universe of interactive installations provided in the permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science.
To Visit The ArtScience Museum – The museum is situated in Marina Bay Sands along the Marina Bay Waterfront and located along the North Promenade and easily reached by MRT.
Bayfront Station (Circle Line) – 10-minute walk
Promenade Station (Circle Line) – 15-minute walk
Marina Bay Station (North South Line) – 15-minute walk
Operating hours including public holidays are 10 am – 7 pm with the last admission being 6 pm. Check the official website for current prices of tickets, which can be purchased online to avoid queues.
Singapore is a destination that you can enjoy for continual visits as the city has a plethora of amazing activities and sights to experience whether you are a first timer or a returning visitor.
How about you? Is Singapore a country you keep coming back to?
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