Singapore is more popular for its tall skyscrapers and mega malls, but not many know that Singapore ranks right above in the top on urban tree density parameters. One of the greenest cities in Asia, Singapore has been an epitome for innovative environmental friendly ideas. The challenges in rapid urbanization, sea level rise and a changing climatic scenario has been one of the key drivers of the ever growing green space in this beautiful city-state.
Singapore’s green spaces range from local rooftop gardens to awe-inspiring Supertree structures is a symbol of the commitment and passion of Singapore’s eco-commitment. More than 30% of the Singapore land is covered by green space comprising of trees and vegetation. Quite a high percentage when we consider that the second-highest is 4% less i.e. Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada – both at 25.9%. This green canopy plays an integral part of urban life and development as the trees help regulate and maintain temperatures, give a natural cover from noise, traffic, and congestion. The Parks such as the Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and the Gardens by the Bay are home to around 400,000 plants and offer a perfect environment to enjoy a lush green atmosphere when you visit Singapore. In addition, the significant number of roof gardens and skyrise greenery have not only added to the green quotient, they have made them look attractive and worth-visiting.
Singapore’s green places fulfill all needs and requirements – whether you want to stroll, jog, picnic or just enjoy a fresh breeze. Below listed are some of the lush green spaces you should browse through when you are on a holiday in Singapore.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
You have everything for a perfect picnic ranging from rolling lawns to jungles, beautiful plant life from orchids to cactus. The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is an exclusive green space for the little ones. You can either laze around the Symphony Lake or gather for picnics and open-air concerts for some fun and entertainment. Do not miss the beautiful orchids on display, they can definitely not skip your attention.
Gardens by the bay
Spread over a massive area of 101 hectares, the Gardens by the Bay features three waterfront gardens, the towering super trees and two gigantic indoor environments namely Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The Gardens by the Bay was started with the mission to bring the plant world to Singapore and showcase Singapore as one of the greenest cities in the world. Talk to your tour operator to get discounted Garden by the Bay tickets and enjoy this wonderful horticulture extravaganza and artistic display of greenery.
This water’s edge offers a stunning boardwalk, hiking opportunity through the forest on a cross-country trail. The MacRitchie Reservoir has routes which vary from an hour to 5 hours. The HSBC TreeTop Walk steals the limelight and one of the most popular attractions in Singapore. This 250-meter aerial suspension bridge offers stunning panoramic views over the neighboring rainforest and upper Peirce Reservoir.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
One of the primitive forests still standing strong in Singapore. This massive reserve is home to approximately 840 flowering plants and over 500 animal species. The park also houses the highest peak in Singapore and an array of winding forest trails. For an off-beat experience, we recommend you to try the Durian Loop for enjoying a quiet and a wonderful ambiance while walking in the jungle.
East Coast Park
This is one of the most popular and largest parks in Singapore. The East Coast Park offers a wonderful combination of a long stretch of sea, sand, and swaying palms. Enjoy a refreshing breeze and indulge in a host of activities such as walking, rollerblading, barbecues, and cycling. There are an array of hawker centers and outdoor restaurants in the park for grabbing a quick bite. Do not miss out on capturing the beautiful sunset, it could turn out to be one of the unforgettable experience of your lifetime.
Opened in the year 1859 as an arms store, hospital and barracks, the Fort Canning forms an integral part of Singapore’s history. Some of the key attractions here include Sir Stamford Raffles’ personal bungalow and the Spice Garden – which is a replica of the 19-hectare tract that was established by Raffles in the year 1822. You can also unwind yourself at one of the winding paths and quiet places here.
The Southern Ridges
Interconnects a series of hill trails encompassed between Telok Blangah Hill, Mount Faber, and Kent Ridge Park. Blessed with stunning views across the Telok Blangah area, the undulating Henderson Waves Bridge, which is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It stands out as the key highlight of this place, elevated over 1.3 kilometers of the Forest. You will be mesmerized by the views from the top.
Started in the year 2013 in the neighborhood of the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari features close to 5,000 specimens representing 300 species apart from witnessing 8 iconic rivers of the world. It houses the world’s largest freshwater aquarium and a squirrel monkey forest. A must-visit place when you visit Singapore.
This small island in Singapore would take you back ages, probably remind you of what Singapore was in the 1960s. Explore the beautiful trails, isolated beaches, thriving mangroves, coral rubble, seagrass lagoons, coastal forests, and shady rubber plantations as you browse through the island. Do not miss out checking Chek Jawa Wetlands, which is home to one of the richest ecosystems in Singapore. You can either hire a bike or take a bumboat ride from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal to reach Pulau Ubin.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
One of the best places in Singapore which offer an amazing view and an unforgettable experience. Browse through the mangrove forest boardwalks or check out the birdlife over the freshwater wetlands. You need not be a nature lover to fall in love with this place. The months of September to March is the migratory season for the birds and gives you amazing scenes to witness.
Pasir Ris Park
Placed on the northeast coast of Singapore near the Changi Airport, this 71-hectare park is extremely popular among locals and tourists alike for pond fishing and bike rental. It also houses a 6-hectare mangrove forest with boardwalks. A wonderful way to explore the best of nature’s offerings.
A recreational and education park which features a wide variety of show gardens that inspires people to take up gardening as a hobby. You will probably witness the true colors of green environments here. There is a nursery which sells plants and other garden essentials.
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
This garden offers an amazing mix of landscaping, planting, and oriental architecture. The main building is inspired by the iconic Beijing’s Summer Palace and an extensive bonsai garden. Lantern lights lit up the gardens at night during the mid-autumn festival.
West Coast Park
Built on a reclaimed land, the West Coast Park features a bird sanctuary with boardwalks, amazing sea views, and an adventure playground.