7 Fun Ways to Experience Nature in Singapore

7 Fun Ways to Experience Nature in Singapore

Instead of visiting the many malls dotting Orchard Road, take a day off touring our urban cityscapes and experience Singapore in a different manner: through nature.

Here are seven outdoor activities that lets you have fun while exploring nature in the tropical city. Some of them don’t even cost much – you’ll have more to spend on our delicious food!

1. Conquer Singapore’s First and Only Treetop Obstacle Course

Forest Adventure Singapore - Singapore’s First and Only Treetop Obstacle CourseImage Credit: Honeycombers

Challenge yourself to complete 44 different obstacles in the Grand Course at Forest Adventure Singapore. Walk across ropes and planks amongst the trees and swing around like Tarzan!

Forest Adventure Singapore - Singapore’s First and Only Treetop Obstacle CourseImage Credit: Life’s Tiny Miracles

For families with young ones, the Kids Course has 22 crossings and two zip lines specially designed for children aged five to ten.

Location: Bedok Reservoir Road, 479244
$50 per adult for Grand Course
$36 per child for Kids Course, $20 for accompanying adult
Website: here

2. Ride Around the Parks On Co-Sharing Bicycles

Cycling Trails in SingaporeImage Credit: TheSmartLocal

Singaporeans think of East Coast Park whenever someone mentions cycling. Beyond the East Coast, West Coast, and our many parks, there are other scenic cycling routes that even locals aren’t familiar with.

Away from the city, there are many cycling paths available and one in particular takes you to Woodlands Waterfront Park, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Straits of Johor.

Straits of JohorStraits of Johor / Image Credit: Okami Kodomo

The rise of co-sharing bicycles makes it extra easy to rent a bicycle anywhere. Simply ride along and leave it at your destination when you’re done. There are also many other cycling routes you can find here.

Co-Sharing BicyclesImage Credit: YP SG

Location: Islandwide
Cost: Free to S$0.50 for 15 minutes

3. Visit The Animals

River Safari - Amazon River QuestImage Credit: Wildlife Press

Be sure to also check out Singapore Zoo, the world’s best rainforest zoo!

Singapore ZooImage Credit: Kayla Kotara

Watch the elephants work and play, or catch the token feeding times for a chance to feed the giraffes and rhinoceros.

Meet the penguins at Jurong Bird Park, the endearing pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari, and get up close with bats and other fascinating nocturnal animals at the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, Night Safari.

River Safari - Kai Kai and Jia JiaImage Credit: Voyagin

Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Jurong Bird Park – Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Cost: Varies, with packages available. More information here.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

4. Explore The Southern Ridges

The Southern RidgesImage Credit: JustRunLah!

Prefer somewhere else where you can appreciate nature without the crowd? Don a tank top and berms and go on a nice stroll along The Southern Ridges.

The 10km stretch will take you through popular parks and gardens like Mount Faber Park and HortPark, and the stunning Henderson Waves Bridge – which looks even more impressive and romantic at night.

Henderson Waves BridgeImage Credit: Thousand Wonders

Location: Henderson Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 099203
Cost: Free

5. Go for a Trail at Nature Reserves

Sungei Buloh Wetland ReserveImage Credit: Honeycombers

The Southern Ridges may be one of the more popular trails, but there are plenty of other trails that takes you through Singapore’s nature reserves.

Uncover the rich biodiversity at Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves. You can even sign up for the free guided walks to learn the best locations for spotting the mangrove wildlife, such as giant mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, and various species of birds.

Bukit Timah Nature ReserveImage Credit: Singapore Tourism Board

Go for a leisure hike up Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, or marvel at the sights from atop the MacRitchie Reservoir TreeTop Walk.

MacRitchie Reservoir TreeTop WalkImage Credit: National Parks Board

Explore more spectacular hiking trails here.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves – 301 Neo Tiew Cres, Singapore 718925
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – Hindhede Dr, Singapore 589318
MacRitchie Reservoir Park – Along Lornie Road
Cost: Free
Sungei Buloh, Bukit Timah, MacRitchie

6. Picnic at gardens (Botanic Gardens)

Botanic GardensImage Credit: Visit Singapore

Not keen on doing anything physically-draining while on vacation? Pack some delicious food and go for a picnic at Singapore Botanic Gardens instead.

While you bask in the verdant landscape of the only tropical garden honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, catch a sight of the free-roaming swans and terrapins in the Swan Lake.

Location: 1 Cluny Road
Cost: Free

7. Tour the Land and Sea Without Moving A Muscle

Singapore River CruiseImage Credit: Klook

Dislike being out in the sun at all? You can still enjoy nature through Singapore River Cruise, which takes you along the historical Singapore River on a bumboat.

Singapore DUCKtourImage Credit: Visit Singapore

Or embark on a land and sea adventure aboard DUCKtours!

Singapore River CruiseFull list of jetties here.
DUCKtours – 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-330 Suntec Shopping Mall, Singapore 038983
Singapore River Cruise$25 per adult, $15 per child
DUCKtours – $37 per adult, $ 27 per child

Website: Singapore River Cruise, DUCKtours

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