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Guide to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore - Tips, Free Entries & More

Singapore doesn’t do things by halves. The city is bold, beautiful, and extravagant in every measure. Huge glimmering skyscrapers tower over technicolor colonial houses and tropical nature bursts forth from the hillsides. So you can imagine that their version of a public ‘garden’ is something really rather special. Spanning 250 acres, Gardens by the Bay is a vast ecological, educational and simply stunning site. With so much sparkle and highrise in the city, it could be all too easy to forget that Singapore is a super-eco tropical paradise. But, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s most memorable attraction, will surely remind you. In this list, you’ll discover the best things to see at Gardens by the Bay including...

  • The Supertree Grove
  • The Sun Pavilion
  • The Flower Dome
  • Heritage Gardens

While entry into the garden complex is free, you must pay admission to enter the two great biodomes - the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome - and to walk along the Supertree skywalk.

Cloud Forest

The smaller of the two great swooping glass orbs that rise out of the ground like jewels is by no means the less impressive. Inside you’ll find a great green mountain, bursting with plant life all the way to the top where a stunning waterfall - the world’s tallest indoor falls - cascades to the ground. The mist that courses through the atmosphere of the dome will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into the rainforest.

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Flower Dome

This is the world’s largest glass greenhouse and is a seriously impressive structure. The larger of the two biodomes plays host to a variety of sculpted gardens from around the globe, featuring a South American garden, a South African garden, an olive grove, a baobab forest and more! All crowned by a gravity-defying, single-span glass roof, this place really will take your breath away.

Supertree Grove

Catch your breath again outside at the living sculptures that make up the Supertree Grove. A couple of clusters of 18 vertical gardens built to resemble trees and work as ‘environmental engines’ as they take in and exhaust air for the conservatories' air systems. These are the principal feature in the complex’s ‘edutainment’ concept which aims to teach ecology through wonderful visuals and immersive elements. In fact, our favorite time to visit the Supertree Grove is at night, when the magnificent structures are lit up and perform striking light shows. But don’t just ogle these beauties from the ground. For SGD$8 you can venture 22 meters in the air over a 128-meter aerial walkway through the Supertrees canopy.

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Dragonfly Lake

This gorgeous green body of water might look still and silent on its surface, but below it is teeming with plant and aquatic life. The landscaped edges are carefully planted with reeds and other naturally filtering plants that contribute to the ecosystem’s preservation. You can enjoy the lake from the 440meter boardwalk that meanders around the edge and provides exceptional spots for photography of the gardens with the city’s skyline in the background.

Sun Pavilion

This sun-soaked cactus conservatory is an unusual sight in Singapore’s perpetually humid atmosphere. Under the cover of a sculptural glass roof, these cacti and succulents are allowed to thrive in the hot climate while Singapore’s stormwater is siphoned away. Enjoy a wander among these alien-like, prickly protrusions and admire the diversity of the Garden’s inhabitants.

Heritage Gardens

Made up of four themed gardens, here you can learn about the history of Singapore through its main ethnic groups - Indian, Chinese and Malay, up to colonial times and the influence that it left, all told through the power of plants.

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Wait, there’s more! Gardens by the Bay is fun for all the family. The kids are guaranteed a splashing good time at the Far East Organization’s Children’s Garden, a fantastic outdoor playground complete with water jets from huge sculptural colorful flowers. And with at least 10 different dining options and a myriad of cuisines, you almost need never leave the superb complex that is Gardens by the Bay. Satay by the Bay is a shiny new hawker center, adorned in greenery, that can give the city’s famous hawkers a run for their money.

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