Vibrant, energetic, and alive, Singapore beats to an electrifying drum. Famously clean and increasingly green, the dynamic city oozes culture and history and is home to some of the world’s hippest bars, hottest restaurants, and out-of-this-world street food.
Summer is Singapore is hot, hot, hot! As a tropical destination, you can expect it to be warm year-round, but in summer, temperatures really ramp up with high levels of humidity. But don’t despair, there are plenty of things to do in Sngapore in summer to keep you entertained. Whether you’re an urban explorer, an adventure seeker, or a food fundi, the Lion City has a wealth of place to visit.
Why visit Singapore in the summer?
Summer in Singapore runs from June to early September and while it is hot and humid, it’s also slightly drier with less rainfall than the rest of the year. Days are lovely and long with up to 12 hours of sunshine and rainfall is at a minimum.
Temperatures range between 26°C and 32°C and humidity levels are high, so cool clothing and plenty of water are the order of the day. The average sea temperature is 29° C, so cooling off with a swim at the beach may not be the best option.
Despite the hot weather, summer is a fantastic time to explore the island city-state and you’ll find an array of both indoor and outdoor activities around the city to enjoy.
1. Explore Singapore’s beautiful gardens
Fondly known as the ‘City in a Garden,’ Singapore is one of the greenest cities in the world. The city is to some spectacular gardens and green urban spaces that are well worth exploring. Your first stop should be the 82-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens, a tropical oasis of flourishing themed gardens with over 550 species. Be sure to visit the incredible National Orchid Garden and the excellent botanical art gallery in the Gallop Extension.
Next stop is the Gardens on the Bay in Marina Bay. Marvel at whimsical sculptures, gigantic high-tech trees, and misty biodomes in this fantastical world of green. Use your pass for admission to the Cloud Forest, home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and the Flower Dome.
Wander through another world beneath thousands of hanging blooms in Floral Fantasy. Don’t miss the evening Garden Rhapsody show where the Supertrees burst into light.
Top Tip: Head up to the observatory at the top of the tallest Supertree for some breathtaking panoramic views over Marina Bay.
2. Take a bumboat ride
A bumboat? Singaporeans use this odd term for ferries and sailboats that transport both locals and tourists around the bay. The brightly colored boats have eyes and faces painted on them to discern any threats ahead. And what better way to experience Singapore than from the water on a bumboat?
Use your pass to hop on a traditional bumboat for a Singapore River Cruise and take in the awe-inspiring city skyline. Keep your camera ready as you pass famous sights like Raffles, the Esplanade, and the Old Parliament House. The cool breezes off the water are heaven on a hot summer’s day.
3. Climb up to the SkyPark Deck
If it's unrivaled views you want, head up to the SkyPark Deck on the top of the Marina Bay Sands. Based on the 57th floor, this popular spot offers the most incredible views of the city, Marina Bay, and the busy Singapore Strait.
Take a guided tour and learn about Singapore's history and enjoy a dip in the hotel’s famous infinity pool that seemingly floats over the city. Use your pass to enjoy a free drink from the CÉ LA VI SkyBar as you soak up the unbelievable views.
4. Visit the city’s superb museums
Singapore is packed with an ever-growing range of cutting-edge museums and cultural institutions. Top of the list is the Asian Civilisations Museum , a captivating journey through Asia’s cross-cultural connections. The National Museum Singapore is another must for learning about Singapore’s rich history. Don’t forget to use your pass when visiting these two museums to gain free access.
If you are an art-lover, head to the National Gallery Singapore to admire an incredible collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. Brave the Changi Museum & Chapel to learn the stories of POWs and held Changi Prison during the Japanese occupation of Singapore.
5. Have some fun at Sentosa Park
Slides, rides, beaches, and sea creatures… Sentosa Island has it all! Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Sentosa Island is an all-ages playground with theme parks, beautiful beaches, an aquarium, and a subterranean casino.
Hop on the Singapore Sky Cable with your pass for a thrilling ride to Sentosa Island from Mount Faber on the mainland. Take in the amazing views on the way and spend the day enjoying all the attractions on the island.
Brave the exhilarating rides at Universal Studios, explore the SEA Aquarium (don’t forget to use your pass), and sip cocktails at one of the swanky beach bars. Enjoy a spectacular multimedia night show at the Mount Faber Cable Car station on your return.
6. Eat, eat, and eat some more
From Michelin-star restaurants to some of the best street food on the planet, Singapore is foodie heaven. Even of you aren’t a gourmand, you’ll be amazed at the variety of mouthwatering grub in this Southeast Asian culinary hub.
The best place to get a taste of Singapore is on the street at the legendary hawker centers. From eye-wateringly hot Indian curries to melt-in-your-mouth murtabak, the city’s culinary scene has every dish conceivable. Be sure to try delicious local dishes like laksa, a spicy, coconutty noodle soup, and chicken rice with a twist.
Top tip: Cash is king on the street, so have cash in small notes when hitting the hawkers.
7. Experience Singapore’s nightlife
Singapore comes alive at night with bright lights, buzzing bars, and glitzy nightclubs vying for attention. From sultry secret speakeasies to chic rooftop bars, the city has a myriad of great nightspots to explore. Kick off the evening with a complimentary Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Long Bar – simply present your pass for your free drink.
Head over to Clarke Quay where you’ll find a host of laid-back pubs and taverns, stylish waterside bars, casual and fine dining restaurants, and modern nightclubs. Dance the night away to the latest tunes and watch the sun rise over the water.
8. Escape to Pulau Ubin island
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and take a trip to the peaceful island of Pulau Ubin. Hop on a bumboat in Changi for a short 15-minute boat ride to the island just off mainland Singapore. Rent a bike to explore the sleepy village and get a glimpse into the kampong (village) life that harkens back to Singapore’s old days. There isn’t much to do here, except enjoy a delicious seafood meal by the sea, kick back and relax, and soak up the tranquility.