It never fails to amaze us that nestled thick in urbanisation is a beautiful park, free for all to explore. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Singapore. UNESCO agrees too and recently named the Botanic Gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are days where you crave an adrenelin rush, and others that you’re happy to roam without a time limit. The Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to go when you want to enjoy life at a slower pace.
This is the place where you will notice how beautiful and majestic trees really are. It is a beautiful marriage of nature within civilization at its very best.
There’s plenty of space (74 hectres worth!) for kids to run and expel energy before bedtime, and lots of little secret passageways to explore. There are swans to wave at, birds to chase, nests to discover, and hanging roots to swing from, Tarzan style.
It gets crowded over the weekends so if you can, do visit on a weekday evening. A jogger will pass you by regularly, there’s a sprinkle of families on the lawn, and the occasional tourist. Bring a picnic mat, run barefoot on the grass, blow bubbles, read a book. Enjoy the serenity this park offers and recharge before heading back into the real world.
On the lawn, facing Swan Lake, there’s the famous Tembusu tree which graces the back of the Singapore $5 note.
I love how the park is not only beautiful, but that there are so many activities that are planned around it to allow visitors to enjoy it even more.
On weekends, there are sometimes free performances at Symphony Lake – BYO mat and picnic basket. There are often talks and tours that you can join as well, and most are free. Check the Botanic Gardens website for updates. Fancy going on a trail at your own pace? Download an online trail guide here.
About Singapore Botanic Gardens
The closest MRT station is Orchard, which is quite a (non walkable) distance away. However, it is well serviced by buses. There is a considerable amount of construction going on near the Tanglin Gate, opposite Gleneagles Hospital, but once you enter the gate, you’ll forget all about it.
The only food option around the Tanglin Gate area is Food For Thought, which also has a little playground that’s a hit with kids. It seems to be a recent thing but apparently now, kick scooters are not allowed within the Gardens.
Opening hours: 5am to midnight.
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