Fun Places in Singapore
Whatever your interests you will find fun places to explore in Singapore. From beautiful nature reserves to buzzing nightlife and everything in between, you can be sure to find something to entertain you in your free time. Here are a few places of interest.
Clarke Quay is a unique conserved historical landmark located along the Singapore River and at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District. It is within walking distance of the Clarke Quay MRT Station and the newly opened Fort Canning MRT Station, making it well accessible by public transportation. Comprising five blocks of restored shophouses and warehouses infused with funky art-deco structures, Clarke Quay plays host to a wide range of dining and entertainment options, and has become an attraction for both locals and tourists over the years.
Marina Bay in Singapore has undergone a transformation of epic proportions. Once a quiet body of water at the entrance of the Singapore River, this area now stands as a spectacular example of how this minuscule country has come to be one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations. Overlapping the Financial District, Clarke Quay and the central Civic District towards the north, Marina Bay boasts some of Singapore’s most iconic hotels, skyscrapers, and attractions, as well as the Merlion fountain! It is difficult to ignore the iconic Marina Bay Sands resort too, which itself is home to a substantial list of great things to do and see.
Did you know that Singapore actually consists of over 60 islands? You do now!
Sentosa Island is Singapore’s playground and features 3 beaches with cool bars and restaurants. Also on Sentosa you will find. Universal Studios, Madam Tussaud’s, Adventure Cove Waterpark and a whole bunch of other fun and exciting activities. Or if you prefer your islands a little more laid back, then you might like to visit Pulau Ubin for some mountain biking, or to hire a kayak and paddle through the beautiful mangroves. Be sure to take some sun screen!
The closest cinema to NTU is the Golden Village cinema at Jurong Point, just a short bus ride away. Or maybe you prefer a slightly bigger cinematic experience? No problem…there is an IMAX located at Shaw’s Theatre in the J-Cube mall in Jurong East. And cinephiles preferring a more indie experience can visit the Projector, located in the historic Golden Theatre near Nicoll Highway MRT station.
For the culture vultures among you, you may wish to visit some of Singapore’s many museums. Discover how art and science merge at the lotus-shaped ArtScience museum near Marina Bay Sands. Or for those of a more anthropological persuasion, you can learn more about local cultures at the Malay Heritage Centre or the Peranakan Museum. Details of all of the museums (and there are plenty!) can be found on the National Heritage Board’s website at the following address- www.nhb.gov.sg. The list of museums together with corresponding links are presented as below.
- National Museum of Singapore (http://nationalmuseum.sg/)
- Asian Civilisations Museum (http://acm.org.sg/)
- Peranakan Museum (https://www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg/)
- Singapore Philatelic Museum (http://spm.org.sg/)
- Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (http://sysnmh.org.sg/en)
- Malay Heritage Centre (http://malayheritage.org.sg/en)
- Indian Heritage Centre (http://indianheritage.org.sg/en)
- Reflections at Bukit Chandu
- ArtScience Museum (https://zh.marinabaysands.com/museum.html)
If nature is your thing, then you can take a walk around some of Singapore’s nature reserves. Take a stroll among the tree canopies on the Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir. Prefer something a little less vertigo-inducing? Try Sungei Buloh, with its birdwatching shelters and saltwater crocodiles! Or if crocodiles aren’t your thing, then you could take a hike through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve…who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of the legendary Bukit Timah Monkey Man! Take plenty of water and a packed lunch though as hiking in this climate can be thirsty work.
Housing more than 2800 animals of over 300 species, the Singapore Zoo is another not to be missed destination. Be sure to allocate 2 days for River Safari and Night Safari as well! Closer to NTU would be the Jurong Bird Park, though underrated but truly worth a visit!
Calling all clubbing enthusiasts, let’s hit the clubs! Get a taste of Singapore’s night life because here, you can find bars and restaurants to suit all preferences. From the funky little cafes and bars in Arab Street to the lively clubs of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay…you can definitely find somewhere to get your groove on a weekend. And ladies, look out for fantastic deals on Wednesdays’ ladies night! Not one for clubbing? Try Cosmic Bowling and Darts Cafe instead!
Hidden Gems in Singapore
- Dakota Crescent – One of the areas in Singapore you must visit before it vanishes, Dakota Crescent is a little neighbourhood built in the 1950s where the kampong spirit is strong. Located off Old Airport Road, this cluster of low-rise flats is one of Singapore’s oldest public estates, and has not been revamped since its construction.
- Lim Chu Kang Jetty – A quiet spot leading out into the sea in a corner of Singapore, the Lim Chu Kang Jetty is unknown even to many locals. Here, something from our country’s kampong roots seems to have survived; the jetty is made entirely of wood and looks out to our neighbour, Malaysia.
- Former Queen’s Theatre – Opened in the early-1930s, Queen’s Theatre on Guillemard Road was a hot favourite with Singaporeans for its Malay, Indonesian and even Egyptian movies. Back in the day, tickets cost $2 for circle seats, $1.50 for the back stall and $1 for the front stall. (They probably even let you bring outside food in!) The cinema eventually closed in 1982 and today, the building is occupied by Grandlink Square.
- The Singapore Really, Really Free Market – A market where everything is free? Sounds too good to be true – but it is. At RRFM, nothing is for sale and all goods and services are shared. Anyone with stuff or skills to share are welcome to set up a stall, and if you find something you want, you’re welcome to have it. SRRFM is the Singapore chapter of the RRFM, a movement that counters capitalism in a non-reactionary way and while promoting mutual sharing. So put your money-lined bags away, come with goodwill and good skills and have a great time.