A great family holiday destination, Singapore is popular for its splendid skyline, marvellous buildings, fabulous nature parks, amazing entertainment zones, etc. Moreover, the city is absolutely clean and has almost zero crime rate. Apart from all this, the city-state has a cosmopolitan culture. As Singapore has so much on offer, people from all over the world, visit Singapore every year. However, visiting Singapore may seem impossible if you are on a budget. It is quite commonly known that Singapore is one of the expensive cities in the world. In short, a vacation in Singapore could cost you a lot. While this is partially true, it is still possible to enjoy a holiday in Singapore while on a budget.
Free Things to do in Singapore
Almost all major theme parks, national parks, museums, etc. charge an entry fee to visitors. One way of saving money on these tickets would be to book online or through a travel agent who offers several money-saving packages. Moreover, there are several things to do and places to see in Singapore without paying less or nothing. In other words, you can do a lot of things in Singapore for free. Let us take a look at few of them.
View the Super trees Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is an oasis amidst the concrete jungle of Singapore city. Spread out around 101 hectares of reclaimed land, this park is home to two state-of-the-art greenhouses, multi-themed gardens, a Supertree grove colossal, etc. The best part is that entry to this park is free although you have to pay to see some of the gardens and other attractions of the park. On the other hand, there are a few areas that you can visit without paying anything and the Supertree Grove is one of them. Visit the park after sunset when you would be able to see these manmade trees (25-50 meters tall) aglow with beautiful lights during the Garden Rhapsody light show. If you want to enjoy some other attractions of the park like Cloud Forest, Flower Done, SkyWalk, etc. you would have to pay entry fee for each of them.
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Take a Picture Merlion Park
Your holiday would not be complete unless you take a picture with the Merlion Statue in the background. The Merlion statue is the national icon of Singapore and is placed at the mouth of the Singapore River, in the Central Business District. You can visit Merlion Park Singapore for free, anytime during the day or night. The Merlion has the head of a lion, representing the original name of the Singapura or lion city and the body of a fish, representing the city’s age-old occupation of fishing. The statue of this mythical creature at this park is 9 meters tall and weighs 70 tons. A picture or selfie with the Merlion in the background would cost nothing but would definitely give you tonnes of likes on Instagram and Facebook.
Stroll Around the Singapore Botanic Gardens
At the end of the Orchard Road is the green haven, the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Known to be the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Singapore, the Botanic Gardens is free for everyone. It is a great way to escape from the crowd of the city and enjoy some greenery and fresh air. The place has several unique gardens like ginger garden, healing garden, fragrant garden, orchid garden, etc. However, the orchid garden, which is home to more than 1000 species of orchids and 2000 hybrids, costs S$8 for entry. Apart from the plants, you would also be able to spot some insects and birds here. Do not forget to check out spotted wood owls, pied hornbills, stork billed kingfishers, black swans, ducks, geese, crimson sunbirds, etc. at this park. The Botanical Gardens opens at five in the morning and closes at midnight.
Relax at the Beach
Singapore’s Sentosa Island has three beaches, namely Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong. While almost all attractions on the island require entry tickets, the beaches are free of cost. Of course, you have to pay if you want to have lunch or enjoy a drink at one of the restaurants or bars. Moreover, there is also charge for the water sports. However, if you just want to spend a lazy day, lounging on the beach, staring at the beautiful water or perhaps read a book or have a picnic with your family on any of the beaches, you do not have to pay anything. If you have kids, it would be best to head to Palawan Beach as it is a family-friendly beach, while couples and those looking for some peace and quiet time should hot Tanjong Beach. However, if you want to enjoy the liveliness of the beach, Siloso is the perfect one for you as it has the maximum restaurants, abs and other attractions.
Enjoy the Light Show at Marina Bay
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Be it booking a room in the hotel, enjoying a drink at one of the restaurants or perhaps visiting the SkyPark would cost you money. However, Marina Bay is known for the best light ad water show not only in Singapore but in Asia, and you can watch it for free. This water and light show with beautiful multicolour lasers, affecting music, projected images of Singaporean children, etc. is surely impressive. The show happens at 8 and 9 PM everyday, while there is an extra show at 11 PM on Friday and Saturday.
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Apart from the above-mentioned ones, here are some more things that you can do for free in the city-state of Singapore.
- Watch a free cultural show or performance at Esplanade
- Enjoy walking amidst nature at MacRitchie Natural Trail and Reservoir
- Go on a hiking or trekking in Mount Faber
- Fly a kite at Marina Barrage
- Explore China Town and Little India for the cultural experience
Going on a holiday in Singapore need not burn a hole in your pocket. With so many free things to do and places to go in Singapore without spending money, you would be able have an amazing time in this Southeast Asian city.