There is a strong competition between Gardens By The Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Both stunning in representing Singapore as a garden city, they are places you MUST GO if you are in Singapore. But this ONE THING allows Gardens By The Bay to be slightly better than Singapore Botanic Gardens. Make a guess, which of these is that ONE THING that allows Gardens By The Bay to top the chart!
Picnic In The Sunset
Picnics are my absolute favourite. There is nothing like a paddle-pop sky to complete the picnic date with your loved ones. Not to mention the sky sets behind the skyline of Singapore with the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) as the landmark.
There are many places to picnic, but my personal favourite is the one facing Marina Bay Sands. Upon entering Gardens By The Bay from the MRT or bridge from MBS, walk towards the garden. Before arriving at the first toilet you see, there is a green pasture on the left. There, you can lay your mat down to picnic and watch the sunset.
Another landmark in Singapore is the Supertree clusters. Fun fact, these trees are not only aesthetically appealing, but they also serve a purpose! These trees have solar panels on the top, which produces clean energy. This whole garden is running on clean energy with ZERO carbon emissions!
You can also pay S$5 to walk on that SkyBridge. I would recommend you to do it during sunset because that’s a gorgeous time.
Food On the Wood
Other than a picnic, you can head over to Satay By The Bay. It is a food court with many types of Singapore food. I must warn you though, the prices will not be too cheap. The place is modern with proper tables and chairs. However, if you want to spice up your ambience, find these logs outside of the food court. These logs are cut into table and chair sizes and there are only limited chairs available!
This air-conditioned dome is a large area that shows different exhibits every few months. You can find the most exotic beautiful flowers here with the controlled environment that allows them to flourish. The best exhibitions are in May with Tulips from Netherlands and December for Christmas.
The cloud dome is another dome with a controlled environment, and this does not change. You can find exotic plants from the Amazon and different parts of the world. Inside also features a huge waterfall and the plants that thrive in those environments. The area has slopes that go round the waterfall, or you can take the lift up to the highest level too. Be sure to catch the documentary on the environment while you are there.
As both of the domes require an entrance fee, this Cactus garden is free for all. It is rather interesting to see so much greenery in a cactus garden. They also have cactus of all sorts, including funny shaped ones.
Big Fish Aquarium
This aquarium is home to several big fishes, hence the name. Read about the different species of fishes and be amazed at how big they can grow. A turtle also lives in this aquarium, and I saw it biting that big white fish you see in the picture!
Clean and Green Singapore
Other than being an urban jungle, Singapore is known as a clean and green city. You cannot get anymore greener with this garden. Every part of the garden is green with various types of trees. You can also find the best view of Singapore that includes the skyline, Singapore Flyer and the iconic supertrees.
Growing up in the city, this is the most “treehouse” you can get. A modern tree house with woods and planks with trees surrounding it, kids growing up in the city certainly do not have the luxury of other kids with a real treehouse. Nonetheless, there is enough space, greenery and things to play for kids.
There’s something so pure about the laughter of kids. The sound of innocent genuine happiness erupting from within, for their tiny bodies are unable to contain the immense euphoria inside.
Kids are in luck these days. This waterpark is free for children, and it even has showering facilities too. There are many children and parents there, so it is a great place for families. A picnic after that would make a perfect family weekend.
If you are still wondering what is that ONE THING that differentiates Gardens By The Bay and Singapore Botanic Garden, it is the area for children. The playground for children and waterpark makes it a perfect family-weekend destination. Also, check out the #SG50 Singapore Bucket List when you are here.
Bonus: if you are here during Christmas, you cannot miss the Christmas Wonderland in Singapore! Do share and comment on your favourite thing to do in Gardens By The Bay.
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