Singapore is full of fantastic family-friendly attractions, but understandably the likes of the Singapore Zoo, The Night Safari and Universal Studios can get rather overcrowded at peak times. And while there’s nothing wrong with visiting the most popular attractions in a city, sometimes you just want to escape the crowds and head off the beaten track a little. If this sounds like you, then check out these five off the beaten path suggestions in Singapore.
Chek Jawa Wetlands, Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is just a 10 minute boat ride from Changi and lets you step back in time and discover what Singapore was like fifty years ago, before the construction companies moved in. Hire bikes on arrival (children’s bikes and baby seats are available) and head to the Chek Jawa Wetlands – one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems where you can explore the mangroves and coast via boardwalks, and climb the lookout tower. Getting there via bumboat is half the fun.
Read more in our article Pulau Ubin with Kids: A Singapore Day Trip
Most visitors to Singapore head to the hugely popular Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay for a stroll in the park. Head further out of town however and you will be rewarded with the beautifully presented Chinese Garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sprawling lawns, rainbow bridges, arch buildings, pagodas and koi ponds. Don’t miss the fabulous Bonsai garden and for something a little different, track down the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum. The Chinese Garden is just down the road from the brilliant Science Centre, so could be tied in together for a fun day out West.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
There are plenty of national parks to explore in Singapore, but even they can become overrun with joggers, hikers and cyclists at weekends. The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the far north of the island is a much quieter option, its network of boardwalks providing excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Keep your eyes out for herons, kingfishers, mudskippers and crabs. You are pretty much guaranteed to see large monitor lizards along the way, and if you’re lucky you may spot an estuarine crocodile too.
Haw Par Villa
This strange and surreal statue garden in the West of Singapore is filled with hundreds of multi-coloured statues and tableaux depicting Chinese myths and legends. Photo opportunities abound for snap-happy mums and dads. The highlight is undoubtedly the 10 Courts of Hell, depicting scenes of bloodthirsty torture, which of course may not be suitable for younger children…
Labrador Nature Reserve
Labrador Nature Reserve is one of the least visited national parks of Singapore and yet hides a host of hidden treasures. In amongst the tropical rainforest you’ll find war bunkers, WWII machine gun posts and secret tunnels, which can be explored via guided tour. There’s also a great sandy playground, complete with maze for the kids to run off their energy in. End your visit by wandering the coastal boardwalk to Keppel Bay Marina – a fabulous spot for an alfresco lunch.
Looking for more ideas of things to do in Singapore with kids? Check out our article 50 Things to Do in Singapore with Kids.
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