There is much more to the Singapore experience than the two major pleasures of shopping and eating. The island is filled with a host of fun attractions for all ages and some spectacular family entertainment options. There is as much enjoyment on offer as you can seriously pack into a day and Singapore’s compact size means it is easy to get to anywhere.
For all out thrills and spills, Singapore’s fun packed theme parks will be right up your street. You can get energetic at wet and wild aqua parks, ride vertigo inducing roller coasters or get interactive and learn some fascinating facts about science, history, art and culture.
A predominantly urban island, Singapore still has wide expanses of natural wilderness and boasts a world class zoo, aquarium, a bird park and nature reserves. There are also a few country parks and beaches for sports fans to active. Believe it or not, you can even indulge in ice skating or skiing in Singapore!
Recommended Singapore amusement parks
This is the mother of all Singapore theme parks, a self contained fantasy island of golden beaches, adrenaline rides, hotels, shopping and true glitzy Las Vegas-style entertainment.
You can get your kicks surfing on artificial waves, go street luging or try free fall parachuting. Less demanding activities include a visit to Asia’s finest underwater aquarium, a game of championship golf or explore colonial history at Fort Siloso.
The recent addition of Universal Studios has added a touch of Hollywood glamour to Sentosa with dozens of thrill rides and enchanting attractions for the very young. (website: www.sentosa.com.sg).
Fancy going skiing in the tropics? Head to Snow City for a fun day in shivering climate controlled temperatures of -5°C. It has a huge snow chamber and three storey ski slope for snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding and for the very youngest visitors, there is a large snow-play area. Entrance fee includes all equipment including woolly gloves and ski jackets. (www.snowcity.com.sg).
Escape Theme Park
Located in the east of the island, this is a great place for the kids to run wild and be themselves, enjoying traditional fairground fun and a few thrilling high speed roller coasters. It boasts Wild Wild Wet, a huge aqua park complex with Asia’s highest water slide and puts on regular weekend events and entertainment suitable for all ages.
Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
Animal lovers will relish a day (or night) exploring exotic wildlife in open plan natural enclosures that hardly resemble a conventional zoo. There are traditional attractions such as having tea with chimps, getting up close and personal to lovable orangutans and feeding time with lions and tigers. In all there are over 1,000 animals and other side attractions such as tribal dances, blow pipe demonstrations and fire eating shows.
After dark it turns into an intriguing night adventure with subtle lighting highlighting the various nocturnal goings on. You can follow designated walking trails on foot or go by tram and river boat. (website: www.zoo.com.sg).
Jurong Bird Park
This is one of Singapore’s most popular family days out and a must for any young nature lovers. It is a sprawling tropical paradise of exotic birdlife where kids can have breakfast with parrots, feed pelicans or learn how to become a falconer. Penguin feeding times are always a poplar highlight too. The largest bird park of its kind in Asia, it also has the world’s tallest man-made fountain, (website: www.birdpark.com.sg).