5 Fun Things to do in Singapore With Kids
A perfect central jumping off point for all of Southeast Asia, the tiny city-state of Singapore packs a lot of interesting sites into its 247 square miles. Close to the equator with tropical warmth all year long, Singapore is filled with green tropical plants and flowers, colorful birds and an open outdoor orientation that is juxtaposed with shiny skyscrapers in all shapes and sizes. The skyline is like an architect’s dream, with many fanciful buildings that evoke a legitimate WOW.
As the “Switzerland of Asia,” Singapore is friendly with all its neighboring Asian nations. Many global companies have Asia headquarters offices there, bringing people from around the world to visit and enjoy the scenery.
Our family loved our stay in this beautiful country, and here’s our list of 5 fun things to do in Singapore with kids — all just a hop, skip and a jump from Hilton Singapore:
1. Sentosa Island
A popular resort island, Sentosa Island is a playground for kids of all ages, and with so much to do, we could have spent days here. There’s an enormous observation tower, an adventure park with rides, an oceanarium, a butterfly park, a wave house, a wax museum and more. There is no way a kid can say they are bored here.
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
A walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens is like visiting another world — a world filled with orchids, waterfalls, ferns and more. Open to the outdoors, the gardens are best visited in the cooler mornings. So beautiful, this is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Top of the Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands landmark building is probably the most photographed site in all of Singapore. The views from the observation deck on top are a little pricey (S$23 per ticket), but it’s one of those things everyone will ask if you did. And besides, have you ever been to the top of a building that looks like a boat held in the sky by three towers? Crazy cool.
4. Gardens by the Bay
Also architectural masterpieces, the enormous and modernistic greenhouses at Gardens by the Bay are devoted to different microclimates. Visit the Cloud Forest to see plants that only grow in these cool and moist conditions, including the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Likewise, the Flower Dome is a cool and dry environment devoted to a perpetual springtime of blooms from around the world.
Colorful and authentic, Singapore’s Chinatown is interesting for its history as much as its food and shopping. The kids loved all the shops filled with interesting knick knacks, clothing and gifts. The streetscape is particularly interesting, with historic old buildings painted in bright colors and patterns. Celebrating Singapore’s diversity, there are also Little India and Kampong Glam cultural districts as well. Something for everybody!
Singapore’s public transportation systems are exceptional, and we had no trouble navigating the easy-to-use subway system to get everywhere we needed. On top of that, there are a myriad of shopping malls that interconnect via air-conditioned tunnels and walkways, allowing you to walk for miles in the cool air.
Singapore is a super fun place for a family vacation — safe, clean, tropical and entertaining. We loved it , and hope you do too. Have fun!
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