With leafy parklands, lush nature reserves and warm weather all year round, Singapore is the ideal picnicking paradise. Grab a picnic blanket, a basket full of delicious goodies (and perhaps an umbrella), and you’re all set for a fun day out with the family!
City lights and sights at Gardens by the Bay
Lay your picnic blanket under the shade of a soaring palm tree on the wide-open lawns of Gardens by the Bay, and admire the lovely views of the magnificent conservatories and iconic Supertrees against the dazzling Marina Bay skyline. On the way home, drop by at the impressive Far East Organization Children’s Garden, which has a splash park for kids to cool off in.
Kite flying at Marina Barrage
For a picnic with a view, the rooftop of the Marina Barrage is unbeatable. This expansive green lawn overlooks Marina Bay Sands and the city’s glittering skyline. Fly your kites in the warm breeze and then take the kids to the water fountains underneath for a splash.
Before you go, make sure you have a rain-free day on the cards. And head out once the afternoon heat passes, as the sun starts descending. Get your cameras ready for capturing the glorious skyline on the horizon. An ideal time to arrive at the lawn would be between 4 pm and 5 pm, so you can secure your spots as well before the crowd thickens.
History and entertainment at Fort Canning Park
This leafy hilltop park is one of Singapore’s most historic landmarks. The sprawling lawns are the perfect place to spread out your picnic blanket and watch a Shakespeare production or movie screening. Make sure you visit the newly revamped Battlebox, a former bunker and underground command centre where the British decided to surrender the island to the Japanese during World War II.
Swans and music concerts at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Located close to Orchard Road, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ideal place for a family picnic. The sprawling gardens offer endless options when choosing the perfect spot. Find a shady area by Swan Lake or pick a patch of grass in front of the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and spend a relaxing evening listening to a free music concert. Kids can bring scooters, feed the fish or play at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Nature lover's paradise at MacRitchie Reservoir Park
The perfect choice for nature lovers, MacRitchie Reservoir Park in central Singapore is a verdant haven bordering the country’s first reservoir. It has plenty of picnic tables and benches, green spaces and splendid scenery. Enjoy a post-picnic stroll along the TreeTop Walk or on one of the nature trails. You might also spot some monkeys or monitor lizards.
Playground fun and birdwatching at Pasir Ris Park
Enjoy a leisurely picnic in Pasir Ris Park located in the eastern part of Singapore – a short hop from Changi Airport. There’s plenty to keep people of all ages entertained, and you can bring (or hire) bikes too. In addition to a huge adventure playground, there are nature trails, water sports and a butterfly garden. You can also go for a stroll along the mangrove boardwalk, which has a birdwatching tower.
With leafy parklands, lush nature reserves and warm weather all year round, Singapore is the ideal picnicking paradise.
Idyllic cultural escape at Jurong Lake Gardens
Joined by a bridge on Jurong Lake in western Singapore, these idyllic gardens are the perfect choice if you want to escape the bustle of the city. Surround yourselves with stone bridges, pagodas and a tea house inspired by ancient Chinese architecture at the imperial-style Chinese Garden, or roll out your picnic mat near a lily-filled pond in the serene Japanese Garden. Kids will also love the Chinese Garden's Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, where they'll get the chance to hold and feed some of the 800 turtles and tortoises.
A rugged waterfront setting at Labrador Nature Reserve
This tranquil nature reserve lies on Singapore’s south coast. Find a shady spot on the promenade, book a barbecue pit if you feel like cooking and enjoy the panoramic sea views. When you've had your fill, amble along the breezy boardwalk to see the island's rare and protected rocky shore.
And if you're still in the mood for some exploration, check out the historic World War II fort and secret tunnels, go for a hike along one of the nature trails or let the kids burn off some energy in the playground.
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