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Singapore has earned itself a reputation of being the land of food and shopping. Not surprisingly, eating and shopping are two favourite past times for most Singaporeans. However, with the current COVID-19 situation, locals have started to explore activities in the vast outdoors. Parks are one of the best places to visit, with their open-air areas and big spaces to allow for safe distancing. Here are five interesting parks that are more off-the-beaten-track.

If it’s your first time visiting these parks, here are some useful tips and things to do, so that you can experience the best of what these parks have to offer. Best of all, the facilities in these parks are free for all to enjoy!

1. Slide to your heart’s content at Admiralty Park

Admiralty park utilises its hilly terrain to offer different types of slides

Admiralty Park offers a whopping 26 different slides for both the young and young-at-heart to enjoy! Photo credit: sassymamasg.com

The largest park in the north of Singapore, Admiralty Park cleverly capitalised on its hilly terrain to offer 26 different slides for visitors of all age groups to enjoy. Featuring three main play areas, ‘Junior Play’ is designed with gentler slopes for younger children between two and five years old. There’s also the ‘Family Terracing Play’ area with longer and steeper slides and it includes climbing nets, geared towards slightly older children. At the ‘Adventure Play’ area, two sets of roller slides let parents enjoy sliding together with their kids. Whether you are young or young-at-heart, this park allows you to slide to your heart’s content.

Address: 31 Riverside Road, Singapore 739087

How to get there:

By car: Park at the Riverside Road car park, which is nearest to the playground area.

By public transport: About 15 minutes walk from Woodlands MRT station.

2. Enjoy unobstructed panoramic view of the Straits of Johor at Woodlands Waterfront Park

Panoramic view of the Straits of Johore from Woodlands Waterfront Park

Take a walk out to the end of the jetty at Woodlands Waterfront Park to enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view of the Straits of Johor.

Less than 2km away from Admiralty Park sits the Woodlands Waterfront Park. Here, you can enjoy a spot of fishing along the 400m jetty at the park, or simply take a walk to the end of the jetty to take in an unobstructed panoramic view of the Straits of Johor. Evenings are one of the best times to visit, and shutterbugs would not be disappointed by the beautiful sunset that lights up the coastline with different hues of orange. If you have worked up an appetite after all these activities, head over to the Rasa Istimewa Waterfront restaurant (halal certified) at the entrance of the jetty to feast on some homely seafood dishes.

Address: Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759956

How to get there:

By car: Parking is available at the park’s entrance.

By public transport: Take bus service 856 from either Yishun or Woodlands Interchange.

3. Dip into a natural hot spring at Sembawang Hot Spring Park

A man soaking his feet in the cascading pool at Sembawang Hot Spring Park

You can enjoy a relaxing foot bath at the cascading pool, or bring your own bucket to collect the hot spring water.

Dipping into a hot spring in tropical Singapore might not appeal to some folks. However, like eating ice-cream in a cold winter night, this is something that you should try at least once in your lifetime. The newly renovated Sembawang Hot Spring Park features a four-tiered cascading pool, where visitors can soak their feet in Singapore’s only natural hot spring. Sitting areas have been marked out clearly with yellow tape at the edge of the cascading pool, to help visitors keep a safe distance from one another. For those who prefer more privacy, bring your own bucket to collect the hot spring water to soak in sheltered rest areas nearby. For the full hot spring experience, you can bring your own eggs to cook at the egg cooking station as well!

Address: Along Gambas Avenue

How to get there:

By car: There is no car park on site. Park at the nearest car park at Blk 114 Yishun Ring Road and walk about 6 minutes.

By public transport: Take bus service 167, 167e, 800, 811(A), 856, 856(A), 859, 969, 980. Alight at Sembawang Road. Walk about 6 minutes.

4. Check out the remnants of a British military battlement at Labrador Natural Reserve

A 6-inch quick-firing gun previously used in World War II

Visitors can explore war relics, artillery pieces and machine gun posts dating back to World War II. Photo credit: nparks.gov.sg

Labrador Natural Reserve offers visitors the unique experience of being able to explore Singapore’s rich biodiversity and military history at the same time. Situated on a World War II site, visitors who are keen to learn more about Singapore’s history can check out the remnants of what used to be a British military battlement, including a machine gun post and artillery pieces.

At the end of your trek, there are barbeque pits where you can make your own barbeque dinner, while enjoying a picturesque view of the sea. Do note that in light of the current COVID-19 situation, the barbeque pits are currently not available for booking. As an alternative, walk further along the coast towards the Keppel Bay area to check out the restaurants and cafes there such as The Three Peacocks which offers alfresco barbeque dining. If your legs can go a longer distance, there’s also the waterfront dining at Keppel Marina to enjoy your meal with great views of anchored yachts by the bay.

Address: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187

How to get there:

By car: There are two car parks, A and B. Car park B is nearer to the barbeque pits and coastal boardwalk.

By public transport: About 20 minutes walk from Labrador Park MRT station.

5. Stroll along Singapore’s longest man-made waterway at Punggol Waterway Park

A top down view of the boardwalk and adventure bridge at Punggol Waterway Park

Take a leisurely stroll along Singapore’s longest man-made waterway. Photo credit: firststopsingapore.com

Punggol Waterway Park and My Waterway@Punggol are joint projects by the National Parks and Housing Development Board to transform Punggol into a vibrant Waterfront Town. The 4.2km waterway links up Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon rivers, to increase park and water frontage for the housing estate while providing a green respite for residents. The park also features five Insta-worthy bridges worth exploring, as well as a sand and water play area to keep the young ones entertained. Note: the water play area is currently closed till further notice.   

Address: Sentul Crescent Road, Singapore 821313

How to get there:

By car: Car parks are currently closed till further notice. For now, the most convenient way to get to the park would be by public transport or taxis/ private hire cars.

By public transport: About 6 minutes walk from Sam Kee LRT station.

Singapore’s tropical climate has naturally led most locals to prefer spending more time indoors, in air-conditioned places. However, the Covid-19 situation has pushed many to explore the great outdoor spaces and activities that Singapore has to offer. Before leisure travel overseas travel can resume, these five parks with their big open spaces and interesting features would be great places to visit with friends and family. Be sure to follow safe social distancing practices though! If you have other parks or trails to recommend, share with us in the comments below!

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