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The Singapore XD Theatre, one of Singapore Flyer’s newest attractions, takes passengers on a multi-sensory journey through the canyons of the American Southwest, over snow-covered mountains, into outer space, or through an arid ravine, all without leaving the comfort of your seat.
About 250,000 annual visitors know that you don’t have to travel to the Alps to experience the snow. This sub-zero indoor winter wonderland is the perfect retreat from the humidity of Singapore streets. Opened in 2000, Snow City quickly became as popular with tourists as it is with locals. Borrow winter wear for a small fee and wander through the snow sculptures, slide down massive slopes aboard giant inner tubes or climb the icy wall for spectacular views. Snow City Singapore caters to the younger set, making it an ideal stop for families looking for fun. But travelers agree that older crowds may find less to do and see at Snow City.
For more than 35 years the Science Centre Singapore has been promoting scientific learning through exploration and experience. Some 100 interactive exhibits are housed in 14 galleries, as well as in a massive outdoor space. From waterworks to gardening, the human body to the solar system, viruses to inventions, Science Centre Singapore offers families a memorable (and entertaining!) hands-on science experience.
Less than a half-mile off the south coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island presents itself as an ideal family outing with activities both kid-friendly and adult-approved. From water parks and miles of beaches to niche museums, with 14 world-class resorts mixed into the fray, the island contains enough attractions to fill a full day.
Haw Par Villa is undoubtedly one of the most unique attractions in Singapore. Located along the Pasir Panjang Road, this mythological theme park contains more than 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology and various religions. Built in 1937 by the Aw family, the inventors of Tiger Balm (the park was originally called Tiger Balm Garden), it was intended to serve as a place to teach traditional Chinese values. As Singapore became more modern over the years, however, Haw Par Villa gradually became more of an attraction for curious tourists.
More than 100,000 animals from 1,000 different species make Singapore's S.E.A. Aquarium their home. The largest oceanarium in the world is made up of zones that represent almost 50 marine habitats. Visit the glass-panelled Open Ocean habitat to feel as though you’re standing on the ocean floor.
Founded in 1842, the Singapore Turf Club is the only horse-racing club in Singapore and the only authorized operator of horse racing in the country. The turf club hosts both local and major races, like the Singapore Airlines International Cup and the KrisFlyer International Sprint, as well as the prestigious Longines Singapore Gold Cup.
The turf club’s horses are exclusively imported from overseas, as there is no breeding industry in Singapore. Purebred bloodstock is primarily imported from Australia and New Zealand, with a minority coming from other countries like Japan, Ireland, France, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Visitors thinking of visiting Singapore Turf Club should plan ahead: the Singapore races are held on selected Fridays, Sundays and public holidays of each month, with varying starting times depending on the number of races being held that particular day.
Is edutainment a thing? It certainly is at the Singapore Discovery Centre(SDC)! The S’pore, as the locals call it, presents the history of Singapore as a country, a global nation and a lively city in an informative yet highly entertaining way. Is the S’pore a museum, an art gallery, a science center… or all of these things? The many exhibits focus on interactivity and storytelling, and showcase the way Singapore developed while living under the flags of Japan, Great Britain and Malaysia before becoming an independent nation. Its main goal is to encourage the enquiring minds of both locals and visitors alike to build a better future for Singapore by learning more about its past. Young visitors can also try their hand at being a professional for a day, whether they opt for being a city planner, broadcast journalist, wartime general or professional Singaporean dancer.
The center features movie theaters, exhibition halls, a playground, an aircraft display, a paintball arena, a virtual shooting range, a 4D simulator ride and even pedal boats. There are also two restaurants on-site for visitors thinking of taking a day trip out at the S’pore.
Singapore’s very own army museum relates the history of the army and the contributions of National Service men through a collection of over 500 sets of artifacts, which consist of medals, personal memos and a trainee bunk, for example.
The Army Museum of Singapore gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of Singapore’s pre-independence turbulent days in a highly sensory way. Visitors intrigued by the daily life of a soldier can truly experience what it feels and smells like while watching the 30-minute interactive video “A Day in the Life” in a special effects theater, which depicts a modern army during a battle. Many other interactive activities take place throughout the museum, like the mini obstacles course called Adventure Land which showcases how soldiers are trained for combat fitness. Young soldiers will enjoy both the “Army Operations” activity, in which they will attempt to decipher the codename of army operations, and the crowd-pleaser “Robot World”, where they will get a chance to control their own mechanical agent. The key exhibition and, incidentally, one of the most poignant, is undoubtedly the “Making of a Soldier”, which portrays the life of a National service marine back in the 1970s post-British occupation, including an original military bunk bed from the Pulau Tekong training camp and several pieces of military hardware.
Sprawled over a huge area on the third floor of Suntec City's Towers 3 and 4, the Alive Museum is billed as Singapore's largest 3D visual attraction. Less of a museum and more of a series of interactive optical illusions, the Alive Museum is filled with over 80 trick art, digital art, experimental art, and object art installations.
With a focus on creating a fun and interactive 3D experience, the concept of the Alive Museum Singapore originated in Korea, with each piece of art being conceptualised and hand-painted in Korea or Singapore. Visitors are invited to get involved and become a part of each installation across the different areas of the museum, where 3D painting techniques combine with mechanical and digital technologies to create illusionary images.
The Alive Museum is a huge attraction for visitors to Singapore, who go not only for the visual experience in itself, but for the opportunity to get their cameras and smartphones out to take the ultimate selfies.
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Ubin Island is a granite island off the northwest of Singapore island, in the Straits of Johor, between Singapore and Malaysia. The spot—full of lush forest, hiking and cycling trails, and traditional wooden buildings—is a popular retreat for locals and offers a glimpse into what Singapore was like before its extensive development.
If swinging through the trees with the greatest of ease, reminiscent of George of the Jungle, is a secret dream of yours, then look no farther than the Forest Adventure. Located high in the trees of the Bedok Reserve Park, the Grand Course at Forest Adventure is a high-flying experience that will make your heart race and take your breath away.
The Forest Adventure consists of two different courses. The Grand Course, suitable for visitors over 10 years of age, is divided into four different sites, each with their own obstacles to overcome. From wobbly bridges and unstable log walks to high-flying trapezes and a gigantic Tarzan swing, there are plenty of thrills to be had (34 in total), with each site culminating in an exhilarating zip line ride. For younger visitors between ages 5 and 10, there is a Kids Course option that has 16 obstacles and finishes with a zip line. On both courses, supervisors will instruct you on safety procedures to ensure that you have a safe—and stimulating—time.
Step inside the world’s largest glass greenhouse and into perpetual spring at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Containing more than 130,000 plants from five continents, and flower displays that change on a seasonal basis, the 2.9-acre (1.2-hectare) conservatory emulates the cool and dry climate of the Mediterranean.
Built within an old Chinese School, the Peranakan Museum explores the culture, traditions, artwork and history of the Peranakan communities. Travelers can explore three floors of interactive exhibits that link Singapore’s modern culture to its Chinese, Indian, Malay, Indonesian and European roots. Some of the museum is geared towards the younger set, making it ideal for visitors with small children. Travelers agree the reasonable fee and interesting galleries—like the traditional houses and wedding dresses—are the perfect way to spend an educational afternoon (especially on a rainy day!).
Singapore is known for its safe streets, clean public spaces and incredible skyline, and whether it’s day or night, the Waterfront Promenade offers visitors some of the best architectural views, relaxing parks and easy access to so much of what the city has to offer.
Travelers can wander the well-kept waterfront lined with boutique shops and sample a variety of fare from a wide selection of restaurants. Sunset and high rise views along the promenade are some of the area’s best, and visitors agree the people watching can’t be beat. Be sure to check out the Merlion statue and Clark Quay. Travelers looking to learn more about the surrounding landscapes can even embark on a peaceful boat trip where local guides highlight Singapore scenery as it passes by.
Singapore has long ranked among the world’s busiest ports — at any given moment there are around 1,000 vessels in the port with a ship arriving or leaving every two to three minutes. More than 130,000 ships call on Singapore each year. The Maritime Experiential Museum makes Singapore’s rich maritime history accessible to visitors through a series of interactive, multi-sensory exhibits.
The museum was originally built to house the Jewel of Muscat, and this stunning replica of a ninth-century Arab dhow gifted by the sultanate of Oman remains the crowning jewel of the museum’s collection. Other notable attractions include a collection of artifacts salvaged from the Bakau shipwreck off the coast of Belitung Island, a recreation of an Arab souk, a historic ship harbor with full-scale replicas of five historic vessels and the 150-seat, 360-degree Typhoon Theatre where visitors board a virtual ship bound for Arabia.
The Singapore Philatelic Museum is a celebration of Singapore’s postal system and the history of stamps from around the world, from their unique designs to their significance as markers of important cultural, scientific, and technological eras throughout history.
The museum is housed in a 19th-century colonial building that was formerly part of the Anglo-Chinese School. Standing outside the building is the only colonial post box in Singapore that is still in operation today.
Inside, countless collections of colorful and interactive displays of postage stamps are on show, almost as if each were a tiny piece of art. The museum showcases not only stamps, but other related materials, from the 1830s right up to the present day.
The exhibitions in the permanent gallery at the museum include the only full set of 1854 Indian stamps, which were used in the Straits Settlements, along with the world’s first-ever stamp.
A highlight of the luxurious Marina Bay Sands resort, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is a gigantic rooftop complex balanced atop the resort’s three towers. The SkyPark, which stretches over 1,115 feet (340 meters), has gardens, restaurants, a huge infinity pool, and spectacular views over Singapore.
Images of Singapore is a historical museum and interactive attraction situated on Singapore’s Sentosa Island. It explores the culture and history of Singapore using multimedia screens and displays, theatre performances, and life-size exhibitions depicting major events throughout the county’s history.
Images of Singapore LIVE is the latest incarnation of the museum. It takes visitors on a journey through the past, from Singapore’s beginnings as a humble fishing village right up to its present-day existence as a modern, 21st-century city. An interactive 45-minute performance incorporates 15 immersive themed areas with live actors, special effects, and even a boat ride.
The exhibitions here are extensive and span a period of around 200 years, covering Singapore’s pre-British period of Malaysian rule, British colonialism, the founding of colonial Singapore by Thomas Stamford Raffles, the Japanese occupation, and finally its post-colonialist era.
A restaurant and gift shop can be found inside and at the exit of the museum.
The Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom is a top family attraction in Singapore. This outdoor conservatory boasts more than 50 different species of butterfly, along with a whole host of exotic insects. Kids and nature lovers can get up close to the winged creatures and other fascinating creatures against a backdrop of a lush landscape that simulates a tropical rainforest.
On your visit, you’ll see rare and endangered species of butterfly, along with the more common varieties you may be familiar with back home. In the Insect Kingdom, you can marvel at huge beetles, ‘lucky’ ladybirds, and a range of other exotic insects, from stick insects to stinging scorpions. The park’s multisensory, interactive exhibits will allow you to get as up close to the creepy crawlies as you dare.
Located on Sentosa Island, a trip to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom can be combined with some of the island’s other attractions to make for a fun family day out. Ride the scenic cable car over to the island, get entry into the Images of Singapore museum, and even squeeze in a trip to the hugely popular S.E.A Aquarium while you’re there.
Mega Adventure (Mega Adventure Park—Singapore) on Singapore’s Sentosa Island is an adrenaline junkie’s playground. The crowning jewel of the park is a 1,476-foot (450-m) zipline called the MegaZip, which lets guests fly over the jungle canopy some 236 feet (72 m) above the ground. There is also a treetop aerial obstacle course, complete with tightropes, cargo nets, and wobbly bridges.
Recreate the sensation of skydiving on the ParaJump, or test your strength on NorthFace, a 52-foot (16-m) climbing wall with three different routes to the top. The smaller-scale MegaBounce attraction lets little ones in on the fun.
The Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre (Marine Parade Hawker Centre) is a popular and long-standing hawker center located in the Joo Chiat / Katong area of Singapore. An authentic and traditional foodie destination, it has largely resisted efforts to change and upgrade over the years, with stall owners voting instead to leave things the way they are.
There are all manner of dishes to try at the Marine Parade food center, and one of the main problems is choosing what to fill up on, as the choice can be overwhelming. Take a stroll around the many stalls and choose from dim sum, curry puffs, seafood soup, a variety of vegetarian options, and a dazzlingly array of noodle dishes. This is also a good place to try out the traditional Malay national dish, nasi lemak.
A must for foodies, the Marine Parade Food Centre can be enjoyed as part of a Singapore hawker center food tour, which includes a walk around the vibrant neighborhoods and hawker centers of Chinatown, Geylang, and Little India.
There’s no better way to beat the heat and humidity in Singapore than a day in the water. Adventure Cove Waterpark on Sentosa Island delivers, with seven water rides, a Splashworks playground, splash bucket treehouse, wave pool and a shallow wading pool for little ones.
Adrenaline junkies have several thrilling slides to choose from, including a dual racer and a funnel water slide, but it’s the immersive experiences that really shine; visitors can snorkel an artificial reef teeming with 20,000 colorful fish at Rainbow Reef or take on the dizzying wet maze.
Sentosa 4D AdventureLand is an interactive entertainment center located on Singapore’s popular Sentosa Island. A family-friendly attraction, Sentosa 4D Adventureland is suitable for all age groups.
Enjoy a cinema experience with a difference, choosing from three 4D screenings or opting for a ticket that covers them all. Go on an adventure in the immersive movie, Journey 2, enjoy the virtual simulation of the Extreme Log Ride, and grab a motion-sensor gun for an interactive shoot-out at Desperados.
A full-day Sentosa Island experience will include entry into certain attractions, as well as round-trip transportation from your hotel. For a more comprehensive tour of the island (plus bird’s eye views), join a Singapore Sentosa Island tour with cable car ride, combining a visit to 4D Adventureland with attractions such as the Wings of Time Night Show, the Tiger Sky Tower ride, and the Luge and Skyride.
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