From beachfront hangouts to city-center rainforests, Singapore’s parks are on a scale rarely found in such a small city. You’ll find a range of designs, like traditional English landscaping at the Botanic Gardens and futuristic greenhouses at Gardens by the Bay.
Hilltop parks include Fort Canning, a popular venue for outdoor concerts, and forestlike Mount Faber Park, with its skyline-view cable car. Away from the city center, Jurong Lake Gardens and Pasir Ris Town Park offer waterside walking and biking paths, plus kids’ play areas.
1. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 161-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.
3. Jurong Lake
Jurong Lake is a 70ha freshwater lake and reservoir located in the western region of Singapore formed with the damming of Sungei Jurong further downstream. The lake serves as a reservoir contributing to the water supply of the country.
4. East Coast Park
East Coast Park is a beach and a park encompassing Marine Parade, Bedok and Tampines, along the southeastern coast of Singapore. It was opened in the 1970s, after the government had completed reclaiming land off the coast at Katong which extends from Changi to Kallang. It serves these and other seaside communities.
5. Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Hill, formerly Government Hill, Singapore Hill and Bukit Larangan, is a small hill about 48 metres high in the southeast portion of the island city-state of Singapore, within the Central Area that forms Singapore’s central business district.
6. Hort Park
HortPark is a 9-hectare park located in the southwestern part of Singapore. It is billed as the first one-stop gardening lifestyle hub in Asia. Situated in the Southern Ridges, HortPark serves as a park connector that allows visitors to travel around Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park.
7. Mount Faber Park
Mount Faber, formerly Telok Blangah Hill, is a hill about 94 metres in height, located in the town of Bukit Merah in the Central Region of Singapore. It overlooks the Telok Blangah area, and the western parts of the Central Area.
8. Pasir Ris Town Park
Pasir Ris Park is a beach park located in the eastern part of Singapore. It covers an area of 70 hectares, and was partially built on reclaimed land. Initially planned in the late 1970s to serve people living in the vicinity, the park was designed with the help of two Japanese landscape specialists.