Being the largest gardens in Singapore – Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit for travellers looking out for a green gateway in the city. Spread across 101 hectares of prime land, it is located right next to the spectacular Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This sprawling garden in the city offers breathtaking waterfront views and offers wide collection of plants and trees from across the world.
The main attractions at Gardens by the Bay are:
1. Flower Dome Conservatory (Open from 09:00am till 09:00pm. Entry charges including entry to Cloud Forest Conservatory: SGD 28 for adults and SGD 15 for kids.)
2. Cloud Forest Conservatory (Open from 09:00am till 09:00pm. Entry charges including entry to Flower Done Conservatory: SGD 28 for adults and SGD 15 for kids.)
3. OCBC Skyway (Open from 09:00am till 09:00pm. Entry charges are SGD 8 for adults and SGD 3 for kids).
4. Supertree Grove (Open from 05:00am till 02:00am. Entry is free).
5. Bay East Garden (Open 24 hours. Entry is free)
Other attractions include:
i. Heritage Gardens (Open from 05:00am till 02:00pm. Entry is free).
ii. Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes (Open from 05:00am till 02:00am. Entry is free).
iii. Sun Pavilion (Open from 09:00am till 09:00pm. Entry is free).
iv. World of Plants (Open from 05:00am till 02:00am. Entry is free).
v. Far East Organization Children’s Garden (Weekdays: 10:00 am till 07:00 pm and on weekends and public holidays: 09:00am till 09:00pm. Entry is free).
Best way to explore Gardens by the Bay
There are multiple ways to explore the magnificent Gardens by the Bay. For instance – Guided Garden Tours, audio tours, self-guided tours or even tours through a mobile app.
You will be welcomed by a gigantic waterfall coming from a 35 meter tall mountain covered with different indoor plants. In fact, the waterfall is so close to the entrance that you can feel flickers of water droplets on your skin. The cool-moist conservatory offers a very different experience from the Flower Dome. The mountain isn’t a solid one with mud and rocks, but a man-made cement building with built-in plant pots to create a plant wall –still very impressive to see. After all, mountains are not something that you would expect to see in a greenhouse! Start from the top with the Lost World area. From here, the Cloud Walk starts going down towards the other levels. There are different things to explore on each level. For instance, level 4 is “Crystal Mountain”, showcasing various types of crystals and stalactites; it is also where you do the “Tree Top Walk”, which is located at 30 meters above the rainforest floor.
i. Don’t rush through the attractions. Spend more time and go at a relaxing pace to explore the domes.
ii. Wear your most comfortable footwear.
iii. Best time to come will be between 4-7pm (when the Supertrees lights up enigmatically at the dusk and enjoy a nice sunset by the bay).
As recommended by the Gardens by the Bay:
i. If you have 1-2 hours, you can visit Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and the Supertrees.
ii. If you have 2-3 hours, you can also hop on to the Garden Cruiser and ride through the themed gardens, accompanied by informative commentary. You can also visit the OCBC Skyway.
iii. If you have 3-4 hours, you can also visit the Heritage Gardens and World of Plants. Do indulge in some fine cuisine offered at various F&B outlets at the Gardens by the Bay.
iv. If you have more than 4 hours, you can club the above activities with a visit to the Dragonfly Lake and Sun Pavilion. Visit the Golden and Silver Garden located in the Supertree Grove area. You can also indulge in some shopping at the Garden Shop.
Author : Anita Jain