Singapore is a mecca for tourists, especially those looking for shopping, restaurants, and one-of-a kind tourist attractions. For a quick visit to Singapore, these are the top ten things you must do!
1. The Singapore Flyer: One of the world’s tallest observation ferris wheels (comparable to the London Eye), the Singapore Flyer highlights the unique cityscape, especially at dusk when all the skyscrapers in downtown are lit up.
2. The Singapore Botanic Gardens: Located right in the middle of the city, the Botanic Gardens showcases rare and almost-extinct plants in a 183 acre area. With free admission, the Gardens are open from 5:00 am to midnight year-round.
3. Little India Singapore: A cultural mecca for many travelers, Little India in Singapore features shopping and restaurants reminiscent of its geographical namesake. Spice stores and flower carts are prominent, and the restaurants are well known for authentic Indian cuisine.
4. The Singapore Zoo: Based on the open concept zoo plan, this popular tourist attraction uses natural barriers, like streams, rock walls and plant life to separate the animals from the visitors. Children delight in the thousands of animals on showcase here.
5. Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay: This performing arts center, situated near the mouth of Singapore River, beside Marina Bay, houses several different venues for performing arts for the island. Reminiscent of Cambridge Theatre, the venues feature some kind of drama production for almost every interest.
6. Singapore Night Safari: This zoo is the first of its kind, showcasing nocturnal animals in a pseudo-natural habitat. Only open at night, the Night Safari has over 1000 animals on exhibit, 29% of which are threatened species. The Safari is broken up into 8 geographical regions that can be explored by walking path or tram.
7. Sentosa Island: This tourist attraction houses many different features, including Underwater World and Butterfly park. Also included are a sheltered beach, two major hotels, the theme park Universal Studios Singapore, and two golf courses.
8. Singapore Art Museum: Housing Singapore’s national collections of art, the SAM features living art exhibits and interactive museum tours to captivate its visitors. The museum resides in what used to be St. Joseph’s Institution.
9. The Merlion: Located at Merlion Park, the original statue is the embodiment of the spirit of Singapore, and the city’s own mascot. The statue is of a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the tail of a fish. The original statue was finished in 1972.
10. Orchard Road: Now known as THE shopping destination for tourists in Singapore, Orchard Road was the home of spice plantations and fruit orchards in the mid-1800s. After extensive facelifts and renovations, Orchard Road now attracts visitors and natives for entertainment and retail purposes.
The busy lights and crowds of Singapore are home to so many new and unique experiences!