Singapore may be a relatively small city, but this little red dot packs a powerful punch when it comes to fun leisure activities. Be it chasing sunsets from a 57-storey infinity pool or exploring a rural village that’s home to colourful wildlife, our sunny island is packed with a host of sights and sounds that more than make up an exciting getaway for you and your loved ones.
Scenic vistas away from the city
A change of scenery is always good for the soul, so spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city with your loved ones and head to the MacRitchie Treetop Walk. The first of its kind in the region, this freestanding suspension bridge offers panoramic views of lush greenery as you hike along forest routes teeming with flora and fauna.
Looking for a more rustic encounter outdoors? A short ferry-ride to one of Singapore’s richest eco-systems is set to rejuvenate your spirits. Hidden away from locals for centuries in a corner of Pulau Ubin, an island off the mainland, Chek Jawa is a sprawling wildlife wonderland that you and your little ones can now explore on rented bicycles. Go up the viewing tower for a spot of bird watching or take a stroll along the boardwalk for refreshing vistas as far as the eye can see.
It is often said that laughter is the best medicine, and in Singapore, there are many opportunities to prove this to be true by playing your stresses away. At the AMPed Trampoline Park, for instance, you and your loved ones can bounce and jump to your hearts’ content on 5,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines or free-fall into a foam pit for a gravity-defying good time; all within a safe and dedicated environment.
Love action movies? Then, simulate your favourite scene at LaserOps – a purpose-built, state-of-the-art indoor laser tag arena where you and your family can navigate through a maze and battle another team to victory! For something less hectic yet just as fun, simply hone some shooting skills together for a truly unique bonding experience.
If there are racing fans among you, head over to the KF1 Karting Circuit for an adrenaline rush like no other. Featuring a track created by renowned Formula 1 circuit designer Herman Tilke, be prepared for an exhilarating drive that promises to excite at every turn. Gear up with your little ones on safe and stylish go-karts for thrills that are bound to elicit whoops of delight!
See things in a new light
Sometimes, a different perspective is all it takes for things to seem better, and a trip up 57 storeys to the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands® will definitely boost your mood. Besides being the perfect vantage point where you and your loved ones can admire stunning 360o views of the Singapore city skyline, this one-hectare oasis features lush greenery, sculpted gardens and a beautiful infinity pool that makes it seem as though you are swimming in the clouds. Be sure to also check out the remarkable restaurants and bars up there for the ultimate indulgence. And when night falls, take a stroll along the Event Plaza of the Promenade where you can enjoy a majestic display of glittering lights, music and sound at the Wonder Full Light Show – complete with laser visual effects.
If you think Singapore isn’t really a destination for fun water activities, think again! At Wave House Sentosa, look forward to spending an afternoon picking up surfing moves and engaging in friendly competition to see who can demonstrate cool surfboard tricks on the water. Located right by Sentosa’s sandy beaches, the Wave House Sentosa is a favourite of beach-goers and is certainly a stopover not to be missed!
Seeing things in a new light through culinary reinvention has always been the mandate of our city’s ever-adventurous chefs! At the Saha Signature Indian Restaurant & Terrace Bar helmed by award-winning chef Abhiit Saha, look forward to modern and innovative Indian cuisine with a Western twist, including dishes such as Kasoor Methi Seared Foie Gras, New Age Paneer Mataar and Gulah Iamun Cheesecake.
Take a (small) risk
There is a certain freedom in being fearless, and if you have always been the more cautious sort, Singapore offers many ways where you can release your inhibitions – just a tad! Cable-skiing at East Coast Park is the perfect place to start, where you and your family can water-ski or wakeboard with the help of a cable that pulls you continuously around a pool of water. Although you may be riding with regulars who already know how to perform a cool trick or two, it is an extremely beginner-friendly sport for people of all ages. Experienced instructors will be on-hand to give you some tips, so you can be up and about in no time!
If you are feeling slightly more adventurous, zorbing lets you and your kids roll down grassy slopes in giant, clear-plastic air-cushioned spheres! As scary as this may sound, you will be strapped safely before all the action so enjoy the weightlessness that comes with travelling like a spaceman. Originally from New Zealand, zorbing has gained popularity in Singapore through other variations like Bloop Soccer, where people play futsal in their round ‘suits’!
For thrill-seekers, take an adrenaline-pumping plunge with the G-Max Reverse Bungee ride, which catapults riders to and fro into the air at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour. With the ride going as high as 60 metres, you can expect a panoramic view of Clarke Quay from the top, though it’s possible that basking in the scenery will be the last thing on your mind during this heart-pounding experience!