Singapore’s known as a ‘garden city’, so what better way to explore its green spaces than to venture into the forests, farms and parks? You’ll get to discover the city’s flora and fauna through walking trails, sample fresh produce on farm tours, and learn about the significance of the plants that dot the island. We round up five green tours to take you a step closer to nature.


Outdoor Gardens Audio Tour by Gardens by the Bay Singapore

It’ll take at least half a day to cover the whole of Gardens by the Bay on foot, but here’s an easier, more comfortable option. Hop on a 25-minute tram ride across the grounds: the tour will take you through the heritage gardens, two cooled conservatories (the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest), the iconic Supertrees, and the Meadow, within which sits a giant baby sculpture titled Planet.

With an audio guide, you will learn more about the plants’ significance to the history and heritage of Singapore’s main ethnic groups. Here’s a tip: come in the evenings. It’s cooler, and you’ll be able to take in the free Garden Rhapsody light show at the Supertree Grove, at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

Audio tour: SGD 8/adult, SGD 3/child (3-12 years old), SGD 5/senior citizen (59 years old and above).
Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm.

Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Daily 5am-2am
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Farm to Table by One Farrer Hotel & Spa

Psst, here’s a secret most Singaporeans don’t know: the city’s largest urban farm can be found on the roof of One Farrer Hotel & Spa. Against a panoramic backdrop of the cityscape and spanning over 1000 square metres, this farm grows herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables such as basil, kangkong (water spinach) and even the local favourite fruit, durian. But you’re not here just for the view—one of the activities on the tour involves harvesting ingredients for a cooking demonstration. So, yes, you’ll be able to pluck that leaf or fruit to eat later—that’s how fresh your meal will be.

The farm is accessible by appointment only, from 3-5pm, prices are available upon request.
Contact 6363 0101 or email enquiry@onefarrer.com

One Farrer Hotel & Spa
1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
www.onefarrer.com


Rain Forest Tour by National Parks (NParks)
Photo by Afur Wong

Singapore’s more than just a concrete jungle. A walk away from Orchard Road, the busiest shopping district, sits the crown jewel of all local parks and gardens—the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Embark on the free Rain Forest Tour and wind your way through one of the oldest primary rainforests in Singapore, also home to over 300 species of flora and fauna. Volunteer guides will take you along the walking trail, and introduce you to the plants, insects and critters that thrive there. Bring a good camera—you’ll be able to spot birds, squirrels and butterflies on the hour-long tour.

Cost: Free-of-charge
Rain Forest Tour: Every second Saturday 9am, 10am, 11am and 4pm. Register 15 minutes before the tour at the Visitor Services Desk (Nassim Gate).

Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Daily 5am-midnight
www.nparks.gov.sg


Scenic Singapore by Wok ‘n’ Stroll

Frogs, mushrooms, goat’s milk… these are ingredients grown on our island. See all these and more when you visit the many local animal and vegetable farms on this customisable tour. If you’re not too squeamish, make a stop at the frog farm. There, you can pet the critters and—spoiler alert—have them cooked for your consumption. If mushrooms suit your taste buds better, visit a fungi farm and learn how the fungi are cultivated, harvested and packed. Also, pop by the goat farm to feed the animals and drink fresh goat’s milk, or the eco-farm to learn more about organic farming.

SGD 600 up to four people
Various locations
www.woknstroll.com.sg/product/scenic-singapore/


Heritage Tour by National Parks (NParks)
Photo by Darren Soh

It is for good reason that the Singapore Botanic Gardens was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park has seen so much in its 158-year history—and you’ll be able to get a glimpse of that on the free Heritage Tour. Held every fourth Saturday of the month, the tour recounts the characters and developments that shaped the park. From Tanglin Gate, the trail loops around the Heritage Core, passing heritage and iconic trees along the way. Guides will dispense stories about the Bandstand, an octagonal gazebo that was erected back in 1930, as well as the brick steps that were built by Australian prisoners-of-war during World War II. You’ll also learn more about Singapore’s national flower—the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

Cost: Free-of-charge
Heritage Tour: Every fourth Saturday of the month, 9am. Register 15 minutes before the tour at the Visitor Services Desk (Tanglin Gate).

Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Daily 5am-midnight
www.nparks.gov.sg