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If you want to make a quick getaway to some serious greenery, the Gardens by the Bay, a five-minute walk from the central business district, is your go-to spot.

A highlight of this 101-ha horticultural park is its two conservatories, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. The cool-moist conservatory that is the Cloud Forest features a 35m-tall mountain covered in plants such as orchids and also sports the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Meanwhile, the Flower Dome replicates a cool-dry climate and houses plants from the Mediterranean region and also a Flower Field, where the displays change regularly.

Photo by Choo Yut Shing

For something a little more traditional, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, located near the shopping belt on Orchard Road, is good bet.

The over 150-year-old green space - Singapore's first UNESCO Heritage Site - gets busy on weekends with joggers, picnicking families and nature lovers.

There are also occasional free outdoor concerts held over the weekends. Spend a day discovering the garden’s extensive range of more than 10,000 types of plants, including those within the National Orchid Garden—the most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids in the world.

Closer to sea, East Coast Park is spread along a scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km, and is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways. Its seemingly endless tree-lined beach attracts more than 7.5 million visitors a year. The park features many recreational activities and is also popular among joggers and families.


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