Gardens by the Bay: Where Wonder Blooms
Gardens by the Bay has been one of Singapore’s top attractions since it opened in 2011. This unique park showcases creative displays of horticulture and educates visitors on the amazing world plants.
Bay South is where you’ll find the main stars of the gardens: Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome. While the outdoor gardens are free to wander, there are admission fees for the two conservatory domes, OCBC Skyway, and guided tours.
Best Time to Visit
It’s best to visit Gardens by the Bay later in the afternoon when the temperature and humidity have dropped. Plus as it gets dark, you can catch the free Garden Rhapsody Supertree light show. However, the domes’ climates are tightly regulated and will feel cooler than the outdoor hot Singapore weather.
Flower Dome Conservatory
It’s perpetually spring in the Flower Dome. This engineering wonder is the world’s largest columnless greenhouse, highlighting flora from Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. It also exhibits rotating colorful, seasonal displays like the Tulipmania, Blossom Bliss, Dahlia Dreams, and holiday-themed Merry Medley. Allot 30 – 60 minutes to visit
Eat & Skip Admission on Flower Dome
Cloud Forest Conservatory
The Cloud Forest
Shrouded in vegetation and mist, the Cloud Forest dome hosts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Visitors take a lift to the top of the intro mountain mountain top and work their way down to discover plant life from the tropical highlands. If you only have time to visit one of the domes, I would recommend this one. The unique architecture and displays are both spectacular and primordial. Even though this dome houses tropical plants, the climate stays a temperate 23ºC – 25ºC (73°-77° F). Allot 45 – 80 minutes to visit.
As it gets dark, wander to the Supertree Grove. These man-made trees are covered by over 200 species of plants. The canopies not only look cool, they’re embedded with environmentally sustainable features like photovoltaic to harvest energy that light the trees. Others serve as air exhausts to cool the nearby conservatory domes. It’s worth visiting the grove in the evenings, when the Supertrees are transformed by colorful illuminations.
If you’re okay with heights, pay to stroll the OCBC Skyway from above. It’s is a good vantage point to view one of the two nighttime Garden Rhapsody shows at 7:45 or 8:45 when the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling display of dancing lights.
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Outdoor Gardens (includes Supertree Grove):
Free admission, open daily 5am – 2am
Double Conservatory Domes:
Adult: $28 | Child (3-12 years old): $15
Adult: $8 | Child (3-12 years old): $5
How to Get There
Circle or Downtown Lines: Get off at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16), through underground linkway after Exit B and cross Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay
East-West Line + Bus: Go to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15) and take Exit C to bust stop 03223 at International Plaza, Anson Road. Hop onto Bus #400 and get off at stop 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive.
By Foot from Marina Bay Sands: Take the outdoor elevator to the overhead Lions Bridge located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).
By Foot from Helix Bridge (Towards the Art Science Museum): Follow the footpath that leads under the East Coast Parkway. It leads directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.
Garden Cruiser Tram Services
Shuttle Tram: If you’re with seniors or small children, you may prefer to use the tram instead of walking by foot in the heat. There is a $3 SGD shuttle tram shuttle that runs between Bayfront MRT and the Conservatories every 10-minutes between 9:00am – 9:00pm (or 12.30pm every first Monday of the month).
Garden Audio Tour: From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, the leisurely 25-minute tour on the red tram provides informative commentary on the Gardens. Tickets cost $8 SGD and the tour runs at 15-minute intervals or once the tram is full.
Auto Rider: This fully operational self-driving vehicle allows visitors to see more of the Gardens from the comfort of an air-conditioned tour vehicle, with live commentary on board. Tickets can be purchase at Bayfront Plaza for $5 SGD, tour runs daily from 11:00 am – 1:00pm at 20-minute intervals.
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Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of discovering the world. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea, where she hopes to explore much of Asia for the next few years. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as a freelance graphic designer. In her spare time, she contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, is an ambassador for FIG Clothing, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, instructs Zumba, practices yoga, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.
*Admission rates and hours of operation are subject to change