Singapore welcomes plenty of things to do in the city for all visitors whether by yourself as a solo traveller, with friends, as a group or a couple.
If you flew into Singapore Changi Airport either at night or during the day, I have no doubt that you were highly impressed with notably one of the best airports in the world. The city itself, although small but ranked as the most expensive city known to date, has plenty of activities and experiences you must see including free things to do for the budget backpacker.
With Singapore CBD close to Changi airport, roughly a twenty-minute drive, you’ll quickly be able to start exploring the island! Here’s a 1-2-3-day itinerary of different things to do in Singapore city.
Enjoy your time in the City of the Lions.
Sightsee & Explore Merlion Park and city surroundings - ArtScience Museum & The Shoppes Indoor Shopping Mall, Asian Civilisations Museum or National Gallery Singapore, Helix Bridge and Singapore Flyer, free Spectra light show Marina Bay Sands waterfront.
A first day wandering around a new city without a tight-schedule itinerary plan is always a day well spent. So, relax and take your time, admire famous Singaporean monuments and architecture, learn the culture, and climatise to the humidity of the city.
Start with Merlion Park, a must-see visit for a day in Singapore city and close to the CBD.
Depending on your location, and whether you can walk from your accommodation, take the MRT and exit at Raffles Place Station – the nearest MRT station to Merlion Park and a short walk to one of seven Merlion monuments found in the city.
The view across the waterfront points to the world-famous hotel and park with its infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands, alongside it the ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge and Singapore Flyer.
It’s worth the trip to Merlion Park for the view!
After, make your way back to Raffles Place Station MRT and head to Marina Bay Sands Park, Bayfront Station MRT.
As you make your way back to Raffles Place MRT, consider visiting the Asian Civilisations Museum for an insight into the culture and history of Singapore. Admission fees for visitors $8 and free for Singaporeans and permanent visitors. You can spend roughly 1-2 hours here. Likewise, the National Gallery Singapore can be found close by with an admission fee of $20 for non-Singaporeans. Both museums offer visitors an opportunity to explore Southeast Asian art and culture.
When walking around, take in the modern architecture and monuments of Singapore especially the Fullerton Hotel, and a popular and beloved bronze sculpture of five boys jumping into the river, ‘First Generation’, by Chong Fah Cheong.
On arrival at Bayfront MRT, exit to Marina Bay Sands Park for plenty of options for the rest of the afternoon.
The ArtScience Museum offers you the chance to explore different themes of creativity from around the world with a variety of exhibitions and events. If you wish to attend make sure you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Opposite the ArtScience Museum, you will find the entrance to the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. A perfect opportunity to cool off from the humidity of the city with some interesting indoor designs which you may not have seen elsewhere in a shopping centre.
For late afternoon, or evening, take a seat on the waterfront or boardwalk of Marina Bay Sands next to the ArtScience Museum. Around 8pm, you can experience the free ‘Spectra’ light and water show over the water.
Gardens by the Bay & Skywalk, Little India and Chinatown
You can enjoy a half day to a full day visit to Gardens by the Bay.
Head back to Bayfront MRT and follow the directions to Gardens by the Bay in the Shoppes Centre. This will lead you through Marina Bay Sands Hotel to reach the footpath to Gardens by the Bay entrance.
Free admission to Gardens by the Bay allows you to explore the grounds but to access the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, you must purchase tickets either on the day or in advance. Both activities are an incredible experience and highly recommended, especially the Cloud Forest.
If you plan to stay for late afternoon to evening, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the Supertrees skywalk and light and music show. This is one of the best things to do in Singapore at night. You must purchase a ticket for the skywalk, preferably online or earlier in the day due to popularity and queue times.
You can experience the Supertrees and light show at night for free if you do not wish to skywalk.
Spend the rest of the evening in Little India or Chinatown for dinner.
Chinatown MRT for Chinatown markets, restaurants and artwork, especially Chinese lights at night.
Little India MRT for Little India restaurants and temples including Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and The Temple of a Thousand Lights.
If you’re looking for that holiday city-escape, then head to Sentosa Island!
There are many different attractions you can enjoy and things to do whilst at Sentosa Island, but most of them require purchasing admission tickets and usually take up an entire day. Often down to opinion and interests, attractions range from Adventure Cove Waterpark, Madame Tussauds, Universal Studios Singapore, Dolphin Island and many more.
To reach Sentosa Island, take the MRT to Harbour Front. You will then enter VivoCity Mall. Follow the signs to waterfront promenade and walk along the boardwalk to Sentosa Island. If you do not wish to walk, follow the signs to Sentosa Express or take the cable car.
You must try the Skyline Luge Sentosa cart race (impish) which is worth every penny! Make sure you purchase at least three round-trip tickets with the cable car option. The attraction can be enjoyed both during the day and at night – race others to the finish line with multi-colour lights leading the way.
Spend the rest of the day at one of three beaches found on Sentosa Island; Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach or Tanjong Beach.
For kids and families, head to Palawan Beach but also Siloso Beach for activities such as the wave machine and zip line. Tanjong beach offers a quieter atmosphere.
There are plenty of restaurants around the island for lunchtime and evening meals.
Looking for more things to do and places to visit in Singapore city?
There’s lots more to see and do in Singapore if you’re staying for longer. Here’s a list of extra things to do:
- If you’ve never experienced a zoo at night, now’s the time to do so at Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.
- Looking for more free things to do in Singapore? Head to the Singapore Botanical Gardens or Haw Par Villa statue park for Chinese legends. Or visit Thian Hock Keng Temple free admission.
- More museums in Singapore? Try Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and Peranakan Museum.
- If you’re looking for panoramic views of Singapore city, then try the Tiger Sky Tower or Singapore Flyer.
- Explore Clarke Quay for nightlife, shopping and restaurants. Other shopping centres include VivoCity and Suntec City.