Mar 22, 2021

More than 60 Singapore's Best Outdoor Parks - All FREE!

Here's a fun fact: did you know that we have more than 300 Parks and 4 Nature Reserves here in Singapore? 😲 That's right, we're truly a Garden City and the thing is, with a park within walking distance no matter where we stay, all of us are actually closer to Nature than we think!

So I have compiled a staggering list of outdoor parks in Singapore because stepping outdoors for some fresh air and green scenery is certainly what most families are looking to do now. And also because the usual parks can get a little boring after a while, this list contains MORE THAN 60 options for your to choose from!

And I have made the list a little easier for you - by seperating the parks into their respective EAST, NORTH, NORTH-EAST, CENTRAL, WEST, NORTH-WEST and SOUTH regions. So pick away!

P.S. If you are looking for more unconventional trail walking, you may like this.


1. Tampines Eco Green
Location: Tampines Avenue 9 and Tampines Avenue 12

Tampines Eco Green is probably the most underrated park in Singapore because it is unlike any other nature park we had visited. For starters, it is a sprawling 36.5-hectare ecological park resembling a savannah with marshlands, secondary forests and freshwater ponds. Not only that, the park was designed with minimal intrusion, leaving most of the land untouched and in its original state. In fact, the park is NOT lit at night - so go before 7pm! - so as to minimize disturbance to its wildlife inhabitants.

But if you are looking for playground structures to keep the kiddos occupied, there are NONE here. What is present in the park is plenty of flora and fauna to keep the little ones fascinated. And the main difference here compared to other nature parks is the footpath is carpeted with Manila Grass rather than concrete or gravel, making it a unique walking experience.

The park offers three trails weaving through the forest: Diversity Trail, Forest Trail and Marsh Trail. In total, one loop of the park covers 3km, with a walking time of between 1.5 to 2 hours. The terrain is flat throughout, making it extremely easy for kids.

2. Changi Beach Park
Location: Along Nicoll Drive and Changi Coast Road

As one of the oldest coastal parks tucked away at the northeastern tip of Singapore, Changi Beach boasts stretches of pristine white beaches dotted with coconut palms, BBQ pits, park benches and shelters. Changi Beach also holds the distinction of being one of the only two remaining natural beaches in Singapore – the other being Sembawang Beach - AND also the unsavoury reputation of being the site of the Sook Ching massacre (search for the World War II Memorial Plaque if you are there).

However, the best part of Changi Beach is it is free from the usual crowds that its East Coast Park cousin is famed for. The park is 3.3km long so the relatively short distance makes it a great place to bring the kids for some cycling, scooting or roller-blading. Feeling hungry? Nasi lemak haven in form of Changi Village is only a pedestrian bridge away.

Changi Beach is also home to two playgrounds for kids. One is situated near to Carpark 4 and is pretty much standard playground equipment for younger kids. But if you have kids who yearn for more climbing and adventure, then the playground closer to the northeastern tip of the park (near Carpark 1) will be the one to gravitate towards.

3. Changi Point Coastal Walk
Location: 51 Lorong Bekukong, Changi, Singapore 499172

This boardwalk hugs the scenic Changi coastline from Changi Beach Club to Changi Sailing Club. The boardwalk is made up of six segments:

- Sunset Walk for a splendid view of the sunset, flanked by a hill of lush greenery on one side and the sea on the other.
- Kelong Walk: a stretch of the boardwalk with kelong stilts built over water.
- Cliff Walk: built slightly inland, this part is a path through lush greenery. Viewing decks along this stretch at vantage points provide panoramic views.
- Sailing Point Walk: the longest stretch of the boardwalk, and provides open views of the sea.
- Beach Walk: second longest stretch of the boardwalk and faces the Serangoon Harbour and Changi Beach.
- Creek Walk: this portion lies on the southern bank of Sungei Changi.

With marine life and birds being sure visitors here, the best time to visit is in the late afternoon to catch the sunset. The boardwalk totals 1.2 km and is extremely easy for children. Continuing the walk from Changi Beach Club to Changi Village covers a total of 2.6 km and forms the Changi Point Coastal Walk.

4. East Coast Park
Location: Along East Coast Parkway and East Coast Park Service Road

East Coast Park is certainly no stranger to almost everyone on the island, with its beach being the default chill venue for friends and families who wish to mingle together. For families with kids though, the super big playground at Marine Cove is a must-go.

Or head to the newest attraction to open at East Coast Park - the 5.4-hectare Cyclist Park boasts two new cycling circuits targeted at learners and experienced cyclists, a nature playgarden, as well as F&B and retail outlets for families.

Located within Area D of East Coast Park, at the previous site of Goldkist Chalets (or UDMC Chalets if you are as old as me), Cyclist Park is a one-stop hub for cyclists where visitors can practise cycling techniques at the two cycling circuits, as well as purchase and repair bicycles.

The 280m-long Learner Circuit is designed for beginners to train their clanace and stamina, with gentle slopes and slight narrowing of tracks at certain points of the circuit. The 500-metre long Advanced Circuit, with its undulating tracks, sharp turns, gradual  granite steps and narrow bridge, provides a fun challenge for more experienced cyclists. Cyclists can first test their balancing skills at the zig-zag columns and then take on the curvy tracks. There are even extremely narrow tracks and a Wave Bridge to finish everything off!

Not cycling? No problem. Families with children can enjoy a new nature playgarden at East Coast Park within the Cyclist Park too. The playgarden uses natural materials such as upcycled wood to create curated play features for children to engage in spontaneous play amid nature, much like the one at HortPark.

*opened in 2021

Want even more fun? Visit Coastal PlayGrove (former Big Splash) for some crazy climbing fun that even adults can enjoy!

The main play structure of the newly revamped Coastal PlayGrove is nestled within a reconstruct of the former iconic Big Splash tower. Standing at 16 metres high, the Play Tower is the tallest outdoor play feature in Singapore, featuring a vertical net play, the Vertical Challenge, and slides. Reminiscent of its history, the new Vertical Challenge is designed in the same vibrant colours of the previous water slides. 

Coastal PlayGrove also retains its waterpark theme with an inclusive water play area that features a wading pool and jets of water with illumination at night in various colours.

In addition, there is a Nature Playgarden, Leisure Nets and a giant Sand Pit for younger kids too. Read my REVIEW for more details.


Changi Jurassic Mile

Parents with kids who are huge fans of dinosaurs, you might just want to take them on the newest Park Connector in Singapore... because they get to see life-sized dinosaur dioramas as they walk along the pathway.

Located beside Changi Airport Terminal 4's Carpark 4A, Jurassic Mile is part of the new Changi Airport Connector, which in turn is part of the larger Changi Coastal Park Connector Extension, and serves to connect Changi Airport to East Coast Park via a pathway where the public can walk, scoot or cycle to and fro.

There are a total of nine different species of dinosaurs on display and they are divided into the various groupings of Herbivores, Predatory, Flying and even Defensive dinosaurs.  Changi Jurassic Mile itself is not that long; it's 1km so it is definitely do-able for young kids as well. As the entire stretch is a SHARED pathway, bicycles, skate scooters, blades, and legs are all welcome.

If you are driving, the most convenient way to start your visit is to park at Carpark 4A at Changi Airport Terminal 4. From there, you will be able to see the Changi Jurassic Mile starting point.

Read my review HERE.

5. Bedok Reservoir Park
Location: Along Bedok Reservoir Road

Located in the north of Bedok New Town and a converted sand quarry, Bedok Reservoir Park surrounds the 88-hectare Bedok Reservoir, making it a popular place for families to chill and exercise together. One lap round the reservoir is a mere 4.3km, so it makes good for a leisurely jog or bicycle ride with the family, with its gorgeous sunset a bonus if you are there in the evenings. The track around the reservoir is straightforward, and consists a mix of pavement and pebbly path with the beauty of the route being the fact that the kids are able to stop any time to play, kick a ball, fly a kite or just sit down for a picnic.

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Want even more adrenaline? Head to Forest Adventure within the park,an aerial obstacle tree course where kids and adults can imagine yourselves to be Tarzan and Jane among a myriad of obstacles 5m above ground, including four giant zip-lines which allow you to zip over the water surface and get up close with Mother Nature.

6. Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin brings one back to the kampong days, showcasing what Singapore was like in the 1970s. The best way to explore Pulau Ubin is to rent a bicycle and ride around the Island. And the most famous attraction on the island is the rich ecosystem of Chek Jawa Wetlands where families can catch a glimpse of extremely rare ecosystems, animals and plants. Stroll along the 1km-long boardwalk and marvel at the different species coexisting with the mangroves. Be sure to check tide times and go during low tide periods!

At low tide, take a closer look at some of the strange animals that live among the rocky shore, including barnacles, crabs and fierce shell-drilling snails. In fact, there are so many species that dwell in Chek Jawa that each return visit is likely to stumble onto new discoveries! The landscape, too, is constantly changing with the tide.


7. Sembawang Hot Spring Park
Location: Accessible via Gambas Avenue

Sembawang Hot Spring Park re-opended early this year with new cascading hot spring pools, a hot spring water collection point, educational panels, a F&B outlet and even enhanced accessibility for wheelchair users! This is Singapore’s only natural hot spring and its water used to be bottled commercially by Fraser and Neave, under the brand name of Seletaris.

The park's centerpiece attraction is the Cascading Pool where water emerges at the top at 70°C and cascades down one tier at 60°C, then 45°C and finally at 40°C at the foot of the pool. Here, visitors can rest on the built-in seats at the edge of the 40°C pool and enjoy a foot bath.

If you prefer to soak your feet in hotter water, head to the Main Water Collection Point. This area allows for different sizes of water collection containers or buckets to be used. And specially for kids, there is also an Educational Zone which consists of an interactive water play feature which allows kids to learn more about the groundwater cycle, as well as play safely with the hot spring water.

8. Sembawang Park
Location: At the end of Sembawang Road

Sembawang Park has a huge surprise in store for kids – a Battleship Playgound. Presumably as a nod to Sembawang's naval history, the Battleship comes complete with gun turrets, smoke stacks, propellers and even a rudder. I have to admit; I myself did a double take when I first saw the playground simply because for as long as I can remember, I can't recall the last time when a playground made me go 'WOW!'.

There are loads of rope ladders, rock walls and grid nets for kids to navigate and keep them duly occupied. To top it all off, there are the red climbing net reminiscent of a naval flagstaff and insanely fun pendulum swing beside the Battleship too!

9. Woodlands Waterfront
Location: Admiralty Road West

A coastal park boasting a 1.5km long waterfront promenade, a 11-hectare park, a large multi-generational playground and a 400m ex-naval jetty, Woodlands Waterfront is a park worth visiting no matter how off the beaten track it may be. For one, the two-storeys high netted Sky Bridges and Sky Cabins will no doubt make older kids squeal in delight and excitement.

There is a mini playground as well, with slides and swings to keep younger toddlers duly entertained. Or families can take a relaxing stroll along the refurbished jetty which offers panoramic views of the park and the Straits of Johor.

10. Admiralty Park
Location: 31 Riverside Rd, Singapore 739087

Now this certainly needs no introduction. With 26 slides – the most number of slides in any park in Singapore - the outdoor playground at Admiralty Park has got to be the largest and best one in the northern part of Singapore!

The playground capitalises on the undulating terrain to site the three main play areas – Junior Play, Adventure Play and the Family Terracing Play – catering to children of all ages and featuring diverse play equipment that encourage group and multi-generation interactions. Yes, even teens and adults are welcome to go on the slides!

In fact, the widest slide and the longest slide in a public park can be found here. At the top of the hill, you can also find a flying fox that whizzes around a circle which will be a hit with the older kids.

The 20-ha nature area also encompasses a diverse mix of secondary forest, mangrove, riverine and open grassland habitats, and is home to more than 100 species of flora and fauna. With several trails within the 20-hectare nature area, families can discover the different species living in the forest, spot hordes of dragonflies and observe monkeys in their natural habitat.

11. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
Location: Yishun Ave 1, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore 769139

Calm and peaceful with turquoise waters and balmy breezes, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is a pleasant place for leisure activities, both on land and in water. That includes a Family Bay area which comes with a water play area with small fountains and meandering “rivers”! The wading pool is perfect for kids to frolic in as the water level isn't that deep.

12. Yishun Park
Location: Bounded by Yishun Ave 4, Yishun Central, Yishun Ave 11 and Yishun Ring Road

Developed on an old rubber estate, Yishun Park is home to an array of tropical fruit trees and natural vegetation. With facilities such as children playgrounds, fitness corners, an amphitheatre and multi-purpose courts, there’s something for everyone.

The playgrounds provide children with hours of fun while the multi-purpose courts are great venues for family gatherings and activities.

Do pop by the Nature Playgarden too as it offers children a handful of free-play elements set upon a grassy mound and a sandpit.

13. Yishun Pond Park
Location: Along Yishun Central, in front of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Located next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Pond Park features a pond surrounded by colourful plants and a variety of trees, shrubs and marshland plants as well as several bird species.

Credit: NParks Singapore

A great place for visitors to get close to nature, they also learn more about the flora and fauna from information boards and climb the spiral tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding areas. 

Credit: NParks Singapore

14. Yishun N8 Park *opened in 2021
Location: Between HomeTeamNS Khatib and Blk 810 & 809 Yishun Ring Road

The Yishun Neighbourhood N8 Park has been around for a while but has been gradually upgraded over the months. And now, a brand new playground for kids have opened just last month and at the centre of it, are these colourful houses built on stilts!

Located between HomeTeamNS Khatib and Blocks 810 & 809 Yishun Ring Road, Yishun N8 Park does not occupy a large area but the colourful playground will keep the kids occupied for a while. 

Comprising of a giant netting structure, fun slide, tunnels and swings, the play area is embraced by a natural landform, keeping children safe in the playarea.

These houses invite kids to climb in and make their way across the netting, and through each house. At the end of it, they get to slide down a slide to complete the adventure.

Visit my review post HERE for more information.

15. Marsiling Park
Location: Woodlands Centre Road adjacent to Bukit Timah Expressway

After a 22-month makeover, Marsiling Park re-opens with plenty of activity areas and amenities for families with kids. Popular elements of the park - such as the viewing tower, Chinese pavilions and stone bridge - have been retained and improved, including the addition of boardwalks which extend to the water at certain parts around the perimeter of the reservoir.

For kids, the main highlight of the park has got to be the inclusion of three new playgrounds - the first being a butterfly-shaped playground with climbing ropes!

There is also a ninja warrior-style playground located just opposite the butterfly playground, which might just appeal to older kids.

Got younger kids? Then head to the Fun Play area located at a short walk away (nearer to the car park entrance). Here, kids get to hit on play equipment with musical elements for an interactive play experience. If you are feeling peckish after all the play, there is a 24-hour F&B outlet at the park.

16. Canberra Park
Location: Beside Block 365B Sembawang Cres Singapore 752365

This large park's main attraction has got to be its huge playground areas which offer three distinct play areas that provide varying levels of challenge for kids of all ages.

It would be impossible to miss the huge brightly-coloured playground structure which even has ramps and walkways designed to accommodate wheelchair users. And don't forget the life-sized dino fossil play structure too, where kids can weave in and out of!

The second play area is home to what has to be the largest number of swing play structures in Singapore. Comprising of seven types of swings, it even has a set of swings where kids can even swing towards each other... including swings with a wider seat and safety bars for kids with disabilities.

The final play area will be a treat for kids who love a game of Ninja Warrior. I think this rope obstacle course is one of the longest that I have ever come across in Singapore - with net bridges, rope handholds, step plank bridges and cargo nets to reach the ultimate rope dome structure at the end.


17. Coney Island Park
Location: Beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk

Head to Coney Island Park, Singapore's rustic nature 'playground' for young and old, for a day of fun with the family. Visitors can enter the island through the East Entrance by Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park 6, off Lorong Halus or through the West Entrance at Punggol Promenade.

Do NOT expect to find any kids' playgrounds or any other artificial structures here. Everything is deliberately kept rustic on the island, with many of the natural elements being retained so that it is ecologically sustainable. One example is the use of the timber from uprooted Casuarina trees, which were collected and recycled into park signage, seats, benches, boardwalk, and exhibits.

Being rich in history, the 50-ha Coney Island Park is home to a wide variety of habitats, with many interesting and diverse flora and fauna. Veer from the main path and step onto the many earth tracks for a chance to explore what the natural environment has to offer.

18. Punggol Waterway
Location: Along Sentul Crescent Road

Designed with four themes to cater to everyone of all ages, Punggol Water Park has something in store for every visitor. The Nature Cove features a picturesque view of the Waterway, with a lawn area for families to spend lazy weekends. The Heritage Zone offers gorgeous greenery along the stretch of the old Punggol Road while the Green Gallery is home to the mature trees which are conserved together with the natural terrain of the park.

But it is at the Recreation Zone where kids can go wild at the huge water play and sand play areas. And if there is still energy to be expended, head down to the nearby 5km long waterfront Punggol Promenade where it links up to the Lorong Halus Wetland via a bridge – a biodiversity haven.

19. Punggol Park
Location: Junction of Hougang Avenue 8 and 10

Punggol Park is seperated into two zones - the “Active Zone” located at the southern part of the pond and “Passive Zone” at the north of the pond.

Credit: NParks Singapore

At the Active Zone, kids can play together on the play equipment while the shady trees provide a lush, cool area for families to picnic under. There is also something for anglers, who can look forward to hooking their next catch at the park’s fishing promenades located around the 5-hectare pond. The shady paths at the Pazzive Zone is a great place for a leisurely stroll or to enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

20. Hampstead Wetlands Park

Location: 1 Baker St, Singapore 799977

You may know of the fun aviation-themed outdoor playground at The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park which not only has play areas for younger & older kids, it also has a life-sized Ludo gameboard. But did you know situated just beside it, is this oasis of tranquil nature? 

Hampstead Wetlands Park is a green sanctuary that  provides a conducive environment for plants, birds and other wildlife that inhabit freshwater ecosystems. Lamdscaped like a lush English garden, it has a huge pond with plenty of lily pads - IG-worhty alert! 😁

The whole park is not big - you can walk along the boardwalk that runs alongside the water and hit a short gravel trail that leads you through a forested area. The whole walk probably takes about 20min in total so nothing too strenuous. 

So it's a great place to bring the kids for a short walk after visiting the neighbouring The Oval's playground!

21. Pasir Ris Park
Location: Pasir Ris Park stretches from Pasir Ris Road to Jalan Loyang Besar and can be accessed through Elias Road and Pasir Ris Green. To access the Mangrove Boardwalk, park at Carpark C.

We all know about the giant spiderweb-like structure and other playground amenities that Pasir Ris Park has to offer because there are just so many play structures here that cater to a wide range of ages - from the toddler to the child to the tween.

So it is easy to see why Pasir Ris Park is an all-time favourite outdoor playground in Singapore among parents. This huge playground has practically everything: swings, climbing walls, sildes, climbing structures, see-saws and a mini maze! 

It also has a dedicated area for toddlers and younger kids.

In addtion, there is a Mangrove Boardwalk too! And the good thing about this hidden gem is that it is suitable for people of all ages - even stroller-friendly! This is a definite thrill for families who are up for some crab or mudskipper-spotting. Along the way, get ready to spot peculiar 'humps' in the ground made by mud lobsters, as well as the scampering tree-climbing crabs.

Do make sure you walk until the end of the Boardwalk too for it holds yet another gem — a jetty overlooking Sungei Tampines. It is here where kids can try to spot different forms of wildlife; ranging from herons, kingfishers, water monitor-lizards, gliding lizards (otherwise known as 'flying dragons'), fishes like halfbeaks and archer fishes, and even  dog-faced water snakes.

22. Sengkang Riverside Park
Location: Anchorvale Street abutting Sungei Punggol

Featuring a constructed wetland and rich biodiversity, Sengkang Riverside Park is made up of three areas along Sungei Punggol River—the Visitor Centre, the Civic Event Lawn and Singapore’s largest man-made wetland, Sengkang Floating Island. 

Hike on the park’s trails to view the marshes and get close to the inhabitants of the marshland. Home to many aquatic plants, the wetland doubles up as a wildlife habitat and attracts a variety of mangrove birds and damselflies. Alternatively, embark on an educational journey to explore the fruit trees planted around the park such as the starfruit, chiku and dragon fruit trees.

And it's a great park for kite-flying too! From the Visitor Centre, head inwards to the park where a large field awaits. Here, the wind blows rather consistently as there are no visible obstructions nearby.

23. Sengkang Sculpture Park
Location: 291 Compassvale Street, Singapore 541290

Located in the Compassvale North Gate neighbourhood, the theme of Sengkang Sculpture Park's sculptures focus on marine life and fishing activities – a nod to Sengkang's history as a fishing village. And every sculpture in the park is free to interact with... which makes it a great place to bring kids with itchy fingers.

Even better, the park is home to two playground areas with the larger one located right in the main part of the park near to Koufu foodcourt.

In case you didn't know, Sengkang Sculpture Park is divided into two areas which are seperated by a main road. So the other playground can be found across the road in the other section of the park. This playground is comparatively smaller than the first one but will delight the younger kids all the same.

If you have even younger kids and they love all things fire engines, bring them to the small playground behind Block 263 Compassvale Street (Koufu foodcourt) and watch their faces light up!


24. Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park
Location: Along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1

What once was a concrete canal which ran through both of the old Bishan Parks is now a naturalised, meandering river filled with aquatic life. River Plains (formerly Bishan Park 2) consists of a playground, Dog Run and a new addition - an inclusive playground which is an all-access play facility for children with different abilities. Features include a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round and wheelchair swing, allowing children with special needs to play together with their non-disabled peers.

Pond Gardens (formerly Bishan Park 1) is where the action picks up though – with two exciting playgrounds (one of which is a water play area but currently closed due to Covid-19) and the Therapeutic Garden which is specially designed to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into four zones: Fragrance zone, Biodiversity zone, Edibles and Medicinal zone and Colours and Textures zone.

The main playground at Pond Gardens consists of a wide variety of play structures, from the usual playground equipment to this climbing wall, where kids can ascend with the aid of ropes.

Kids will also be able to get close to the river bank, and observe the wildlife in the water. Who knows, they may just be able to catch a glimpse of the purple herons (which have been said to make regular appearances at the river) too!

25. MacRitchie Reservoir
Location: Along Lornie Road

There are two boardwalks at MacRitchie that you can explore with the kids, with each taking approximately one hour. The first is the 1.5 km Chemperai Trail which starts at the western end of the reservoir, left from the car park. It is an easy and relaxing walk as it is mostly on boardwalk from start to finish, skirting the edge of the reservoir – which makes it extremely suitable for families with young children. The trail allows for the easy spotting of thriving dragonfly and damselfly communities, as well as a close encounter with interesting trees and plants along the boardwalk.

The second trail, Prunus Trail, starts near the entrance of MacRitchie Nature Trail from MacRitchie Reservoir Park. It is the shorter boardwalk, part of Prunus-Petai Trail and is a relatively easy trail. Aside from the intriguing plants and trees, keep a lookout for native creatures of the forest.

At the end of the Prunus Trail, you will arrive at the junction of Petai Trail and MacRitchie Nature Trail. Opt  to continue on the boardwalk via Petai Trail, a relatively quiet trail, you will be able to see more wildlife and the occasional glimpses of native birds.

26. TreeTop Walk
Location: Start the trail from the car park at Venus Drive
(Currently closed for upgrading works)

The TreeTop Walk is the highlight of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie Reservoir Park. It brings visitors through the different stages of a mature secondary forest. Saunter along the 250m-long freestanding suspension bridge between the two highest points in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (MacRitchie) - the first of its kind in Singapore. From the suspension bridge, visitors get a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy and may, perhaps, spot a Clouded Monitor Lizard, Common Sun Skink, Plantain Squirrel or Long-tailed Macaque.

The walkway only allows for one-direction traffic, with entrance to the bridge being from the Ranger Station via Peirce track. The distance to the start of the TreeTop Walk is approximately 2.5km (a 45mins to 1hr walk) from the car park at Venus Drive. Therefore, a round trip including the TreeTop Walk is about 5.5 km.

27. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Location: End of Hindhede Drive

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the only hill dipterocarp forest in Singapore. This is where Singapore’s tallest hill - Bukit Timah Hill - stands at 163m. It is home to more than 840 flowering plants and over 500 animal species. It also boasts Singapore’s highest peak and several winding forest trails. Aside from the four coloured trails, try the out-of-the-way Durian Loop for a much quieter junglewalk.

You can visit the Reserve and journey back in time to the days before Sir Stamford Raffles arrived as you trek among the original vegetation and undisturbed tropical forest. Push yourself to the limits as you climb Singapore’s tallest hill on trails that wind through pockets of hill dipterocarp forest, not found anywhere else on the island.

For a more interesting hike, take the Cave Trail which brings you past two (sealed) caves. What is inside those caves is anybody's guess.

 Download the map trail HERE.

NOTE: Certain areas at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (including Kampong Trail) are closed for development as part of Rifle Range Nature Park until 2nd Quarter 2021.

28. Hindhede Nature Park
Location: Along Hindhede Drive

If climbing a summit isn't your thing, head to Hindhede Nature Park which is just beside Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Scenic and serene, it is an excellent spot for bird watching, trekking or simply taking in the best nature has to offer. With easy trails and well-defined footpaths, the park is ideal for families with young children and the elderly. Of course, the star attraction is arrving at the beautiful Hindhede Quarry.

For kids who enjoy physical challenges, there are several adventurous play areas located around the park too, including a flying fox!

29. Thomson Nature Park
Location: Off Old Upper Thomson Road

Even though there isn't a playground for kids, Thomson Nature Park is home to the ruins of an old Hainanese village that was there from the 1930s which offers adults and kids a glimpse into life in a Singapore kampung back in the 1960s.

Located to the east of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR), between Old Upper Thomson Road and Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Nature Park complements existing nature parks including Springleaf and Windsor Nature Parks to extend the green buffer for the CCNR. This 50-hectare buffer park is unique for its rich cultural heritage as the site of a former Hainan Village as well as housing a rich array of biodiversity and is notably a key conservation site for the critically endangered Raffles’ Banded Langur.

There are a total of five walking trails spanning 3.8 km around the former village's road network - Ruins & Fig Trail (1.5km), Stream & Ferns Trail (1.4km), Rambutan Trail (0.4km), Langur Trail (0.15km) and Macque Trail (0.35km). All of them are relatively short distances which means kids will be able to go on them pretty effortlessly!

The trails have been specially curated to provide visitors insight into the ways of life during the kampung days as well as into the variety of floral and faunal species found in Thomson Nature Park.

If you love nature, then go on the Stream and Ferns Trail which enables visitors to appreciate the freshwater habitat in Thomson Nature Park and observe the great diversity of ferns and aquatic animals present. Personally, I think the Ruins and Figs Trail is the most interesting trail of the lot because it will bring visitors along a trail where there will be plenty of abandoned and old buildings to spot, giving them a chance to experience the heritage highlights of the Hainan Village through carefully conserved ruins.

Thomson Nature Park is unlike your usual nature parks in Singapore. The presence of an abandoned Hainanese village with its ruins scattered throughout the park definitely makes it an intriguing day out with the kids, giving them a glimpse of what life was like there in the past.

30. Windsor Nature Park
Location: 30 Venus Drive, Singapore 573858 (Located close to Singapore Island Country Club)

Located off Venus Drive at the Upper Thomson area, the 75-hectare Windsor Nature Park is a green buffer for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Visitors can explore new trails including the specially curated Hanguana Trail and the Drongo Trail. 

The Hanguana Trail is lined with rare native plants, some of which are named after Singapore. The Drongo Trail features a sub-canopy walk where visitors can catch a glimpse of the fauna that are found under the canopy level, in addition to examining the understorey of the regenerating secondary forest.

Discover other highlights of Windsor Nature Park such as a marsh habitat and several freshwater streams by hiking on the restored trails and new boardwalks.

31. Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West

Location: Opposite Ang Mo Kio Town Library, along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6

Built on a hillock with lush and spreading greenery, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West is a great place for famileis with kids, nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts. Visitors can also climb a 120-step staircase to the plaza area to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West.

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Kids, though, will be be loving the outdoor playground!

Situated along Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 and just beside McDonald's Ang Mo Kio Park, the playground may consists of the usual playground equipment like swings, rope climbing structures and slides but it occupies a huge area... and kids can indulge in sand play too!

32. Ang Mo Kio Linear Park & Luxus Hills Park

Location: Along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5

Ang Mo Kio Linear Park is a strip of green space that runs parallel to Ang Mon Kio Ave 5. It primarily serves as a Park Connector to the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

It does have a small playground for kids but located some distance away is a Nature Playgarden where kids are free to climb, scamper and jump from the wooden logs.

For a larger playground with the usual play structures, pop by Luxus Hills Park which is located beside it.

33. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

The only tropical garden to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens boasts an impressive oasis of greenery, which has been developed along a 3-core concept: The three cores are Tanglin (the heritage core retaining the old favourites and charms of the historic Gardens), Central (the tourist belt of the Gardens) and Bukit Timah (the educational and discovery zone). Each core presents a different and exciting range of attractions.

If you are bringing the kids, two extensions of the Gardens will be specifically of interest to them. Firstly, the Learning Forest features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Kids will love the Canopy Web which allows visitors to experience being in the canopy of a forest from a height of about 8m!

Once done, visit the new Gallop Extension, an extension of the Tyersall-Gallop Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the only location in Singapore where visitors can see a curated interpretation of various habitats that are representative of forests in the region.

*opened in 2021
The Como Adventure Grove is a nature-inspired play area for children to learn about native flora and fauna. But more than that, kids can have loads of fun while doing so too. They can swing, slide and climb on structures resembling parts of trees and fruits as these adaptive components will help introduce children to nature through play.

Yep, much like this GIANT Cempedak where kids can scramble over its warty surface. No rules, no dictating of play - just plain climbing fun.

Another cool play area is the one where it is made up of many huge saga seeds, where kids are free to roll or jump around the seed pod of a Saga tree.

The main play area consists of various play structures, like two long slides, swinging hammocks, see-saw, swings, climbing ropes and other rope obstacles.

The great thing about COMO Adventure Grove is it is inspired by the distinctive parts of trees found within the Gardens. For example, children can swing, slide and climb on structures resembling the aerial roots of the Weeping Fig.

34. Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
Location:  481 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259769

This is Asia’s first garden dedicated to children and since its refurbishment in 2017, it is now Asia's largest children's garden and even has a new Forest Playground! The 4-hectare garden is packed with interesting features and stations such as the Sensory Garden where kids learn about nature by engaging their senses of smell and touch. Other top attractions include the water play area and an awesome tree house furnished with a spiralling slide.

But the fave attraction for kids has got to be the forest playground where they can explore a tree top canopy and finish it off with the flying-fox!

35. Rumah Tinggi Eco Park

Address: Rumah Tinggi Eco Park, 14 Kung Chong Road, Singapore 159150

Rumah Tinggi Eco Park is a 1.3ha park which is sited on former KTM railway land, running in between a row of Alexandra Road businesses and HDB blocks. It is a linear park, much like the Alexandra Canal Linear Park but shorter. 

But tucked away behind Borneo Motors is a quiet outdoor playground which comes in a treehouse and log theme. The playground is designed to be rustic, and made to look like it was made from logs and tree trunks.

The most thrilling portion of the playground has got to be sliding down the tree thrunk-shaped slide!

36. Tiong Bahru Park

Location: Bounded by Henderson Rd, Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road

Just a stone’s throw away from Tiong Bahru Plaza, the park blends its existing structure with new facilities to provide a livelier ambience and to cater to different groups of park users. And the centrepiece of this park has got to be the huge tilting train structure in the adventure playground.

With an engine and four carriages being in a tilted position, kids can climb aboard and attempt to make their way through the train. There are various entry points and slides leading out of the train as well, making it a must-climb structure for kids! Other attractions at the park include an old-fashioned merry-go-round and mini-maze.

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Do check out the Therapeutic Garden at Tiong Bahru Park too, which is specially designed to engage the senses with a landscape of plants divided into four zones: Fragrance zone, Biodiversity zone, Edibles and Medicinal zone and Colours and Textures zone.

37. Toa Payoh Town Park
Location: Junction of Toa Payoh Lor 2 and Toa Payoh Lor 6

A simple and unassuming park, Toa Payoh Town Park was a popular venue for outdoor wedding photography in the seventies. Even though there are no playgrounds here, the park still retains its charm with a large pavilion, landscaped pond, rustic-looking gazebos.

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Families can take an enjoyable stroll or jog around the park on the brightly coloured pathways, making the park a good place to gather for recreation.


38. Dairy Farm Nature Park
Location: Along Dairy Farm Road

The 63-hectare Dairy Farm Nature Park serves as an alternative recreational venue to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve with two biking trails, with catering to the intermediate level of riding, and the other for beginners who wish to have the thrill of mountain biking. Be sure to end your biking trail at the south-western end of the park where the Singapore Quarry lies. Here, it has been transformed into a wetland habitat and boasts a magnificent view of the quarry.

For something less relaxing, go on the Wallace Trail at Dairy Farm Nature Park. The 1-km long Trail is a relatively easy trek, taking visitors through a dense forested area which used to house a kampung community. In fact, you can still see signs of past ‘civilisation’ – remnants of walls of houses, and wells. You will also come across a number of little meandering streams with crystal clear water. Kids will have a field day treating their tiny feet to a cool dip, and trying to spot pond skaters skipping on the surface too!

Also, be sure to make a stop at the Wallace Education Centre, Singapore’s first field study hub for schools. Located in a restored cow shed, the Centre now houses the Wallace Environmental Learning Lab (WELL), as well as an interpretative centre, where visitors can learn about the changing landscapes of Dairy Farm and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve through various exhibits.

39. Chestnut Nature Park
Location: Located along Chestnut Avenue and is abutting Central Catchment Nature Reserve, stretches along BKE, from Gali Batu Flyover to Dairy Farm Flyove

There are two areas to Chestnut Nature Park – Chestnut Nature Park (South) and Chestnut Nature Park (North). Chestnut Nature Park (South) is home to Singapore’s first nature park with separate mountain biking and hiking trails while together with Chestnut Nature Park (North), the entire park is Singapore’s largest nature park to date!

The North hiking trail is 3.5km long while the South trail is 2.1km long so you can easily complete the entire 5.6km in one day. The South's terrain is more 'fun' to hike along - think stepping over tree logs, giant tree roots, boulders and climbing up stone steps. Nothing too overly challenging even for younger kids but good enough to excite them compared to a boring flat terrain.

The North hiking trail actually consists of 2 trails. The longer one leads you to the Chestnut Observation Tower and beyond, lies Zhenghua Nature Park. If you don't want to venture so far, you can turn back after reaching the tower and walk back the same path back to the carpark. The other Nature Trail brought us to the central rustic part of the park, with a stream flowing through it!

40. Zhenghua Nature Park
Location: Bangkit Road Entrance, Behind Block 248 Bangkit Road

Located in Bukit Panjang, Zhenghua Park stretches for about 2.5 km along the BKE, linking the Bukit Panjang Park Connector to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Serving as a green buffer for the reserve, the nature park is also home to a playground for kids.

The playground is situated some distance behind Block 248 Bangkit Road, and it adopts a more rugged theme with climbing structures and slides to keep the little ones happy. In addition, the entire playground is built on a huge sandbox for children to engage in imaginative play.

Granted that the playground equipment is pretty normal compared to other playgrounds in the list but if you are looking for a pleasant retreat (read: playgrounds free from overcrowding with kids) from the hustle and bustle of the usual playgrounds, this will be your best bet.

41. Jurong Lake Gardens
Address: Along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way

The new 53-hectare Lakeside Garden is one huge park that will be more than enough to offer a day of fun and activities whether it is for families, couples or individuals. Kids will no doubt love Forest Ramble which is the largest nature playgarden in the heartlands. The 2.3-hectare playgarden is HUGE and comprises of 13 adventure stations for kids to explore, while being set in a natural environment consisting of streams and plants.

Most interestingly, the playgarden's stattions are designed to emulate the movement of animals which inhabit a freshwater swamp forest. What this means is the play structures are designed to allow kids to mimic the movements of a monkey, frog, heron, crab, squirrel and even an otter!

There are also water play areas in the park - the Tidal Play Pool and Sand Play Pool. Kids can enter the Tidal Play Pool by walking down a gentle slope. Periodically, water will gush out from the steps, making the water level rise (up to 30cm in depth) which gives kids the opportunity to learn about natural tide cycles! At the Sand Play Pool, kids can experience the varying textures of sand while observing how water movements create wave-sculpted ripples in the sand.

Visitors can also head to Rasau Walk, a 300-metre meandering boardwalk along the water’s edge or zoom towards Grasslands which is dominated by tall grasses and small hills - AND totally made for Instagram!

42. Bukit Batok Nature Park
Location: Along Bukit Batok East Avenue 2 and Bukit Batok East Avenue 6

The 36-hectare park offers a trail that meanders through a well-established secondary forest and the chance to see interesting species of trees and shrubs, and their fruits and flowers. This park was once mined for granite but the quarry has since become a large reflecting pool. Walk to the pond that lies at the foot of a high cliff wall and climb the lookout that reaches more than 10 storeys high to catch stunning views of the quarry.

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Don't miss the the war memorial at the top of the hill too. Formerly the site of two war memorials built by the Japanese to honour their dead soldiers, what is left now are two pillars and 120 concrete steps leading to a transmission tower. A plaque has been placed at the foot of the stairs to remind visitors of the significance of this historical site.

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43. Bukit Batok Town Park
Location: Along Bukit Batok East Avenue 5

Also known as Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin, Bukit Batok Town Park looks similar to that of Guilin in China - a granite rock sitting within a lake.

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Created from a disused granite quarry, the park is actually pretty small compared to other parks in this list. Visitors usually combine a visit to this park with Bukit Batok Nature Park (above) which is a 1.5km walk away via the PCN.

44. Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park
Location: Along Bukit Batok Central road (Beside Block 225 Bukit Batok Central and opposite Block 644 Bukit Batok Central)

Great news for the Westies, because Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park has just opened with a tall swirling tube slide, a rope obstacle course, toddler play area and even an elevated boardwalk!

Located beside Block 225 Bukit Batok Central, the park is set in the surroundings of a small hill (otherwise known as Fuji Hill) which makes it a great place to bring the entire family for a great workout.

The highlight of the park has got to be the 10-metre tall climbing play structure which comes with a bright-yellow swirling slide!

There is a smaller playground for younger kids and fitness stations for parents to do a quick workout at the same time too.

After that, one can walk along the elevated boardwalk and scale the (not-too-tall) summit of Fuji Hill. Although the park doesn't occupy a large area, the elevating terrain (and playground) makes it an interesting outdoor place to bring the family!

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45.West Coast Park
Location: Parallel to West Coast Highway

If the East Coast is the King of sandy beaches & cool sea breeze, then the West Coast Park must be the King of playgrounds. It has about SEVEN different types of play areas which cater to different age groups - from the toddlers to even teenagers. And standing at the core of the park is the Adventure Play Area with a giant spiderweb-like structure that allows kids (and adults) to scamper up to dizzying heights.

There are also Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle courses and a Flying Fox installation that is sure to challenge one’s agility. The little ones do not get left out too - there are two non-sand areas which cater to the youngest of toddlers.

46. Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk
Location: Along Labrador Villa Road

Located within walking distance of Labrador Park MRT Station, the 2.1km Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk comprises three distinct segments – Alexandra Garden Trail, Berlayer Creek mangrove trail, and Bukit Chermin Boardwalk.

Crucial to Singapore’s biodiversity, back mangrove species can be found at the Berlayer Creek boardwalk, while coastal cliff vegetation can be found in the nature reserve. Possibly the only mangrove patch in the southern part of Singapore island with the convenience of an integrated MRT station entrance, you are immediately greeted by the lush landscape of the entrance plaza before you enter the 960m Berlayer Creek. Currently one of two remaining mangroves in the south of mainland Singapore, Berlayer Creek is home to a myriad of fauna and flora, including one of the highest densities of molluscs in Singapore.

For kids, the 330m Bukit Chermin Boardwalk that comes after Berlayer Creek will be the highlight. This elevated boardwalk on sea brings them across the mouth of Berlayer Creek and along the coastal foothill of Bukit Chermin. Take a leisurely stroll along this coastal boardwalk, while enjoying the different views of the expansive waters of Keppel Harbour, the lush greenery of Bukit Chermin hill, and the distant rocky cliffs of Sentosa island. During high tide, the low-lying boardwalk will bring you close to the water surface where schools of fishes can be sighted; while at low tide, you can also spot seagrass beds and different species of crustaceans found on the extensive mudflat.

47. Jurong Eco Garden
Location: 1 Clean Tech Loop, Singapore 609434

Just a stone's throw away from Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is Jurong Eco-Garden, the 'green lungs' of CleanTech Park and Singapore’s first freshwater swamp forest located within an industrial park. If we had not visited Thow Kwang, we would not have discovered this gem of a find. Simply because the Eco-Garden has an amazing variety of wildlife and nature and is home to many birds, dragonflies, butterflies and insects.

Spread over four areas - Summit Forest, Wildlife Corridor, Stream Ravine and Freshwater Swamp Forest - the 5-hectare park intersperse building parcels seamlessly with green spaces. One interesting station to visit is the Composting Station which features the processes how horticulture waste are converted into resources. If you are planning to expose nature to the kids minus the crowds, Jurong Eco-Garden will be your best bet!

48. Jurong Central Park
Location: Jalan Boon Lay junction with Boon Lay Way

Besides sporting a huge 8-hectare area for kids to run themselves silly, Jurong Central Park is the first park in Singapore to have life-sized board-game features in a park - Snakes and Ladders playground and Ludo Garden. 

The pavement around the playground area is marked with numbers and visitors can move around just like on an actual game board.

But how does one move on the boardgame without dice? The answer: use the dice tower built in the park which generates random die number for game play!

Rules for the Snakes and Ladders playground is just like its namesake board-game: landing on a ladder will see one climbing across the obstacle to reach a higher board space while landing on a snake will allow one to descend to a lower board space via a slide. It just could not get more fun than this - and a fantastic way to bundle boardgame fun with physical activity!

49. Pang Sua Pond
Location: Located beside Senja-Cashew Community Club (101 Bukit Panjang Road, Singapore 679910)

Built in the 1990s, Pang Sua Pond's main job is to collect rainwater runoff from the surrounding areas before the water is pumped to the Upper Seletar Reservoir for storage and treatment. Now, it is home to Singapore’s second largest floating wetland and boasts a boardwalk across the pond. And it is beautiful.

Located just a 10-minute walk from the Senja LRT station and beside Senja-Cashew Community Club, the pond features a 480m-long elevated boardwalk suspended at a height up to 7m above water, connecting residents to facilities such as the new 3G Wellness Centre and Bukit Panjang Neighbourhood 5 Park. More interestingly, Singapore's second-largest man-made floating wetland system (the largest being Sengkang Floating Wetland in Punggol Reservoir) can be found at Pang Sua Pond.

Besides beautifying the surroundings, the wetland plants serve an important purpose which is to help improve water quality in the pond and also create a habitat for dragonflies, birds and fishes.

50. Choa Chu Kang Park
Location: Along Choa Chu Kang Drive, next to KJE

Brimming with recreational activities for the whole family, Choa Chu Kang Park has four different playground areas, a small skate plaza, a wide range of fitness stations for the young and old, lawns and even a dining place.

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Besides having a small skate plaza for amateur young skateboarders to practice, the park is home to four different playground areas comprising sand play, a pyramid climbing net, a train-inspired playground, a giant swing and many other interesting play equipment.

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If you want to bask in nature, take a stroll in the forested area bordering Choa Chu Kang Park and be greeted by an abundance of fruit trees, birds and other wild life.

51. Clementi Woods Park
Location: Along West Coast Road next to West Coast Plaza

With its tall mature native trees and natural vegetation, Clementi Woods Park is a welcoming retreat for those looking to get close to nature.

There is a small playground located at the centre of the park. But for more fun, head to the Nature Playgarden which is designed for pre-schoolers to encourage them to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature.

The children's imagination can run wild as they explore the different play features created to stimulate senses, do imaginative play, develop motor skills and discover the greenery around the playgarden.


52. Kranji Marshes
Location: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814

Spanning 56.8 hectares (half the size of Gardens by the Bay), Kranji Marshes is the largest freshwater marshland in Singapore. It is home to a combination of lush, marsh, woodland and grass habitats with more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies lies in the north-western part of Singapore. And not only is it open to everyone, it is FREE to visit!

There are two main areas – one that is open to public and the core conservation area which can only be accessed via guided walks. For the public walk, the start journey begins at Kranji Gate which is located at the end of Neo Tiew Lane 2 (beside D'Kranji Farm Resort).

The walk is a relatively straight-forward linear one, a 1km route which ends at 10-metre tall Raptor Tower which offers a panoramic view of the entire Kranji Marshes. Suffice to say, scaling the tower is the highlight for the kids! To complete an educational day out, be sure to head to the nearby Marsh Station where they can learn more about the birds and their respective bills and feet.

53. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Location: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, 718925 (*To access the new extension, enter via the new entrance at Kranji Way)

Make your way through the mangrove forest boardwalks, or watch the birdlife over the freshwater wetlands – especially during the September to March migratory season. Boardwalks keep visitors safe – and their feet dry – as they venture deep into the mangroves to catch sight of tree climbing crabs scuttling up trunks of trees, mudskippers skimming across swamp waters and archerfish shooting insects with jets of water.

The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve extension is more kids-friendly, with three different boardwalks catering to all nature enthusiasts. The Mid-canopy Walk immerses visitors in the understory of a secondary forest through an elevated, 120m-long boardwalk, where they can spot birds and insects like cicadas that reside in the mid-canopy region and forest floor while the Coastal boardwalk offers a scenic and breathtaking view of the Kranji waterfront with a lookout point where raptors such as the Ospreys and White-Bellied Sea Eagles can be spotted hunting for prey.

At low tide, visitors can even observe crabs and fish foraging for food in the waters. Lastly, the Forest Trail offers visitors the chance to experience the sights and sounds of the reserve up close, and learn more about the plants and wildlife which are unique to the reserve.

54. Kranji Reservoir Park
Location: Along Kranji Way

Located next to Kranji Reservoir along Kranji Way, the park overlooks Johor Straits and is popular with fishing enthusiasts and weekend picnickers. Facilities include two fishing grounds, pavilions and benches. Ground A (near to Carpark A) is a stretch of rocky banks with benches and man-made shelters; while ground B (near to Carpark B) is a much grassier bank.

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While you are there, pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives the Battle of Kranji in World War II at the war memorial plaque that honours them, and discover Kranji Reservoir Park’s role in this part of Singapore's history.


55. The Southern Ridges
Location: Off Henderson Road

Hike through the great outdoors andenjoy the serenity of the Southern Ridges. Comprising 10km of hill trails that connect Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, these ridges are one of the best spots in Singapore to enjoy panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands. If you have time, walk through Forest Walk and Canopy Walk along the bridges cutting through the Adinandra belukar, a distinct secondary forest, and enjoy the rich variety of flora and fauna on display.

The most photographed location has got to be Henderson Waves, which connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. Standing 36m above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, and is best known for its distinctive wave-like structure consisting of a series of undulating curved ‘ribs’.

56. Mount Faber Park
Location: Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and Telok Blangah Road

One of the oldest parks in Singapore, Mount Faber Park boasts panoramic viewpoints of the Southern Waterfront including Sentosa and other Southern Islands, as well as Singapore’s CBD and iconic HDB estates.

The summit is accessible by Mount Faber Road or Mount Faber Loop via Morse Road, but there are many footpaths or trails leading up the hill. The main paths are: Marang Trail which leads from Marang Road at the Harbourfront MRT station (Exit D) and the Southern Ridges Park Connector which connects from Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and Henderson Waves.

The vegetation around Mount Faber is secondary rainforest that is smaller and less dense than on Bukit Timah Hill. But even then, the park has a variety of flora and fauna to interest everyone.

The park is part of the Southern Ridges, which also comprises Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. 

57. Telok Blangah Hill Park
Location: Telok Blangah Green off Henderson Road

The star attraction of this park has got to be trekking the Forest Walk – a 1.3-kilometre-long elevated walkway that links HortPark to Telok Blangah Hill Park. Or you can also get up close and personal with the forest understory vegetation by heading through Earth Trail.

Another highlight is the Terrace Garden. A popular spot for wedding couples, Terrace Garden consists of a series of semi-circular terraces situated at the top of the park. From here, you will be able to enjoy a breath-taking 360-degree view of Singapore.

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You can also head to the newly-opened Therapeutic Garden at Telok Blangah Hill Park. Situated close to the hill forest, the Therapeutic Garden embraces the tranquility of its natural setting. The lush greenery all around the garden creates a restorative environment to engage the senses and to uplift both mental and emotional well-being while serving as complementary habitat for native biodiversity.

Telok Blangah Hill Park is part of the Southern Ridges, which also comprises Mount Faber Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.

58. HortPark
Location: 33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road), Singapore 119578

Dubbed the “Gardening Hub” of Singapore, it is a one-stop gardening resource centre and a knowledge centre for plants and gardening, providing planting ideas and solutions. Kids can learn how to grow their first plant, or create their own floral arrangement or terrarium, while older kids can take a course in creating an air plant that grows in little to no soil at all.

Of course, what's a park without playgrounds for kids? In addition to the usual play structures, HortPark is home to be a new playgarden but one cannot find a single seesaw or slide there. Rather, the Nature Playgarden at HortPark is designed to encourage kids to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature. Built with pre-schoolers in mind, the playgarden is best for kids aged between 3 and 6 years old.

This playgarden is NParks' first Biophilic Playgarden, which integrates play features with more natural elements such as trees and sand. In all, there are a total of nine play features at the playgarden. There are none of the usual slides, seesaws or even climbing structures that one usually associates with playgrounds but I love how the playgarden has ingeniously blended play activities with nature... along with plenty of hideouts for kids to explore.

59. Kent Ridge Park
Location: Vigilante Drive off South Buona Vista Road

A historical park where one of the last and fiercest battles fought by the Malay Regiment against the invading Japanese army during World War II, Kent Ridge Park was gazetted by the National Heritage Board as one of 11 World War II sites in Singapore in 1995.

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Featuring natural vegetation and a high biodiversity of wildlife, Kent Ridge Park is also a favourite of nature lovers. On the eastern side of the park towards the valley is a natural pond teeming with turtles and fish. Go on the Canopy Walk – an elevated boardwalk measuring 280-metres long linking HortPark to Kent Ridge Park.

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Kent Ridge Park is part of the Southern Ridges, which also comprises Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark and Labrador Nature Reserve. 

60. Jubilee Park @ Fort Canning Park
Location: Bounded by Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road

Beyond the rich history that Fort Canning Park offers, the park also has wide green spaces for kids to run amok... as well as a brand new playground space.

Jubilee Park is situated opposite Liang Court, and sits on the western slope of Fort Canning Park, which used to host a range of recreational options for Singaporeans, such as River Valley Swimming Pool, Van Kleef Aquarium and the National Theatre in the 20th century. Now, the open space has been restored as a family-friendly node with lots of play structures for kids. For one, they will love putting their balancing skills to the test at this log obstacle course!

There are also bouncy nets, as well as these 3 super long slides which offer different meandering options down to the bottom.

61. Alexandra Linear Park
Location: Parallel to Strathmore Avenue (Block 83)
(Currently closed for road construction works to Q4 2021)

How often can one find FIVE playgrounds along a stretch of ONE park? The Alexandra Canal Linear Park is one of the most unique parks in Singapore, thanks to it being built on top of a covered canal. It starts from Queenstown MRT Station, passing by Strathmore Estate all the way to Tanglin Road.

And if that sounds like an awfully long distance to bring your kids, it actually isn't - it is only a 1.4km stretch, which is easily doable for a nice stroll.

Comprising of 5 playgrounds - a Rope Bridge Playground included - the park also hides the bonus of a Water Terrace and Skate Park!

Although some of the 5 playgrounds along the park are the usual playgrounds that one can find near most HDB estates but put them collectively together, these band of 5 serve as a good incentive to bring your kids on a morning's worth of leisure stroll and get some exercise going for the family.

62. Gardens by the Bay
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953

I have not heard of anyone living in Singapore who doesn't know about Gardens by the Bay! So aside from the ticketed Cooled Conservatories attractions, there are more to Gardens by the Bay (read: FREE) for families to explore. Start your exploration at The World of Plants, where a multi-sensory encounter with nature is promised. Enjoy the sights of flowers and fruits in bloom, and venture into the Secret Life of Trees, where visitors will learn how to identify different types of tree species. At the Web of Life, take in the impressive sight of topiary animals such as the orang-utan, pangolin and hornbill. The Heritage Gardens is another highlight, with four themed gardens - Indian Garden, Malay Garden, Chinese Garden and Colonial Garden. Each of these gardens will take one through the history and culture of Singapore’s three main ethnic groups and colonial past.

Oh, and how can a child resist the Children's Garden @ Gardens by the Bay? The Children's Garden is specially targeted at children up to age 12 and seeks to further encourage interaction with nature, together with integrated play equipment and water play features spread over four main play zones - Adventure Trail, Rainforest Treehouses, Toddler Play Zone and Water Play Areas. All amid a luscious garden setting, no less. There are obstacles to conquer, treehouses to climb, slides to whiz down, and a sprawling water play area with water splines, a hydro vault, and orchid-shaped splash buckets. Toddlers will not feel left out too, as they will be contented with a dedicated Toddler Play Zone and mini Water Play area.

63. Bay East Garden
Location:  Via Tanjong Rhu Road

Part of Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden is the second largest of the three gardens and offers a tranquil respite from the bustling city and a stunning view of the Singapore skyline.

Set amidst beautiful pavilions, wide open lawns, and amazing views of the iconic Conservatories and Supertrees against the Marina skyline, Bay East Garden is the perfect place to chill out with a good book, enjoy a quiet stroll, or have a family picnic.

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