Singapore? What’s there to do besides the Merlion lol.

Though Singapore may be one of the smallest cities globally, its charm lies in the vast array of attractions it offers. Beyond the iconic structures like Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and Jewel’s Rain Vortex that typically come to mind, there’s a world of experiences waiting to be explored.

For first-time visitors, the conventional tourist attractions are a must, but our ultimate to-do list goes beyond the usual top attractions in Singapore. Delve into nature reserves, embark on island-hopping adventures, explore temporary pop-ups over the weekends, and discover the best-hidden gems among the city’s restaurants and cafes. This comprehensive list goes beyond the familiar, and even locals might find themselves encountering some hidden treasures for the first time.

To ensure easy navigation, we’ve included a table of contents for your convenience.

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New things to do in Singapore this month

If you’re looking for new events and pop-ups, as well as new restaurants and cafes each month, we’ve compiled it in separate guides according to the month:

Fun date ideas in Singapore for couples

1. Obstacle course

They say that “true love conquers all obstacles”, so here’s a date idea that puts your compatibility at test. Embark on a adventure with your date as you navigate through an obstacle course together. Not only is it a fun activity — whether you’re thrill seeker or a newbie — but the shared thrills of conquering challenges and overcoming fears is sure strengthen your bond. And, bonus, all those endorphins in the air will leave you buzzing after your date.

2. Go-Karting

Photo: The Palawan @ Sentosa.

Rev up the excitement on your date by hitting the tracks for an exhilarating session of go-karting. Unleash your competitive spirits in a friendly race, feel the wind in your hair, and create lasting memories filled with laughter and friendly rivalry. It’s a high-octane experience that adds an extra dash of excitement to your time together.

3. Axe Factor

For a unique and memorable date idea, try your hand at axe throwing. Channel your inner lumberjack as you aim for the bullseye, enjoying an unconventional and exciting activity that sparks friendly competition and provides the perfect opportunity for some light-hearted banter and shared laughter. Careful not to scare your date away though!

4. Island Hopping

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle by embarking on a romantic island-hopping adventure. Whether it’s a staycation at Lazarus Island, snorkeling at Kusu Island, or cycling around Coney Island, each offshore island offers a refreshing escape from the ordinary. 

5. Ghost Tour

Take the “horror movie first date” to the next level with a spine-tingling ghost tour.  Uncover the mysteries and haunted tales of Singapore’s historic sites, turning a conventional evening into an unforgettable adventure. While there are various options available, the most popular is perhaps the Creepy Tales of Singapore Tour.

6. Farm visits

Goat milking and feeding in Singapore's only goat farm. Source: Hay Dairies
Photo: Hay Dairies

Indulge in the simplicity of nature with a farm-hopping date. Most of the farms in Singapore are clustered in the Lim Chu Kang area, offering goat feeding, cow petting, longkang fishing, and even a farm-to-table dining experience. This date idea provides a refreshing break from urban life, offering a laid-back setting that’s both wholesome and heartwarming.

7. Arcade

The dynamic setting of an arcade, complete with colourful aesthetics, adds an extra layer of excitement to your date. So, unleash your inner child and engage in rows of enticing games, such as basketball, Mario Kart, claw machines and more.

Cow Play Cow Moo is probably the most popular arcade in Singapore at the moment, packed with coin machines, retro games and claw machines.

8. Mini Golf

Unleash the playfulness in your relationship with a date at UltraGolf, Singapore’s freshest mini golf experience. The 18-hole beachside course offers you a classic mini golf experience — a tournament-worthy course spanning over 1,900 square metres. 

Located at the newly-opened entertainment hub, The Palawan @ Sentosa, you can even plan an entire date in the area, whether it’s chilling at the beach club, sweating it out at the waterpark, or challenging each other in their indoor gamified go-kart.

8. The Fragment Room

Release any pent-up stress and tension with your partner at The Fragment Room. This unique date idea allows you to express yourselves by smashing and breaking items in a controlled environment. It’s a cathartic experience that not only relieves stress but also adds an element of unpredictability and fun to your date night.

9. VR games

If there’s nothing in the real world that excites you and your date, step into a world of virtual reality. Whether battling futuristic foes or exploring fantastical realms, this tech-savvy date idea promises an exhilarating and shared adventure.

10. Crafts workshops

Photo: Arudio

Unleash your creative sides with a crafty date night. From pottery classes to DIY workshops, engaging in hands-on activities fosters collaboration and allows you to create not just memories together, but a keepsake piece to bring home.

11. Perfume workshop

This interactive experience allows you and your date to explore different scents, experiment with blending various notes, and ultimately create a personalised perfume that reflects your individual preferences and the chemistry between you two.

It’s more than just creating a perfume. The process involves collaboration and creativity, allowing you to learn more about each other’s preferences. Plus, every time you wear the fragrance, it becomes a subtle yet intimate reminder of the special day you spent crafting it together.

12. Art Jamming

Unleash your inner artists with an art jamming session. Revel in the freedom of expression as you paint side by side, creating colorful canvases that reflect your individual styles and shared moments. It’s a therapeutic and visually rewarding date idea that allows you both to tap into your creative energies.

13. Cocktail Workshops

Raise a glass to an educational and interactive cocktail workshop. Learn the history and art of mixology together, experiment with different flavours and concoctions, and sample your own creations.

While most of these workshops average at $100 per person, it’s actually just a slightly more expensive night compared to going to a bar. You’ll get to concoct three cocktails, and some workshops even allow you to bring the cocktail equipment home!

14. Baking classes

Indulge your sweet tooth with a baking class date. From kneading dough to decorating delectable treats, this hands-on experience offers a delightful way to bond over shared culinary creations. It’s a heartwarming and delicious date idea that fills your home with the aroma of freshly baked memories.

15. Sunsets

Sometimes, you don’t need an elaborate plan. Each other’s company is simply enough for the perfect date. But who says you can’t take it up a notch with the help of nature.

Bask in the romantic glow of a sunset. Whether by the beach, atop a scenic viewpoint, or from the comfort of a rooftop, watching the sun dip below the horizon creates a mesmerising backdrop for heartfelt conversations and quiet moments. 

16. Solo photoshoot at self photo studios

Pet-friendly photo studio in Singapore. Source: Blank Box SG
Photo: Blank Box SG

Immortalise your moments together at a photoshoot. Self photo studios is perfect as it strips away any awkwardness that might arise with a third-party on site. Strike quirky poses, play with different props, and express your love for each other, capturing the essence of your unique connection.

17. Chill at rooftop

Elevate your date night to new heights, literally, by chilling at a rooftop bar or lounge. Savour panoramic views of the city skyline, enjoy handcrafted cocktails, and relish in the relaxed ambience. It’s a sophisticated yet laid-back date idea that provides a perfect setting for intimate conversations and shared laughter.

18. Picnics

Escape the urban hustle and connect with nature with a cute and simple picnic date. Choose a scenic park, pack your favourite treats, and unwind together on a cosy blanket. Bonus points: bring fairy lights, a speaker, and a tablet or laptop to turn it into a movie night as well!

It’s a simple and charming way to enjoy each other’s company amidst the beauty of the outdoors.

19. Onsen spa

Indulge in relaxation and intimacy with an onsen spa date.

Elements Wellness’ Weekday Couple Koyamaki Onsen offers an intimate and soothing experience to melt away both of your stress. Start off with a relaxing body massage, before spending quality time in a private onsen bath, complete with a gorgeous Japanese scenery as the backdrop.

Cultural & historical landmarks in Singapore

1. The Intan

Photo: The Intan

In the 19th century, The Peranakans were the pioneers in business and government in Singapore, establishing a strong community. Over time, Peranakan culture faded into the history books, leaving The Intan as one of the strongest representation of their culture in Singapore.

Embark on a guided tour through the museum to delve into the intricacies of Peranakan heritage and culture. Immerse yourself in their captivating stories, explore artifacts and crafts that narrate their history, and indulge in the unique experience of savoring a Peranakan-style afternoon tea.

The Intan

2. Chinatown

Since Singapore is known as a melting pot of culture, you have to visit one of their biggest cultural sites.

Aside from sightseeing, Chinatown is the place to be for affordable souvenirs and snacks. Snap a picture at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, savour authentic Chinese food at Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, and if you visit on a weekend, you can even witness a unique sight of the elderly playing chess under a pavilion.

Chinatown

3. Little India

In the same vein, head down to Little India to learn more about the Indian Community’s history and culture.

Start off at the Indian Heritage Centre to browse permanent and special exhibitions featuring traditional clothing, holograms, artefacts, and more, before roaming the streets of Little India. Sample street food, shop for souvenirs, and get a traditional Indian tattoo, also known as henna. Don’t forget to snap some shots along the way, as the vibrant colours of the stalls and buildings, as well as their intricately-designed temples, make for a good backdrop.

Little India

4. Haw Par Villa

Photo: Haw Par Villa

Perhaps one of the most unique theme parks in the world, Haw Par Villa depicts the Ten Courts of Hell from Chinese folklore.

Not only is it a unique photo spot in Singapore, you can learn all about Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion. Don’t forget to sign up for their complimentary tour, at selected timings, at their Hell’s Museum Reception Counter. Daring individuals, “who didn’t earn a place in hell”, can also stay the night in their Shipping Container Hotel, located right beside the main attraction.

Haw Par Villa

5. Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam was originally assigned for the Sultan and his household, along with the Malay and Arab communities. Now, it’s known as one of the most Instagrammable neighbourhoods in Singapore, thriving with interesting stalls and cafes.

Witness the Sultan Mosque, the biggest mosque in Singapore, and roam around Arab Street and Haji Lane for quirky shops and popular cafes.

Kampong Glam

Iconic tourist attractions in Singapore

1. Gardens by the Bay

Supertree Grove. Photo: Gardens by the Bay

If real plants do not impress you, how about these grandeur Supertrees at one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Singapore — Gardens by the Bay.

Aside from the popular Supertree Grove, which is free for the public, there are also other interesting things to do in Gardens by the Bay. Traverse the OCBC Skyway, Supertree Observatory, Cloud Forest, and more. If you visit at the right timing, you’ll be able to catch seasonal offerings, such as the Sakura collection in Spring.

Gardens by the Bay

2. Changi Airport

Changi Airport, the best airport in the world, transcends the basic function of an airport. You could literally reserve one day of your itinerary for the attractions around here.

From the iconic Rain Vortex in Jewel Changi Airport, to the newest digital attractions in Terminal 2, there is really no shortage to the amount of things you can do at this airport.

Changi Airport

3. Singapore Botanic Gardens

If finding time for a garden visit feels challenging, rest assured that the Singapore Botanic Gardens isn’t your ordinary green space — it’s the sole tropical botanic garden proudly gracing UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Not only can you witness over 2,000 flora and fauna, including Singapore’s national flower, the Orchid, you can also sign up for nature tours and hands-on workshops, as well as cafe-hop around the area.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

4. The Palawan @ Sentosa

Singapore’s newest leisure and entertainment haven at Sentosa features eight distinctive experiences, each brimming with thrilling activities that cater to visitors of every age.

Here’s what you can do at The Palawan @ Sentosa: HyperDrive, the first indoor go-kart, HydroDash, Singapore’s largest waterpark, UltraGolf, an 18-hole mini golf course, two alluring beach clubs, a food truck section, and Dog Run, a fenced up area for your dogs to run free.

The Palawan @ Sentosa

5. Marina Bay Sands

Photo: Trip.com

The prominent symbol of Singapore’s skyline; even if you’re not planning to stay at this luxury hotel, you have to stop by for a photo.

Aside from catching a shot for the gram, you can also spend some time exploring its nearby attractions, such as ArtScience Museum for its unique exhibitions, shop for luxury goods at The Shoppes, and stroll along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, one of the most romantic walking trails in Singapore, especially at night.

Marina Bay Sands

6. Resorts World Sentosa

When you’re searching for must-visit places in Singapore, you’ll notice that majority of the attractions are sightseeing. Hence, if you’re looking for exhilarating activities, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is the place to be.

It’s home to Universal Studios Singapore (USS), which is famous for its Singapore-exclusive Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster ride. Due to its popularity, you’ll probably need to spend the entire day at USS. We recommend reserving two days for RWS, so you can also explore the Adventure Cove Waterpark or visit S.E.A Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquarium with over 100,000 marine animals.

Resorts World Sentosa

7. Mandai Wildlife Reserve

City zoos have a poor reputation for its limited space and uninhabitable living conditions for their animals. However, Mandai Wildlife Reserve stands as a beacon challenging this stereotype.

Birds fly around freely, while lions roaming around a spacious natural habitat (with safety features in place, of course). Mandai Wildlife Reserve is split into five attractions: Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Bird Paradise, Night Safari and Mandai Wildlife West.

Every visit to their parks supports their conservation projects in Singapore and across Southeast Asia.

Mandai Wildlife Reserve

8. Lao Pa Sat

Among the popular hawker centres in Singapore, Lao Pa Sat stands as the most accessible one, conveniently located in the central area.

Indulge in local delicacies such as Feng Xiang Ba Kut Teh, Qiu Lian Ban Mian, Munchi Pancakes, and more. From 7pm onwards, you’ll also get to experience “authentic hawker culture” with their open-air Satay Street, where vendors would serve freshly-grilled skewers under the night sky.

Lao Pa Sat

9. Singapore Cable Car

Photo: Mount Faber Leisure Group

Revel in breathtaking panoramic views at 100 meters above sea level aboard the Singapore Cable Car.

Beyond the awe-inspiring scenery, you can also utilise the cable car as a practical mean of transportation. Opt for the Mount Faber line to ascend to the summit of Mount Faber, where Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro awaits, offering a dining experience with unparalleled views. Additionally, consider the cable car as a unique route to Sentosa. While the Sentosa Express, a monorail that connects VivoCity and Sentosa, is a more common method, seizing the opportunity to embark on the Cable Car ride to Sentosa allows you to seamlessly combine two experiences in one journey.

Singapore Cable Car

10. National Museum of Singapore

As Singapore’s oldest museum, the National Museum of Singapore is a captivating institution that aims to inspire through the narratives of Singapore and the wider world.

Centered around Singapore’s rich stories, visitors can delve into the Singapore History Gallery and Singapore, Very Old Tree — two of the permanent exhibitions at the museum. For those seeking more, the museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, providing an ever-evolving and enriching experience. Check their website for updates on the latest temporary exhibits.

National Museum of Singapore

11. National Gallery Singapore

Not to be confused with the National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore focuses on art rather than history.

With over 8,000 pieces, the gallery oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art, with a variety of temporary exhibitions, which are all listed on their website. the gallery is also a popular spot for photos, given its Insta-worthy colonial architecture.

National Gallery Singapore

12. Esplanade

Dubbed as “the Durian” due to its spiky structure, Esplanade was one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore in the early days. Esplanade is home to a wide variety of art forms, including art galleries, dance performances and jazz tunes.

While this attraction is catered more towards the Arts crowd, it’s also a great spot to cycle or have a picnic while admiring the Marina Bay Sands skyline without the crowd.

Esplanade

Off-shore islands in Singapore

1. Lazarus Island

One of the themed tiny homes on Lazarus Island

While Singapore offers a number of offshore islands for day trips, Lazarus Island stands as a exceptional choice with its brand new offerings.

The highlight of the island is no doubt Tiny Away Escape, tiny but functional homes that are perfect for city dwellers who crave for a serene retreat in the middle of nowhere. Stay in for a relaxing movie night, start a barbecue, or release your stress with kayaking, stand-up paddling, or floating yoga.

Lazarus Island

2. St. John Island

Delve into the mysteries of marine life at the St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory. As a dedicated research site, the island provides insights into diverse sea creatures like seagrasses, sea stars, and hermit crabs. During low tide, take a leisurely stroll on the lagoon to observe fascinating sea animals. Embrace the serene environment with open-air picnic tables, creating a perfect spot for relaxation.

3. Kusu Island

Known as Tortoise Island in Chinese, Kusu Island is more than a cultural site. While the Da Bo Gong Temple stands as a prominent landmark, the true highlight is the tortoise sanctuary. Explore a sunken concrete pit where tortoises roam freely, surrounded by calm and clear waters ideal for snorkeling. Shaded huts offer a picturesque setting for a delightful picnic.

4. Sister’s Island

Embark on a snorkeling adventure at Sister’s Island Marina Park, the ultimate destination among the southern islands. While snorkel gear rentals are not available, the underwater world awaits exploration. Similar to St. John’s Island, Sister’s Island boasts an intertidal zone, providing a glimpse into the rich marine ecosystem.

5. Coney Island

A haven before the southern islands gained recent popularity, Coney Island captivates with its scenic cycling paths and abundant wildlife. Beyond the iconic Coney Island gate, revel in the lush landscapes and spot diverse flora and fauna. Whether you’re capturing Instagram-worthy moments or enjoying a leisurely cycle, Coney Island offers a tranquil escape from the urban hustle.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Perhaps, Singapore doesn’t have the attractions you’re expecting. In that case, maybe it’s time to look beyond her borders.

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