12 Adventures & Experiences At Singapore’s Marina Bay

by | Dec 22, 2022

A waterfront destination that never fails to impress, Singapore’s Marina Bay is home to innumerable attractions and activities for tourists of all ages.

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As the sun sets over Singapore’s Marina Bay, an enchanting spectacle of lights and sounds stir from beneath glittering towers that command the sky. Explore this ever-evolving cityscape within a 10-minute radius, where countless adventures await discovery. From awe-inspiring architecture to thrilling outdoor activities and exquisite gardens, there’s something for everyone at Marina Bay. Your Singapore waterfront journey begins here.

1. Marina Bay Sands

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is a one-of-a-kind attraction that stands up to the city skyline. This integrated resort has a dazzling array of offerings – an appointed casino, theatre and designer shops are just some of the highlights. In addition, the three 55-storey towers of premium hotel rooms and suites provide stunning views for guests who embrace its grandeur. For food lovers, Marina Bay Sands is home to several celebrity restaurants, making it a celebrated attraction in Singapore.


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2. Marina Bay SkyPark

At the Sands SkyPark attraction in Singapore, hotel guests will be wowed by the absolutely stunning 360-degree views from the observation deck. Offering a one-of-a-kind experience for guests, dive into the infinity-edged swimming pool located on the edge of the SkyPark – 200 metres in the sky! As day fades away into the night, swimming in this pool offers a breathtaking view of the sun-setting scene from its edge.


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3. Art Science Museum (and Future World)

The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is an attraction unlike any other. Its iconic, lotus-inspired design is a sight to be seen, and it’s located in the heart of Singapore, bringing visitors from near and far together. In addition, it’s home to the permanent exhibition FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science; here, visitors can explore creative works that are both artistic and scientific that are sure to excite and captivate each interest group. To take things further, it has also hosted several touring exhibitions that have explored many aspects of art and culture, science and technology — all cohesively merged within its walls.


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4. Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge, a Singapore pedestrian attraction, opened in 2010 and serves as a vital connection between Marina Centre and the Bayfront area. Its form, modelled after the double helix of DNA, symbolises life, continuity, renewal and growth. For those science geeks out there, take note: When you pass by the bridge and look carefully along its length, you’ll find pairs of letters ‘c’, ‘g’, ‘a’ and ‘t’, which represent the four bases of DNA. A clever way to commemorate one of life’s essential building blocks.

5. Singapore Flyer

Standing majestically at 165 metres above ground in Singapore, the Singapore Flyer is a must-experience attraction that promises an unforgettable adventure. Since its launch in 2008, the observation wheel has become one of the city’s most iconic sights, offering an enthralling 360-degree view of Marina Bay and Singapore’s remarkable skyline. Furthermore, it has added a sense of grandeur to the FORMULA ONE Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit. If you plan to hop on this breathtaking experience, check its operating hours before your visit.

6. Esplanade Singapore

The Esplanade – affectionately known as ‘The Durian’ by locals due to its spiky architectural exterior, this unique building stands out as a landmark for engaging with the local arts and culture scene. Over the years, there have been varied performances from various local and international artists held at the iconic 60,000-square-metre Performing Arts centre. Throughout the year, free shows are organised by the bay for all to enjoy, along with yearly festivals such as Baybeats and Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts. As a result, the Esplanade brings forth a vibrant atmosphere which enlivens this small island nation.

7. Merlion Park

Singapore is known for its attraction as a multicultural and vibrant city, but perhaps its most majestic icon lies within the iconic Merlion. This mythical creature combines two elements of Singapore’s identity—the body symbolising Singapore’s historical fishing villages and the lion head signifying Singapore for its ‘Lion City’ nickname. Journey to the one-of-a-kind attraction located at Merlion Park and marvel at the majestic sight of this breathtaking beast that stands guard over the Marina Bay, protecting a legendary destination that has captivated people from all walks of life.


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8. Flower Dome

A verdant oasis awaits visitors in Singapore’s Bay South Gardens attraction. The Flower Dome is the largest cooled conservatory of its kind and holds the Guinness World Record for being the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse, spanning a grand 1.28 hectares. Inside its picturesque walls lies a botanical showcase from around the globe – ancient olive trees, magnificent magnolias, exotic orchids and many other species from five continents are carefully tended and cultivated in this lush sanctuary.


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9. Floral Fantasy

The attraction of Floral Fantasy at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is like something out of a dream. This extravagant indoor conservatory has four distinct zones that merge burgeoning nature and historic tales into one unforgettable experience. At its entrance, visitors are welcomed with an eye-catching display of driftwood sculptures, floral art and lush foliage – designed to transport guests back to the mystical Hanging Gardens of Babylon. From there, they can explore hidden corners and breathtakingly floral displays by day and sparkles of fireflies by night – making this attraction a fantastic journey through flowers.

10. Cloud Forest

Another unique attraction awaits you at Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest. This serene and striking conservatory is filled with rare vegetation, curiosities, and breathtaking vistas. Looming tall within this landscaped paradise is Cloud Mountain—a 35-metre lofty peak veiled in mist and covered with lush greenery. Elevators and pathways allow visitors to explore the tropical highlands’ biodiversity of plant life in great detail while providing breathtaking views of the majestic landscape below. For those looking for an awe-inspiring attraction that could only be found in Singapore, Cloud Forest should be atop the list of considerations.


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11. Supertree Grove

As you explore the attraction of Singapore, you’re sure to stumble across a remarkable grove known as the Supertrees. These mesmerising vertical gardens span between 25 and 50 metres in height, two of which are connected by an impressive archway known as the OCBC Skyway. When the night begins to fall, the atmosphere is intensified with the Garden Rhapsody’s extraordinary combination of light and sound. For an unparalleled view of Singapore, make your way up to the Supertree Observatory, perched atop one of the highest Supertrees at 50 metres. From up here, you can take in unobstructed views of the Marina Bay district.

12. Marina Barrage

The Marina Barrage is no ordinary attraction in Singapore. Instead, it is an impressive combination of a classic dam-like structure and recreational attraction, offering a variety of recreational activities in close proximity to the beautiful Singapore skyline. As soon as you step onto the barrage, it’s hard not to be captivated by the calming water of its 350-metre-wide reservoir and inviting rooftop green space – making it the perfect location for family gatherings, kite flying, or simply taking some time to relax. Built across the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage is truly an attraction that should not be missed. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Dec 2022 – World Travel Magazine.

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