Parks, Reserves and Gardens in Singapore

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All the best Parks, Reserves and Gardens in Singapore

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New York is known as the Big Apple. Paris is nicknamed the City of Romance. Singapore is too known as the Garden City, and justifiably so. Lush green trees line almost every road, boulevard and expressway. You will certainly be hard-pressed to escape the shade of trees when walking on the streets.

Every major city tends to set aside “green” spaces within the city limits e.g. parks and gardens. There are numerous such places in Singapore, where locals and tourists alike visit to enjoy fresh air and a much-needed break from the urban rush.

The various noteworthy parks include East Coast ParkFort Canning ParkMacRitchie Reservoir and Mount Faber Park. Additionally, there are reserve areas, where the government has set aside the natural surroundings for conversational purposes. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Chek Jawa coastal habitat are the most commonly visited.

For those that long for flora and fauna, do visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Looking for ancient chinese architecture like pagodas? Drop by the Chinese Garden, where there are beautiful pagodas amidst huge garden spaces.

The Marina Bay area will also see the construction of the magnificent Gardens by the Bay. This three-garden attraction is slated to open in mid-2012 and will be fully completed in a couple of years. Numerous F&B outlets will open amidst the exotic environment, home to over 2000 species of plants from exotic places like Latin America, Madagascar and the Mediterranean. Dining here will be a unique experience, with the majority of outlets opening in unusual settings. Examples include a treetop restaurant and cafes on the edge of a lake.

In August 2010, Singapore hosted the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. To commemorate this milestone, the Youth Olympic Park was constructed in the Marina Bay area. Visit this unique art park featuring artworks by local youths.

Youth Olympic Park

Located at the northern end of The Helix bridge, the Youth Olympic Park features 27 award-winning artworks created by Singaporean youths to commemorate the theme "Aspirations for life in Singapore".

Location: Youth Olympic Park, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

A total of 101 ha of prime land has been development for the gardens. Food & beverage outlets and a prime focus on the gardens.

Location: Chinese Garden Road, Chinese Garden, Singapore

Chinese Garden

The Chinese Garden was built back in 1975, modelled after the Northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping.

Location: Chinese Garden Road, Chinese Garden, Singapore

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens are now 151 years old. It was founded way back in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural society and subsequently handed over to the government to maintain.

Location: Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore

Chek Jawa Wetlands

Nestled on the eastern most tip of Pulau Ubin is Chek Jawa, a unique coastal habitat. You will find mangroves, sandy beaches, coastal forests and lagoons all packed within 1 square kilometre.

Location: Chek Jawa Trail, Chek Jawa Wetlands, Singapore

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

This nature reserve is located near the geographic centre of Singapore, on the slopes and surrounding areas of Bukit Timah Hill.

Location: Hindhede Drive, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore

Mount Faber Park

This park is one of the oldest in Singapore. From here, you could board a cable car to Sentosa Island, or enjoy a panoramic view of the dense Central Business District and most of Southern Singapore.

Location: Telok Blangah Rd, Mount Faber Park, Singapore

MacRitchie Reservoir

A popular spot for people enjoying morning and evening strolls or runs, water sports such as kayaking as well as other nature and exercise enthusiasts

Location: River Valley Road, Fort Canning Park, Singapore

Fort Canning Park

Back in the 19th century, Fort Canning was used as an arms store, barracks and hospital. The modern day park now overlooks Orchard Road. The park offers a variety of recreational activities, historical, cultural and educational experiences

Location: River Valley Road, Fort Canning Park, Singapore

East Coast Park

Spanning a total of 15km, the coastline of East Coast Park is an all-encompassing urban retreat. Themed “recreation for all”, it offers a magnificent range of sporting, dining and recreational activities.

Location: East Coast Park Service Road, East Coast Park, Singapore

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