It’s an old joke among Singapore residents that shopping and eating are the two national pastimes of the country. But if you’re feeling up to something a little more active, Singapore is jam-packed with physical activities that are sure to get your heart pumping.
If you can’t stomach the idea of jumping out of a real plane, you might want to give indoor skydiving or "bodyflying" a shot. At iFly Singapore on Sentosa Island, you can enter the world's largest themed wind tunnel of its kind and experience the exhiliration of a simulated freefall. It's a unique way to find out what skydiving feels like, while side-stepping inconveniences like bad weather and gut-wrenching fear.
Singapore’s beaches are known for their calm waves and its harbours are known for deep, relatively still waters. But you can still experience the excitement of the surf at Wave House Sentosa, which gives you the opportunity to ride the flow. You might be surprised at what a great full-body workout you get – and you won’t even realise it because you’re having too much fun!
If sports are more your thing, check out the range of indoor options in Singapore. Play baseball, softball or cricket in giant cages, or try your hand (or foot, so to speak) at street soccer in the many Futsal cages that have sprung up around Singapore. Combat sports fans will find several gyms that offer a range of mixed martial arts classes and tournaments.
Bowling is a family and big group favourite, great for almost all activity and fitness levels, and a fun sport to play with a big group. There are numerous bowling alleys in Singapore, both in the Marina Bay area and in the suburbs. Many are part of larger entertainment complexes that also contain game arcades and other types of indoor activities, so there’s no shortage of options to keep a large group entertained.
Snow and Ice
Snow on the equator? Why not? Singapore’s Snow City is an indoor snow centre in Jurong East. The temperature inside is a bracing -5°C and visitors are provided with boots and jackets. So if you’re looking to beat the heat with a snowball fight, this might be a good option! Or check out the ice skating rink at Marina Bay Sands: a 600-square-metre rink which was christened by Olympic skater Michelle Kwan.
Some call it freerunning, but parkour is actually the sport of moving quickly through an environment and negotiating obstacles by running, jumping and climbing. The sport has gained popular appeal especially after being featured in the Bond film Casino Royale and in various video games. A number of parkour training centres have emerged in Singapore, as it is a sport that's perfect for urban spaces.
Of course, at the end of all this excitement, you may well want to get back to that mainstay of Singaporean culture – eating! Thankfully there’s plenty of that all over the city, so be sure to check out our guide to Singaporean cuisine to embark on a culinary adventure.