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Beyond its domes and Supertrees, we show you ’round one of Singapore’s top attractions 
An indoor forest housing a 35-metre-tall waterfall, Avatar-like Supertrees that twinkle come dusk, and a Flower Dome that holds a 2015 Guinness World Record for world’s largest greenhouse: at the 101-hectare attraction that is Gardens by the Bay, you’ll be dropped into an almost surreal, futuristic expanse of greenery. And it's located just minutes from Marina Bay Sands by foot. We let in on the very things you can’t miss, including artworks in hidden spaces. 

The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest

Before embarking on your foray into the unknown, get a map of the Gardens from the Visitors’ Centre (located opposite the ticketing booth). From there, it won’t be hard locating the two domed conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest – the latter of which houses plants from tropical highlands as high as 2,000 metres above sea level. Besides carnivorous plants, stalactites and stalagmites that can be taken in from the cloud walk or treetop walk, the conservatory houses an impressive 35-metre-tall waterfall set against a carpeted wall of plants.

Over at the Flower Dome, you'll find plants from Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions, spread across nine smaller Gardens. Admire the swollen trunks of Baobabs, thousand-year-old olive trees and rare succulents before making for the Flower Field that – depending on the time of year – is thematically refreshed, whether for Chinese New Year, Christmas or hanami (cherry blossom) season. 

Gardens by the Bay Supertrees

Giant, futuristic Supertrees

Any mention of Gardens by the Bay brings to mind these so-called Supertrees – Avatar-like, manmade structures fashioned from concrete and steel frames. Their branches, angled to the sky as if in a cry to the gods, shelter vertical gardens comprising over 200 species of plants. For a bird’s eye view of the gardens – and a small fee – hop in a lift to the suspended walkway, OCBC Skyway. One of the trees even houses a restaurant and rooftop bar 16 storeys up.

Come evening, these Supertrees come to life (as best as they can, anyway) during the Garden Rhapsody show (free nightly, 7.45pm & 8.45pm). Watch the manmade beauties twinkle in rhythm to a soundtrack, their branches illuminated against the inky night sky.

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Fun for the kids

If the little ones are starting to get restless from your possibly overzealous attempts at rallying the Brady Bunch for a fun day out, make for the Far East Organization Children’s Garden (Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-9pm, closed Mondays). From treehouses to obstacle courses, a toddler play zone and a water play area, there’s plenty of fun to be had for kids. Don’t forget to pack the swimwear and sunblock. 

Suss out these secret spots 

Lest you think you’ve covered the Gardens after having traversed the cavernous domes and Supertrees, think again. Locate the Web of Life to admire a collection of sculptured topiaries, including an orangutan-shaped one. Or try the Big Fish Aquarium to catch a glimpse of the Arapaima – only the biggest fish in the tank that’s carnivorous and native to the Amazon basin.

Keen on more? Try spotting over 40 sculptures that dot the Gardens: the seven-metre-wide Floral Clock holds within it tropical plants and flowers; Planet by Marc Quinn features a giant baby balancing on its right hand, giving the illusion of weightlessness; and the striking Ferns by Manolo Valdés is rife with symbolism.

Lake in the Gardens by the Bay

Getting there

Gardens by the Bay is accessible by car, bus and train (MRT).
Hop on the Circle or Downtown MRT lines and alight at Bayfront station (CE1/DT16). Then locate Exit B and follow the underground linkway. If you're coming from Marina Bay Sands, cross the connecting overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located in the Hotel; it's open daily from 8am-11pm. 

Alternatively, if you're closer to the ArtScience Museum, walk under the Helix Bridge and keep going until you reach the domes of Gardens by the Bay. 

Gardens by the Bay is open daily from 5am-2am. The outdoor gardens and children’s garden are free of charge. The cooled, domed conservatories and OCBC Skyway are open daily 9am-9pm. Admission charges apply.