Gardens by the BayGardens by the Bay


One of Singapore’s top attractions is a flora wonderland
Be immersed in this futuristic botanic garden when you explore Gardens by the Bay. Located next to Marina Bay Sands, this 101-hectare attraction features award-winning conservatories, the iconic Supertrees, and plants that come from temperate and tropical forests. 

Cloud Forest Gardens by the Bay

The two domes

The first thing you’ll notice aside from the Supertrees are the two domed conservatories. Cool down in the Cloud Forest, which replicates a tropical mountainous climate. This conservatory contains a 35-metre-tall mountain that houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. You’ll also be able to spot interesting pitcher plants, study stalactites and stalagmites, and look at the different flora and fauna growing from the side of the mountain.

Over at the Flower Dome are flower beds that showcase plants from the Mediterranean and subtropical climes and you can walk amongst baobabs, observe prickly succulents and take pictures of exotic flowers. The highlight here is the ever-changing landscape of the Flower Display Fields. Depending on the festivity, whether it’s Chinese New Year, Christmas or Tulip Festival, the display area changes to reflect the plants of that season.  

Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay

Giant futuristic trees

Think Gardens by the Bay and these ‘trees’ come to mind. Made out of concrete with steel frames, the Supertrees are also vertical gardens comprising over 200 species of plants. At the Supertree Grove, take the lift to the suspended walkway for a bird’s-eye view of the gardens or head further up to dine 16-storeys above ground at IndoChine. You can also unwind with after-dinner drinks at the rooftop bar while you take in the views.

Come evening, don’t miss the free Garden Rhapsody show (daily 7.45pm and 8.45pm), where lights on the canopy of the Supertrees will twinkle to the rhythm of the music. 

Fun for the kids

When your little ones start getting restless from touring the gardens, head to Far East Organization Children’s Garden (Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm, closed on Mon). Parents can enjoy a cuppa at the café while the kids expand their energy clambering over tree houses and obstacle courses. Pro tip: bring swimsuits so that they can run around the water play area. There’s even a toddler play zone with obstacles for up to 5-year-olds. Best of all, admission to this area is free. 

Gardens by the Bay

Secrets of the garden

Most visitors would cover the 2 domes and watch the Garden Rhapsody but there’s more than that to Gardens by the Bay. On your map of the gardens, locate the Web of Life, a collection of sculptured topiaries including one shaped like an orangutan. Next head for the Big Fish Aquarium where you’ll see friendly catfishes and the largest fish in the tank: the Arapaima. If you have time, try to spot all the interesting sculptures that dot the gardens including the huge baby balancing on its right hand, titled Planet by Marc Quinn; the 7-metre-wide Floral Clock beside The Canopy; and the dragon in the Flower Dome.  

Lake in the Gardens by the Bay

Getting there:

Gardens by the Bay is accessible by car or bus and from the train (MRT). The easiest way is to take the Circle or Downtown MRT lines and alight at Bayfront station (CE1/DT16). Then look for Exit B and follow the underground passageway.

Or from Marina Bay Sands hotel, cross the overhead bridge that opens daily from 8am-11pm. If you’re near 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 conservatories and OCBC Skyway are open daily 9am-9pm, admission charge applies.