Discovering Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Discovering Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay has been one of Singapore’s top attractions since it opened in 2011.

This unique park showcases creative displays of horticulture and educates visitors on amazing world plants. 

Bay South is where you’ll find the main stars of the gardens: Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome. While the outdoor gardens are free to wander, there are admission fees for the two conservatory domes, OCBC Skyway, and guided tours. 

 

All You Need to Know About Gardens by the Bay

Best Time to Visit

It’s best to visit Gardens by the Bay later in the afternoon when the temperature and humidity have dropped.

Plus as it gets dark, you can catch the free Garden Rhapsody Supertree light show. However, the domes’ climates are tightly regulated and will feel cooler than the outdoor hot Singapore weather.

 

Flower Dome

It’s perpetually spring in the Flower Dome. This engineering wonder is the world’s largest columnless greenhouse, highlighting flora from Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.

It also exhibits rotating colorful, seasonal displays like the Tulipmania, Blossom Bliss, Dahlia Dreams, and holiday-themed Merry Medley. Allot 30 – 60 minutes to visit.

 

The Cloud Forest

Shrouded in vegetation and mist, the Cloud Forest dome hosts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Visitors take a lift to the top of the intro mountain top and work their way down  to discover plant life from the tropical highlands. If you only have time to visit one of the domes, I would recommend this one.

The unique architecture and displays are both spectacular and primordial. Even though this dome houses tropical plants, the climate stays a temperate 23ºC – 25ºC (73°-77° F). Allot 45 – 80 minutes to visit.

 

Supertree Grove

As it gets dark, wander to the Supertree Grove. These man-made trees are covered by over 200 species of plants. The canopies not only look cool, they’re embedded with environmentally sustainable features like photovoltaic to harvest energy that light the trees.

Others serve as air exhausts to cool the nearby conservatory domes. It’s worth visiting the grove in the evenings, when the Supertrees are transformed by colorful illuminations.

If you’re okay with heights, pay to stroll the OCBC Skyway from above. It’s a good vantage point to view one of the two nighttime Garden Rhapsody shows at 7:45 or 8:45 when the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling display of dancing lights.

 

How to Get There

Circle or Downtown Lines: Get off at  Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16), through underground linkway after  Exit B and cross Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay

East-West Line + Bus: Go to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15) and take Exit C to bust stop 03223 at International Plaza, Anson Road. Hop onto Bus #400 and get off at stop 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive.

By Foot from Marina Bay Sands: Take the outdoor elevator to the overhead Lions Bridge located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).

By Foot from Helix Bridge (Towards the Art Science Museum): Follow the footpath that leads under the East Coast Parkway. It leads directly into Bay South Garden along the waterfront.

 

Visit Gardens by the Bay's website for up-to-date admission prices and hours of operation.