Top 5 Must-See Attractions for 1st Timers in Singapore
No. 1: Merlion Park
The Merlion is a landmark of Singapore and a globally recognized icon of the sunny island-state. The Merlion features a head of a lion and the body of a mermaid. It’s a mascot of the Singapore Tourism Board and the main Merlion located at the waterfront Merlion Park is absolute must-visit on every travellers first trip to Singapore. Visiting the Merlion Park and taking a selfie with the icon is free of charge and is open daily. The Merlion is 8.6 metres tall and spouts water from its mouth continuously and has been enthralling visitors since 15 September 1972. The park also houses a mini version of the Merlion and there’s also a mega version of the Merlion in Sentosa.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
No. 2: Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s most recent tourist attractions and has opened to global acclaim. Affectionately known to tourists as Singapore’s Garden of Wonder, the Gardens by the Bay is a destination in and of itself spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land. The Gardens by the Bay features two paid domes (Cloud Forest & Flower Dome – $28 for both), an open area (Outdoor Gardens & Supertree Grove – Free of Charge). There are seasonal themes and decorations and the most recent one is the Mid-Autumn Festival which celebrates the lunar Lantern Festival.
Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Garden Drive, Singapore 018953
No. 3: Universal Studios Singapore at Sentosa
Singapore’s largest theme-park and leisure destination, the Universal Studios Singapore at Sentosa is an absolute must-go when you’re in Singapore for the first time. For the young and the young at heart, be enthralled by the roller-coaster rides like Battlestar Galactica, Transformers 3D and the Mummy. For those travelling with kids, you’ll find them entertained by the parade of characters like Shrek and Puss in Boots and if you are lucky, you may even get to see Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots. For the adults relive your teenage years by exploring Jurassic World and you might even get a special chance to get up close and personal and get a selfie taken with one of the famous dinosaurs from the movies!
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Universal Studios Singapore
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
No. 4: Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are one of the evergreen attractions in Singapore that have stood the test of time and have been growing from strength to strength through the years. The Singapore Zoo occupies a massive 28 hectares of land and is managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the sister park, the Night Safari. The Night Safari is the world’s 1st nocturnal wildlife park and the tram ride through the park is sure to thrill the young and the young at heart. They have special exhibits in the parks from time to time so be sure to check it out during your trip to Singapore
Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
No. 5: Orchard Road Shopping District
Shop till your heart’s content at the Orchard Road Shopping District. There is a mall there for every type of traveller. If it’s high fashion and luxury watches you’re after, head over to Orchard ION shopping mall. If it’s designer handbags and branded boutiques you’re looking for, go to Paragon for your shopping needs. And if you’re looking for chic & avant garde designs, don’t miss out Mandarin Gallery. Orchard road also houses Singapore’s largest department store, Takashimaya, which is located at Ngee Ann City. If it’s souvenirs and cheap electronics that you have on your list, then head to Lucky Plaza. (Bonus note: Lucky Plaza houses many of the best money changers in Singapore!) If you’re travelling with teenagers and young adults, then Orchard Central and 313 Somerset are good spots to get your shopping on with the finest casual wear!
Orchard Road Shopping District Suggested Malls:
- ION Orchard (for popular high fashion brands)
- 313 Somerset (for casual youthful brands)
- Orchard Central (combination of casual and hipster clothes)
- Paragon (global brands boutiques)
- Lucky Plaza (money changers, affordable food and cheap souvenirs)
- Mandarin Gallery (chic & avant-garde designers)
- Ngee Ann City (largest department store in Singapore – Takashimaya