Last Christmas, my family decided to visit Gardens by the Bay in Singapore via Philippine Airlines and it was by far the best decision we have made for a holiday vacation. If you have never visited Singapore, or if you or looking for somewhere spectacular and different, I would highly recommend Gardens by the Bay and fly only with Philippines Airlines. This is one place in Singapore that is an absolute must-see attraction. There is so much to see and do.
A visit to Gardens by the Bay makes for a truly unique experience for everyone.
What is Gardens by the Bay?
Gardens by the Bay was an ecological project started by the government of Singapore to create a sense of a city within a garden. The country has immersed themselves with perfecting the gardens and experience and has become a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. In fact, November of 2015 saw its 20 millionth visitor to the gardens, an impressive feat, for sure. These are not your typical botanical gardens, though. On the whole, Gardens by the Bay spans a whopping 101 hectares, or roughly 250 acres of beautiful land. So, what, you may wonder, is so unique about the gardens? Let’s find out.
What is special about Gardens by the Bay?
The gardens are broken up into three main sections.
- Bay East Garden
- Bay Central Garden
- Bay South Garden
Bay East Garden has a promenade with a view of the city’s skyline, which I found lovely at sunset. The promenade is a little shorter than the one at Bay Central, ending at about 1.2 miles, but there is also more to see here. In Bay East, there are several themed gardens to enjoy.
Bay Central Garden is primarily a waterfront promenade, but makes for a wonderful 1.9 mile romantic and scenic walk. The city is making plans for further developments for this area in the future, but for now, the promenade is the main attraction here. I walked it during my trip and found the views to be breathtaking, not to mention a great way to get in a little fitness while on the go.
While we enjoyed our visit to the Bay East and Bay Central gardens, the biggest attractions of all were located within Bay South Gardens. This is where we spent most of our time because of the sheer number of things to see and do in the south gardens. But, to keep my post a reasonable length, I will touch base on the main attractions in this area.
The Supertree Grove
Tropical Singapore has these lush, green gardens that were a pleasure to walk through. One of our favorite parts of the gardens was the Supertree Grove. They were amazing structures and at night were the basis of an equally amazing music and light show that began around 9:00 pm. It was better, in my opinion, than many of the fireworks displays that I’ve seen elsewhere.
A photo I got from Instagram in perfect lighting!
It also includes the OCBC Skyway which is a walkway between a couple of the larger trees. The skyway provides a phenomenal aerial view. If you get a chance to visit, I highly recommend the skyway for the best views.
The Flower Dome
If you are more into flowers, Gardens by the Bay has that covered as well. Walking through the dome is comparable to a spectacular Spring day. There is a wide assortment of flowers, which is ever-changing specializing in first one part of the world to another. The dome is serene and immersed in beauty.
The Cloud Forest
The cloud forest also offers a sense of serenity, but instead of being wrapped in floral, visitors are surrounded by lush greenery, rumbling waterfalls. There are several different floors, accessed by an elevator, that you can visit for different views. One of the floors includes several different cavern displays, like crystals, stalactites, and stalagmites among other things, and a treetop walkway to round out the visit.
The Children’s Garden
Do you have children that will join you on your trip to the Gardens by the Bay? If so, there is a children’s garden area, which is wonderful play place for toddlers and older kids alike. There are swings and rocking toys, rope bridges, and treehouses. When we stopped here, my kids couldn’t get enough of the “rainforest treehouses.” I honestly think they would have played for hours if time permitted. There is so much to explore here, your kids will surely love it too.
One more thing, be sure to check out the Gardens by the Bay calendar of events. They are constantly offering something appealing for everyone.
There are also several different restaurants and dining venues to choose from within the gardens.
- Pollen (for British-Asian cuisine)
- Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
- IndoChine (IndoChinese and Western cuisines)
- Bakerzin (sweet treats to tantalize the tastebuds)
- Cafe Crema
- Supertree Dining (Local and International cuisines)
- Satay by the Bay
- Children’s Garden Cafe
- Conservatory Cafe
Regardless of where you are in the Gardens by the Bay, there is always a dining venue close by.
We really enjoyed our visit and will revisit another time. The trip was enjoyable. The people were friendly. The prices were reasonable. The sights were spectacular. What more could you hope for out of a vacation or holiday?