Six Fun Free Things To Do in Singapore

With so much to see and do in such a small place (smaller than the State of Rhode Island!), the tiny nation of Singapore is perfect for travelers who want to experience the best a country has to offer in one visit.

Singapore can be an expensive destination, but with a little planning, you can come home with change to spare. There is something for everyone, even things to do for free! From the beautiful Gardens by the Bay to free dance performances.

To get your planning started, check out our list of six free things to do in Singapore:

1. Explore the famous Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is the most futuristic botanic garden you’ll ever visit. It features high-tech bio-domes, fantastical sculptures and, of course, the iconic Supertrees— tree-shaped vertical gardens that light up spectacularly at night. Speaking of which, be sure to catch one of the stunning Garden Rhapsody music and light shows, which happen daily.

There is free entrance to the garden all day, every day, though many attractions within the park require payment.

2. Join the fun at a free festival

Singapore is a land of festivals, many of which are free — perfect for the thrifty traveler!

From the Festival of Fun and the International Festival of Arts to the Dragon Boat Festival and the Singapore HeritageFest, there is something happening most months. Visiting Singapore has a great calendar where you can find out what’s going on when you’re in town.

3. Trek the Southern Ridges Trail

If you like a hike, the Southern Ridges Trail might be the best in Singapore. At 10 km, the Southern Ridges Trail is easily doable in a day and features lush forests, canopy walks, incredible views of Singapore and the beautiful Henderson Waves, the country’s highest pedestrian bridge.

4. Watch free arts performances

Recognizable thanks to its unique spiky rooftops, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is Singapore’s national performing arts center. Free dance, music, and theater showcases are regularly scheduled in the evenings and on weekends. Its outdoor waterfront theater is set against the scenic backdrop of Marina Bay.

5. Feed your mind at a museum

Singapore has more museums than you could visit in one trip – there are more than 50 on the island! Most of those are free for residents, students, and kids, but not free for tourists. But, we found two that are free for everyone:

For the art and history buffs out there, the National University of Singapore Museum features a wealth of Singaporean art, cultural artifacts and archaeology. You can even have a picnic in their garden on an actual piece of artwork!

The Parkview Museum in Singapore is a stunning underground museum that offers a golden opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of art without breaking the bank. You can find the biggest collection of Dali paintings outside of Spain and ancient artifacts like imperial Chinese stone Buddhist carvings and bronze ware.

Also read: 6 Great Multigenerational Trips and Travel Destinations

6. Stroll through Singapore Botanic Garden

Another free botanical delight, the Singapore Botanic Garden is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the sprawling lush grounds in the heart of the city and enjoy a variety of activities, including invigorating jogs, relaxing picnics with family, dog-walking, and even bird watching.

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