There aren’t too many cities like Singapore – full of diversity including language, religion & culture – while remaining one of the cleanest places in the entire world. They have a dedication to the environment & have done a great job at mixing together fun attractions with learning & adding green space to a city full of cement & tall buildings. There is no better example than Gardens by the Bay located next to Marina Reservoir which includes the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Grove & so much more!
Need to Know
Admission Fees & Hours
- Open 9am-9pm everyday
- Standard rate – includes 2 observatories (Flower Dome & Cloud Forest) – $28 for adults, $15 for kids (3-12 years old)
- OCBC skyway is extra – $8 for adults, $5 for kids (3-12 years old)
- Outdoor gardens & children’s garden are free!
- If you are staying downtown it’s a pretty far walk – we did it & its way too hot to walk in my opinion.
- You can take a Uber or the train – Singapore has a fantastic train railway system. There is a stop right outside the Marina Bay Sands.
Walk in & you are taken back by the colorful vibrance of this dome. It’s the largest greenhouse in the world & you can tell. The Flower Dome includes sections replicating different parts of the world as well as a large floral display in the center which changes based on the time of year & special occasions.
The center display when we visited was tulips & not only was it beautiful but the smell was indescribable (in a good way).
Boasting a 115 foot mountain covered in vegetation & the world’s tallest indoor waterfall the cloud forest is breathtaking. You can take an elevator to the top-level of the mountain & make your way down including a walkway in the clouds providing an aerial view of the cloud forest.
The dome replicates the cool, moist conditions on top of tropical mountains. The flowers & vegetation change on each level of the dome imitating the way it would at different altitudes on an actual mountain & as you walk in, you will feel the cool air – an appreciated change as it’s extremely hot & humid in Singapore. If you hang around long enough mist will be released into the entire dome (9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm) – a very mysterious yet refreshing view!
& check out these videos of the Cloud Forest!
Of 18 Supertrees on the grounds, 12 are located in the grove & are so tall they can be seen from miles away. Measuring from 82 to 164 feet each tree is full of vertical gardens & was designed not only to provide shade during the day but light up & play sounds at night – how fun!
In line with Singapore’s dedication to the environment, many of the Supertrees have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy for lighting up the Supertrees, others are integrated with the Cooled Conservatories & serve as air exhaust receptacles & they even collect rainwater.
Viewing the Supertree Grove is free & is magnificent from afar but imagine strolling along a 420 foot long walkway between 2 Supertrees 72 feet in the air – this is possible on the OCBC Skyway! It’ll cost you $8 but definitely worth it for the beautiful panoramic views. You can also grab a bite to eat & a drink at the Supertree-top bistro 164 feet in the air.
If you are at the gardens at night, you will want to wait around for the OCBC Garden Rhapsody at 7:45pm & 8:45pm. It’s a light & sound show & is free!
The best part of Gardens by the Bay is how they’ve integrated nature, fun, education & unparalleled views of the skyline into one spot. All of these things wrapped into one makes for a picturesque afternoon – so if you’re in Singapore don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience!