Top 10 Best Nature Spots in Singapore
Only when you’ve strolled in one of Singapore’s many parks do you truly appreciate its verdant beauty. Within its rich foliage, you can uncover the teeming wildlife that exists right below the surface. In this city in a garden, Tropika Club invites you to explore the Top 10 Best Nature Spots in Singapore.
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
Table of Contents
- 1. Gardens by the Bay
- 2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
- 3. MacRitchie Reservoir Park
- 4. Fort Canning Park
- 5. Labrador Nature Reserve
- 6. Punggol Waterway Park
- 7. Chestnut Nature Park
- 8. Tampines Eco Green
- 9. Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin Trail
- 10. Changi Point Coastal Walk
- 11. Kranji Marshes
- 12. National Orchid Garden
- 13. HortPark
- 14. Coney Island Park
- 15. Singapore Zoo
1. Gardens by the Bay
Introduction: It’s the crown jewel of Singapore’s park. Over 50 million have visited the garden since its opening in 2012. It has invited comparisons to New York’s Central Park and London’s Regent Park. It aims to showcase flora in a way that educates and fascinates with plants from all parts of the world.
Floral Fantasy: Their newest attraction, the Floral Fantasy is where flowers, artistry, and technology combine let you step in to pure wonder. Walk through 4 distinctive landscapes, each with its own unique concept.
Cloud Forest: Enter another realm with the Cloud Forest. The conservatory recreates the tropical highlands, where you can revel amongst the orchids and other exotic plants from the Tropical Montane region. Climb to the top of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, and descend via the misty Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk for an ethereal experience.
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive
Contact: +65 6420 6848
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Introduction: The Singapore Botanic Gardens is another gem in the constellation of parks in the city. With 150 years of heritage, it’s Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage site, as well as the third botanic gardens in the world to be inscribed. It also plays a crucial role to help Singapore become a city in a garden by introducing new plants of horticultural and botanical interest.
Ethnobotany Garden: This outdoor garden has over 300 species of plants significant to the cultures of the of Malay Archipelago, Indochina and South Asia. It showcases the plants through four zones: Living, Craft and Construction, Symbolism and Medicinal.
Rain Forest: It’s one of the precious few primary rainforest (untouched forest that exists in its original condition) left in Singapore. A testament to nature’s resilience to change, home to over 314 species of plants in a rich ecosystem of climbers, herbs, ferns, shrubs, and trees.
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Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Contact: +65 6475 0558
3. MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Introduction: First completed in 1868, the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is the beating green heart of Singapore. It has become a favourite weekend destination for recreation with its hiking trails and the reservoir’s scenic body of water.
Bird Watching: With its vast swathes of untamed forest, it’s become a sanctuary for a wide variety of birds. Who knows, you might spot a new feathery friend there.
Treetop Walk: At its highest point, its 25m off the ground, allowing you to take in the grandeur of the lush rainforest below as the city fades in the distance.
Location: 181 Lornie Road, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore 297732
Contact: +65 6353 3220
4. Fort Canning Park
Introduction: It’s a sweet respite steeped with history in the city. This landmark bore witness to many of Singapore’s milestones, from the rule of Sultans to the Japanese Occupation. Here you can plan your own trail through history with the park’s 9 historical gardens. Now, Fort Canning Park also celebrates our modern times, where its sprawling lawn hosts concerts, theatre productions, parties and weddings.
Armenian Street Park: The Armenian Street was pedestrianised in 2019 as part of a multi-agency effort to create a new public space for people and events. It also brings more attention to the hidden heritage of the area, such as the Peranakan Museum and Armenian Church. In the future, it will be a part of the expanded arts, cultural, and heritage district that also encompasses Bras Basah, Bugis, and the Civic District.
Sang Nila Utama Garden: Named after the first ancient king of Singapore, the Sang Nila Utama Garden reimagines the ancient gardens of Southeast Asia. It pays tribute to Javanese culture with Magnolias, Ixoras, as well as perfume plants like Gardenias, and Vallaris.
Artisan’s Garden: Experience the life of a royal craftsmen in the 14th century. A craftsmen’s workshop and living quarters stood in this garden. And now it’s one of the last remaining archaeological dig sites in Singapore.
Location: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
5. Labrador Nature Reserve
Introduction: Sitting on the Southern Ridges, the Labrador Nature Reserve offers great views of the sea. It’s also teeming with wildlife, where you can easily spot birds, or the resident squirrels.
The Rich Wildlife: While not exactly a place in and of itself, the wildlife at the Labrador Nature Reserve is a thriving ecosystem. Over 70 different species of birds and 30 species of butterflies have been recorded there, so you’d better keep your eyes sharp and your binoculars ready.
Rocky Sea-Cliff: There’s not a lot of places in Singapore where you can hear the roar of the seas and let the wind brush your hair. So be sure to visit the only Rocky Sea-Cliff on the main island of Singapore for a quick seaside escape.
Location: Along Labrador Villa Road
6. Punggol Waterway Park
Introduction: Covering over 12 hectares of Punggol, this park offers picturesque riverside views as you cycle or stroll along its paths. Designed to maximise water and park frontages for the apartments of Punggol Town, the park has the longest man-made waterway in Singapore.
Nature Cove: Sit back and take in the views of the winding Waterway on its lawn. There are other leisure activities on the lawn too.
Recreation Zone: This is where you can find fun for the whole family. There’s water play and sand play activities in this zone, as well as a fitness corner.
Heritage Zone: Revel in the verdant greens of the Waterway along the old walkway here.
Green Gallery: This 8.4km path feature the old trees that are conserved together with the original natural terrain of the park.
Location: Sentul Crescent, Singapore 821313
Contact: 1800 471 7300
7. Chestnut Nature Park
Introduction: Skirting along the southwestern edge of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the Chestnut Nature Park. serves as a green buffer for the reserve. s It’s quite a new addition to the parks of Singapore too – it opened in February 2017 and its southern completed in October 2019.
Mountain Biking: At 81 hectares this park is the largest in Singapore, allowing for one of the rare source of adrenaline in the city as you tackle the 8.2km mountain biking trail. New to mountain biking? They have different levels of difficulty to match your skill level.
For beginners, you can gain aptitude on the Chestnut Pump Track. The pump track is designed for you to practise and advance your technique with a series of banked turns. You can get a jump specific hard-tail mountain bike to best take advantage of the pump track.
For seasoned bikers, you can conquer the Chestnut Bike Park. With a full suspension mountain bike, you can enjoy the various drop off and jumps here.
Location: Chestnut Ave, Singapore 679514
Contact: 1800 471 7300
8. Tampines Eco Green
Introduction: For those looking for a sanctuary in the East, you can find respite at the Tampines Eco Green. It houses a rich ecosystem with it’s variety of natural habitats like open grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and secondary rainforest.
There are three trails at Tampines Eco Green: Diversity Trail, Forest Trail, and Marsh Trail. All of them weaves across the secondary rainforest, allowing you to get up close with various species of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Location: Tampines Ave 9, Singapore 520491
9. Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin Trail
Introduction: The boardwalk starts right outside of the Labrador Park MRT station. As you wind along its bends, you’ll be taken to one of the two remaining mangroves in South Singapore. Then, at its end, you’re rewarded with the blue expands of the sea and the sky, the backdrop to the bustling Keppel Bay.
The Berlayer Creek contains the rambunctious symphony of over 60 species of birds, as well as melodies from the crickets and cicadas.
Besides its titular attraction along the path, you’ll also be treated to the magnificent sights of the coastal cliffs and the rocky shores too.
Location: Port Road
10. Changi Point Coastal Walk
Introduction: Away from the lively chalets and food centre, the Changi Point Coastal Walk stretches 2.2km long. It connects the Changi Beach Club with the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, with the Changi Sailing Club sitting in its midpoint. With a $5.4 million facelift, it now contains wide boardwalks, a jogging and cycling track, fitness corners, and rest areas.
The coastal walk contains 6 different sections from west to east, each with its own distinctive personality. It begins with the Creek Walk, where you can witness the bustle of bumboats ferrying passengers to and fro the offshore islands. If you arrive there during the low tide, the sea stars and crabs will appear, allowing you a glimpse of the teeming wildlife here. Then you’ll get to the Beach Walk, where you can see the Serangoon Harbour and Changi Beach.
After that, you’ll arrive at the Sailing Point Walk, the longest part of the coastal walk that hugs the shoreline in front of the Changi Sailing Club. Then you’ll head inland with the Cliff Walk, where you can enjoy the charming forest full of Tembusu trees and the blooms of the Simpoh Air. Here, you can get on the viewing decks to get a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Afterwards, you’ll walk across the Kelong Walk, where you can go fishing in one of its lookout pavilions. The coastal walk ends with Sunset Walk, where it offers a stunning view as the sun sets.
Location: 6 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 509907
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11. Kranji Marshes
Introduction: Tucked in the northwestern corner of Singapore, the Kranji Marshes is a freshwater marshland formed after the Kranji River was dammed up. At 56.8 hectares large, it contains a range of natural habitats, such as the freshwater marsh, woodlands, and grass habitats. With its variety of habitats, it provides an imporant habitat for the conservation of over 170 bird species, 54 butterfly species, and 33 dragonfly species.
The Marsh Habitat: This is where the soil is either partially or completely submerged in water. As it supports a wide range of aquatic plants, it attracts a fascinating variety of insects, fish, and water birds. The bird species Purple Heron and the Red-wattled Lapwing can often be spotted here.
If you get on the Raptor Tower during the raptor migratory season from November to March, you’ll be the rewarded with sightings of visiting species like the Black Baza and the Japanes Sparrowhawk.
The Woodland Habitat: As you walk amidst the dense trees of Neo Tiew Woods on the guided walk, you’ll see how it provide nesting and feeding opportunities for nationally threatened birds, like the Changeable Hawk Eagle and the Grey-headed Fish Eagle.
The Grass Habitat: These are open areas with minimum tree cover, where plants like Akar Paku, as well as grasses and sedges thrive as they can tolerate soggy soil. Not only do they attract birds that feeds on the seeds of grasses and sedges like the Scaly-breasted Munia, the Grass Habitat also attracts butterflies like the Blue Glassy Tiger, and dragonflies like the Common Parasol.
Location: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2,Singapore 718814
Contact: +65 6794 1401
12. National Orchid Garden
Introduction: This is a national treasure. Perching on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, it’s a priceless inheritance of the past, when the botanic garden spearheaded orchid breeding in 1928. Now, it houses the blossoms of 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids, where 600 of them in public display.
The National Orchid Garden presents the plants in four separate colour zones: spring, summer, autumn and winter. In the ‘spring’ zone, you can enjoy the effervescent hues of gold, yellow, and creams. For vivacious tones of reds and pinks, head on to the ‘summer’ zone. If you’d like to see calm, measured shades, you can visit the ‘autumn’ zones. Last but not least, the ‘winter’ zones is awash with white and violet.
The team of horticulturists at the garden carefully arrange the orchids across the four zones, so the finest of any hybrids get to bloom in its full splendour. They are also meticulous with the accompanying blend of trees, shrubs, and herbs so they all perfectly match the colours of the orchids.
Location: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Introduction: Earn your green fingers with the first one-stop gardening lifestyle hub in Asia. Here, you can have your pick of gardening-related activities, be it if its recreational or educational. You can learn about plants and gardening, and even get ideas and solutions with the sharing of best practices, garden designs, products, and services by the local flourishing horticulture industry.
At the Nature Playgarden, let you child discover the sights and sounds of nature through the 9 play features that are actually made from natural materials. There are also themed gardens where you can take inspiration from for your own home garden.
If you’d like to delve deeper into gardening, sign up for their Educational Guided Tours & Workshops, where you go beyond textbooks and learn from industry experts, as well as their horticulture and outreach staff. They also have an Allotment Garden where you can have your own space to cultivate a plant.
Location: 33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road), Singapore 119578
14. Coney Island Park
Introduction: Step into the enchanting habitats of Coney Island Park, where you can find grasslands, coastal forests, mangroves, and casuarina woodlands all in one island. It’s home a rich diversity of flora and fauna, with some of them critically endangered. It’s also an ecologically sustainable park. The timber from the uprooted Casuarina trees has even been recycled to produce park signage, benches, boardwalks, and exhibits.
Many stroll along the trails of Coney Island Park with their trusty camera to try and capture some of the 80 species birds in the park, or some of the captivating flora. The park is also popular with cyclists as they ride along the main Coney Island spine.
Location: Beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk
Contact: +65 6831 4605
15. Singapore Zoo
Introduction: Almost 2 million people visit the zoo every year. It’s famous for its “Open Concept”, where visitors can see the animals in their natural habitats behind hidden barriers, moats, and glass. Locals and tourists flock to experience and be awed by the 300 species of animals of the zoo,
The orangutan is the star of Singapore Zoo. The zoo has the world’s first free-ranging orangutan habitat. Along with a raised broadwalk, you can see these charming creatures in their natural surroundings. For a more intimate encounter, you have the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, where you can enjoy a meal in the company of orangutans.
If you’d like an in-depth experience about the caring of animals, you can visit the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre. There’s a gallery for visitors to see up-close the going-ons in the animal surgery and treatment areas.
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
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