October 15, 2018

A Guide to Visiting the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is an ideal must-see destination for nature and plant lovers. The gardens feature greenhouses and parks filled with horticulture from all over the world, not typically seen in Southeast Asia, and allows guests to view and learn about these different types of plants in a fun and entertaining way, and have even won countless awards over the years.

There are three different gardens: Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central. Bay South is where the majority of the attractions are, including the famous Supertree Grove. You can explore most of the gardens for free, but you will need a ticket to explore the OCBC Walkway, Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome.


Tickets

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online so you don’t have to wait in line on arrival. You can view all of their ticketing options on their official website here.

When to Visit

Off season: August & October | Peak season: December-June & September

Weather

Humid & rainy with thunderstorms mostly year-round | Dry season / lowest humidity: February-April

Language

Official languages: English, Malay, Tamil, & Mandarin is also widely spoken

Currency

Singapore dollar (SGD)

Visa

No visa requirements for US citizens


Location

The Gardens by the Bay can be found along Singapore’s Marina Bay on the southern side of the island.

Getting There

Singapore has an amazing public transportation system – Using the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) to get around the country is as stress-free as can be. Each route is color-coded and departure times run frequently, making it super easy to navigate your way through Singapore. I bought a 3-day pass and was able to hop on and off as I pleased to get around town.

You can view more about using the MRT here.


The Gardens

Supertree Grove & OCBC Walk

If you have heard of the Gardens by the Bay, then you’re probably familiar with the iconic Supertree Grove in Singapore. The super trees are scattered around the gardens and are all connected by the OCBC Skywalk, where visitors can explore an aerial view of the Marina Bay and the gardens 73 feet above the ground.

Some of the super trees absorb solar energy and at night, the trees come to life. After dark, visitors can enjoy watching a synchronized light show with the trees to music.

You can view ticketing options for the OCBC Skywalk here.

Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest is a mist-filled garden dome that features plant life from tropical highlands, a 100 foot waterfall, and a skywalk that takes you to the top.

Flower Dome

The Flower Dome at the Gardens by the Bay is the world’s largest glass greenhouse, as recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records!

The dome features 9 different gardens, and the main flower field in the middle of the dome displays plants that are changed out throughout the year to reflect the current season’s flora. I was visiting in October, so I was lucky enough to be able to see the sunflowers here.

The dome has air conditioning and makes for a perfect way to escape Singapore’s heat and humidity.


Surrounding Parks & Gardens

Additionally, surrounding the Supertree Grove are a variety of parks and gardens that are free to the public to explore: Bay East Garden, Sun Pavilion, Heritage Gardens, The Canyon, World of Plants, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, and Serene Garden.

You can view more information on these surrounding gardens on the Garden by the Bay’s official website here.

Bay East Garden


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