Filled with greenery, gardens, and a variety of flora, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is a beautiful recreation of the different elements present in nature. You will remain wonderstruck as to how the vegetation in this garden looks so natural. It has two spectacular conservatories namely the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. This visual piece of creation has a perfect blend of flora, natural habitat, management, and technology.
The entire nature park is spread across 250acres of land which has been reclaimed. Situated on the Marina Bay waterfront, this place has a unique concept and structure to it that it attracts not only visitors from all over the world but even locals visit these innovatively constructed gardens. There is a waterfall too inside. The whole area takes 2-4 hours to explore. It is beautiful from the outside as well as the inside.
The OCBC Skyline gives an overview of the entire city from that height (22m). Views from up here are overwhelming and exquisite. The two conservatories are located in the Bay South Garden. They have an amazing cooling system installed on the roof. The Supertrees along with the Skyline and the light show are the main attractions here. They are large and tall vertical trees from which lights emanate in the evenings. They are as tall as 16 storied buildings. They also provide the best shade from the extreme heat.
The Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse, shaped like an oversized seashell, having a variety of flowers from South America, South Africa, and the Mediterranean regions. There are olive trees, magnolias, and orchids. There are uniquely designed art sculptures as tall as 16ft. The Floral Fantasy 4D ride will take you through observation of flowers and other kinds of artistry as technology helps you to sway.
Cloud Forest allows you to capture mesmerizing views of vegetation along with a waterfall, the outset being mountains. There are other parts of the garden like Sun Pavilion, Canyon, Heritage Gardens, Dragonfly, and Kingfisher Lakes, and World of Plants all having their unique style and things to showcase. The 50m tree right in the center gives a 360 degree view of the gardens and the Marina Bay together.
Every part of it is unique. Along with the three parks, there are three waterfront gardens namely Bay South Garden (in Marina South), Bay East Garden (in Marina East), and Bay Central Garden (in Downtown Core and Kallang). From these three, the South garden is the largest and the only one that has the conservatories. There is a Far East Organization Children’s Garden for the kids to have a great time. An entry here is free.
The place is open daily from 5 am-2 am. Entry to the Supertrees and the nearby gardens is free but you will need to pay for the OCBC Skyline, Flower Dome, and Cloud Forest. Gardens by the bay ticket prices are – child (age 3-12) is 25SGD and adult (age 13-59) is 35 SGD. For senior citizens above 60 years, it is 15 SGD for two conservatories, and for one conservatory it is 8 SGD. Book online to avoid long queues. You can also purchase tickets offline at the ticketing booths outside. You can easily reach this place by taxi or bus.
Visit the gardens during the morning or evening on weekdays. Weekends are more crowded. Evenings are a good option for the light show called Garden Rhapsody which begins after 7:45 pm. There is another light show at 8:45 pm. These shows last for 15 minutes each. There are guided tours available with different options. There is a re-entry option where you need to get a stamp on your hand in case you want to exit and enter the place again.
There are eateries inside. Pollen is a restaurant that serves veg dishes made from seasonal herbs from their in-house. No outside food is allowed. The walk to the dome can’t be accessed by wheelchair or strollers. Avoid as the walk can be too long for such audiences. Buggy rides are available if you do not wish to walk. Otherwise, there are wheelchairs on a rental basis if needed.
You can even enjoy and have picnics under the shade of these Supertrees as you enjoy the canopy. You may also picnic in the gardens but make sure not to litter the place. Being under the Supertrees is also a good place for watching the light shows. Your trip to Singapore is incomplete if you do not visit Gardens by the Bay.