Despite the heat and humidity, the year-round summer in Singapore sure has its upsides, including weekend picnics in these parks equipped with great lawns and sandy beaches for your scenic, sunny day out...
What better way to enjoy Singapore’s sunny days than with a family picnic in one of the city’s beautiful parks? Singapore’s pristine parks offer some of the best spots for kids to play and enjoy some fresh air. From everyone’s favourite central beach and stretch of greenery East Coast Park, to the relatively quiet West Coast Park, these parks in Singapore are the best places to roll out a picnic mat, feast on some sandwiches and wile the day away – and let the kids play to their heart’s content in a wide open space. Just don’t forget to pack along your sunblock, insect repellent and perhaps a bicycle ’cause these parks also make fabulous cycling spots for a scenic bike ride with the family.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Home to an array of stunning plant life and fascinating animals, Singapore Botanic Gardens is a popular spot for nature lovers, celebrations and fun family events. Pack your munchies and lay back for a soothing evening of classical music or jazz at the Shaw Symphony Stage, movie screenings over at Swan Lake or, stroll through the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden or National Orchid Garden with the kids after your picnic feast. Check out our full guide to Singapore Botanic Gardens for more ways on how to spend the perfect day out.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569; www.sbg.org.sg.
Exercise enthusiasts flock to this nature reserve every day for its glorious hiking trails, stunning Treetop Walk and numerous amenities great for warm-ups and cooling down after a thorough run. Settle down for a calm picnic before a quiet mid-morning or evening stroll to admire the parks, or embark on an exhilarating trek round the trails – look out for the long-tailed macaque monkeys – you might even spot a monitor lizard. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about Singapore’s surprisingly rich wildlife.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore 298717; www.nparks.gov.sg
This is the place for a picnic in the city. The go-to spot for kite-flying and scenic picnics at the Green Roof, with its jaw-dropping scenery of Marina Bay Sands providing the perfect accompaniment to a lovely, sunny day. If your kids are feeling up for a little education (and welcome air-conditioning from the heat above), head down to the Singapore Sustainable Gallery, which has fun interactive exhibits and galleries that teach your little ones about caring for our environment.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951; www.pub.gov.sg
Kranji Resevoir Park
For a faraway picnic spot away from the city or crowded spots in the heartlands, hit up Kranji Reservoir Park. With two fishing grounds, lush green canopies and pavilions, the park is a scenic locale for fishing enthusiasts and avid picnickers. Wildlife is abundant here – flying lemurs and squirrels have been spotted!
Kranji Reservoir Park, 30 Kranji Way, Singapore 739440, www.nparks.gov.sg
West Coast Park
A beloved treasure, West Coast Park is a mega play centre for your rambunctious tots. Bring along a kite and watch it drift (thanks to the great breeze by the sea), or fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves after tucking into a good meal. Afterwards, watch your kids go nuts on the climbing equipment, zip lines and slides – older more intrepid kids love racing to reach the top of the famed rope pyramid. Check out our full guide to West Coast Park for more ways to spend the perfect day out.
West Coast Park, West Coast Highway, Singapore 126844; www.nparks.gov.sg
Clementi Woods Park
Rejoice Westsiders! A little bit of green can be found close to home at Clementi Woods Park. Equipped with sheltered stools and tables and plenty of footpaths, this tranquil park is great for joggling, cycling or for an evening stroll to wind down for the day. There’s even a small amphitheatre and a tower which you and the kiddos can climb up to get a bird’s eye view of the entire park.
Clementi Woods Park, located along West Coast Road next to West Coast Plaza; www.nparks.gov.sg
Grab your bikes or rent one and head to Coney Island for plenty of fresh air and a much-needed break from the city. Whether you’re planning to spend the day bird-watching, tackling the obstacle course at the Casuarina Exploration Playground or tanning at the beach, this is a great place to unwind. Check out our full guide to Coney Island for more deets on the water playground and where to go horse riding.
Coney Island; located beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk; www.nparks.gov.sg
Dairy Farm Nature Park
Looking for a quiet place to lay out your picnic mat? Dairy Farm Nature Park has trails for cycling, hiking and a an unbelievable amount of green empty space for the kids to run and stretch their little legs as much as they like. Just a short walk away from the quarry (which is another must-explore patch of land), this hidden green gem is definitely worth the visit if you’re ready to venture off the beaten path. Word of warning, there are loads of bugs, so bring the mozzie spray and a magnifying glass for your bug-loving kids to investigate to their heart’s content.
Dairy Farm Nature Park, located along Dairy Farm Road; www.nparks.gov.sg
East Coast Park
Fresh air and fun await you and your family at East Coast Park. It has gorgeous beaches for your kids to frolic in, great facilities for a Sunday barbie and bike rental shops for you and your kids to explore the vast grounds on wheels. We suggest pitching a tent to keep you shaded during your picnic, and to ease your city-bred kids into the outdoors. Want to know more about this favourite destination? Check out our guide to East Coast Park for families.
East Coast Park, East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449876; www.nparks.gov.sg
Bay East Garden at Gardens by the Bay
We know how to spend the perfect day out with the kids at Gardens by the Bay. Wandering through the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, having ice cream on the lawn under the Supertrees and enjoying some water play area at the FEO Children’s Garden. But we can’t forget about the beautiful Promenade Lawn in the Bay East Garden. Framed by the waterfront, this is a popular spot for events and carnivals, or just as a chill out backdrop for an afternoon nap (if the kids will allow it!).
Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953; www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Fort Canning Hill
This iconic hilltop is a beacon of Singapore’s history – it was once home to palaces of 14th century Malay kings and was the site where Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. Soak up some sun and picnic on its sprawling lawns – which often plays host to ballet and theatre productions and movie screenings. Its central location sandwiched between Dhoby Ghaut MRT and Brash Basah MRT also makes it great for a morning picnic before exploring the artefacts.
Fort Canning, Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618; www.nparks.gov.sg
This oasis of tranquility offers great views of cliff-side vegetation and spectacular sea views. Teeming with wildlife (particularly a variety of birds species), the park has nature trails for your leisurely stroll. For family gatherings, book a barbecue pit or set up your picnic supplies at the shade along the scenic promenade. The genuine World War II relics (including a fort and secret tunnels) to thrill your kids don’t hurt either.
Labrador Nature Reserve, Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187; www.nparks.gov.sg
Dubbed the ‘Gardening Hub’ of Singapore, this is the place to go when it comes to encouraging a green thumb amongst the tots! Themed gardens and greenhouses galore, teamed with wide, meandering footpaths, make HortPark a green wonderland for kids. If the littlies feel up to it, do the tranquil 1-km walk from Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk – trust us, it’s worth it!
HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578, p. 6471 5601; www.nparks.gov.sg
Pasir Ris Town Park
Like East Coast Park, this park is hugely popular with families during the weekends. Pack a basket for a meal by the coastline, or grill up some juicy meats at the barbecue pits located everywhere in the park. Your kids are in for a day packed with fun – there’s a huge adventure playground, a mangrove forest, a maze and bikes and rollerblades to rent.
Pasir Ris Town Park, Along Pasir Ris Central, Opposite Pasir Ris MRT Station, Singapore 510534; www.nparks.gov.sg
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Resevoir Park
This urban park is a favourite recreational hangout for residents. Equipped with scenic waterways, lush banks of wildflowers and well-maintained tracks for joggers, it’s also the number one spot for dog-walking (and watching). Families and friends can picnic on the open lawns and gently sloping grassy banks while listening to the soothing ripples from the river. If you forget your picnic basket, don’t worry, there’s plenty of eateries around the area. You can check out our full guide to Ang Mo Kio for more ideas on where to take the kids.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park , Along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1; www.nparks.gov.sg
If the kids (or even yourself) are getting sick of Jacob Ballas, consider going further west to the go island-hopping around Singapore. Modelled on the northern Chinese imperial style of landscaping and architecture, your little tykes would be left impressed. Climb to the top of the seven story pagoda – the panoramic view of the garden and the Jurong Lake district is definitely worth it.
Chinese Garden, 1 Chinese Garden, Singapore 619795; www.nparks.gov.sg
St John’s Island
Escape from the city confines of Singapore by hopping on a boat ride to St John’s Island. Soak up the sun, sink into a picnic on the beach or simply explore the winding tracks found across the island. Unlike its free counterparts, a ferry ride costs $12 (for kids) to $18 (for adults). We’d say it’s worth it for an entire day of beachside tranquility, or venture out and go island-hopping around Singapore.
St. John’s Island; www.islandcruise.com
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