The impressive Supertrees at Gardens By The Bay (GBTB) are Singapore’s national icon. Comprises of 13 themed-gardens within the vicinity, it’s a beautiful nature park with state-of-the-art engineering and lush greenery. Even if you are travelling in Singapore on a tight budget, there is still a lot to see and do here without having to pay an admission fee. Nevertheless for the full experience, it is definitely worth paying the entrance price to explore the other attractions.
The cheapest and easiest way to get to GBTB is by MRT (railway system in Singapore). You can either take a Circle Line (Yellow Line) or Downtown Line (Blue Line) to Bayfront Station. Take Exit B and follow along the underground linkway till you see a flight of stairs leading up to exit.
If you are walking from Marina Bay Sands, there is an overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel which leads to GBTB as well. However, do note that the door only operates from 0800-2300 hours. Alternative, you may walk along the waterfront from ArtScience Museum which leads you into Bay South Garden.
It can be quite a walk for elderly and small kids from Bayfront Plaza to the Conservatories which are the main attractions in GBTB. Be it sunny or rainy, the cruiser services seem like a popular option among the tourists and the locals to go around the gardens. There are 3 types of cruisers for you to choose from for a small fee.
- Runs at 10-minute intervals between Bayfront Plaza and the Conservatories
- Operating Time: Daily; 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
- Fee: SG$3 for unlimited rides per day
Outdoor Gardens Audio Tour
- 25-minutes ride around the outdoor gardens with informative commentary on the cruiser.
- Operating Time: Daily; 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
- Fee: Adult – SG$8, Child – SG$3
- Driverless vehicle which allows visitors to see more of the Gardens from the comfort of an air-conditioned tour vehicle, with live commentary on board.
- Operating Time: Daily; 10.30 am – 9.30 pm
- Fee: SG$3 for one-way, SG$5 for return
Flower Dome & Cloud Forest: Daily; 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, SG$28
Floral Fantasy: Daily; 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, SG$20
Supertree Observatory: Daily; 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, SG$14
OCBC Skyway: Daily; 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, SG$8
Outdoor Gardens: Daily; 5:00 am – 2:00 am, Free
Check out GBTB website for Singapore Resident and children’s rate.
For those who appreciate art, there are more than 40 interesting sculptures scattered throughout Gardens by the Bay to search for. There are a total of 6 outdoor gardens with a big water play and treehouse for kiddos.
An amazing desert-like landscapes with over 1,000 desert plants.
World of Plants
This garden learns all about the spectacular myriad of tropical plants and the systems these plants support. The “Web of Life” consists of 8 life-sized topiary animals from Southeast Asia.
This section showcases a large collection of sculptural rocks and exotic plants species unique to arid regions. But before that, do not miss the Floral Clock which is located beside the Canopy.
Heritage Gardens is separated into 4-themes: Indian, Chinese, Malay and Colonial.
Discover over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers planted on the Supertrees! Don’t forget to catch the nightly Garden Rhapsody show, simulating ‘live’ musicians performing at various spots. Shows run every night at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.
Being the largest glass greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness World Records, Flower Dome has its permanent floral display as well as an area for seasonal displays. So, no matter which month you visit, there’s always something to see!
Cloud Forest was famous for its World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall of 35-meters (taken over by Jewel Changi in 2019). Entering Cloud Forest is like stepping into the world in “Avatar” movie. As you walk along Cloud Walk and Tree-top walk, you will have a closeup view of various plant species that clad the side of the whole “mountain”.
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