(Updated 13th July, 2014)

Once you have your stored value Ezi-link Card for MRT and Bus, you may find some low or no cost attractions and activities on this list to enjoy while you are visiting Singapore.  Some may involve a bit of research or planning to work out transport routes and make bookings, others involve exercise or a fair bit of walking, while many are easily accessible and there for all to enjoy FOR FREE…

 

NATURE IN THE CITY

Singapore Botanic Gardens – Free. Many unique areas within the gardens to enjoy, including The Evolution Garden, Jacob Ballas Childrens Garden, Ginger Garden, Rainforest Walk, Healing Garden, Swan lake (the kids will love looking for large turtles and fish in swan lake).  http://www.sbg.org.sg/

National Orchid Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens (Sgd$5 entry)

Gardens by the Bay (Free Admission to Outdoor areas, Audio Tour SGD$5 adult, Sgd$3 child, Shuttle Service Sgd$2). http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/...

OCBC Skywalk at Gardens by The Bay (Sgd$5) (see Gardens by the Bay Website Link)

City Parks and Gardens. https://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/


LASER AND LIGHT SHOWS 

Wonder Full Laser and Light Show, Events Plaza, Marina Bay Sands.http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapo...  

Garden Rhapsody Light Show at Gardens by the Bay. Free. (see Gardens by the Bay Website Link)

 

SWIMMING POOLS

Public Swimming Pools (Sgd$1.50 to Sgd$3). If you are staying at a Hostel and don’t have access to a Hotel Pool, these public facilities are located around the City.http://www.ssc.gov.sg/publish/Corpora... 

Jurong East Swimming Complex -  http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

 

NATURE – A BIT FURTHER AFIELD

National Parks and Gardens:-  Southern Ridges Walk, MacRitchie Reservoir, HSBC Treetop Walk, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Labrador Nature Reserve., Punggol Waterway Park, Punggol Promenade Nature Walk.  https://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/ 

NOTE - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve will be closed for repairs and maintenance for a 6 month period (see link below) and check the National Parks website for updates-

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/sing... 

Southern Ridges Map from National Parks Website -  http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/images/p...

Chinese and Japanese Gardens, Jurong. http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Bottle Tree Park, Yishun.  On the weekends from 5pm you can take a ride on the Swans (paddle about on the large swan-shaped paddle boats). Cost is Sgd$9 for 2 people for a 15 minute ride.  Cafes and restaurants on site. Interesting trees and rare plants to see and learn about. http://www.bottletree.com.sg/?page_id=4

Visit a nearby Island. Pulau Ubin. (Sgd$2.50 for the Bumboat ride over). http://www.pulauubin.com.sg/Getting-T...

Changi Beach. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.ph...

East Coast Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.ph...


CULTURE AND THE ARTS

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – Concerts, Visual Arts, Film, Workshops, Library @ Esplanade. http://www.esplanade.com/index.jsp

Music and concerts in the Botanic Gardens (check local papers while you are there)

National Library, Victoria Street (often has free displays and exhibitions). http://www.nlb.gov.sg/Corporate.porta...

Library @ Chinatown, Chinatown Point (including local Chinese history and culture displays)

 

CITY LANDMARKS / STREETS AND PLACES OF UNIQUE INTEREST

Merlion Statue on the Harbour

Raffles Hotel - Wander around the Courtyards and Verandahs.http://www.raffles.com/singapore/ 

Raffles Statue/Raffles Landing Site along Singapore River

Find the ACM Cat.  Look on the steps outside the Peranakan Museum for a lovely little bronze sculpture of a cat who adopted the Museum as its home and became a beloved friend of the staff.  

Find the Kucinta Cats.  Near the Singapore River. Walk over Cavanagh Bridge towards The Fullerton Hotel. Look over the side of the bridge railings for the bronze sculpture of a mother cat and her kittens.  

Go on a Sculpture Walk around the City (search out these wonderful bronze sculptures dotted around Singapore).  http://remembersingapore.wordpress.co...

Window Shop along Orchard Road. http://www.orchardroad.org/

Stop and pause at The Gate of Hope - CHIJMES.  Wander along the Victoria Street wall of this former Convent (now a dining and entertainment venue) and find this poignant reminder of when unwanted babies were abandoned to be cared for by the Nuns.  http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Visit Mustafa – 24 hour a day shopping at this iconic Department Store in Little India. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

St. Andrews Cathedral. http://www.livingstreams.org.sg/sac/v...

Haji Lane – Kampong Glam. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Bussorah Mall – Pedestrianized street in Kampong Glam. 

Emerald Hill Road (off Orchard Road). The link below is to an article on the Emerald Hill Conservation Area -

http://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/conservatio...

This map shows the Emerald Hill Conservation Area.   http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/41-...

Waterloo Street, Bugis area.  Temples, Flower Sellers, Religious Trinket Shops.

Walk the length of Serangoon Road.  Its the central spine of Little India. 

Ann Siang Hill area, on the edge of Chinatown. 

Pertain Road - see the restored facades of Peranakan Shophouses. 

Tanjong Pagar on the edge of the CBD. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Visit a Wet Market in Chinatown or Tekka Market in Little India. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Look inside a traditional Chinese Medicine Hall around Chinatown. 

Parkview Square.  Marvel at this unique Art Deco Building along North Bridge Road.

Bukit Brown Cemetery.  http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Get the MRT to the Heartlands. Visit Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines or any of the many housing estates and communities around Singapore.

Explore the Portsdown Road and Rochester area.  http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTop...

 

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WITH A VIEW

Pinnacle @ Duxton - Skybridge Observation Deck (Sgd$5 entry using your Ezi-link Card) http://www.pinnacleduxton.com.sg/

 

SMALL MUSEUMS  /  GALLERIES / ART SPACES / URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Baba House, Restored Peranakan Mansion House on the edge of Chinatown (Book a free one hour tour – by appointment only. Email at least two weeks in advance using the email link on their website. There are four fixed schedule tours a week - Mondays at 2pm, Tuesdays at 6.30pm, Thursdays at 10am and Saturdays at 11am).http://www.nus.edu.sg/cfa/about_us/ge... 

HDB Gallery (explore how Singaporeans live - the development of Housing Estates). http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate. (Entry fee under SGD$5 and cheap Family ticket for maximum of 5 members available). http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

URA Gallery, Maxwell Road (learn about the Development of Singapore with displays and interactive activities). http://www.singaporecitygallery.sg/

Marina Bay City Gallery http://www.marina-bay.sg/marinabaycit...

Tyler Print Institute. http://www.stpi.com.sg/contactus.php

Katong Antique House. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Fuk Tak Chi Museum, Telok Ayer Street, Chinatown. http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Marina Barrage. http://www.pub.gov.sg/Marina/Pages/de...

Singapore Maritime Gallery. Free entry. Are you interested in Singapore's Maritime History and Development. This Gallery also has a great hands-on section for children to play with the exhibits.  To get here take the MRT to Marina Bay station, then get Bus Number 402.   http://maritimegallery.sg/

National University of Singapore – Museum. Free entry. http://www.nus.edu.sg/cfa/index.php#

Haw Par Villa http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, 62 Hill Street.  http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

 

TEMPLES

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown. Free entry. Viewing Hall, Museum, Vegetarian Eating Hall in basement for low cost meal. http://www.btrts.org.sg/english-home

Thian Hock Keng Temple, Chinatown. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Sri Mariamann Temple, Little India. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Sri Veeramakaliamann Temple, Little India.http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Bishan. http://www.kmspks.org/about/visiting/

Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple, Toa Payoh. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

 

FOOD

Try a yummy Ice-Cream Sandwich from any of the Vendors pushing Carts around the city

Try a Popiah. Great snack or light lunch for Sgd$1.50-2.50 

Have Breakfast at a small local Coffee Shop/Hawker Centre (Kopi and Kaya Toast)

Kopi (Coffee) or Teh (Tea) - plenty of variations, and only costs Sgd$1.50-Sgd$3

Have a meal at a Hawker Centre (Maxwell Road, Adam Road, Old Airport Road, Lau Pa Sat, Makansutra Gluttons Bay, Tiong Bahru Food Market)

Smith Street Food Street / Boon Tat Street Satays, Chinatown

Chinese Egg Tarts and Confectionary – from one of the many small traditional Chinatown Bakeries

Try some vibrantly coloured  Indian Sweets from Shops in Little India

Try a Sugar Cane juice,Lime Juice, Barley Drink, or other exotic fruit juice from stalls in Hawker Centres or Foodcourts

Experience the taste of a local dessert – weird but wonderful.

 

CITY WALKING GUIDES TO DOWNLOAD / FREE WALKING TOURS

Free Walking Tours with Footprints   www.singaporefootprints.com

Free Walking Tours with IndieTours.   http://www.indiesingapore.com/

Walking Trails in the City. Choose and Download your own Trail to follow.  http://www.marina-bay.sg/funtrails.html

Kampong Glam/Arab Street walking route -  http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NHBPortal/conte...

Wander around Tiong Bahru. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Heritage Board Tiong Bahru Walking Trail and Historical Information - http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NHBPortal/conte...

Wander around Katong/Joo Chiat Rd area.http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/... 

After the Wonder Full Laser and Light Show, you can walk across the Helix Bridge (free) which looks like a strand of DNA, over to the Marina Center and then walk over to the interesting Esplanade Theatres on the Bay.  Of course a stroll over the nearby bridge over to the famous Merlion Statue is also nice as well.  Or you can make your way up the mouth of the Singapore River past Boat Quay and onward to Clarke Quay.  

To escape the heat and walk underground in air-conditioned comfort, what about heading to Raffles City Shopping Centre, take the escalator down to City Hall MRT Station and walking through City Link Mall all the way to Marina Square Mall and Suntec. There are lots of shops, cafes and restaurants along the way. 

Heritage Monuments Board - Bookings can be made to join their regular Monumental Walking Tours (cost SGD$5 adult, SGD$3 child/student/seniors). Only available on certain days, so please check the website. You can also download Free Trail Maps and Information to plan your own free walk around Heritage areas and sites in Singapore. http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NHBPortal/About...

 

MILITARY HISTORY

Changi Chapel and Museum. Free Admission. Audio Tours available at extra cost. http://www.changimuseum

Army Museum of Singapore (Sgd$5 for adults, Sgd$3 per child). http://www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/mind...

Johore Battery. http://www.all-about-singapore.com/me...

Reflections of Bukit Chandu. (Sgd$2 adult admission). http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

Kranji War Memorial. Free entry. http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

Memories of Old Ford Factory. (Sgd$3 adult, Free for children under 6). http://moff.nas.sg/moff/public/html/ 

 

SENTOSA ISLAND

http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/getting-...

Sentosa Boardwalk SGD$1.00 using your Ezi-link card.

Sentosa Express Monorail.  Sgd$4. Free if staying at a Hotel on Sentosa, just show your confirmed hotel booking information at the Sentosa Express Station for free entry to the Island, then ask you Hotel Reception staff for the free 3 day pass.

Nature Walk – Sentosa. Free. http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/nature/n...

Free Bus loops around Sentosa. http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/getting-...

Lake of Dreams - Free spectacular laser and light show in the evenings over on Sentosa. http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-...

 

FREE AT CHANGI AIRPORT 

http://www.changiairport.com/

In Transit at Changi Airport – enquire about the Free City Tour

Free WIFI Internet while at Changi Airport

Free Gardens at Changi Airport (Butterfly garden, Sunflower garden, Enchanted garden, Orchid garden).

Look out for the Free Foot Reflexology machines dotted around the airport. Sit down and feel the tension and sore feet from sightseeing slip away.

Free Movies at the airport Movie theatre

Children’s Playground and Family Zone

Entertainment Deck and Lounge

Free Changi Airport Aviation Gallery

Try the free Changi sweets/lollies at the Immigration Desk on your way through the Airport