Gardens by the Bay Highlights – 8 places you shouldn’t miss!

The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore cover 250 acres of land, comprising over ten attractive gardens to explore!

It is a horticulture marvel, using a blend of technology and art to create a space for environmental conservation at the heart of Singapore.

It can take a minimum of five hours to explore this vast garden without breaks, which might be difficult for those visiting on a time crunch.

Read further to discover the major highlights of the Singapore Gardens by the Bay so that you will have the best experience, even without visiting all the gardens inside! 

Top Singapore Gardens by the Bay Attractions 

The Gardens by the Bay is the most attractive tourist spot, gathering millions of visitors every year!

It is filled with many unique gardens, outer-worldly architectural designs, and magical experiences.

Whether you are a nature lover, photographer, designer, or simply searching for a tranquil spot in the bustling city, the Gardens by the Bay has it all. 

Here are some of the gardens on the schedules of all tourists visiting!  

1. Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest

Have you ever seen a massive indoor waterfall? The Cloud Forest is an engineering marvel for its stunning indoor plant display and 35-meter-tall waterfall!

At the center of this indoor garden is a huge mountain covered in plants, and the air feels misty because of the continuous spray from the waterfall. 

Before you get to these exciting spots in Cloud Forest, some of the other marvels you will pass by on different levels are:

  • A Crystal Moutain: A paradise for Geologists, as they can see the famous stalactites and stalagmites! 
  • Cavern: Enter a cavern with epiphyte plants that rely only on other plants for growth. They don’t need soil to grow! 
  • Lost World: Ascend to the top of the mountain and enjoy a stunning view of Marina Bay. Discover carnivorous plants, like the Venus fly trap and pitcher plant! 
  • Secret Garden: Walk through a hidden garden with over 7,000 plants of 135 species. Spot miniature orchids! 
  • Orchid Haven: A perfect date spot to enjoy a romantic stroll through hundreds of orchids, covering a 280-square-meter area! Orchids with varying colors and new designs are added regularly. 

Step into the world of Avatar and explore Pandora’s bioluminescent environment, unique plants, and animals from the movie at the Cloud Forest!  

Buy Cloud Forest Gardens by the Bay tickets, with combo access to the Flower Dome, for adults for S$ 32, with a discounted rate of S$ 18 for kids between 3 and 12 years old!

Singaporean visitors get an additional discount and can visit for S$ 20 for adults and S$ 12 for kids between 3 and 12 years!

Infants 2 years and younger can visit for free. 

Time Duration to explore: 1 hour
Entry Fee: For Singaporeans: S$ 20
For Foreigners: S$ 32 (must have a  Cloud Forest Gardens by the Bay ticket
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm (last admission at 8.30 pm)

2. Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome

If you love flowers and vibrant colors, the Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome is the perfect place for you!

The Flower Dome is one of the largest greenhouses in the world, with indoor gardens having flowers from different parts of the world. 

You will feel like you are exploring the forests of Australia, America, the Mediterranean regions, California, and more as you walk along the blooming paths of this garden! 

One of the major highlights of the Flower Dome is the Flower Field at the center.

The flower beds in this spot change to match the seasons, festivals, and other themes!

You can also see African Bottle Trees, an Olive grove with fruit trees, and an area reserved for succulents.

Buy Flower Dome tickets, with combo entrance to the Cloud Forest, for adults for S$ 32, with a discounted rate of S$ 18 for kids between 3 and 12 years old!

Singaporean visitors get an additional discount and can visit for S$ 20 for adults and S$ 12 for kids between 3 and 12 years!

Infants 2 years and younger can visit for free. 

Time Duration to Explore: 30 mins
Entry Fee: For Singaporeans: S$ 20
For Foreigners: S$ 32 (must have a Flower Dome ticket)
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm (last admission at 8.30 pm)

3. Gardens by the Bay SuperTree Grove

The SuperTree Grove combines technology, nature, and art to create a magical experience for all visitors!

As you enter the space, you will come across 12 towering SuperTrees, with heights varying from 25 to 50 meters!

They are vertical gardens, and seven of them harvest solar energy!

It is a paradise for nature lovers, as these SuperTrees are covered with 162,900 plants belonging to over 200 species. 

Gardens by the Bay light show, held at the SuperTree Grove, is the most famous attraction in Singapore and is a must-see! 

Time Duration to Explore: 20 mins
Entry Fee: Free entry! 
Timings: 5 am to 2 am 
SuperTree Observatory timings: 9 am to 9 pm (last admission at 8.30 pm)

4. Floral Fantasy Gardens by the Bay

Enter an artistic Alice in Wonderland world of flower arrangements hanging from the ceiling and covering every surface of the Floral Fantasy Garden!

It is divided into four spaces: Float, Dance, Waltz, and Drift, each with unique arrangements and interiors. 

Float: Enjoy looking at the fuchsias hanging from the ceiling as you take a calming walk along the brook. Meet the master Gardener of this magical haven! 

Dance: Look up and marvel at the dazzling circular floral arrangements hanging from the ceiling. 

Waltz: An exciting rock installation with a vivarium filled with tiny poison dart frogs! 

Drift: A cave-like interior space with hanging rock formations and plants from Central and South America. 

That’s not all! You can see the wonders of the Floral Fantasy Garden through the eyes of a dragonfly as you soar above ground at the ‘Flight of the Dragonfly’ 4D ride!  

Foreigners can buy Floral Fantasy tickets for S$ 11, with a discount of S$ 7 for kids between 3 to 12 years old.

Singaporeans can access these tickets for a discounted price of S$ 9, with a discount of S$ 6 for kids 3 to 12 years old.

Infants below 2 years can visit for free! 

Time Duration to Explore: 1 hour (including the ride)
Entry fee: For Singaporeans: S$ 9
For Foreigners: S$ 11 (must have a Floral Fantasy ticket)

Timings: 

  • Monday to Friday: 10 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm)
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am to 8 pm (last admission at 7.30 pm)

 5. OCBC Skyway

Watch the sprawling gardens from an elevated view as you walk along the 128-meter-long OCBC Skyway!

It is an exciting opportunity for photographers to capture an aerial view of the park from 22 meters up in the air.

The OCBC Skyway is a great observation spot to avoid huge crowds, as only a few people are allowed to access it at once. 

The most stunning view of the Gardens by the Bay light show is visible from here, as it hangs between two SuperTrees!

Time Duration to Explore: 30 mins
Entry fee: For Singaporeans: S$ 10 
For Foreigners: S$ 14 (must have an OCBC Skyway ticket)
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm (last admission at 8.30 pm)

You can buy the OCBC Skyway tickets from the official website or in person from the ticket counters. 

6. Far East Organization Children’s Garden

The perfect spot to watch your children play around and take a small break is at the Far East Organization Children’s Garden!

This garden is meant for children 12 years and below, with different spaces allotted as per age to avoid rough playing.

The Toddler Play Zone for kids between 1 and 5 years old is a water fun zone with stepping stones, slides, tunnels, and many fish sculptures!

Kids between 6 and 12 years old can choose the Rainforest area or the separate Water Play area to have fun in.

The Rainforest play zone has climbing ladders, ropes, and more for kids, along with two tree houses for a jungle experience!

The Water Play area is perfect for a warm summer day, as it has a motion-detected water centerpiece, which will spray them as they float around.

If you wish to remain dry, the garden also has an Amphitheatre, where educational sessions and other activities take place, which can accommodate up to 3,000 people.

Time Duration to Explore: As long as you need
Entry Fee: Free entry! 

Timings: 

  • Thursdays to Sundays and public holidays: 9 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm)
  • School holiday hours Tuesday to Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6 pm)
  • Waterplay area closes at 6.30 pm on all days.

7. Heritage Gardens

Tourists can learn more about the culture of people of three different nationalities living in Singapore by exploring the unique plants in the Heritage Gardens!

Each of these gardens reflects aesthetics and has spices, medicinal plants, and other cultural elements in the landscape. 

The Creative Indian Garden: The garden has a display of Ayurvedic plants. It is surrounded by a wall covered in a traditional motif shape. The garden also gives knowledge of Hinduism, as Lord Shiva’s banyan tree is at the center. 

The Picturesque Chinese Garden: See the famous Pine and Chinese Pistache trees! The garden’s layout replicates traditional Chinese gardens. 

The Tantalizing Malay Garden: Contains medicinal plants, fruits, and vegetables from Malaysia. The unique fruits you will see are bread fruits and star fruits! 

The Fragrant Colonial Garden: Singapore was previously a well-known spice trading center, and this garden grows some of the most spices sold to the world. You can see nutmeg and cacao plants here!

Children and adults can learn more about the Singaporean lifestyle, as they have many activities in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Time Duration to Explore: 30 mins
Entry Fee: Free entry! 
Timings: 5 am to 2 am

8. Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes

Enjoy strolling along the beautiful dragonfly and kingfisher lakes with a quiet view of the animals and birds in the area. 

You can find binoculars all along the waterfront to spot the small dragonflies and migratory birds in the distance.

Nature lovers will enjoy this informative stroll, as you will find posters with QR codes all around the lake to get more information about these lakes.

Time Duration to Explore: As long as you need
Entry fee: Free entry! 
Timings: 5 am to 2 am

Garden by the Bay Hours: Least Crowded Time to Visit the Top Highlights

The Gardens by the Bay Singapore is the least crowded early morning when the park opens. 

Visitors can also have a relaxing experience in the evening, as the weather is pleasant and you can stroll for longer.

Most tourist also try to plan their visit to match the Gardens by the Bay light show timings at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm. 

The Gardens by the Bay is most beautiful at sunset and a perfect photography time!

All garden spaces do not open at the same time. Check the official website schedule before planning a visit.

Tips for Visiting Gardens by the Bay Highlights

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when planning your visit to the Singapore Gardens by the Bay highlights!

  • Book your Gardens by the Bay tickets online in advance. The tickets are cheaper online and ensure you don’t have to stand in long queues. 
  • Check the weather forecast before visiting.
  • Plan an itinerary to follow in advance and follow a quick path around the Gardens by the Bay garden. Our Gardens by the Bay map article will help you locate the attractions. 
  • Visit early in the morning for the most calming experience. 
  • Begin exploring the most crowded attractions first, they include the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, and Floral Fantasy. 
  • Be respectful to nature and do not throw trash. Avoid plucking flowers and fruits.
  • Wear comfortable footwear and lightweight clothing so you can explore with ease. 

FAQs for Singapore Gardens by the Bay Highlights

1. What’s worth seeing at Gardens by the Bay?

Some must-see attractions at the Gardens by the Bay are the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Floral Fantasy, and the SuperTree Dome.

2. Why is Gardens by the Bay so famous?

Gardens by the Bay enforces the conservation of the environment and urges people to grow trees with its technological and artistic gardens. It is a horticulture wonderland! 

3. Is Singapore Gardens by the Bay free?

Most parts of the Gardens by the Bay are free. You will have to buy a Gardens by the Bay ticket to visit the Cloud Forest, Floral Fantasy, and Flower Dome.

You also need a ticket to access the SuperTree Observatory and OCBC Skywalk.

4. What time is the Gardens by the Bay light show?

 The Gardens by the Bay light show is at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm. 

5. What is the Avatar Experience at Gardens by the Bay?

The Avatar Experience in Cloud Forest offers an exciting trip to a replica of the planet Pandora.

Visitors can enjoy an immersive experience in bioluminescent forests and interact with creatures and unique plants from the movie!

6. How many domes are there in Gardens by the Bay?

The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest and two domes in the Gardens by the Bay Singapore. 

7. Is it better to visit Gardens by the Bay in the day or night?

Visitors who want to have a calming experience should visit in the daytime. For a magical light show experience, a night visit is the best option. 

8. Is it cheaper to buy Gardens by the Bay tickets online?

The Gardens by the Bay tickets are cheaper online.

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