Nicknamed as the City in a Garden, Singapore’s reputation as the world’s Greenest City is no surprise. With plenty of family-friendly parks and hidden gems such as playgrounds and flower gardens nestled within, it is a perfect way to get the kids away from their gadgets and immerse them in nature. Here are some of the best hidden green spaces for your little ones to explore!
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Located at Lower Seletar Reservoir, Rower’s Bay Park is popular among kayaking and dragon-boating enthusiasts. It is also one of the best nature spots in the Northeast. The park’s boardwalk offers great waterside and sunset views during a cooling and relaxing evening picnic with the family. Other amenities include shelters, vending machines, and toilets for the whole family to freshen up. The wetlands surrounding the boardwalk also offers plenty of opportunities for the little ones to catch a glimpse of the rich wildlife such as dragonflies, grey heron, and copper-cheeked frog
Rowers’ Bay Park, Seletar Club Road
Linked via park connectors from Tampines Biking Trail and Sun Plaza Park, Tampines Eco Green is an eco-friendly park that is hidden between the expressway and roads. This obscure and secret park offers various natural habitats such as open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and a secondary rainforest, providing plenty of opportunities for young visitors to see butterflies and dragonflies flitting across the grass. Man-made shelters dotted along the trail serve as an ideal resting spot for the little ones. While you are on the trail, keep a lookout for the unique wooden structures that double-up as climbing obstacles for the energetic ones.
Tampines Eco Green, Tampines Avenue 9, Singapore 520491, www.nparks.gov.sg
Little adventurers would definitely appreciate Hampstead Wetlands Park for its diverse flora and wildlife. The park is designed as a green sanctuary for rest and recreation for the surrounding community of Seletar Aerospace Park. The main feature of the park is a water lily-covered lake. Make sure that you and your little ones have a camera on standby as you stroll along the nature trails and boardwork - you never know when you will catch sight of rare birds such as barbets or buffy fish owls and interesting flora and fauna!
Hampstead Wetlands Park, 1 Baker Street, Singapore 799966, www.nparks.gov.sg
Hindhede Nature Park features a variety of activities catered for the whole family. From easy nature trails and well-defined footpaths to adventurous play areas located around the park, this park is a great place for the families with young children and elderly to spend some quality time together outdoors. The Hindhede Nature Park is also an excellent place for wildlife spotting as it is home to wildlife such as the banded woodpecker and clouded monitor lizard. The main highlight of the entire park is the picturesque Hindhede Quarry which is located at the end of the park.
Opens daily 7am to 7pm.
Hindhede Nature Park, Along Hindhede Drive, www.nparks.gov.sg
This hidden park located in Bukit Panjang and bordering the Central Catchment Nature Reserve serves as a green buffer for the reserve. With its linkage to the nature reserve, there are diverse plant species for little ones to fawn over as well as over 37 bird species to spot! The park also offers a lawn area for the entire family to picnic and playgrounds for the the little ones to enjoy amidst the rich surrounding nature.
Zhenghua Nature Park, bounded by Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), BKE Slip Road to Kranji Expressway (KJE) and Dairy Farm Road, www.nparks.gov.sg
This peaceful coastal park beckons with its gorgeous views of the sea and beautiful skies during sunrise and sunset. A stroll along the waterfront promenade is great for the entire family to unwind after a long day at work or school. The kids would absolutely love the play area here with its high element course such as bridges and towers, akin to a toned-down version of the Ninja Warrior course.
Woodlands Waterfront Park, Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759956, www.nparks.gov.sg
Sembawang Park is a tranquil park away from the bustle of the city that offers a beautiful beach side coupled with stunning sunset views. With its expansive green space, shelters and barbeque bits, it is a great place for family and friends to get together. This serene park also offers young visitors a chance to learn more about Singapore’s history with multiple places of historical interest such as Sembawang Jetty, the Beaulieu House, and Kampong Wak Hassan.
Sembawang Park, Sembawang Road, www.nparks.gov.sg
As the only tropical garden to earn the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site title, the Singapore Botanic Gardens showcases the most spectacular tropical flora. Boosting over 10,000 types of plants and an expansive living collection of plants such as orchids, cycads, and gingers, it is a great opportunity for the little ones to immerse and learn about the various floral varieties. The 74-hectare park also boasts an expansive picnic area for families and pets to relax and even enjoy the regular concerts held at the symphony stage.
Opens daily from 5am - 12am.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg
The Thomson Nature Park sits on the edge of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and takes over the site of a former Hainan Village. While the Thomson Nature Park may not be peppered with playgrounds or hidden slides, it offers young adventurers a glimpse into Singapore’s past. There are five trails spanning 3.8km around the village networks, each specially curated to provide visitors insights about Singapore’s kampung life in the past. At the same time, both adults and young visitors will be exposed to the variety of flora and faunal species found in Thomson Nature Park.
Opens daily 7am to 7pm.
Thomson Nature Park, Old Upper Thomson Road, www.nparks.gov.sg
Situated just beside Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Pond Park is a popular spot for nature lovers and nearby residents. Featuring a pond surrounded by colorful plants, variety of trees as well as various bird species, this park is a great place for little ones to get up close with nature. Take a stroll along the boardwalks and understand more about the different types of flora and fauna from the information boards. Alternatively, a climb up the spiral tower offers panoramic views of surrounding areas.
Yishun Pond Park, Along Yishun Central, in front of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, www.nparks.gov.sg
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