Stargazing might not be a common activity in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it at all! If stargazing is something you’ve always wanted to do, be it for a romantic date or a night out with the kids, find out where you can head to for clear skies.
Where else to get a closer look at stars than the home of science in Singapore? Science Centre Singapore has an observatory which holds free weekly stargazing sessions that anyone can register and join in for on Tuesdays and Fridays. Even if you’re an astronomy beginner, the staff on site will guide you through the activity and point out what you should look out for too!
Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081, +65 6425 2500, www.science.edu.sg
Within Upper Seletar Reservoir lies a rocket-shaped tower. Although you can’t blast off into space when you visit, it can offer you a closer look at a star-filled sky at night! Climb up 6 stories and you’ll arrive at a viewing platform, so you can look far out and even try to take some unobstructed photos. The tower is quite deep into the reservoir park, so make sure to prepare comfortable shoes for yourself and your family.
Seletar Road Tower, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Mandai Road, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/upper-seletar-reservoir-park
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Eastsiders can head over to Changi Beach for a starry, starry night. The entire stretch will let you take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and be mesmerized by the boundless sky. It is also broken into six main areas, so you won’t get lost along the coastal path. After all that walking and stargazing, you can settle down at the nearby Changi Village food stalls for supper too.
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For a stargazing opportunity, you can make a journey to the West of Singapore and visit Woodlands Galaxy Community Club. There, you’ll find Andromeda Observatory, which has a telescope that you can use for just SG$1 to view the night sky and spot stars on Fridays and Saturdays. For avid astronomers, you can pay a SG$12 annual membership fee that grants you unlimited access all-year round!
Andromeda Observatory, Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, 31 Woodlands Avenue 6, Singapore 738991, https://www.facebook.com/AndromedaObservatory/
To get away from city life and high-rise buildings, you can even plan a trip with your family across waters. Pulau Ubin is a 10 minute boat ride away from Changi Point Ferry Terminal and costs just SG$3 per trip. The offshore island has plenty to see, including a gorgeous night sky after sunset since there is less light pollution here. To fully appreciate this opportunity, camp overnight at one of the two campsites available!
Pulau Ubin, www.nparks.gov.sg/pulau-ubin
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Yishun Dam is a popular gathering spot for families and youths to chill at, and it’s easy to see why. The roads are quiet at night, making it peaceful to spend some quality alone time with your loved one or family members. It directly faces the north sea, so you can take picturesque photos of a starlit sky and the reflection in the waters below.
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If you’re in town and you want to find a romantic spot away from the crowds, the nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens is worth a look. At night, lights will illuminate the plenty lush greenery in the area, and you can make yourself comfortable on the open lawn to look up at the sky. There are also scheduled music performances on selected nights, so plan your visit beforehand for a truly magical experience.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, www.nparks.gov.sg/SBG
The Lakeside Gardens in Jurong is already a stunning walkthrough, but at dusk, it’s made even prettier by twinkling stars up in the sky. For the best spot to view a boundless sky, head towards the Lone Tree and set up base there. Other than being a prime location for stargazing, the Astronomical Society Of Singapore has even held solar eclipse observation events together there!
Lakeside Gardens, Jurong Lake Garden, 50 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618661, www.nparks.gov.sg/juronglakegardens
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Any time you visit the rooftop area at Marina Barrage, you’ll spot people having picnics and kite-flying at the Green Roof area – activities both suitable for little kids as well. Come nightfall, these are made even more special with a clear view of stars above. Do note that access to the Green Roof is only until 9pm daily, so make sure to get your stargazing done early!
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951, www.pub.gov.sg/marinabarrage
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Whether you sit by the beach on the sand, or wait by the jetty, you’ll have a vantage point of the sea, sky and stars at East Coast Park. To make full use of your day, you can opt for a day rental of bicycles to ride down the shore, play some beach side games like volleyball or wind down at East Coast Lagoon Village with some local cuisine beforehand!
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