Singapore is packed with coastal parks and nature reserves making it the perfect venue for family picnics! Little Steps has narrowed down some of the best picnic spots in the city. From breezy beaches and barrages to scenic parks and nature reserves, this list will inspire you to get outside and enjoy.
One of our all-time favs for a picnic will have to be the Botanic Gardens, along with the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden within the vicinity. There's plenty of grassy areas and trees or cabanas for shade. Kids can ride bikes, feed the ducks in the pond, and then cool off in the fountains of Jacob Ballas Children's Garden. Looking for more snacks, head to Casa Verde for a top-up or have the kids gather at Food for Tots. Check out other food options here. Bask on the lawn during days when the symphony is playing for an extra treat! We also love the new section at Gallop Extension which houses the nature-inspired COMO Adventure Grove Playground!
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg
The long stretch of park and beach along the East Coast is a long time favorite picnic spot for families. Paddle in the sea and build sandcastles or get active on bikes and blades. Or just grab a nice shady spot and relax with nature and enjoy a packed picnic or bbq at one of the bbq pits provided. If you're feeling adventurous you could even make a weekend of it and pitch a tent to camp overnight.
East Coast Park, East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449876, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/east-coast-park
Fort Canning Park is conveniently located near the city, overlooking Orchard Road. Give the kids a history lesson while exploring the old forts and underground bunkers before setting up your picnic on a patch of grass or in sheltered pavilions. It's also a popular spot for concerts, theater productions, weddings, and parties. Experience the tranquility on the hill once enjoyed by the Malay royals.
Fort Canning Park, 70 River Valley Road, Singapore 179037, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/fort-canning-park
What's better than having a picnic with sensational views of the Singapore skyline. Marina Barrage which creates Singapore's 15th reservoir in the heart of the city has wide open space and the passing breeze provides perfect kite-flying conditions. Bring hats and avoid the middle of the day as there's not much shade. Kids can cool off in the water fountain playground or stroll over to Gardens by The Bay.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951, www.pub.gov.sg/marinabarrage
This one is a winner when it comes to front row, beachside views. Changi Beach Park cannot be left out in this list of top picnic spots - with its kampung ambiance, stretches of beaches lined with coconut trees, shady areas, benches, it's a great place to lay a mat and while the day away. Have the kids explore the sandy playground as you take a jog or nice stroll along the winding tracks. The gentle sea breeze and rolling waves will have you going back there for more picnics too! Stroll along the Changi Point Coastal Walk for more picturesque views and gorgeous sunsets.
Changi Beach Park, Along Nicoll Drive and Changi Coast Road, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/changi-beach-park
While setting up a picnic is permitted in most parts of the Gardens, the sprawling Bay East Garden, the second largest of all the 3 gardens is our favorite spot. Set amidst beautiful pavilions, wide-open lawns, and fantastic views of the Marina skyline, this is one picturesque venue not to be missed whilst spending time with the family. Open 24/7, choose the best time to head there with the little bubs! Don't forget to pack the picnic, mozzie repellent, and sunscreen!
Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/attractions/bay-east-garden.html
The historical nature reserve of Labrador Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic while retracing some of Singapore's past with landmarks and signage showing relics of World War II. After your walk, grab a shady hut and enjoy a picnic overlooking the breathtaking view of the South China Sea, the Southern Islands, and passing ships.
Labrador Nature Reserve, Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/labrador-nature-reserve
One of the largest urban parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, with its ponds and bridges, colorful shrubs and lush greenery, beyond doubt a fantastic picnic spot. There's an adventure playground and water park for the kids to splash around in and for dog owners, there's even a gated dog area for your furry friends to run around in. If you forget your picnic grub, not to worry as there are some great onsite cafes and restaurants within the park vicinity.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981, Website
Hindhede Nature Park, 177 Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589333, Website
Spanning 90-hectares, Jurong Lake Gardens comprises Lakeside Garden (Jurong Lake Gardens West/former Jurong Lake Park), Chinese and Japanese Gardens (Jurong Lake Gardens Central), and Garden Promenade (Jurong Lake Gardens East). Lakeside Garden is open to visitors and Lakeside Garden (North Shore), Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, and Garden Promenade will be progressively completed from the 2nd Quarter of 2022 onwards. Lakeside Garden is home to a huge nature playground and its surrounding features patches of grassland or concrete areas that you can easily set up a picnic while the kids go wild.
Jurong Lake Gardens, Along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way, www.nparks.gov.sg/juronglakegardens