Sometimes, it happens. Boredom strikes at the most unlikely hour. And just when you think it couldn’t get any boring-er. Is there even such a word?
You could be living in the most vibrant city and still bet at home twiddling your thumb with no idea what to do next. It happens to the best of us, even here in Singapore.
But it’s not that bad. Singapore is diverse, rich in culture, and beautiful. It’s not called the Garden City for nothing and boredom should be the last thing to think about here. You’re in for a surprise when you find out that there are still a lot of things to do and places to go to in this city.
If you’re up for an adventure or some plain old good time, here are some things to do and places to go to in Singapore.
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Be One with Nature
Singapore is a fantastic urban country and city but it’s also a wonderful nature reserve in its own right. The place never runs out of parks, and gardens for you to visit when you need a getaway.
Here are some of the places you can visit with friends and family:
Picnics at the Botanic Gardens
How can you not want to go on a picnic with friends and loved ones? When it comes to picnics, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first thing to come to mind, and we can’t argue with that. Rolling meadows and beautiful foliage will complete that afternoon picnic plan you have. If you want a bit of classical music to serenade you while on your picnic, walk over to Symphony Lake, where classical music concerts are regularly staged. Whether you’re here to picnic or not, there’s still a lot to see and do at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Visit Pulau Ubin
It’s back to the past with a visit to Singapore’s Pulau Ubin. It’s a short 10-minute boat ride that takes you to a lifestyle before the city life took over. Mingle and talk to the local villagers that still live there or rent a bike and try some of the mountain bike trails there. Make sure you also check out the Chek Jawa wetlands trail while you’re there.
Head to MacRitchie Reservoir and hike the Treetop Walk
If you want to escape the city and fully immerse yourself in nature, then heading over to the MacRitchie Reservoir is the perfect thing for you. Considered the largest reservoir in the country, the MacRicthie Treetop Walk is a trail that has a 250-meter suspension bridge. Here, you can get a beautiful view of your surroundings and what the whole reservoir has to offer. It’s a sight to behold, and you might just be lucky enough to spot the rare flying lemurs that live there.
Cruise through Punggol Waterway Park
If you’re feeling bored on the weekend, both Punggol and Punggol Waterway Park offer a leisurely activity where you can cruise on your skates and bikes on jogging paths. While there, you can also do a spot of bird-watching. It’s also a very popular place to take kids to.
Discover History and Culture
Singapore has never lost sight of its history and rich culture — that’s something you can see even when out on the street. In fact, Singapore harps on it and makes sure that both history and culture are a big thing in the city.
In turn, that’s a good thing for us. Museum hopping is a must. Here are some museums you can start off with:
Visit the National Museum of Singapore
Singapore’s biggest museum, the National Museum of Singapore lets you look at the full history of the island. They’re also known to have plenty of interactive workshops, features, even outdoor movie screenings.
Tour the National Gallery Singapore
An impressive building in itself, the National Gallery Singapore has the biggest collection of local and Southeast Asian art pieces. It’s a treat for anyone who loves both art and history and wants to get a better understanding of it up close and personal.
Go Back to Being a Child at the MINT Museum of Toys
Bet you’ve never been to one but here’s your chance! The MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is for everyone and anyone. They’ve got all sort of toys there, rare and memorable, all in great condition. Only drawback is you can’t exactly play with the toys but you can definitely fawn over them for hours!
Have Fun and Enjoy
Then there are the places that pique your interest and your hobbies. These are places where you can have fun and not worry. It’s all about enjoying the moment. Our top picks for what to do to have are:
Two words: virtual reality. It’s everyone’s dream to enjoy an immersive VR game with friends and family, and if you’re anywhere near Orchard Road, Sandbox VR is where you want to be. It has all the latest VR tech and offers you games that last an hour. Think of missions to a haunted house with your friends! Fair warning, it can be addicting and might have you wanting to come back for more.
Get lost in Chinatown
Chinatown offers a lot for the bored individual. From exploring the different shophouses for antiques. Great finds, souvenirs, and clothing to eating at several good hawker stalls for some local food fare, boredom is the last thing you’ll feel in this colorful and awe-inspiring part of Singapore. After you’ve had your fill with shopping and eating, check out the historical sights you can find there. Some fave spots for both locals and tourists alike are the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple.
Have a Blast at Universal Studios Singapore
Old, young, young at heart — there’s no denying it. Universal Studios Singapore is all about pure fun. There are rollercoasters you can ride as well as simulation rides, shows for the kids, and more. Getting lost is easy to at Universal Studios Singapore but one that you’d be more than happy about. While you’re there, why not explore Sentosa Island, too? The island itself has so much to offer aside from Universal Studios!
Support the Local Music Scene
Singapore is known to hold concerts by international artists, but its local music scene is pretty vibrant too. Head on over to bars, cafes, and other music scenes to catch homegrown talents perform.
Indulge on Good Food
Singapore is diverse in all aspects and food is no stranger to that here. It’s a mix and a mash of this and that, but it’s still truly Singaporean. Even tourists know that when in Singapore, indulging on food is a must. Here are a few foodie things you can do:
Café Hop You’re Way Around
Whether it be run by the old man or a millennial, every corner you stop at within Singapore, you’re bound to find a café or coffee shop open. That’s because Singaporeans have a strong cafe culture. It’s where people meet, mingle, catch up. It’s the atmosphere and ambience. And of course, it’s about that excellent cup of coffee, too. If you’re bored, why not café hop around town? It’s time to explore. Forget that café you always frequent! Try something new. You might become the coffee shop expert while you’re at it, too.
Feast on Hawker Food
Singapore is known for food, and everyone knows about the different hawker food being served here. Going on a food trip, a hawker food trip specifically, is something any resident or tourist should do. Brst thing about it? You’ll never run out of hawker stalls and hawker centres to go to! We recommend that you make this a lifelong mission, actually. Eat your way through Singapore and just think of all the delicious laksas, Hainanese chicken, and char kway teows that have yet to be discovered and tasted!
Live Your Life
Now you don’t have to follow our guide down to a tee. You’re more than welcome to craft it to your liking or mix it up. You can even add in some of the things you like to do when you get bored with the existing ones here. Whatever floats your boat!
There are many other things to do that some locals who have lived their whole lives here haven’t done. It’s time you took on the challenge to explore all that. Beat boredom while you’re at it, too.
You’ll be hitting two birds with one stone because here in Singapore, you’ll never run out of things to do.