With the holiday season just around the corner, UrbanJourney’s off the booze and on a bit of a detox before getting into full gear for all those festive parties, liquid lunches and holiday feasts. But what to do in Singapore that doesn’t revolve around eating, drinking and partying? Actually a whole lot. Here’s what we’ll be doing during the countdown to holiday fun.
Get Your Game On
What better way to treat your body right and get in shape before the holidays than by playing sports with a group of friends or hitting up the fresh air on your own. Singapore’s got tons of public basketball, badminton and tennis courts, cycling paths, swimming pools and football fields, not to mention world class golf courses, water theme parks and beaches where you can do some swimming, snorkelling, wakeboarding or wind surfing.
Hiking at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
How incredible is it that at one moment you can be in the middle of one of the most modern, cosmopolitan cities in the world and the next be hiking amidst undisturbed primary rainforest? The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to the highest hill in Singapore as well as rare trees, over 840 types of flowering plants and more than 500 species of animals including the Singapore Freshwater Crab, pangolins, flying squirrels and more. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and get back to nature, this is the place to do it.
Stock up on Gourmet Goods at the Farmers’ Market
If gastronomy is your thing, you won’t want to miss out on the sublime Farmers’ Market that takes place every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:30am to 2pm at at The Pantry in Loewen Gardens. The intimate setting makes it easy to check out all the stalls and chat with the super friendly vendors who sell everything from gourmet meats to imported spices, cheeses, organic vegetables, homemade cakes, jams and salad dressings.
Loewen Gardens, 75E Loewen Rd
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Glam up Your Movie Experience at Gold Class Cinemas
If you’re going to treat yourself to a movie, you may as well do it in style at the Gold Class Cinemas, where for just a bit more than a regular movie ticket you get a huge plush seat in an exclusive cinema that almost feels like your own private viewing room. Each seat has electronic reclining features and convenient call buttons for fast concierge-style service. Plus, you can indulge in food and drink before or after the show in the private dining room and lounge.
Visit the World’s Largest Aquarium
As the biggest aquarium on the planet, it should come as no surprise that the S.E.A. Aquarium offers fascinating marine life from all corners of the planet. Here you can see over 800 species of marine animals including manta rays, goliath groupers, queen angelfish, sharks, bottlenose dolphins, giant spider crabs and more. If all those fish are making you hungry, stop by the Ocean Restaurant by Iron Chef Cat Cora for light lunches and delicious sustainable seafood.
Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Ride the Roller Coasters at Universal Studios Singapore
As long as you don’t mind the crowds, Universal Studios makes for the perfect distraction for those trying to stay off the sauce. Think roller coasters, 3-D rides, attractions and performances all based on your favorite movies and TV shows. Top rides include TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3-D Battle and the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. If you happen to be there on a Saturday, stick around until after dark when there is a fabulous fireworks show set to music.
Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Visit Universal Studios Singapore’s website
Rip Up the Waves With Edge Wakeboarding
With warm weather year round, Singapore is a great place to learn how to wakeboard or brush up on your skills out on the water. One of our favorite places to go wakeboarding is Punggol on the northeast shore of Singapore. Here you can team up with instructors from Edge Wakeboarding to get the basics of the sport or learn some new tricks. After a day ripping it up on the waves, you can tuck into fresh seafood or Chinese fare at the excellent restaurants at the Marina Country Club.
Have a Sunset Picnic at Marina Barrage
If fancy restaurants and crowded bars are off the menu, save yourself some money and plan a DIY picnic at the Marina Barrage. Grab a loved one or some friends, pack some tasty snacks and set up camp on the soft green grass here to take in uninterrupted views of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. As the sun starts to set, you can watch Singapore’s skyline come to life with thousands of tiny twinkling lights.
8 Marina Gardens Drive
Visit Marina Barrage’s website
Create a Masterpiece at the Arteastiq Art Jam
Need a little motivation to produce that masterpiece you’ve always been dreaming about? Get in touch with your creative side and meet like-minded artists at a fun and free-flowing art jam at the Arteastiq tea lounge. They’ll hook you up with a canvas, unlimited acrylic paints, a paint palette, brushes and sponges and the rest is entirely up to you. They also offer guided workshops for those who want some tips and tricks of the trade.
Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15, 333 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6235 8705
Get to Know Singapore’s Neighborhoods
For such a small island, Singapore has a wealth of incredibly diverse neighborhoods, each offering their own unique character. Walking is the best way to explore new areas and uncover hidden gems that you might never discover otherwise. We highly suggest pounding the pavement in Little India, Jalan Besar, Arab St and Tiong Bahru for stellar shops, cute cafes and vibrant arts and culture. Joo Chiat also has a great mix of historic Peranakan shophouses and Singapore’s first Thunder Tea Rice stall, which is simply divine.
Discover Unique Wildlife at River Safari
For a different day out that is both fun and enlightening, head to River Safari, Asia’s only river-themed wildlife park. Here you can explore the habitats of the great rivers of the world including the Amazon, Mississippi, Ganges, Nile, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze. Get up close and personal with the intriguing animals that call these environments home and learn fascinating facts about how they live and survive in the wild.
80 Mandai Lake Road
Tel: +65 6269 3411
Go Cycling in Pulau Ubin
To see what life must have been like in Singapore in the past, head to the tiny island of Pulau Ubin and rent a bicycle to tour around the island and take in the historic quarries, peaceful forests, grasslands, plantations, mangroves and the laid-back charms of traditional kampong life. To get to the island, catch a ferry from Changi Point. You’ll find plenty of bicycle rental shops close to the Pulau Ubin jetty and three cycling trails that lead you around the island.
Break Out of the Box at Xcape Singapore
Xcape Singapore is the first and only reality room escape game in Singapore, and one that puts you in the role as a protagonist in a movie or virtual game. Basically, you and your team are locked in a real-life room and you must use your sleuthing skills to solve elaborate riddles and puzzles to escape the room within a certain time limit. If you like problem solving and the art of investigating, this is the game for you.
Conquer Your Fear of Heights on the Flying Trapeze
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no wait—it’s you on the Flying Trapeze at Sentosa, where you can realize your dream of soaring high in the sky or getting over that pesky fear of heights. At only $10 a swing or $20 for 3 swings, you can make a serious day out of flinging yourself off the platform and floating through the air as your friends and family watch from below or join in the fun.
101 Siloso Road
Tel: +65 6275 0100
Hours: Mon – Fri: 2:30pm – 6:30pm (last swing at 6pm), Sat – Sun: 2:30pm – 7pm (last swing at 6pm)
Race Through Treetops at the MegaZip Adventure Park
Adrenaline junkies won’t want to pass up the chance to challenge friends and family to an exhilarating race through the jungle canopy on high-speed ziplines that sit at a lofty 75m above the ground, run for 450 metres from Imbiah Hill down to the white sands of Fox Finish Point and propel you at over 50-kilometers an hour. At MegaZip you can also navigate the ClimbMax adventure course in the treetops, leap off platforms and free fall 50 feet to the ground, or make your way up the challenging NorthFace Climbing Wall.
Imbiah Hill Road, Sentosa
Tel: +65 6884 5602
Hours: Daily: 11am – 7pm
Step on the Gas at the Kartright Speedway
Race kart enthusiasts now have a place to put the pedal to the metal at the Kartright Speedway where you can fly at 130 kilometers an hour down the 750 meter track, passing other cars on the 7-meter wide lane. This means you have plenty of space to overtake your competitors and push yourself to new limits at high speeds. As an added bonus, this is Singapore’s only floodlit track, so you can even unwind with some night go-karting after a long day of work.
511 Upper Jurong Road, #01-05
Tel: +65 6265 3303
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm, Sat: 9am – 10pm, Sun: 9am – 7pm