60 Amazing things to do in Singapore at least once in a lifetime

From spectacular rooftops to interactive museums, and plenty of food and drink venues, there are always exciting in Singapore. These are just some of the best things to do right now!
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In a city full of excitement, you might feel a little paralyzed by choice when wondering what to do in Singapore. When there's as much to offer as our incredible city has to offer, it can be quite overwhelming to choose where to start, and that's where Secret Singapore steps in to help. Whether you're a local or a traveler looking to make the most of this iconic city, we've rounded up 60 of the best things to do in Singapore, no matter the time of year.

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  1. See the world's largest public Southeast Asian art exhibition.
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    The National Gallery of Singapore offers the largest public exhibition of modern Southeast Asian art in the world. The modern museum is the perfect place for art lovers of all ages to stroll through the latest exhibits and learn about beautiful works of art from around the world. Wonderfully, most of the exhibits at the museum are free admission year-round.
    📍Civic District, Singapore 178957
  2. Compete in Singapore's only nighttime sleigh ride.
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    Singaporeans are familiar with SkyLuge Singapore, but have you heard about their new night experience? Visitors are invited to ride a hybrid go-kart and toboggan down the neon-lit track on Sentosa Island, against the backdrop of groovy tunes, every weekend from 7pm to 9pm. Children over 2 years old can ride with an adult. Definitely, it's one of the best new things to do at night in Singapore.
    📍1 Imbiah Rd, Singapore 099692
  3. Stroll around Gardens By The Bay
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    These wonderful gardens are the star of Singapore and one of the best free things to do if you're on a budget. Whether you go to Gardens By The Bay during the day or at night, you can stroll under the famous Supertrees, pose under a majestic skyline and even catch a magical light and sound show. If you want to walk the walkway, you'll have to pay a small fee.
    📍 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
  4. Indulge in Singapore's famous chili crab.
    Singapore chili crab is a must-try dish if you are a tourist in Singapore. It became popular in the 1950s when a lady named Madame Cher Yam Tian put together sautéed crabs and chili sauce and sold them to customers. Today, it is one of the most famous seafood dishes with many different varieties in restaurants all over the island.
    📍 Several locations.
  5. Battle it out in Asia's first gamified electric go-karts.
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    Sentosa Island continues to level up with new attractions every year. One of these new experiences is one of eight immersive experiences at The Palawan @ Sentosa. HyperDrive is Asia's first gamified electric go-kart with 36 eco-friendly karts and a track with 14 turns over three levels. It's a mix of real-life racing and virtual gaming at a speed of 50 km/h. Definitely one of the best things to do in Singapore. More information.
    📍54 Palawan Beach Ride, Singapore 098233.
  6. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city.
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    No trip to Singapore is complete without visiting some of the city's best rooftops. For example, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, on level 56 of the hotel, is a popular attraction for panoramic views of Singapore, the sea and beyond. Whether you go by day or night, it will be a truly mesmerizing experience.
    10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
  7. Go down Singapore's longest indoor water slide.
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    A new and exciting 3-story indoor water park, called Aqua Adventure, is the perfect activity to do in Singapore. In fact, it is Singapore's first integrated all-weather water adventure park offering dozens of play areas and dry activities. Wonderfully, it is home to Singapore's longest indoor water slide, spanning 114 m. Learn more about Aqua Adventure.
    📍 HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, 900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore
    SEE MORE: Singapore's best water parks.
  8. See the underwater world
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    S.E.A Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. In fact, it is home to more than 100,000 marine animals, in 40 habitats, representing 1,000 species. The aquarium is receiving an upgrade at the time of this writing. It offers up-close animal encounters, interactive programs for all ages, immersive experiences, and many activities for children.
    📍 OR Sentosa, Singapore.
    SEE MORE: Swim with sharks in this unique program at S.E.A.
    Play at Asia's first ski, surf, skate, and ski resort 10.
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    Experience the thrill of mountains, waves, and the excitement of skating all under one roof at Trifecta Singapore. Located next to Somerset Skate Park, the iconic multi-tasking sports center is one of the best new things to do in Singapore. It houses three different action sports arenas under one roof. More information.
    📍Orchard Road, Singapore
  9. Be mesmerized by a candlelit concert.
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    World-famous candlelight concerts are a popular musical activity around the world. Lucky for us, Singaporeans can enjoy a plethora of candlelit concerts at The Lion City. These relaxing concerts are held in stunning venues, illuminated by candlelight, along with the use of iconic live musicians. Check out what's on this month via the Fever website.
    📍Various locations.
  10. Explore Singapore via one of the longest trails.
    Why not explore the island via the coast-to-coast trail that stretches a whopping 36 km? The beautiful nature park links many different natural areas, parks, seaside walkways, and connectors from Coney Island Park to Jurong Lake Gardens and beyond. It is ideal for walking, cycling, exercise and simply exploring the great outdoors. Excellently, NParks offers a trail guide on their website.
    📍Various locations.
  11. Stroll through Chinatown
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    Chinatown was recently credited as the 14th coolest neighborhood in the world. The bustling precinct is home to dozens of temples, lively nightlife, cheap restaurants, street art, stores, culture, and other hidden gems. Discover the best things to do in Chinatown Singapore.
    📍 Chinatown, Singapore
  12. Get lost in the ArtScience Museum.
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    The ArtScience Museum offers some of the most IG-worthy exhibits in the entire world. For example, FutureWorld is one of the most popular that combines an exciting universe of art, magic, and science among 16 borderless digital interactive installations. However, there are dozens of exhibitions like this one to explore.
    📍 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
  13. Be mesmerized by nocturnal creatures.
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    Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal zoo located in the Mandai Wildlife Reserve. It is one of the best attractions in Singapore because visitors can hop on a buggy or walking tour with guided experts to get up close and personal with the wild animals, which only come out at night. Book for two people through the Fever website. Plus, it's one of the best things to do at night in Singapore.
    📍80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
  14. Book an infinity pool experience.
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    We already know that Singapore boasts one of the most unbeatable rooftop scenes worldwide. And of course, this extends to the extensive collection of infinity pools around the city. Immerse yourself in exclusive facilities, jaw-dropping panoramic views, and plenty of photo opportunities as you relax next to one of the best swimming pools. Discover the best infinity pools in Singapore.
    📍Various Locations
  15. Be entertained by a first-rated colorful night show
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    Another one of the best things to do in Singapore is a popular colorful night show in Sentosa. Wings of Time features fireworks, 3D effects, a majestic soundtrack, and lights that brighten up the sky against the backdrop of the ocean at Siloso Beach. It's truly a mesmerizing experience for the whole family. Learn more about Wings Of Time.
    50 Beach View, Singapore 09860
  16. Hop on Singapore Cable Car
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    Perched 100 meters above sea level, Singapore's only cable car at Mount Faber and Sentosa is an unforgettable way to view the city skyline. Singapore Cable Car also offers one of the most unique dining experiences that's perfect for a date night or a marriage proposal.
    📍Various Locations
  17. Let the kids run free at Chaos Lab
    The new Terminal 2 at Changi Airport is playing host to a popular lab-themed playground for children for a few months. Chaos Lab features slime, a ball pit, neon graffiti, meet-and-greets with mad scientists, and more activities, among the chaos. Tickets are on sale here.
    Terminal 2, Changi Airport, Singapore
  18. Check out the coolest exhibitions
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    Singapore offers some of the best exhibitions providing some fun on a rainy day or boring weekend. From mind-blowing science exhibitions at the Science Centre to other worlds at the ArtScience Museum…you won't be bored. Discover the best current exhibitions to see.
    📍Various Locations
  19. Try some escape rooms
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    On a rainy day why not team up with a friend or be their enemy in a series of escape rooms? Our favourites include Trapped, which features more than 70 of the latest escape room props, across seven exciting rooms, 28 hidden chambers, and actors to enhance the experience. The plot is that you're kidnapped and must try to break out the room by solving mysterious, deciphering clues, crawling through tunnels, and more. Get tickets on Fever.
    📍 Various Locations
  20. Explore Jewel Changi Airport
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    The airport is like a city in itself. Jewel Changi Airport boasts a shopping mall and a nature-themed complex with an array of activities for both adults and children, as well as the world's tallest indoor waterfall at HSBC Rain Vortex, beautiful indoor gardens and forests, and epic food establishments. Discover all the things to do on the Jewel Changi Airport website.
    📍78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
    SEE MORE: The Best Shopping Malls In Singapore
  21. Enjoy the city's best rooftop dining
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    Singapore offers one of the greatest rooftop dining experiences worldwide. So you need to treat yourself to a wonderful dinner or drink in the sky this season. From gorgeous rooftop bars like VUE and sky-high alfresco terraces such as Ce La Vi…there are many options. Pick one of the best rooftop dining experiences to enjoy.
    📍Various Locations
  22. Party at Sentosa's hottest new beach club
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    Tipsy Unicorn Beach Club is an epic new nightlife destination in Sentosa. The 500-seater venue showcases indoor and outdoor areas, lounges, luxurious private cabanas, pools, day beds, VIP Lounges, and much more. Definitely, a unique place to make you feel as if you are partying in Ibiza or Dubai. Plus, it's an excellent place to host your next birthday party!
    📍 36 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01, Sentosa Island, Singapore
  23. Sleep in a tent
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    Camping under the stars is an affordable thing to do for people of all ages. From beautiful beaches to nature-filled parks offering hiking trails, a myriad of , and even barbecue pits to cook up the storm and host a picnic…see our camping guide in Singapore.
    📍Various Locations
  24. Brace the cold at Snow City
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    Singapore's first indoor snow centre, Snow City, is situated inside the Science Centre Singapore. Interestingly, it's one of the most unique things to do in Singapore. Shoot winter paintballs, feel your adrenaline rush on icy bumper cars, wander an ice gallery hotel, and plenty more.
    📍21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
  25. Go wild at Universal Studios
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    Universal Studios Singapore is one of only six US theme parks worldwide. Visitors can enjoy more than 28 riders across the thrilling adventure park, from rollercoasters, to meet-and-greets, exploring zones like Hollywood and , and plenty more…it's the ultimate day of thrills. Absolutely, one of the best things to do with children in Singapore.
    📍8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
  26. Soak up Chinese mythology
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    As Singapore's largest outdoor art gallery, Haw Par Villa's quirky and colorful park is enriched in Asian culture, history and religion. So it's the perfect thing to do if you've an interest in Chinese culture. There are more than 1,000 different sculptures to explore, as well as the cool Ten Courts Of Hell, and the park is free entry.
    262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
  27. Unleash your inner Wonkas
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    Singapore's newest chocolate factory, Mr Bucket Chocolaterie Dempsey Factory, is one of the best things to do for chocolate lovers. Build your own chocolate slabs, wander a variety of interactive zones, learn about chocolate, and take treats gome for later. Learn about the new chocolate factory.
    📍13 Dempsey Road, #01-03/04, Singapore 249674
  28. Let out your rage
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    Life just ticking you right off? You're not alone. So we've discovered the perfect 30-minute activity to do in Singapore. The Fragment Room is the ultimate rage therapy where visitors can smash everything in sight. From vases to plates, vases, and more…Singapore's first rage room is the coolest experience. Plus, it's a fun idea to do on a team bonding day out.
    📍490 MacPherson Rd, Singapore, 368198
  29. Dive into a pink world of ice cream
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    Go on the ultimate ice cream adventure, through 14 interactive zones, at the world-famous Museum Of Ice Cream. In fact, this museum exhibits the only sprinkle pool to dive into in Asia. Learn more about MOIC.
    100 Loewen Road, Dempsey, Singapore 248837
  30. Take to the skies
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    SkyHelix Sentosa is the tallest open-air, 360-degree panoramic ride in Singapore, and the first carbon-neutral attraction on Sentosa Island. It involves riders sitting on a gondola, for 12 minutes, that slowly rises 79 meters above the sea level. Find out more via our review of the experience.
    📍41 Imbiah Rd, Sentosa, Singapore 099707
  31. Admire quirky street art
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    The Lion City offers a wonderful collection of street art and wall murals to admire. From Kampong Glam to Chinatown, Little India and more…there's so much to see. Haji Lane is one of the most famous and a perfect stroll to catch a glimpse of stellar works along the buildings.
    📍Various Locations
    SEE MORE: The and Galleries In Singapore
  32. Visit the new Bird Paradise
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    Bird Paradise is Asia's largest bird park home to more than 3,500 birds from 400 avian species. Wildlife lovers can walk through eight different aviaries and feel as if they are adventuring through global ecologies in places like South America, Africa, and beyond.
    📍20 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729825
  33. Indulge at a hawker centre
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    Stuff yourself with plenty of cheap eats at a hawker centre. For instance, Maxwell Food Centre is full of bustling stalls with noteworthy dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice, laksa and other local delicacies.
    📍Various Locations
  34. Be thrilled on Sentosa Island
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    Already, we've mentioned a couple of star highlights to visit on Sentosa Island. But in general Sentosa is filled with dozens of thrilling activities for people of all ages to enjoy. From jumping into paintings at the Trickeye Museum to relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches…plan your activities with our guide here.
    📍Sentosa Island, Singapore
  35. Dine at Singapore's only underwater restaurant
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    Why not dine at the only underwater restaurant in Southeast Asia just feet away from thousands of fish? This 50-seater eatery just so happens to be one of the most romantic restaurants in Singapore too. Read all about it here.
    📍Equarius Hotel, B1M West Carpark, Resorts World Sentosa
  36. Have a picnic in the sunshine
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    Marina Barrage or East Coast Park are top-notch for a picnic, but have you ever gone at sunset or sunrise? It offers wonderful views of a pastel sky and the Singapore skyline. The green lawn area can get quite crowded, so we recommend going early to avoid disappointment. Find out the best picnic places in Singapore.
    📍 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
  37. Party at the best nightlife spots
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    Singapore is a hub for partying the night away and electrifying music. From instagrammable nightclubs like Marquee with a 3-storey slide to underground techno clubs blasting the best tunes…pick a nightlife experience here.
    📍Various Locations
  38. Take a ride on a cruise
    Singapore River Cruise offers a charming ride in a historic bumboat along the Singapore River and Marina Bay, where you'll see all the icons of the city from the great waters. Prices begin at $15. Book a ticket here.
    📍Clark Quay, Jetty, Singapore
    SEE MORE: The Best Things To Do This Weekend In Singapore
  39. Wander around Little India
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    As one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, we've provided an excellent guide of the best things to do in the colorful area of Little India. From Tan Teng Niah House to authentic food, and epic shopping hubs…you won't be bored.
    📍Little India, Singapore
  40. Travel back to the 60s
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    This iconic 60-minute immersive street art and audio tour by OH! Open House is an epic activity in Singapore. Follow the story of Kiran and Rosa in the 1960s, using headphones, through the historical streets of Jalan Besar to discover secret spots, historic moments, and more. Get tickets on Fever.
    📍85 Desker Rd, Singapore
  41. Take a hike
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    On a good day, why not tackle one of Singapore's best hiking trails? From old reservoirs with turtles and bamboo trees to places like The Rail Corridor… the hikes around Singapore are extraordinary. Find out the best hiking spots.
    📍Various Locations
  42. Uncover Singapore's hidden secret places
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    Singapore is filled with hidden gems we bet you haven't even heard of before. From Seletar Rocket Tower to the colorful Kong Meng San Phor Phor Kark See Monastery…we've already listed a range of secret places to visit in Singapore.
    📍 Various Locations
  43. Staycation at a lush hotel
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    Why not immerse yourself in a slice of luxury in the Lion City? There are a number of unique hotels, from locally-owned brands to renowned international accommodations…Singapore is the ultimate place for a hotel staycation. Be treated to relaxing spas, infinity pools, the best gastronomy in the world, and more. Find out our top picks of hotels in Singapore.
    📍 Various Locations
    SEE MORE: The Best Five Star Hotels In Singapore
  44. Get up close with animals
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    Animal lovers can head to Mandai Singapore Zoo to go on a spectacular adventure with nature and get up close and personal with over 4,200 species in a lush tropical rainforest. Prices begin at $20.
    📍80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
  45. Dance inside Singapore's first AI-powered futuristic nightclub
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    ARK 11 is a revolutionary new nightclub at Orchard Central that resembles a spaceship. The quirky nightclub uses AI technologies to make clubgoers feel as if they've stepped into a sci-fi movie from the moment they walk through the vessel. There's trippy holographers and an AI-powered bartender serving drinks to keep the party alive. Learn more about ARK 11.
    📍Orchard Central Level 11, 181 Orchard Rd, #11 – 01 / 02, Singapore 238896
  46. Skydive inside the world's largest wind tunnel
    Face your fears at the world's largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. iFly Singapore allows participants to feel as if they are free-failing outdoors in a safe space, equivalent of 12,000 to 3,000 feet, in the sky. How cool! Get tickets on Fever.
    📍43 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01, iFly, Singapore 099010
  47. Visit the Berlin Wall
    Credit: Tembusu College
    Yes, really. A gift from Germany to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations with Singapore, two huge slabs of the Cold War relic now stand at Tembusu College, a reminder of the need to break down barriers. Here's how to visit.
  48. Go for a stroll around a beach carnival
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    This iconic outdoor destination called Central Beach Bazaar is perfect for people of all ages in Sentosa. It features a number of top attractions, including the Sentosa Music Foundation, which is free to enter. Definitely one of the best cheap things to do on a boring day. Read all about it here.
    📍60 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098997.
  49. Step inside a camera
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    One of the most unique and unusual things to do in Singapore is this one-of-a-kind Vintage Camera Museum. Step inside a real camera to enter the museum and explore over 1,000 vintage cameras, photographic accessories and much more.
    📍8C Jln Kledek, Singapore 199263
  50. Heal your inner child at X-Scap8.
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    This interactive indoor playground at Orchard Central is perfect for people of all ages. Big kids can try climbing walls, de-stress with a crush lab, act as a warrior in a variety of challenges and more – a perfect activity for a rainy day if you ask us!
    📍Orchard Road, Singapore.
  51. Celebrate in the sky
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    Hop aboard Asia's largest observation wheel, Singapore Flyer, to marvel at the breathtaking views of Marina Bay and beyond. Plus, you can even book dinner reservations, which is a perfect place to pop the question or host a bachelorette party.
    📍30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803.
  52. Relax at a botanical restaurant.
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    Singapore is dubbed the green city of the world, so we know we have no shortage of botanical restaurants to tick off in Singapore. But to make things easier for you, we've selected the best floral-inspired, green and garden-themed restaurants and cafes that offer beautiful backdrops, lush greenery and a relaxing atmosphere in Singapore. Find our list of the best botanical restaurants here.
    📍 Various locations.
  53. Settle in with a cup of tea
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    Don your fanciest attire for a cup of tea and a scone from a lovely tea set in Singapore. Savor exquisite sandwiches and pastries at The Grand Lobby, or enjoy a boozy number at Atlas Bar, to name a few. Discover the best afternoon teas in Singapore.
    📍Various locations.
  54. Explore the islands.
    Why not embark on a weekend adventure to a nearby island? For example, discover the best things to do on the Bintan or Batam Islands or enjoy one of Singapore's nearby islands for a day or two.
    📍Various Locations
  55. Have a unique yacht picnic
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    We've raved about this iconic yacht picnic experience in Singapore before. It's a great date idea or day out for a small group of people. Read all about it here.
    📍 11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098497
  56. Take the children to the new KidzWorld
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    Singapore Zoo launched the new KidzWorld in 2023. The one-hectare interactive park features a children's experience focused on delivering world-class petting zoo, combined with a range of play and adventure activities. From outdoor activities like Splish Splash to playing with dogs and goats…it's the perfect place for children and their families to interact with animals in a safe space and learn about nature and wildlife.
    📍80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
  57. Go crazy at KF1 Karting Circuit
    Turn up the heat at Singapore's largest go-kart circuit. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking on 16 corners over a 750m track. The novice karts are for everyone to enjoy, which can speed up to 28km, but the more advanced karts are for driving licensed people only.
    📍1 Turf Club Avenue, Singapore 738078
  58. Get your adrenaline fix at the waterpark
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    The world is your oyster at waterparks like Adventure Cove Waterpark and Wild Wild Wet. Make a splash and zoom down waterslides, float along the lazy river, snorkel with thousands of colorful fish, and plenty more water fun. Certainly, one of the best things to do for all ages in Singapore. Find out the best waterparks here.
    📍 Various Locations
  59. Go on an Instagrammable adventure
    Credit: Megan Zara Walsh (Secret Singapore)
    This one is for the social media lovers among us. Of course, Singapore is an Instagrammable paradise. You can dive into the most instagrammable eats, find the most instagrammable bars in Singapore at night, then eat at the most instagrammable cafes in Singapore during the day, and let's not forget the most instagrammable places to capture perfect photos.

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