Singapore is one of the most visited destinations in Asia. And it’s no wonder either! Even if you’re only there for a couple days, try to make time to visit the Supertree Grove + Cloud Forest Dome at Gardens by the Bay! It’s stunning and much of it is free. It’s so high on our recommendation list of Top Instagrammable Places in Singapore that we came up with a quick summary and useful tips for all you need to know about Gardens by the Bay including the amazing light show at night.
GETTING TO the GARDENS BY THE BAY
There isn’t actually a stop on the MRT for the Gardens By The Bay. So if you go by MRT, get off at the Bayfront station, Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway (towards Marina Bay Sands Hotel). Exit and cross the bridge to Gardens by the Bay.
Gardens by the Bay ENTRANCE FEE
There are three main attractions in the Garden by the Bay: The Supertree Grove, The Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. The majority of the gardens, including the Supertree Grove, is completely free. Yay! But there is a S$8.00 entrance fee if you want to go up on the OCBC Skyway.
Entry to both conservatories (the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome) is S$28.00 while just 1 conservatory is S$16.00. You can purchase your tickets online or get tickets directly at the conservatory entrance.
Supertree Grove Operating Hours: Daily 5:00am – 2:00am
Conservatory Operating Hours: Daily 9:00am – 9:00pm, last ticket sales 8:00pm.
OUR SECRET TIP: If you only have budget for or only want to visit 1 conservatory, we recommend the Cloud Forest and to buy the tickets at the entrance. Single conservatory tickets are not available online.
Gardens by the bay Main Attractions
The Singapore government had an amazing initiative to raise the quality of life by enhancing the greenery in the city. The strategy was to transform Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’. And Gardens By The Bay was a big part of that strategy. How wonderful would it be if all countries took the cue from this worked on initiatives to transform cities into cities in a garden!
The amazing supertrees are one of the main attractions at the Gardens By The Bay and have become one of the most recognizable and iconic in Singapore. And with good reason too! They are nothing short of spectacular.
There are 18 Supertrees in total at the Gardens By the Bay with 12 of them at the Supertree Grove. Towering at 25-50 meters tall, these futuristic trees are cleverly designed with environmentally sustainable functions. Some are fitted with solar panels to support the nightly Garden Rhapsody light show while others are used as air exhausts.
Two of the Supertrees are connected by this amazing 128-meter OCBC Skyway aerial bridge. For a small entrance fee, visitors can go up to the 22-meter high Skywalk. It is amazing and gives you a stunning panoramic aerial view of the Gardens as well as Marina Bay. Note that there is a limit to how many people the Skywalk can accommodate so everyone is only allowed a maximum of 15 minutes on the OCBC Skywalk.
Supertree Light show Garden Rhapsody
Singapore completely stole our hearts with this one! Twice a night, every night, the Supertree Grove transforms into the most magical world of fantasy of lights and music. It hardly does justice to the light show to say that it’s a synchronized light and music show. It’s more like a completely wondrous creative immersion of lights and music that evokes your imagination of an avatar-like world of fairies, beauty and dreams (click the ‘Play’ button to get a 30-second clip!)
This magic happens nightly at 7:45pm and again at 8:45pm and is completely free. We were there as many nights as we could make it! And just to make sure that people, like us, visited as many nights as possible, the Garden Rhapsody themes changes monthly! So new music, new lights, new show! Ah, Singapore, you’re an amazement!
Our Secret Tip: Instead of heading down to the base of the Supertrees Grove, find a little nook at the level above and watch the show from there. You will get a completely unobstructed view of the show and very people.
Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay
The Cloud Forest at the Gardens by the Bay is an unreal 35-meter tall indoor ‘mountain’. It’s breathtaking! Covered stunningly beautiful trees, plants and flowers, the amazing array showcases the diversity of the tropical highlands up to 2000-meters above sea level.
From the top of the misty ‘mountain’ of the Cloud Forest, descend through an amazing maze of suspension walkways of the Cloud Walk and the Treetop Walk.
Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay
The Flower Dome at the Gardens By The Bay is the largest glass greenhouse in the world!
It houses nine different gardens – Baobabs and bottle trees, a Succulent Garden, Australian Garden, South African Garden, South American Garden, Californian Garden, Mediterranean Garden and the Olive Grove are the 8 permanent gardens and one Flower Field that changes to reflect different seasons or festivals.
With so much of the world’s flowers under one beautiful glass roof, it’s a dream for all flower lovers!
Day or night, definitely head down to the Gardens by the Bay to explore the Supertree Grove and if you have the time and the budget, the Cloud Forest Dome. We say both day and night, but if you’re only in Singapore for a quick day or two, just find some time to squeeze it in.
Wishing you amazing travels!
Sue & Renesh
WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE
Luxury Boutique Hotel – AMOY HOTEL: Designed to give guests an experiential glimpse into Chinese history. The entrance of the hotel is the original Fuk Tak Chi temple build in the 1820s. Rooms are designed to include heritage accents and no two rooms are alike in layout and furnishing. Perfect for those who appreciate design, architecture and Chinese history. Find the latest prices for Amoy Hotel here.
Luxury Boutique Hotel – ANN SIANG HOUSE: A beautifully restored heritage building that is nestled in the lively area of Ann Siang Road known for the rooftop bars, restaurants and beautiful Peranakan houses. Just a 5-minute walk from Chinatown, it’s perfect for those who love to be right in the center of a lively neighborhood, good food and buzzing nightlife. Find the latest prices for Ann Siang House here.
For other places to stay in Singapore, click here for a list and the latest prices.
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