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Singapore Parks and Zoos

Admission fees are stated as: Adults / Children (12 years and younger)
Animal and Bird Parks


Jurong Bird Park
Daily 8.00 am - 6.00 pm. Admision S$16.00 / S$8.00
West Singapore. Address: 2 Jurong Hill / Tel. 6265-0022

Description: With over 9,000 birds representing over 600 species, the Jurong Bird Park is the largest aviary in Southeast Asia. A great day out for young and old alike, Jurong Bird Park definitely merits a visit. The beautifully landscaped 20-hectare park has the world's tallest man-made waterfall in the Waterfall Aviary an immense enclosure that invites you to walk-in and see some 1,500 birds flying free in a tropical rainforest setting. There are several scheduled events and bird shows during the day including a penguin walk, shows of trained eagles, falcons and hawks as well as interesting educational exhibits.

Tip: Singapore Airlines offers complimentary admission to Jurong Bird Park through its Singapore Stopover Promotion. Check SIA at Changi Airport for info.
Public Transport: From Boon Lay MRT take SBS bus 194 or 251

Jurong Reptile Park
Daily 6.00 am - 9.00 pm. S$7.00/S$3.50
West Singapore. Address: 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim / Tel. 6261-8866

Description: Adjacent to Jurong Bird Park, Jurong Reptile Park and is Southeast Asia's largest reptile park featuring over 50 reptilian species in natural settings. Once you're feeling better about snakes you can get your photo taken with one. If you like snakes, this is the place to visit.
Public Transport: From Boon Lay MRT take the SBS bus 194 or 251

Singapore Crocodilarium
Daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. S$2.00/S$1.00
East Singapore. Address: 730 East Coast Parkway / Tel. 6447-3722

Description: If you have already been to Jurong Reptile Park, but still want to see more reptiles The Singapore Crocodilarium is where to head to next which claims that you can see over 1,000 crocodiles up close and personal. The most interesting time may be on Tuesday around 11.00 am (feeding time). There is also a "daredevil" performance and reptilian souvenir shop with wallets, shoes, belts, etc. (don't ask...).
Public Transport: From Paya Lebar MRT take a taxi.

Singapore Zoo
Daily 8.30 am - 6.00 pm. S$15.00/S$7.50 (Zoo only)
North Singapore. Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road / Tel. 6269 3411

Description: The Singapore Zoological Gardens an 'open' zoo concept - using moats and rock walls as natural barriers instead of cages. The award-winning Singapore Zoo is considered to be one of the best in the world and attracts over 1 million visitors a year. Spread over 28 hectares (60 acres), it is home to over 3,000 mammals, birds and reptiles, including some rare and endangered species.

There's a special enclosure for rare animals on loan from around the world as well as the world's largest group of captive orang utans. This is really a family place and for kids there are many educational exhibits. Another interesting concept offered by the zoo is to have breakfast (9.00 am) with an orang utan (for a fee of course).
Public Transport: From Ang Mo Kio MRT take the SBS bus 138.

Singapore Zoo Night Safari
Daily 7.30 pm - midnight. S$20.00/S$10.00 (Zoo plus tram ride)
North Singapore. Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road / Tel. 6269 3411

Description: A 40 hectare extension of Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is world's first and only night zoo. An interesting concept to be sure, the idea is to see nocturnal animals up and about as they would be at night in the wild. You can see most of the Night Safari by walking but there are parts you'll need to use a tram (for an additional fee). If you don't have time to see both the zoo and the Night Safari, we suggest the Night Safari - it's quieter, cooler and definitely a conversation starter. If you take public transport make sure you leave the zoo early enough to catch the bus to the MRT to get back to your hotel.
Public Transport: From Ang Mo Kio MRT take the SBS bus 138.

Underwater World
Address: Sentosa Island
See Sentosa Island area page. Click here.

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Gardens, Parks and Nature Reserves


Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Daily 8.30 am - 6.00 pm. Free admission.
North Central Singapore. Address: 177 Hindhede Drive/ Tel. 6864 5736

Description: Located on Singapore's highest hill Bukit Timah Reserve was established in 1883 and is one of only two rainforests in the world within the boundaries of a city. This 80-hectare reserve claims to feature more species of plants than the entire North American continent (we'll take their word for it...). Present are quite a few unique creatures (long-tailed macaques, flying lemurs, pangolin, mouse deer and a variety of interesting birds). Visitors can take one of 4 marked trails (trail maps are available from the Reserve's Visitor Centre).

Tip: Very popular with locals on weekends, weekdays are much more quiet.
Public Transport: From Newton MRT take the TIBS bus 171

Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Daily 9.00 am - 6.00 pm Free admission.
West Singapore. Address: I Chinese Garden Rd. / Tel. 6261 3632

Description: More for the garden aficionado, these two gardens provide a quick glimpse of the contrasting styles of their respective namesakes. The Chinese Garden features pagodas, traditional Chinese arches and bridges in all their traditional red and yellow splendor together with huge weeping willow trees while just across the 65 metre Bridge of Double Beauty you'll find the Japanese Garden a serene landscape of koi ponds, traditional Japanese summer home and Zen rock gardens.
Public Transport: Exit at Chinese Garden MRT

East Coast Park
Free admission.
East Singapore. Address: Off the East Coast Parkway (ECP)
Description: Situated on reclaimed land, East Coast Park is mostly a recreational area for Singaporeans. There are a number of large seafood restaurants overlooking the water that are quite popular at night. This is where the locals windsurf, canoe, picnic, cycle, rollerblade and so on. Also, the Laguna Golf Course is here.
Public Transport: Take the SBS bus 16 to Marine Terrace. Make sure to use the underpass to cross the ECP

Fort Canning Park
Daily 8.30 am - 5.30 pm Free admission.
Heritage District. Address: Behind Singapore History Museum
Description: This beautiful park just at the end of Orchard Road was built by the British between 1859 and 1861 on what was then a sacred burial site of the Malay Sultans. The hill is still sacred to local Malays, who frequently come to Sultan's grave to pray for their various spiritual needs. Fort Canning was used as an arms store, barracks and hospital. However it is perhaps better known as the place where Sir Stamford Raffles built his own bungalow, Singapore's first Government House. Now used primarily for art and exhibits and stage performances however there are several interesting places in and around the park including an archaeological dig, the Battle Box and the National Library.
Public Transport: From Dhoby Ghaut MRT walk towards Penang Road

Mandai Orchid Gardens
Daily 9.00 am - 7.00 pm. S$1.50 / S$1.00 (children under 4 years)
North Singapore. Address: 200 Mandai Lake Road
/ Tel. 6269 1036
Description: Orchids are big business in Asia and just down the street from the zoo is Mandai Orchard Garden, Singapore's largest commercial orchid garden. If you are at the zoo and have a spare hour or two it worth a visit just to see the variety. That said, it is a florist and you can also have their "Orchid Gift Box Service" deliver a orchids to a friend anywhere in the world.
Public Transport: From Ang Mo Kio MRT take SBS bus 138

Marina South City Park
Address: Marina South, off Prince Edward Road via East Coast Parkway
Description: A giant land reclamation project that didn't make it commercially is now primarily used to fly kites and take in views of the ships waiting to get into the harbour. There's also a children's playground but for the average tourist there's no need to visit.
Public Transport: A short walk from Marina Bay MRT (M1)

Mount Faber
Daily. 24 hours. Park is lit 7.00pm - 7.00am. Free admission
South Singapore. Address: Kampong Bahru Road

Description: Just north of the World Trade Centre, Mount Faber offers excellent views of the Singapore skyline, the harbour and offshore islands. The best views are at night when the city and habour lights are on - a nice way to end a day visiting Sentosa Island.
Public Transport: Cable car from World Trade Centre

Singapore Botanical Gardens
Daily Mon. - Fri. 5.00 am - midnight. Free admission / Tel. 6471 9933
Orchard Road District. Address: Cluny Road

Description: Singapore's penchant for nature goes back a long way. This is where rubber plants were first grown in Asia. The peaceful 52-hectare park is part and part manicured garden. If you can't make it to Mandai Orchid Gardens you still have a chance to view the world's largest orchid display (60,000 plus orchids) at the National Orchid Garden (there is a small admission to the Orchid Garden).
Public Transport: From Orchard MRT take the SBS bus 7, 105, 123 or 174 west towards Napier Road.

Sungei Buloh Nature Park
Daily 7.30 am - 7.00 pm. S$1.00 / S$.50
North Singapore. Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent
Rd. / Tel. 6794 1401
Description: Singapore's first designed wetland nature reserve, The Sungei Buloh Nature Park has several hiking trails and 10 observation points throughout its 87 hectare. From October to about March, bird watchers can catch a glimpse of migratory birds stopping over in the freshwater ponds, and mangroves. Allow about 2 hours.
Public Transport: From Woodlands MRT take the TIBS bus 925. NB. The 925 bus stops at the park entrance only on Sundays and public holidays. Visitors coming Monday - Saturday should get off at Kranji car park.

Snow City
Tue - Sun 10.30 am - 6.30 pm (closed on Mon) S$12.00
Public and MOE aprroved school holidays: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Building
/ Tel. 6560 2306
Description: Set up by the Singapore Science Centre and NTUC Income, Snow City introduces the concept of snow and cold climates to equatorial Asia. Kept at frigid -5° C, Snow City is designed to be educational and entertaining by giving children the chance to ski, snowboard or snow-tube down a 3 storey high snow covered slope or build a snowman (or even have a snowball fight) all the while learning about life in colder climates.
Public Transport: From the Jurong East MRT Interchange take bus No.335 to the Snow City building (passing the Omni Theatre Building).

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Places of Interest

Singapore is justly proud of its zoos and gardens. Without doubt they are the best in South East Asia and among the best in the world.

Terrific for all ages, the primary attraction for visitors from Europe and North America is the natural tropical setting and abundance of native flora.

That said, too often many visitors to Singapore overlook the zoos. As such Singapore has been very proactive in marketing and promotion - first coming up with the world's first (and still only) night zoo. Dubbed the Night Safari the idea is that many animals found in zoos are nocturnal creatures and therefore are most active at night. As such, the best time to see these magnificent animals is at night. With sparse, indirect lighting you can walk or take a tram through the zoo from 7.30 - 11.00 pm An interesting idea, that for the most part makes good on its promises. Makes you wonder why no one ever thought of it before.

Also, for families on a budget the zoo and bird park have put together combination packages that give you a decent discount for visiting more than one attraction. Of course you have to purchase the package in advance. Call any of attractions for details.

Please remember that the whilst all care has been taken in assembling this information, operating hours and admission fees may change without notice. Best to call ahead.

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