Those who love to get out and about won't be disappointed on a trip to Singapore, as it boasts outdoor experiences across a wide spectrum of activities. Luge down a mountain or take in the nighttime spectacle of the best racers in the world conquering the streets of Singapore at the Singapore Grand Prix. Music lovers will jump to the beat of a two-day beach music festival or wind down with a relaxing day in a garden. These are the experiences to be had.
In 2010, Singapore played host to the first Formula 1 night race. The three-day race weekend—held yearly in September—transits the Marina Bay Street Circuit, utilizing public roads around Marina Bay. Parts of the three-mile circuit run along Esplanade Drive, beside the Merlion Park and past the Singapore Flyer.
Bordering the country's first reservoir and nature reserve, the park is a haven for those who just enjoy nature and those who like being active. Schools and organizations use the 3.2K and 4.8K trails for cross-country races and if the 11K nature trail loop around the reservoir doesn't appeal, rent a kayak and get out on the water.
Enjoy the excitement of the luge with the ability to contol speed and direction on this gravity ride. Try the Jungle Trail or the Dragon Trail during the day, then return at night for an altogether different experience.
The most well-known of Singapore's seven approved half-lion, half-fish statues maintains a perch in Merlion Park. With water spraying from his mouth, the must-see landmark overlooks Marina Bay, where it was moved in 2002 after standing at the mouth of the Singapore River upon completion in 1972.
Head to Singapore River Cruises for a half-hour exploration of the river aboard a traditional bumboat. See Boat Quay, recommended for restaurants and strolls, Clarke Quay, a top nightlife location and Marina Bay. Take in sights such as the Esplanade, the Marina Bay Sands and Merlion.
The wetlands are rich in biodiversity with six major ecosystems and its inhabitants in a corner of Pulau Ubin, an island off Singapore. The island is accessible only by a $3 ferry; rent a van or bicycle or make the 40-minute walk once there. The ecosystems are visible at low tides, so check tide tables before heading out.
It's all things gardening at HortPark, a part of the Southern Ridges. Buy garden-related items, come to enjoy nature or show up to improve horticultural knowledge. Outreach efforts include the monthly Gardeners' Day Out, a day of enjoyable gardening activities, and working with local youngsters to improve their knowledge base.
The bridge provides a birds-eye view of the city while crossing the 900-foot span, which resembles the shape of a wave. It is a favorite spot for joggers and those who wish to sit and enjoy Singapore from a different angle. It connects Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park and is illuminated daily from 7 pm-2 am.
The two-day dance music festival at Siloso Beach was introduced to the region by dance club Zouk in 2000 and has been going strong ever since. Listen to artists gracing three stages playing everything from House and Techno to Mambo Jambo. The festival is a two-time winner of Singapore Tourism Board's "Best Leisure Event Experience."
It's four parks in one at MegaZip Adventure Park. Zipline from the top of Imbiah Hill for close to 1,500 feet down to an island off Siloso Beach; replicate a freefall parachute jump—50 feet—with Sentosa laid out before you; complete a high ropes adventure course; or take on the NorthFace climbing wall.