Top 7 Free Attractions in Singapore

In one of the world’s most expensive cities, you can still enjoy these top 7 attractions in Singapore for free!

Starting with the wonderful…

1. Spectra Light and Water Show

By far, the free Spectra Light and Water Show is a must-see on your visit to Singapore. Children will also love this striking 15-minute extravaganza accompanied by dramatic music.

Just a little taste…

Stake your piece of the boardwalk at Event Plaza on Marina Bay early before the show starts at 8 pm, as this fabulous show is a hugely popular gathering every night for both locals and tourists.

2. Gardens by The Bay

You can easily spend a couple of hours or half a day strolling through the expansive exotic Gardens by The Bay for free.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, SE Asia
Manicured jungle

Dotted with unique captivating sculptures…

Planet, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, SE Asia
Planet by Sculptor: Marc Quinn (UK) – white painted bronze, stainless steel

…and spanning multi-themed gardens over 100 established hectares in Singapore’s Central region, did you know that the Gardens by the Bay is built on reclaimed land? It’s hard to imagine and the gardens are so established that it’s surprising to learn this area only opened in 2007.

The wide-ranging gardens also include three waterfront gardens to explore: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. Favoured by locals and tourists, it’s not uncommon to see people enjoying a picnic in the alluring gardens.

3. Impressive Supertree Grove

A favourite when in Singapore, the colossal Supertree Grove is stunning for a romantic stroll, especially when the trees come alive with colourful illumination at night.

The enormous 25-50m-tall vertical gardens resembling sci-fi trees tower over the extensive Gardens by The Bay and are a pleasure to explore. Eleven of the eighteen supertrees are powered by green energy.

The super vertical gardens are a bold new method of growing and displaying many varieties of plants. These magnificent structures will even impress non-plant lovers.

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, #Singapore, SE Asia
Skywalk bridge

Although the observatory, skywalk, and conservatories are not free, the supertree garden is free.

4. Wander around Marina Bay Sands

Iconic Marina Bay Sands definitely warrants attention and the fact that wandering around outside and inside of this futuristic architecture is free and is a definite bonus.

Elgin Bridge, Singapore, SE Asia
Marina Bay Sands and Elgin Bridge

The three 55-storey towers containing luxury suites with personal butler services and extravagant hotel rooms are best viewed from outside (unless of course, you have loads of cash to burn).

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, SE Asia
Another perspective

5. Admire Singapore’s City Hall, Supreme Court, and National Gallery

In Singapore’s Civic District, the transition of the old City Hall to connect as the National Gallery to the Supreme Court proved a complex task for global designers. From around 110 design entries, French designer Studio Milou’s concept of juxtaposing the old and new won Singapore’s vote.

It’s only a short walk from Marina Bay until you bump into French designer Studio Milou’s creation of connecting the historical former Supreme Court with the City Hall to create the National Gallery space.

Parliament House, Singapore, SE Asia
Intricate model displaying the Former Supreme Court building (left), National Gallery (Centre), and City Hall (right)

Unionising old with new while preserving and modernising Singapore’s historical monuments, Milou’s desire was to “juxtapose the old and new”. The majestic “filigree metallic and glass veil” connects both historic buildings while immersing the interior with soft natural lighting.

City Hall, National Gallery, Supreme Hall, Singapore, SE Asia

Although free to wander through the three structures and the ground floor of the National Gallery, actual exhibitions are paid entry.

6. Fort Canning Hill

For the history buffs out there, a visit to Fort Canning Hill (previously Government Hill) will delight and you can easily spend half a day seeking out the numerous fascinating sights.

Battlebox Escape Shaft, Fort Canning Hill Gate, Singapore, SE Asia
Battlebox Escape Shaft

Not only are the surrounding parklands enjoyable and peaceful, but exploring the hill includes authentic cannons facing out to sea, and imposing stone Gothic gates.

cannon, Fort Canning Hill Gate, Singapore, SE Asia
Nine-pound cannon

At 48 metres high, the hill is Singapore’s highest elevation and with nearly two-thirds of the main island less than 15 metres above sea level, it’s an easy ascent to Fort Canning Hill. You can also find a Christian Cemetary dating back to 1822 on the grounds.

Old Christian Cemetary, Fort Canning Hill Gate, Singapore, SE Asia
Old Christian Cemetary

Used in a military role in 1861, there is also a small replica of the original Fort Canning Hill lighthouse. The original was one of Singapore’s most prominent landmarks for ships entering the harbour and visible up to 30 kilometres away.

Lighthouse, Fort Canning Hill Gate, Singapore, SE Asia
Lighthouse replica

…and at one point, Raffles had one of his homes on the hill. Albeit the original timber home was replaced by today’s stone house.

Raffles House, Fort Canning Hill Gate, Singapore, SE Asia
Raffles House

7. Enjoyable Riverwalks

For a small island country of just under 6 million people (2023 figure), diamond-shaped Singapore Island only 137 kilometres from the Equator, certainly offers many lovely riverwalks along the Singapore River.

Riverwalk, Singapore, SE Asia
Traditional river transport

Compressed between soaring skyscrapers and sweltering temperatures, roaming along the river takes in beautiful colonial buildings, historic bridges, intriguing sculptures dotted along the way, and glimpses of traditional boats. Many busy bars, restaurants, and cafes flank both sides of the Singapore River.

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Although Singapore is not a cheap destination, there are always free attractions on offer so as not to strain your wallet. Walking everywhere is also a great way to keep costs down. Try several of the cheap eat areas in my Singapore Sequel post to make your cash last longer, but better still, try non-touristy delicious and authentic cuisines. Especially delve into bustling chaotic Chinatown and Little India, which are the rawer and more curious areas of Singapore.

Where to from Singapore?

After discovering more of Singapore’s free attractions over 4 days (a few more in my Returning to Singapore), the next destination is Osaka, Japan.

With 7 weeks to spare in Japan before heading to Scandinavia, unearthing Japan is going to be a blast, especially because travel is across March and April, which hopefully means cheery blossoms galore! Check this first post about landing in Japan.

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18 responses to “Top 7 Free Attractions in Singapore”

  1. Shanghai-Shanghai.Net Avatar

    Traveled to Singapore. Indeed a place worth visiting.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      It certainly is a great stopover, especially to break up long-haul flights.
      Appreciate your comment.

  2. gillmorris Avatar

    I really enjoyed wanderng around the Gardens by the Bay and I totally agree about the light and water show, well worth the trip to the marina to see that x

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      It’s a lovely part of Singapore and also great that it’s free entry. The light and water show is pretty cool.
      Hope all is well. x

  3. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Thank you for the tour. I love that city…

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Happy to give you a tour, Brian!
      Hope all is well.

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Buon finale di settimana

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Grazie, anche a te! 🙂

  4. Diana Avatar

    Wow, lots of bizarre architecture. The bridge is very strange but neat!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      The architecture is quite modernistic. Thank you for your feedback and hope that all is well with you.

  5. Avatar

    As you know, we loved Singapore, guys…and the Gardens By The Bay are utterly enchanting. You could spend days there and not get bored!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Totally agree with you – Singapore holds loads to do for a visitor.
      Hope you guys are well and on the road.

  6. Yetismith Avatar

    It seems to me that Singapore is a great example of what can be done with a little thought and planning and good workmanship. Has it ever been less than impressive?

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Totally agree with you. It’s funny, as the first time I visited Singapore I wasn’t that fussed to be honest. But, on each visit, it does get better although it is a great break when you’ve been travelling in SE Asian countries for a while – for its cleanliness but also how orderly Singapore is…
      I’ve been offline for a couple of days. Landed in the UK on Sunday so sorry for the late response. 🙂

  7. Abirbhav Avatar

    Hi Nilla.. Hope you are doing fine and remember me (I went to Russia, saw the Auroras, rest is History).. And What a way to revisit your blog after a hiaitus of more than a year.. !! and we have Singapore now.. Well, I did see the gardens of the bay, the light and sound show in the gardens of the bay and the spectra light and sound show (in the Merlion Lion area). The latter was accompanied by spectacular display of drones as well.. 🙂
    The other experiences I didn’t have and will surely try them out the next time I am in Singapore.. Thank you for sharing.. 🙂

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Great to hear from you and of course I remember you!
      I’ve been working for a couple of years and finally started travelling again in March but still managed to publish a post every week. 😉
      Sounds like you had a great time in Singapore. When were you there?
      You’re very welcome.

      1. Abirbhav Avatar

        Great to know that you remember me and have resumed traveling .. 🙂
        I did have a great time there in Singapore.. do re-visit my blog post on that which includes a glimpse of the Light and Sound show in the Gardens of the Bay .. 🙂

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thank you for the link. I do remember this write-up in your 2020 post!

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