The top (and really only) thing on my “to do” list in Singapore was to visit the Gardens by the Bay, and Andrew and I were lucky enough to be able to spend an entire day exploring all 250 acres of this beautiful place.
This conservatory is made up of 2 biomes, “Super Tree” groves (one of which has a skyway), a children’s garden, and surrounding outdoor gardens comprised of different types of flora. Did I mention that the outdoor gardens were FREE?!Now that’s a price I can get behind. The Gardens by the Bay are located across the street from the Marina Bay Sands and it’s super easy to get here via public transit.
This conservatory is part of Singapore’s strategy to increase its citizens’ quality of life by enhancing the green spaces in the city. I’m totally on board with this because we could all use a little greenery mixed in with all the concrete and brick we see every day. The Gardens by the Bay is also self sustaining and is focused on conservation of energy and water through the use of the Super Trees and the biomes.
Here’s an image of how the system works:
You can find out more on their website here.
Environmental efforts aside, the Gardens by the Bay was the most beautiful and grand conservatories I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t have asked for more variety and local wildlife… I mean, how can I complain when I saw OTTERS in real life?!
If you ever find yourself in Singapore, and I sincerely hope you do, spend a day at the Gardens by the Bay! I promise you won’t regret it.
Some practical info:
- Bring water! It’s super humid in Singapore so you’ll need to hydrate constantly.
- Admission is $28 per person (good for both biomes), or $20 if you’re a resident. The outdoor gardens are FREE!