Gardens by the Bay is a stunning nature park in Singapore. It is a network of waterfront parks and modern greenhouses with solar cells and supertrees. It is built on 250 acres or 101 hectares of reclaimed land close to the Marina Reservoir in central Singapore. There are 3 waterfront gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. Spread over 54 hectares, Bay South Garden is the biggest. The Flower Dome you will see here is the world’s largest glass greenhouse.
There is plenty to see and do at Gardens by the Bay. See the super-sized trees, forest in the clouds, visit the children’s garden, the lush lawns, and the flower dome full of exotic plants. Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit in Singapore. You can easily spend several hours here. It is perfect for the entire family.
A team of landscape artists, horticulturists, engineers, and plant-care professionals look after Gardens by the Bay. It has received many awards over the years. Gardens By The Bay is one of the top tourist attractions in Singapore, along with the attractions at Sentosa Island, Jurong Bird Park, the Merlion, Zoo, and the Flyer.
Gardens by the Bay – Quick Facts
|Gardens by the Bay||Nature park on reclaimed land in central Singapore.|
|Size||250 acres or 101 hectares|
|Opening/Closing Time||Daily from 9 AM to 21 PM|
Outdoor Gardens – 5 AM to 2 AM
|Attractions||Supertrees, OCBC Skyway, Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Heritage Gardens, art sculptures, lakes, children’s garden.|
More than 50 million tourists have visited Gardens by the Bay since it was opened in 2012. It is the ultimate showpiece in horticulture and gardening in the world.
The 3 Waterfront Gardens
- Bay South Garden – Marina South
- Bay East Garden – Marina East
- Bay Central Garden – Kallang and Downtown Core
Bay South Garden – Offers the best in tropical horticulture and garden designing. It looks like the national flower, Orchid – 54 hectares.
Bay East Garden – 32 hectares with a 2-kilometer walkway bordering the Marina. Designed like a large tropical leaf. Unique water and air mechanism regulate the cooling. City skyline views.
Bay Central Garden – Link between the two gardens. 15 hectares with a 3-kilometer walkway offering scenic views.
Top 5 Attractions at Gardens By The Bay
1. Supertrees – The #1 attraction at Gardens by the Bay. The vertical gardens look like a science fiction fairytale. The 18 supertrees are between 25-50 meters tall, about a 16 storied building on average. There are 162,000 plants and 200 species of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and flowering plants.
2. OCBC Skyway – This is an elevated walkway, 22 meters up in the air. Gives you a closer view of the supertrees. You can walk from one big supertree to another and enjoy the scenery. The S$8 (Singapore dollars) is worth it.
3. Flower Dome – The world’s largest glass greenhouse. It made an entry into the Guinness World Records in 2015. Here you can see flowers and plants from around the world. There is an olive grove, a Mediterranean garden, a South American garden, South African garden. Rainwater is also harvested inside the glasshouse. It maintains a temperature between 23 degrees to 25 degrees C. Flower shows are also held.
4. Cloud Forest – A 35 meter mountain with tropical vegetation and the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. Slightly smaller than the Flower Dome. See anthuriums, peacock ferns, orchids, club mosses. There are different themes like Lost World, the Cavern, and the Crystal Mountain. Named after the Treetop Walk and Cloud Walk full of mist. Gives good views from above.
5. Children’s Garden – Opened in 2014, this is for kids 6-12 years. It is a water park with spray jets, water tunnels and an outdoor play area. It is close to the treehouse and adventure trail.
There are two types of horticultural gardens, as a part of the edutainment program. They are –
- Heritage gardens
- World of Plants
Heritage Gardens – It has 4 sections, Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Colonial.
World of Plants – There are 6 gardens including Discovery, Web of Life, Fruits and Flowers, Understorey.
There are 2 lakes –
You have to walk past these lakes if you get down at the Bayfront MRT. You will see many insects and birds here. Over the years, the lakes have become home to many aquatic species. The lakes also work as an eco-filter for cleaning water from the Marina Reservoir.
Hosts indoor events, and serves food and beverage. You will also find shops here.
Best Times to Visit Gardens By The Bay
The best time to visit Gardens by the Bay Singapore is late afternoon to evening when you will find it lit up. Give yourself enough time to explore the place.
How to Reach
- Bayfront MRT Station is the nearest station. It connects the underground MRT to Marina Bay Sands. It is an extension of the circle line run by SMRT.
- Promenade Station and Marina Bay are the other stations.