Finally, you can get a fresh breath of air in Singapore. Lifted restrictions, opening of borders, seems like everything is falling into place. It is definitely a dream come true to roam about streets of Singapore and planning to go on trips with friends and family after what felt like an eternity. But wait! Don’t know where to go? Well never fear for MDT’s here! Here’s 100 things you can do for absolutely free in Singapore! We can guarantee you won’t be running out of things to do for the next few months.
To help you find these locations easier, we’ve separated these places according to Singapore’s cardinal directions in terms of North, West, Central and East. We’ve combined Northeast with North for easier reference. You’re welcome!
Within our North region, we have Admiralty, Kranji, Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Yio Chu Kang, Seletar and Sengkang which have been placed in these regions based on the town centres and areas. Known as the second largest region in Singapore with a population of estimated 500,000 people.
1. Take a dip at Sembawang’s Hot Spring Park! Need to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Check out Sembawang’s Hot Spring Park and dip your toes in the relaxing Hot Spring footbath as a substitute for a jacuzzi!
Fun fact: Rumours has it that the water has some type of healing properties because of its relatively high sulphide content.
2. While you’re at Sembawang, you should definitely explore the heritage trail at Sembawang Park. Bring your kids along with you and tread along the path of the sandy beach. You can also choose the route which you’d like to take to discover more about the history of Singapore.
Fun fact: Sembawang used to be a British naval base back in the 1930s.
3. Singapore has grown so much over the years but you can check out how it used to be back in the days at Kampong Lorong Buangkok. Relive the history and see it for yourself!
Fun fact: Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the last existing kampong in Singapore that has been here since 1956.
4. As you go around learning the history of Singapore, the iconic Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh should not be missed! Even after 40 years, it is still going strong with many children playing here.
Fun fact: While the original and largest dragon playground is located at Toa Payoh, there are 3 other replicas of it situated around Singapore!
5. Nostalgia brought out by murals? Say no more and head down to Ang Mo Kio to check out the kampong mural painted by local artist Yip Ye Chong to reminisce the past.
Fun fact: Alzheimer’s Disease Association transformed the Kebun Baru neighbourhood into a dementia-friendly neighbourhood to assist those with dementia and their caregivers in easily identifying their location!
6. Love animals in nature? This one’s for you! Immerse yourselves at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve if you’re an avid fan of bird watching. Keep your eyes peeled for more animals like water snakes, monitor lizards, otters and many more roaming around the park!
Fun fact: The rarest mangroves can be found in Sungei Buloh and the reason why there’s so many birds is because this place is a stopover point for migratory birds.
7. Bird watching is not enough? No problem! Make your way to Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club by following their chirps! Located beside the Garden West Park, this club was formed by avid bird lovers throughout Singapore to share their love with others.
Fun fact: There are over a 1,000 birds hoisted up in the air where they’re grouped by their breeds in different sections.
8. Remember those uniform groups back in school? Well, you should certainly visit the Scout Discovery Centre and find out the history and development of scouting globally and within Singapore!
Fun fact: This Centre was launched in 2010 to commemorate 100 years of scouting in Singapore!
9. There are many statues spread across in Singapore which you probably might have missed. Many of them are often situated in historical places and sanctuaries. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is a must visit beautiful place filled with amazing architecture!
Fun fact: It is the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in Singapore with a Giant 13.8 metre Buddha and Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas statues!
10. Catching the best sunset is never easy especially finding a good spot for it. But the Heritage Bridge located at Lower Seletar Reservoir makes it one of the best places to relax and enjoy the sunset.
Fun fact: Kelongs, also known as traditional fishing platforms, were the inspiration for the bridge's design on stilts.
11. While nature is all around us especially Singapore being a green city, it’s quite hard to miss all the different types of plants. But at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, not only do they grow beautiful plants, but everything is also edible! You can even purchase the fruits to eat between $1-$5.
Fun fact: The funds collected from people will be used for the upkeeping of the garden under a Green Fund.
12. Free glimpse into astronomy? Sidewalk Astronomy provides you with telescopes to enjoy stargazing held at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park outside McDonald’s!
Fun fact: For those tracking GOTO telescope mounts, you may enter and save the GPS coordinates given above for higher accuracy and slightly lowering setup time.
13. There’s nothing more satisfying than waking up early and feeling good about the day. Maximise this and head down with your family to the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park for a free yoga sesh! Make sure to bring your own mats.
Fun fact: This only happens on the 2nd Sunday of every month, so quickly book your places here!
14. Alternatively if you prefer solitude, you can visit the Landscape Pond situated within the park.
Fun fact: Were you aware that Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park was renewed and it’s cleaning biotopes at Bishan Park 1 provides an excellent water treatment while preserving the natural and scenic environment?
15. With over a 1000 different species of fishes, Qian Hu Fish Farm is a must visit for everyone! Check out their fishes ranging from catfishes, rainbowfish and even invertebrates. To get there, you can board on the shuttle bus provided at Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange.
Fun fact: The fish farm used to be old pig pens which was eradicated because of the Government's pass to stem pollutants and loose up extra land for residential development.
16. Boasting gorgeous flora and fauna, the Woodlands Waterfront Park welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy exercising.
Fun fact: This park is one of the checkpoints of the Coast-to-Coast Trail which is the longest trail in Singapore.
17. Head back to Rail Corridor to find out how Singapore and the Malay Peninsula used to transport goods and commute at the start of the 20th century!
Fun fact: The Railway Corridor will be connected to Sentosa soon for easy access to everyone.
18. Take a break from your busy city life by visiting the Bollywood Veggies! Discover the plants grown on the Kranji Countryside which is totals to a 10-acre farm.
Fun fact: Running sustainably and hiring challenged and less fortunate Singaporeans, this farm contributes to our sustainable efforts and creates job opportunities for many.
19. The Kranji War Memorial may not be the first place that comes to mind but if you wish to delve deeper into history, this is the place you need to visit. Besides, learning about history in person is way better than reading it right?
Fun fact: A memorial ceremony is held every year on the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day, November 11th, to pay honour to those who lost their lives.
20. Conducive spaces are often hard to find especially when you’re easily distracted. While it may sound bizarre, the Smart Void Deck located at Jurong will be perfect for many to find their concentration on their work. Lightings that adjusts to the environment with tables and chairs helps to mimic a study area.
Fun fact: This is a public prototype for HDB Greenprint that integrates technology to transform an ordinary HDB into a Smart Void Deck.
21. Relive Japan all over again or for the first time at the Japanese Cemetery Park! While the name sounds spooky and it’s not where you might want to go, the iconic spring cherry blossom view will change your mind
Fun fact: Did you know that the land of the site was donated by three brothel owners Futaki Takajiro, Shibuya Ginji and Nakagawa Kikuzo, who also owned rubber plantations in the vicinity? It was also the largest Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia.
Despite being the furthest away from the rest of Singapore, the West is where you get to experience more of the ‘fun stuff’ with many nature trails and activities tucked away in the corner.
22. Catch one of the best waterfalls in Singapore at the Chinese-themed Yunnan Garden! Cascading at 5.6-metre tall, this spot boast spectacular views and is considered as a hidden gem.
Fun fact: Located at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), heritage monuments and playground are available for everyone to use!
23. Need more insta-worthy pictures? Chase the sunset at Raffles Marina Lighthouse as you click away! You can also choose to stop by the restaurants if you’re hungry for some delicious food at your own expense.
Fun fact: Since it’s a country club, they have everything available including the perfect venue for you to hold birthday parties, weddings or even just events!
24. It can get really tiring to take care of the kids and you might be thinking where else can I bring them out? If so, you should make your way to Clusia Cove with your children! Not only do they have a water playground for them, but this is a learning experience as the water movements mimics tidal patterns, surface ripples and directional currents to coastal shores.
Fun fact: The water that the children are playing in is cleansed by natural treatment methods using a water recycling system.
25. Imagine a playground but bigger and twice the amount of fun! This supersized playground located at the infamous Singapore Botanical Gardens Gallop Extension is exactly what your kids need with all that sand!
Fun fact: The Gallop Extension has many more places of interest including Botanical Art Gallery, Learning Forest and many more.
26. Froggos everywhere! No matter your age, you should definitely visit the Jurong Frog Farm at least once in your lifetime. While it may not be everyone’s favourite animal, we suggest you give them more than a glance, as long as you don’t get afraid when they croak! Entry is free for everyone; however interactions and guided tours have rates.
Fun fact: Frogs may look slimy and scary but that’s because they have a mucous coating which allows them to breathe through their skin.
27. While you are at the frog farm, don’t forget to make your way to Hay Dairies to get the full experience of visiting and learning about the farm animals! Join their free and easy tour to take a look at the adorable goats but if you wish to feed them, you will need to purchase some hay at $5 per packet only!
Fun fact: Their farm has more than 800 goats of mixed breed with origin heritage from Minnesota, United States.
28. Sometimes all we need is a little time for ourselves to just chill. If you especially love to enjoy some me time, Bukit Batok’s Park would be perfect for you to get takeout and relax especially with their stunning lake view.
Fun fact: NParks-AIA is currently holding an Explore A Route Challenge from 20 May to 20 July 2022, to commemorate the launch of our NEAR app! Stand to win Decathlon e-vouchers (worth $50 each) in the monthly lucky draw, with three 13" MacBook Air laptops and 10 Fitbit Sense smartwatches up for grabs in the grand lucky draw at the end of the Challenge!
29. Another historical sight to behold is Reflections at Bukit Chandu which commemorates the battle of Pasir Panjang with the history of Bukit Chandu.
Fun fact: Many of us may have heard of Lieutenant Adnan Saidi when we learned during our history lessons, well he was one of the bravest soldiers to fight in this war.
30. I’m pretty sure you would have heard about pottery, but do you know of any traditional pottery currently present in Singapore? At Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, they have been practicing dragon kiln since 1965! Take a tour around their store and if you’d like to try your hand at pottery, sign up for their workshops!
Fun fact: The dragon kiln was used to fire clay items such latex cups for rubber plantations, orchid pots for nurseries, and water jars for the local market.
31. With summer approaching, Singapore is getting more humid, and boy are we sweating like a pig! I don’t know about you, but we definitely need to take a dip in the pools at Jurong East Swimming Complex. I’m sure your kids can’t resist the different amenities available such as giant wave pool, lazy river, Jacuzzi with bubble jets, and a children’s water play area!
Fun fact: This swimming complex is a milestone in Sport Singapore’s facilities development when it opened in the year 2000.
32. Murai Farmway is a family-run farm raises a variety of fruits and vegetables, including pumpkins and brinjals without the use of pesticides, chemicals, or fertilisers which will be of interest for everyone to understand better of how this works.
Fun fact: They also organise educational farm tours for groups with min. 20 pax.
33. Sometimes as you try to shop for things you need, your kids will always be active, and some even might be hanging off your leg. A perfect place to burn their energy out would be Westgate Wonderland located at level 4 which is free for all kids aged 2 to 12!
Fun fact: Not made as your regular playground, there’s a dry play area each for those aged below 5 years and for older children, and a wet play area for all!
34. Might not be on your bucket list, but a trip to hell might just be what you need. I mean Singapore’s Haw Par Villa! Known for their infamous 10 Courts of Hell, discover the significance behind the cultures throughout the time and space.
Fun fact: This place contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant tableaux centered around Chinese folklore, legends, history, and Confucian ideology.
35. With so many fun experiences coming along the way, the Singapore Discovery Centre is perfect for all ages! There are many free exhibitions and activities in store for you to keep your little ones entertained while you try to catch a breather.
Fun fact: The Singapore Book of Records gave the Singapore Discovery Centre the title of 'Longest Sheltered Walkway Fitted with Solar Panels' on October 31st , 2020!
36. There’s nothing that beats the view of the sea especially with the yachts lined up as you watch the sunset. Sounds great right? Get to Republic of Singapore Yacht Club to experience some peace and quiet.
Fun fact: This club holds the longest running regatta in Singapore which is a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races.
37. Get ready for a mud-filled encounter at Clementi forest as you hike and get your workout in. You might just want to visit the forest in the wee hours so that you make it in time to watch the sunset!
Fun fact: The Clementi Forest is the second largest patch of wildlife habitat, after Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
38. Even your furry friends need some Vitamin Ds from sunlight! Let them bask in the sun and feel the wind against their fur as they run to their heart’s content at the West Coast Dog Run.
Fun fact: A high tech Dog Washing Booth which costs $10 per bath, allows you to bathe your fur babies and dry them off with a quick blow-dry.