A surreal mixture of structures, light features, and living plants, the Gardens by the Bay redefine the strolling experience as a fanciful waterfront park. Throughout the site’s three garden settings—Bay Central Garden, Bay South Garden, and Bay East Garden—are dozens of abstract sculptures, plus the iconic Supertree Grove, featuring towering tree-like trunks that work as vertical gardens illuminated after dark. Save time for the famous Cloud Forest, home to an indoor waterfall, and the Flower Dome, a botanic garden housing exotic plant life from around the world.
Gardens by the Bay admission tickets include access to the two cooled conservatories (the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome), plus the otherwise-free outdoor gardens, consisting of the Supertree Grove, the Sun Pavilion, the Heritage Gardens, the World of Plants, and Dragonfly and Kingfisher lakes. Visit on a Singapore city tour or a night sightseeing tour. For city views, head to the park’s fee-based OCBC Skyway, a circular walkway amid the Supertree canopy. City sightseeing tours often couple trips to the gardens with stops at other popular Singapore attractions such as Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, the Kranji War Memorial, and Bright Hill Temple.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The outdoor gardens and Sun Pavilion are free to enter, while the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome require fees.
- The site is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair rentals are available for a fee.
- Smoking is not allowed in the park.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the Supertree Grove, The Canopy, and The Meadow.
- Fee-based audio tours of the outdoor gardens are offered every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:30pm.
- More than a dozen eateries dot the park; picnics are allowed in the outdoor gardens.
How to Get There
Gardens by the Bay faces Marina Bay near the Marine Reservoir, just inland from Singapore Strait. The Bayfront MRT Station (via the Circle or Downtown line trains) and the Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (via the East-West line) are both close to the attraction. A fee-based shuttle service runs between Bayfront MRT and the conservatories every 10 minutes from 9am to 9pm daily; the service is free for wheelchair users. Many tours visiting Gardens by the Bay include round-trip transport from Singapore hotels.
When to Get There
The gardens are open daily. The outdoor gardens, including The Canyon and the Supertree Grove, are open from 5am to 2am, while the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories are open from 9am to 9pm. To enjoy the best of the site, visit on a weekday morning when the conservatories and gardens are cooler and less crowded, and return in the evening for the Garden Rhapsody, a light and sound show within the Supertree Grove (two shows nightly at 7:45 and 8:45pm).
Visiting Gardens by the Bay with Kids
To keep things exciting for kids, head to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden, open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 7pm. There you’ll find a huge tree house, a playground, educational programs, and a miniature water park with spritzing water features (changing facilities and showers are available). Strollers and lockers are offered for an additional charge.