After hotel pickup in Singapore, head to Gardens by the Bay, which sits on 250 acres (100 hectares) of prime land on Marina Bay, next to the Marina Bay Sands hotel. When you arrive, explore the park on foot to see its many features.
At Bay South, stare up in wonder at the Super Trees, futuristic-style ‘trees’ that stand 16 stories high. Then visit the Cloud Forest conservatory to experience a misty, lush environment that includes one of the tallest indoor waterfalls in the world amid the tropical plant life. As you explore, learn about this ecosystem and how plants adapt to dry climates.
When you enter the Flower Dome conservatory, you’ll catch a view of Marina Bay and the city skyline while walking through landscapes that mimic the cool, dry environments of the Mediterranean Basin, southwestern Australia, central Chile, South Africa, Spain, California and Italy. Then visit Bay East to see palm trees and flowers that bloom among pretty pavilions.
Walk along the waterfront path to enjoy more views of the bay, and check out Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lake to learn about aquatic plants. There are also attractions dedicated to Singapore’s history, culture and ethnic groups—learn more at the Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Malay Garden and Colonial Garden.
There is no transportation back to your hotel, so you can continue your sightseeing on your own from Gardens by the Bay. If you get hungry, there are places to eat inside the gardens (own expense).