Take a hike!

There are many interesting places in Singapore where your family and can go to, beyond just Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Pulau Ubin. Here are some of them where you and your children can get up close and personal with the animals and flora and fauna and be fascinated with the wonders of nature.

Southern Ridges

Comprising 10 km of green, open spaces that connect Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, these ridges are an alternative for walking enthusiasts, history buffs, shutterbugs, nature lovers, bird watchers and families looking for a different kind of family outing. Steeped in history and one of the best spots in Singapore to enjoy panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands, the Southern Ridges is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The more than 150-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star visitor attraction for the sophisticated traveller and the local resident. The Gardens possess an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are entertainment events providing visitors educational and recreational facilities amidst the wonders of nature. The Gardens offers a huge open space where kids can run, play balls or simply laze under the trees. The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is another great place for kids to have fun while learning about ecology. Your kids will love the water jets, getting lost in the melting maze and playing at the treehouse slides.

Labrador Nature Reserve

This place is an oasis of natural wonder. Thriving with wildlife, the park is a favorite haunt of nature lovers and families and it is not uncommon for visitors to hear songs from a variety of bird species. Take a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails, and you might be lucky to spot one of the resident squirrels scurrying up the trees. With its colorful past, Labrador Park offers a diverse set of experience for visitors. It has toddler-friendly playgrounds to forbidden tunnels and many more things to enjoy and explore for the whole family.

Coney Island

There are many things you can do on this little island. Cycle along the 2.4km main path or follow the signs to navigate your way to the beaches. You can spot the wildlife where butterflies, birds and squirrels make Coney Island their home. However keep yourself safe from the actually Brahman Bull. If you do cross its path, don’t touch it or make loud noises to provoke it. With over 80 species of birds on the island, it’s not hard to spot the birds busy at work in their natural habitat. Spot the resident male Baya Weaver as it weaves large and intricate nests from flowering Acacia trees and listen up for the oriental magpie-robin’s songs from the forests. You can try out the obstacle course at the Casuarina Exploration Playground which is constructed out of uprooted (and recycled) casuarina trees. This all-natural playground will delight everyone with its mini obstacle course.

This place is located off the North East Coast. You can reach this place via:
Car: Drive down to Punggol Settlement, and either park your car there, or outside Coney Island’s exits in the West and East entrance.
Public transport: Take the train down to Punggol and head to the bus interchange (via exit C). Hop on bus 84 and alight at Punggol Road End. Walk over to Punggol Settlement, and simply follow the signs towards Coney Island.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Discover the beauty and wonders of nature at Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park. Uncover a world filled with rich biodiversity as you wander through the wetlands with an extensive mangrove forest of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Located in the far northwest of Singapore, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve boasts tidal ponds and mangrove forests where it supports an ecosystem of birds, reptiles and mammals. At the same time, it provides visitors a chance to encounter and admire these animals in their natural habitat. During the migratory season from Sept to Mar, catch sight of the diverse flocks of shorebirds or waders including Plovers, Himalayan Swiftlet and Marsh Sandpipers. Here at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve you can also join the guided tours.

How to get there

By bus:
Mondays to Saturdays
Board SMRT Bus 925 from Kranji MRT Station. Alight at Kranji Reservoir Carpark B. Walk across the road to the Visitor Centre.

Sundays and Public Holidays
Board SMRT Bus 925 from Kranji MRT Station. The bus stops at the Wetland Centre entrance. Please note that SMRT Bus 925 operates only from Woodlands Interchange on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Kranji Express:
Kranji Express operates daily starting from 8.30 am and ending at 5.45 pm from Kranji MRT Station (Details)

Parking lots are available near both entrances.

Opening hours: 
7 am to 7 pm daily

If you have other interesting places to share, please let us know and we can publish it.

Source: NParks, The Honey Combers, Little Day Out

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