The hustle and bustle of city life can sometimes get overwhelming and challenging especially when you’re juggling deadlines at work with family life. Take some time away with your family and get stripped down and technology free for a few hours at these nature spaces around our little sunny island, while learning more about the environment and conservation efforts. We’ve narrowed down 5 places for you. Let’s go.
- The Southern Ridges The Southern Ridges is 10km of interconnected paths and green spaces that comprises of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park, Labrador Nature Park and HortPark. It is a great place for a comfortable stroll, with gentle walkways and relaxing greenery, but if you’re up for a challenge, the Southern Ridges is also a great place for a challenging run, although you might be tempted to stop to take in the views.
What to look out for: Kent Ridge Park: Did you know that Kent Ridge Park was the site of one of the battles forged in World War II? Located at Vigilante Drive, just off South Buona Vista Road, it is perfect for history buffs, fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. HortPark: Gardeners’ Day Out happens on one Saturday every month (except in July and August) and offers gardening and lifestyle activities for the whole family, including a Gardeners’ Market, and art & craft activities for the kids. Henderson Waves: The beautifully-designed 274 metres Henderson Waves bridge connects Telok Blangah Hill Park and Mount Faber Park, and has alcoves for visitors to sit and appreciate the surrounding greenery and views. The bridge is also lit up from 7pm – 2am daily.
- Coney Island Park Coney Island used to only be accessible by boat, but since October 2015, two bridges were open to link the island to the mainland. In the past, Coney Island used to only be visited by those who can afford to reach there by boat, or by sea expeditioners from Outward Bound Singapore who use the island as a quick rest stop. The island is rich in history, having been owned by the Haw Par brothers at one point. The Haw Par Beach Villa belonging to them is also still standing, though the public should not look for it on their own, nor enter it, for their own safety.
What to look out for: Punggol Settlement: The easiest way to get to the island is via the The Punggol Settlement. You can make your way to and around the island either on foot, or by renting a bicycle at The Punggol Settlement. The main trail is only about 2.4 km, but make sure you are sufficiently hydrated! Check out the cool video about Coney Island below:
- Punggol Waterway Park The park is built around four central theme: Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery. One of the four parks linked by the North Eastern Riverine Loop of the Park Connector Network, both visitors who live around the Punggol neighbourhood, or visitors residing in other parts of the island can enjoy the relaxing views at the park while sitting on the many benches, or by running or cycling.
What to look out for: The park is perfect in motivating exercise among residents, and also for quiet morning strolls to kick-start the day or to rejuvenate souls after a long day in school or at work. You could rent bicycles or skates at the nearest PCN pit-stop. For bird enthusiasts, keep an eye out for the Black-naped Oriole, Long-tailed Shrike, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-throated Kingfisher and Collared Kingfisher.
- Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden Located at the Bukit Timah core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is Asia’s first garden dedicated to children. Full of installations and fun activities, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden aims to instil the love for nature in children up the age of 12, by educating them on our dependence on plants and how they help us. What to look out for: Interactive and interesting features: The garden is full of features such as the Suspension Bridge, the Tree House, the Sensory Garden and the Melting Maze! Learning about the environment and about the importance of nature is made more fun with these interactive features, thanks to the garden’s theme of ‘All Life on Earth Depends on Plants’. The garden expansion: The Children’s Garden will undergo a 2-hectare expansion to include older children up to 14 years of age. Building on their brand of experiential learning, the new expansion will see children learning about multiple ecosystems such as rainforest and marsh habitats, and gain an understanding on the ecology of plants. The expansion will only be ready in 2018, so look out for that.
- Gardens by the Bay Perfectly capturing the essence of Singapore’s goal to be a City in a garden, the Gardens are Singapore’s pride and joy, attracting both locals and tourists with its beautifully built feature attractions that rely on cutting edge technology, keeping sustainability and conservation in mind. Much planning and work was put in to ensure beautiful and engaging aesthetics, while also maintaining environmental responsibility. What to look out for: The Supertree Grove: Hosting 12 out of 18 Supertrees, these tree-like vertical gardens are the most distinguishing feature of the Gardens. These amazing trees are covered with over 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. 11 of the Supertrees are also able to harvest solar energy. Don’t miss out on the dazzling display of light and sound at night! You could also walk the OCBC Skyway that connects two of the Supertrees.
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