Granted, Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. That doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the city’s attractions on a budget. Themed attractions, rides and several galleries and museums charge admission fees, but there are ways to work around these. Here are several attractions and fun things to enjoy for free or on a low budget.
- Free View of Singapore
Don’t waste money on the Singapore Flyer. Enjoy even more spectacular views of the city skyline from the Observatory on the 56th floor of Ion Orchard. Pick a good day, and at sundown enjoy the best views of your life from 216 meters above the ground.
- Just $1 To Cool off at a Water Park!
The Singapore Sports Council has created several water parks and swimming pools to help people cool off in the hot weather. The one in Jurong East has three speedy water slides, plus a lazy river with a strong pull and a giant wave pool where jets of spray jets rain down from above.
- Free Drive-In Movie
If you have a free Sunday evening with nothing planned, take in a free movie at MovieMob. Look up the latest MovieMob venue and enjoy watching a free movie under the stars with a whole bunch of strangers – actually, a great destination cultural experience.
- Free Art Museum Exhibits
The ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands offers several of its exhibits for free viewing. The galleries display lovely artwork from several Far East countries including Singapore. There are several other wonderful exhibits as well, and it’s worth spending the odd hour here.
- Free Walking Tour
Most Singapore city walking tours are expensive, but the instalwalks organized by the Ministry of National Development are free. Tour the unexplored heartland of Singapore. Take advantage of the bike tours as well, and discover hidden gems and find great new photo opportunities on your tours.
- Budget Shopping!
Forget Orchard Street and visit a scheduled flea market for exclusive, authentic, creative and affordable items. The organizers, Fleawhere, schedule these markets. Also check out Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD), where artist originals and designer artwork are sold.
- Free View from the Southern Ridges
Forget about paying heavily for a trip on Sentosa’s cable car. You can obtain much better and more breathtaking views on your Singapore city tour if you climb up the Southern Ridges. A brisk, bracing walk amidst all that greenery is therapeutic to say the least. Plus, the trail has drinking water and toilet facilities. The views of Singapore at sunset from the Southern Ridges are to die for.
- Free Exploring
Exploring the city costs nothing, if you can stay away from buying everything in sight, that is. Little India and Chinatown take you on a journey into the past, with their British colonial architecture, old temples, mosques, hawker’s stalls, markets and traditional cultures.
- Cheap and Excellent Food at Hawker Centers
Ignore those pricey restaurants and visit hawker’s centers to sample some interesting multi-ethnic cuisines. For as little as $3 USD, you can enjoy a full, filling and most excellent meal. These are permanent food stalls, backed by hygienic kitchens. Try the stalls at Chinatown’s Maxwell Road, Lau Pa Sat in the financial district, or Tekka Centre in Little India.
- Free Karaoke Night Out
There are plenty of karaoke pubs in Singapore. Rent a karaoke box with your friends and get going with all your favorite songs. The rent is not much, if you share the box with friends and others at the pub. A beer or two and you’ll have a lovely evening on a strict budget.
- Budget Visit To The Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari are two major, not-to-miss attractions the city offers. Buy a combination ticket for the zoo and the night safari at about $35 Singapore Dollars. The Night Safari is an exotic and thrilling experience and the zoo is a delight for adults and kids.
- Budget Visit To The Singapore Cloud Forest
The Gardens by the Bay, which are a network of greenhouses and waterfront parks are free to visit. However, you’ll have to shell out $14 USD to visit the Cloud Forest. It’s worth the amount, when you see the indoor ‘mountain’ and its surrounding canopy walk. The Cloud Forest is an unbelievably surreal experience for 14 dollars.
- Trek Coney Island Park
Coney Island Park is free to explore. Nature lovers love the expansive range of amazing plants, flowers, animals and birds that survive here. The park has several cycling trails as well. Make a day out of it and explore one of the most exotically beautiful parts of Singapore, completely for free.
- Kite Flying on Marina Barrage
The Marina Barrage is Singapore’s 15th water reservoir, with a beautifully landscaped green rooftop. Buy yourself a few kites and string and fly them from this lush, green roof and follow up with a picnic. There’s no other place to enjoy the most spectacular views of the Marina Bay and Singapore skyline.
- Stargazing from The Science Center
The Science Centre’s Observatory Deck has one of the latest telescopes in the world. For a fee of SGD 6, you can enjoy blissful views of the night sky and the stars. Be sure to check out the interesting exhibits at the center, from electrifying Tesla coils to fire tornados.
- Free Concerts at The Esplanade
Enjoy a most wallet-friendly free concert and art performance at The Esplanade on a Sunday evening. Admission is totally free. It’s the best free fun you can have in Singapore with your friends.
A traveler obtains a true destination experience from immersing himself or herself into the destination’s culture. Paid rides and theme parks are just there for enjoyment – they don’t help you get the true vibe of a city. There are many more things you can enjoy in Singapore for free or for very less money, and enjoy a fulfilling trip.