This is the most complete guide to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
In this blog, you’ll know:
- How to go to Gardens by the Bay by MRT?
- 11 best attractions and fantastic light show at Gardens by the Bay
- How to buy your entrance tickets with cheaper price?
- How long do you need to spend at there?
Covering 101 hectares, Singapore’s nature park shouldn’t be missed.
Developed by a reclaimed land in the center of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay first opened in 2012 and now has become Singapore’s main attractions.
In fact, as of October 2018, 50 million people have visited this nature park encapsulated in modern and striking architecture.
Directions going to Gardens by the Bay is quite easy and you will soon arrive at this national icon in no time. Before start touring around Gardens by the Bay, here are some tips for you.
If you plan to visit:
- Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
- Supertree Grove and OCBC Skyway
- Catch the Light Show
You should spare at least 6 hours for Gardens by the Bay trip.
Conversely, if you plan to visit all the 11 attractions then you need to have a full day at Gardens by the Bay.
If you unable to allocate a full day at Gardens by the Bay, I would suggest you to visit the popular ones. Don’t worry, I’ll show you the popular attractions in Gardens by the Bay through the guide below.
How to Go to Gardens by the Bay by MRT?
The cheapest and convenient ways to go to Gardens by the Bay is via MRT train. Bayfront Station is the nearest MRT Station to Gardens by the Bay.
You can take the Circle Line or Downtown Line to Bayfront MRT Station. Once you arrived at Bayfront MRT Station and walk out the Exit B. Then, take a short walk to Gardens by the Bay in 3 to 5 minutes.
Don’t worry, I’ll show you in pictures how to walk to Gardens by the Bay from the Exit B of Bayfront MRT Station later. 🙂
Orchard to Gardens by the Bay:
- Take the North South Line from Somerset/ Orchard MRT Station to Marina Bay MRT Station.
- Alight at Marina Bay MRT Station and then change to the Circle Line.
- Catch the Circle Line from Marina Bay MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- After you get off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station, you should go out the Exit B for Gardens by the Bay.
Bugis to Gardens by the Bay:
- Catch the Downtown Line from Bugis MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- Get off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station and then look for the Exit B which will give you direct access to Gardens by the Bay.
Chinatown to Gardens by the Bay:
- Hop on the Downtown Line from Chinatown MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- After you hop off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station, you should go out the Exit B for Gardens by the Bay.
Little India to Gardens by the Bay:
- Ride the Downtown Line from Little India MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- Get off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station and then go out the Exit B for Gardens by the Bay.
VivoCity (HarbourFront) to Gardens by the Bay:
- Take the North East Line from HarbourFront MRT Station to Chinatown MRT Station.
- Alight at Chinatown MRT Station and then transfer to the Downtown Line.
- Catch the Downtown Line from Chinatown MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- When you get off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station, you should leave the Exit B for Gardens by the Bay.
Changi Airport to Gardens by the Bay:
- Take the East West Line from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah MRT Station.
- Alight at Tanah Merah MRT Station and then change to the East West Line that is towards Joo Koon direction.
- Catch the East West Line from Tanah Merah MRT Station to Bugis MRT Station.
- Alight at Bugis MRT Station and then transfer to the Downtown Line.
- Board the Downtown Line from Bugis MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- Hop off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station and then go out the Exit B for Gardens by the Bay.
Clarke Quay to Gardens by the Bay:
- Board the North East Line from Clarke Quay MRT Station to Chinatown MRT Station.
- Alight at Chinatown MRT Station and then change to the Downtown Line.
- Catch the Downtown Line from Chinatown MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- After you hop off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station, you should head for the Exit B which will provide direct access to Gardens by the Bay.
- Hop on the Downtown Line from Fort Canning MRT Station to Bayfront MRT Station.
- Hop off the MRT at Bayfront MRT Station and then look for the Exit B to give you direct access to Gardens by the Bay.
A Step-by-step Guide on Getting to Gardens by the Bay – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
1. Take the Circle Line/ Downtown Line to Bayfront MRT Station and then walk out the Exit B. Follow the signpost for Gardens by the Bay. You should go straight on until you see the lift and stairs on your left.
2. Take the stairs or lift up.
3. After you go up the stairs or lift, you’ll spot the Gardens by the Bay Map just on ahead. Take a photo on the Gardens by the Bay Map to assist you navigate around the garden later. After finished taking photo on the map, go along the walking trail.
4. Walk until the end and then turn left.
5. Follow the walkway, you’ll see a Dragonfly Bridge on your right-hand side soon.
6. Walk through the Dragonfly Bridge. After you cross the Dragonfly Bridge, you’ll reach Gardens by the Bay.
7. At the end of the Dragonfly Bridge, you should turn left.
8. Now, you already at Malay Garden, one of the tourist spot at Gardens by the Bay. Continue straight.
9. Follow the walkway and go straight ahead. Next, you’ll arrive Chinese Garden soon.
10. Go straight and the Chinese Garden just on ahead of you.
11. Go along the road to pass through the Chinese Garden. Soon, you’ll spot the Indian Garden on ahead.
12. Enter the Indian Garden and you should go straight at the roundabout.
13. After you pass by the Indian Garden, you’ll reach Flower Dome and Cloud Forest soon.
14. Wow! You already reached the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest! It’s just located ahead of you.
15. Flower Dome and Cloud Forest tickets can be purchased from ticketing counter but expect long waiting lines. Thus, the smart way is buying your Flower Dome and Cloud Forest tickets online.
The online tickets not only helping you to skip the long queues over the ticketing counter but also give you the extra 17% discount. This surely will save your precious time and money!
After you book the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest tickets online, you’ll receive a soft copy ticket. You just need to show your soft copy ticket through your smartphone at the entrance gate of the attractions. Just like that, you can enter the attractions directly.
Alternatively, you can print out the soft copy ticket for you to access the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest directly.
Find out more about the online tickets of Flower Dome and Cloud Forest through the link below:
1. Flower Dome and Cloud Forest (Top-rated Attractions)
Two of the highlights of Gardens by the Bay are its two cold conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. With the main mission of creating Singapore as a “City in a Garden”, these modern and outstanding structures paved the way to urban horticulture.
A feast for the eyes, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest looks like a shell along the edge of the Marina Reservoir. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, these biomes are famous as the biggest columnless greenhouses with glass seems to sit on each steel grid. Impressive from the outside, impeccable from the inside.
There is no question why these two has become one of the top Gardens by the Bay must-visit place. More than just the wow factor, these are conservatories of plants from different regions across the globe.
If you want something educational and entertaining at the same time while being close to nature – visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. In addition, these famous spots in Singapore are unique, thus, one of the must-not-skip activities when visiting the Lion City.
Without further delay, let’s start exploring the inside of these 2 two cold conservatories. 🙂
Flower Dome – The World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse
The Flower Dome occupies 1.2 hectares equivalent to 2.2 football fields or 75 Olympic-sized pools. With its open layout that can house up to 1,000 people. Thanks to world-class landscape architects let each visitor feel walking into different gardens.
Currently, Flower Dome is holding the title as the world’s largest greenhouse. Here are the different gardens and the plants you can see at the Flower Dome recreating a scene of eternal spring.
The Australian Garden features flora species that can be found in Australia’s dry-desert areas. Among the flowers, check out Grass Tree, which is said to live to up to 600 years.
While at the garden, you may notice a flower that resembles a paw – you may be looking at Mangles Kangaroo Paw Plant. Other plants at the Australian Garden are Manuka Myrtle Plant and Queensland Bottle Tree.
Baobabs and Bottle Trees
If you turn right from the entrance passing the Succulent Garden, you will arrive at the Baobabs and Bottle Trees. These are the biggest and tallest plants housed at the flower garden.
Wherever you are within the Flower Dome, you will see and notice these trees especially with their distinct trunk shape (used to store water).
African Baobab, the “Drunken Tree” and Ghost are found in this place. Treasure this experience since baobabs are rapidly dying off in recent years.
Showcasing a colorful Californian garden, this garden is filled with shrubs and vines. Do not be surprised if you find them aromatic. Watch out for the dainty California lilac and the shrubby blackberry plant.
Don’t forget to take a photo of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.
From its name itself, the Flower Field lies in the center of the Flower Dome and the epicenter of Flower Dome’s floral extravaganza.
Some flowers changes for seasonal themes like Tulip mania but watch out for Flower Field’s eternal spring with blooms like orchids, hydrangeas, and dahlias.
If you need a little break from checking out one garden from another garden, head to the Mediterranean Garden where you can sit down and feel a little bit a shade.
After all, this garden has palms namely, the Canary Island Date Palm.
Mediterranean Garden showcase native plants found in the Mediterranean Basin, believed to be the first in the world to cultivate agriculture.
South African Garden
Another colorful garden within the Flower Dome is the South African Garden with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange with a gazelle sculptures leaping.
Beautiful blooms of pink and purple as well as verdant greens can be found here especially the fire-prone shrubs with needle-like leaves called Fynbos plants.
Other plants found in the South African Garden are Coffee Bush plant, Pincushions plant, Heath plant and Sugarbushes plant.
South American Garden
If you spot an area with a covered archway, you have entered the South American Garden of the Flower Dome.
Focusing on Chilean garden, it is mix of arid palms and colorful flowers like the large Chilean Wine Palm standing along the garden terrace. Meanwhile, admire flowers in yellows and purple. Spot the Monkey Puzzle Tree or take a closer look at the enigmatic anthurium flowers.
A lot of people are not into collecting and taking care of succulents at home but bring to another level as you visit this key attraction inside the Flower Dome. Just adjacent to the Baobab Trees close to the entrance is the succulent garden. While you are used to small succulents, here you will find big and rare ones like the Wooly Cactus and the so-called “Old Man of the Andes”.
Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome also features seasonal and changing display, something locals and frequent visitors of Singapore all look forward too. From Chinese New Year to Christmas, watch out for ensembles within the conservatory.
How long do you need to spend at Flower Dome?
Around 2 to 3 Hours
Cloud Forest – Unveil a Mysterious Misty World of Flora
The taller structure is the Cloud Forest and as opposed to the cool-dry environment of the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest is cool and wet. From its name itself, this conservatory mimics a cloud forest, a moist tropical forest hovered with a low-level cloud.
*Escalators and Lift are installed in Cloud Forest to make you convenient to visit each level of attractions.
With the cold environment, misty and some little splashes from the waterfall, the Cloud Forest is truly mystical that it seems you are transported to a different place.
Here are some of the activities inside the Cloud Forest.
Go up to the highest section of the Cloud Forest and take a one-of-a-kind walk. This is the place where you can view the “plateau” below, feel the clouds in between your legs.
In addition, you can get a closer look at the Epiphyte plants on the side of the mountain. Thrilling and magical at the same time, Cloud Walk is definitely one of the top attractive spots in Gardens by the Bay.
You don’t have to trek to the jungle and off-the-beaten-path caves to see the world’s natural gems and crystals. In one of the floors of the Cloud Forest is a dedicated exhibition for natural beauties found in our caves – stalagmites and stalactites.
From the outstanding display, learn about these formations as you admire their beautiful shapes and forms. Furthermore, the Crystal Mountain also let visitors learn about geology and our Earth’s past from other displays like fossils.
See the amazing flora at the highest point of the Cloud Forest without walking along the Cloud Walk at the Lost World. Here is a garden where you can see vegetation that can only be found 2,000 meters above sea level. A relaxing place, spot some ferns and the famous Venus fly-catcher plant.
A new attraction in Cloud Forest is Secret Garden, a place to appreciate the vegetation and flora found in a limestone and cave forest.
Relax in the Secret Garden of 7,000 plants from 135 species. Don’t miss the miniature orchid installation where you need a magnifying glass to see the orchids.
Tree Top Walk
If you find the Cloud Walk too much for you (those with fear of heights and heart issues), you can still enjoy a canopy walk along the Crystal Mountain with the Tree Top Walk.
Great for all ages, take a walk at the forest canopy right in the bottom of the mountain while you enjoy bird’s eye view of the tree tops and misty clouds.
As soon as you enter this must-visit spot at the Gardens by the Bay, you will instantly feel refreshed from one of the main highlights of Gardens by the Bay – its 35-meter waterfall.
How long do you need to spend at Cloud Forest?
Around 1 to 2 Hours
09:00 – 21:00
Normal Ticket Prices
Adult (13+): SGD $28
Child (3 – 12): SGD $15
Child (Under 2): Free
Highly suggested to buy your Flower Dome and Cloud Forest tickets online. Here’s why:
1. Skip the long queue for buying your tickets at ticketing counter
As the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest are two of the most popular visit places in Gardens by the Bay. Hence, expect crowd or long queue if you are visiting during holidays or weekends. Skip the line by booking your ticket online.
2. Able to enter Flower Dome and Cloud Forest directly
Just show your printed tickets or soft-copy tickets via your mobile phone at the gate and you are ready to go!
3. Enjoy 17% Discount
When you buy online, you get to enjoy discounted rates in your admission fees to the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. This is great if you are trying to stretch your travel budget when in Singapore or traveling with your whole family.
4. Enjoy open date tickets
When you book online for the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, each ticket is valid for a few months. Therefore, you can visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest at anytime.
2. Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway (Popular)
Another top tourist spot at Gardens by the Bay are the Supertrees – a tree-like gigantic structure. This gigantic structure is designed not just to look like trees, but functions like one. Measuring between 25 to 50 meters high, there are 18 Supertrees in the Garden. But, there are 12 of them standing in what is known as the Supertree Grove.
The tallest Supertree stands 16 storeys high uniquely found in Singapore. Hence, it’s quite expected that the Supertree Grove has been named as one of Singapore’s top landmarks.
The Supertree Grove is home to multi-facet structures. Each Supertree is a vertical garden itself with its “trunk” planted with various plants. It is said that a total of 200 species and 162,900 plants are present at the Supertree Grove.
Just like a real tree, their wide canopy-like design provide shade during daytime. The brilliance of the Supertress lie on their functions like harvesting solar power from its photovoltaic cells. These mimicking how plants use sunlight for photosynthesis.
These top tourist spots within the Gardens by the Bay can also collect rainwater, just like how plants absorb water and nutrients.
While many admire the Supertree for their beauty and design, learning about their functions makes you more impressed not just to the Supertree Grove but to the whole Gardens by the Bay.
Something you shouldn’t miss among the many must-visit places within Gardens by the Bay is the OCBC Skyway. It’s an aerial walkway measuring 128 meters connecting two of the tallest Supertrees. You take an elevator to reach the platform and start walking along the OCBC Skyway.
OCBC Skyway with its height gives you that experience like floating above the grounds, with the gardens below you.
Views of the Marina Bay Sands and its neighboring areas, as well as the rest of the Gardens, are best seen from OCBC Skyway. However, those with fear of heights might find crossing one end to another too much.
Don’t worry, the platform close to the Supertree “trunk” has a large space for visitors to stay. Plus, you can enjoy the views and take panoramic photos without strolling along the Skyway. With this, you don’t have to worry if you have fear of heights, the OCBC Skyway is still worth the price.
How much time you need to spend at OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove?
Around 2 Hour
09:00 – 21:00
Normal Ticket Prices (OCBC Skyway)
Adult (13+): SGD $8
Child (3 – 12): SGD $5
Child (Under 2): Free
Combo Package: Flower Dome + Cloud Forest + OCBC Skyway Tickets
3. Gardens by the Bay Supertree Light Dancing Show (Popular)
See the magical beauty of the Supertrees with its daily lights and music show.
Every 19:45 and 20:45, the Supertree Groves comes more alive in a dazzling musical light show.
Dancing lights that are both colorful and dazzling makes this one of the most unmissable things to do in Singapore at night.
What’s more, the Gardens by the Bay Supertree Lights Show is free! For 12 minutes, lay on the grass or relax by any open space by the Supertree Grove. This has become a highlight and the best way to end your visit to the Gardens by the Bay. So, don’t forget to see the best light show in Singapore.
19:45 and 20:45
Where to see the Light Dancing and Music Shows:
Location: Supertree Grove
4. Dragonfly Lake and Dragonfly Bridge
Just a few meters from the Supertree Grove Tree is the Dragonfly Lake and the Dragonfly Bridge. Locals come here for a morning walk, bike, or for an afternoon stroll.
If you are visiting Gardens by the bay for the first time, the Dragonfly Bridge is a good vintage point to get a good angle of the Marina Bay Sands.
The Dragonfly Lake features a rich aquatic ecosystem with plants and animals not just dragonflies but frogs, bugs, and butterflies as well.
Explore the lake on its 440-meter boardwalk until you reach the Dragonfly Bridge. Along the way, you not only spot plants and creatures but planted islands and sculptural structures. Most of all, look for the iconic two steel dragonfly sculpture at the lake!
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
5. The Canyon
Backdropped by the two Cold Conservatories is the newest tourist spot at Gardens by the Bay – The Canyon. Set in a dragon-shaped 400-meter trail is a collection of 60 sculptured rocks. These are not just any rock creations but one-of-a-kind ancient rock formations, collected and brought all the way from Shandong, China.
Walking along the trail as you spot and check out one rock formation from another, you can immediately realize how intriguing and at the same imposing they are. Completing The Canyon are plants from arid climates like wax palm and coral trees.
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
6. Golden Garden
Often overlooked as one of the tourist spot of Gardens by the Bay, the Golden Gate is hard to miss especially when you follow the directions on how to get to the Gardens by the Bay.
This garden is located at the Arrival Square where there are three Supertree stands. Its main attractions are bull bronze sculptures namely the Magnificent Bull, Red Charging Bull, and the Charging Bull by American artist, Walter Matia. These bull sculptures symbolize Singapore’s bullish economy.
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
7. Sun Pavilion
One of the new additions to the list of tourist spots in Gardens by the Bay is the Sun Pavilion. As a themed garden nature park in Singapore, the Sun Pavilion focuses on plants that thrive in desert areas from America to Africa.
This garden may look like a much smaller version of the Flower Dome. But, this is a great location for those looking for free things to do at Gardens by the Bay.
In a relaxed setting that resembles dry desert, walk along the small trail as you check out almost 1,000 plants representing 200 species of cactus and succulents. Watch out for popular species like the Brain Cactus, and Turk’s Cap.
09:00 – 21:00
8. Web of Life
What’s impressive about Gardens by the Bay is how different and interesting each themed garden is. One of these is the Web of Life that will awe both kids and adults alike.
Set in a spacious, more open-air area this is a curated landscape showcasing 8 amazing animals that can be found in Southeast Asia using Topiary plants.
Topiaries of the Indian Laurel plant are brilliantly trimmed, shaped, and groomed to create life-size structures of animals like hornbill, pangolin, and the famous orangutan.
Without any doubt, this is another Instagrammable spot within Gardens by the bay. Web of Life also has a nice view of Marina Bay Sands. One of the many lush green areas of the nature park, other plants found at Web of Life are figs and Banyan trees.
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
9. Heritage Garden
Gardens by the Bay also pays homage to the unique tapestry of different cultures that compose modern-day Singapore.
Welcome to Heritage Garden, home to 4 themed gardens representing Singapore’s three ethnic groups and its colonial past. Therefore, the Heritage Garden has
- Chinese Garden
- Malay Garden
- Indian Garden
- Colonial Garden
Each ethnic group and history is represented through certain plants as well as key structures.
A must-do in Gardens by the Bay, the Chinese Garden make use of nature and art to illustrate Chinese culture of antiquity and rich culture. Rocks and water are used to resemble mountains, rivers, and waterfalls.
The Indian Garden on the other hand provides a glimpse of the devotions and religious practices of Hinduism and Indian culture. Elephants and plants used as offering are found in this garden.
The Malay Garden is home to tropical fruits like durian and rambutan. A traditional Malay house can be found, reminding visitors on how the structure is made from materials found in the jungle.
The Colonial Garden reminds you on the role of Singapore during the Spice trade. Hence, key spices like nutmeg as well as plants like rubber and cacao are planted here.
The Heritage Garden not only tells the history and heritage of Singapore via plants.
But, it’s a great venue to relax and stretch your legs after hours of exploring Gardens by the Bay. You’ll discover different shaded areas, shades seats and benches scattered in each themed garden.
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
10. Floating Baby
Gardens by the Bay is accentuated by 40 sculptures and art installations with different materials from stainless steel to stained polished Lychee wood. These artworks are from international artists, many of them donated by private individuals.
One of these is the “Floating Baby” by British artist, Marc Quinn. Made from white painted bronze and stainless steel, it “floats” right in front of The Meadows. It’s real name is “Planet”, a colossal sculpture of the artist own infant son, Lucas.
Weighing 7 tons, the sculpture’s weight is impeccably supported by its right arm creating the illusion of a floating baby.
The Floating Baby will always catch everyone’s attention especially on the kind of paradox is plays – it is quite heavy at seven tons yet appears totally weightless.
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
11. Serene Garden
If you felt too stimulated after a long day enjoying the different famous spots in Gardens by the Bay, the Serene Garden is the perfect place to find some tranquility.
Designed as a Japanese Zen Garden, the Serene Garden brings forth some relaxation amidst the hustle and bustle of city life in Singapore.
Minimalist in design, the Serene Garden covers a total of 2 hectares complete with all the features of a Japanese garden.
The center is the unique water feature framed by Bismarckia trees that are endemic to Madagascar. Pruned and bonsai Juniper trees fill the space along with Japanese bamboo.
The garden also has a mini waterfall complete with blue Niyodo Rock. For the Zen design, rocks of red and blue were collected from Japan. Like other attractive places within Gardens by the Bay, visitors can enjoy the skyline from Serene Garden.
05:00 – 02:00 (Next Day)
Gardens by the Bay Guide Map
With all these attractive tourist spots in Gardens by the Bay, you know the list of things to do and see is quite long. Expect to spend at least half of your day exploring especially for first-time visitors. For those who have visited before, check out new attractions like the Serene Garden.
Gardens by the Bay is truly unique with the right blend of technology and nature. Other than this, getting to Gardens by the Bay is also easy with direct MRT access.
Here are the reasons why you should never miss Gardens by the Bay when in Singapore:
- It is a unique urban outdoor recreation in the world
- It is the first of its kind in the world – the largest urban garden
- An educational destination for today’s modern generation
- High tech features in their exhibits and attractions
- You can visit many attractions in one destination
- Includes some free attractions for budget travelers
Ready to visit Gardens by the Bay?
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