Singapore Tourist Attractions Top 5

Top 5 Singapore tourist attractions are Merlion and Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens, Orchard Road and Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore Zoo, as well as Sentosa.

Of the tourist attractions, the 8.6 metre tall Merlion ( statue, completed in 1972, is the city’s best-known symbol and an official mascot, depicting a mythical creature with the body of a fish (a reference to the area’s past as a fishing village) and the head of a lion (a reference to the city’s original Sanskrit name, Singapura – or “Lion City”).

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Merlion with Marina Bay Sands in the background.

Spraying water from its mouth, the Merlion statue has a fantastic Merlion Park location, next door, across the bridge, from the stunning Esplanade – Theatres on The Bay ( performing arts centre & shopping mall.

360° video of Merlion Park (rotate the interactive image to see more of the surrounding areas).

In addition to taking selfies with the statue, which has inspired locals, tourists, and artists throughout the ages, you can also go for a quick cruise on the Singapore River ( from the pier on one side of the Merlion Park or shop at the 24-hour One Fullerton mall ( next to it.

Opposite Merlion Park, on the other side of Marina Bay, is another one of the Singapore tourist attractions, the five-star resort Marina Bay Sands (, which is easy to experience during a visit to the Merlion due to its close proximity.

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Marina Bay Sands during the National Day of Singapore (August 9th) fireworks.

Marina Bay Sands, featuring three towers with landmark architecture inspired by decks of cards, is a unique building complex and one of the top Singapore tourist attractions that includes a 2,561-room hotel, a casino with 600 gaming tables and 2,300 slot machines on four levels, a luxury shopping mall, restaurants by global celebrity chefs, and a 150-metre-long infinity pool as part of SkyPark footbridge that connects the towers.

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Marina Bay Sands Skypark – Skydeck ( on the left side of the photo.

Highlights of Marina Bay Sands, which was opened in 2010, are, in addition to staying at the hotel and playing in the casino, a floating Louis Vuitton Island Maison ( fashion pavilion and a unique Apple store ( completely surrounded by water among the mall’s 170 shops; steakhouse CUT ( by the legendary Hollywood celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck; Spectra, a spectacular light and water show (at the Event Plaza); and the ArtScience Museum (, a museum that operates in a building shaped like a lotus flower, and, as the name suggests, combines the worlds of art and science in a unique way.

One experience reserved only for hotel guests is Marina Bay Sands’ world’s largest rooftop infinity pool at the height of 57 floors, providing unforgettable views throughout the day of the beauty of modern Singapore. Without staying at the hotel, you can still visit Marina Bay Sands’ Skydeck, offering equally stunning views of the surrounding areas and one of the best places to catch the resort’s nightly 15-minute Spectra light and water show (, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

As one of the top Singapore tourist attractions, Gardens by the Bay (, located right next to Marina Bay Sands, is among Asia’s leading garden destinations, a 101-hectare natural paradise designed for the whole family to experience.

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Gardens by the Bay, with Singapore Flyer ( in the background.

Gardens by the Bay, which has been open since 2012 and is divided into three parts – Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay South Garden – includes e.g. the world’s largest, 1.2-hectare glass Flower Dome greenhouse with Mediterranean climate; the high-altitude conservatory Cloud Forest, where you can find a small indoor mountain with a waterfall and an upper-air viewing platform; and the Supertree grove, a futuristic showcase that consists of 18 tree-like, 25- to 50-meter-high structures that dominate the landscape.

In the Supertree grove, you can visit the popular Supertree Observatory, part of the tallest, 50-meter-tall Supertree structure. The observation deck at the top of the structure offers memorable panoramic views, especially of the surrounding gardens and the Marina Bay area of Singapore. An additional way to visit the heights is a 22-meter OCBC Skyway walkway, built between two Supertrees.

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OCBC Skyway walkway within the Supertree structures (Gardens by the Bay).

Another of the city’s nature-themed attractions is the UNESCO World Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens, a 60-hectare tropical nature experience in the middle of a modern metropolis that has been protected since 1859, located about 9 km from Gardens by the Bay.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens – with Swan Lake, completed in 1866, in the picture.

In the Botanic Gardens area, you can experience, among other things, The National Orchid Garden, consisting of more than 60,000 plants and orchid flowers (the world’s largest collection of orchids); SBG Heritage Museum (, where you can get to know the history of the botanical gardens through interactive exhibitions; as well as the Jacob Ballas children’s garden, full of exciting features and things to do for the youngest in the family.

One of the ways to explore different parts of the Botanic Gardens is to take part in free weekend guided tours ( (available in English & Chinese), which are both an educational and an entertaining way to learn more about Singapore’s exotic nature.

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Picnic set (requires advance booking – food & drinks of your choice plus a picnic tray that you get to keep) available from Bee’s Knees Petite restaurant ( in the Botanic Gardens.

There are 10 different cafes and restaurants ( within the extensive Singapore Botanic Gardens to choose from to provide additional energy during the day. Among the alternatives are, for example, Ice Cream Man and Friends (ice cream kiosk – 14 different ice cream flavours), Bee’s Knees at The Garage (Western-Asian fusion cuisine –, as well as Little Spot (a family restaurant with special dishes for children).

The 2.2 km long Orchard Road (, which starts at a distance of only about a thousand metres from the southern end of the Botanic Gardens, is on the list of Singapore tourist attractions the number one destination for shopping, as a shopping zone with its side streets where you can especially discover high-end shopping centres, department stores, restaurants, and cafes.

Orchard Road, with Paragon on the left, Ngee Ann City to the right.

Places that are definitely worth experiencing in the Orchard Road area include, for example, ION Orchard shopping centre ( with about 400 shops & services, ION Sky that has observation deck (on the 55th and 56th floors) and an art gallery as bonus Singapore tourist attractions; Ngee Ann City and its Japanese Takashimaya ( department store & shopping centre; Design Orchard (, which sells products from local Singaporean brands; and Plaza Singapura ( shopping centre, a permanent tourist favourite along the shopping street.

ION Orchard.

If you decide to take visiting shopping malls as a sport, good other shopping centres in the area include Wheelock Place (501 Orchard Road), Forum the Shopping Mall (583 Orchard Road), Paragon (290 Orchard Road), The Centrepoint (176 Orchard Road), Orchard Central (181 Orchard Road), OUE Mandarin Gallery ( 333A Orchard Road), The Heeren (260 Orchard Road), and 313@Somerset (313 Orchard Road).

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Orchard Central Shopping Centre (

Although Orchard Road is one of the centres for spending leisure time in the area, the actual core of Singapore’s nightlife is quite close, on both banks of the Singapore River within Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, consisting of numerous nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and live event venues, one example being the famous Zouk Singapore dance and nightclub (

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Zouk Singapore dance & nightclub (Clarke Quay).

A central Singapore shopping experience alongside Orchard Road and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands ( is Jewel Changi Airport, a nature-themed entertainment and shopping centre that has been open since 2019 and features a direct connection to Changi Airport’s terminals.

The 10-story Jewel Changi Airport ( has – in addition to 300 shops and dining places – gardens, a hotel, plus various attractions, the most famous highlights being 5-story Shiseido Forest Valley indoor garden, Canopy Park indoor park with a suspension bridge on the top floor, and the dramatic, 40-metre-high HSBC Rain Vortex (, the world’s largest indoor waterfall.

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HSBC Rain Vortex (Jewel Changi Airport).

Jewel Changi Airport’s shops and services include Southeast Asia’s largest Nike store, Apple’s only airport store in the world, the 828-seat Shaw Theaters movie theater with 11 screens, as well as the Food Junction, where you can choose a gourmet experience from 19 unique stalls. In some of the mall’s restaurants, such as Jumbo Seafood (, you can try out locally popular flavours, including the famous Singapore Chilli Crab, a dish often highlighted in the country’s food culture.

Of the Singapore tourist attractions, the 26-hectare open concept Singapore Zoo (, open since 1973, is one of the best rainforest zoos in the world.

Consisting of a total of 315 animal species and more than 4,200 animals, the zoo is divided into 11 different themed areas, highlights of which include the 20,000 cubic metre Fragile Forest biodome, showcasing tropical species; Orangutan Island, one of the most popular sections, containing both Bornean orangutans and Sumatran orangutans; Wild Africa with African savannah animals; and Elephants of Asia, featuring amazing Asian elephants.

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Map of the Singapore Zoo (for a larger view:

In addition to elephants and orangutans, you can see many other spectacular species at the zoo, such as white rhinos, cheetahs, African lions, giraffes, giant tortoises, saltwater crocodiles, gray kangaroos, koalas, and chimpanzees.

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An opportunity to feed the giraffes (for an additional fee) organized by the Singapore Zoo.

The zoo offers various daily animal shows (, and you can also make an appointment to feed the animals – elephants, giraffes, goats, white rhinos, giant tortoises, or zebras – for a separate fee ( In recent years, the zoo has added a variety of behind-the-scenes premium priced experiences to choose from, such as private breakfasts next to the orangutans.

Singapore Zoo is part of Mandai Wildlife Reserve, consisting of four similarly themed parks in total. The other parts, each worth experiencing, are Night Safari (at nightfall – from around 19:15 – walking paths and train carriage safaris through the animal areas –, River Wonders (walking trails & amusement park-like boat rides on exotic rivers showcasing animal species on their natural habitats –, and Bird Paradise (an aviary complex containing more than 3,500 colourful birds in eight different enclosures –

Another top one of the Singapore tourist attractions, Sentosa (, is an island resort located behind a bridge connection & monorail from the country’s main island. The island includes numerous attractions, water parks, an amusement park, high-class hotels & restaurants, one of Singapore’s two casinos, 2 km of wave-protected beaches & opportunities for an active vacation, events throughout the year, and much more.

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Resorts World Sentosa as part of Sentosa Island.

For many visitors to Singapore, the main Sentosa Island tourist attraction destination is Resorts World Sentosa and especially its Universal Studios Singapore amusement park ( consisting of six themed areas – a theme park that receives approximately 4.5 million visitors annually, where you can try a total of 28 different amusement ride made in the style of Hollywood movies, enjoy world-class shows & parades, as well as participate in American-style culinary adventures.

Highlights among the different parts of the amusement park are, for example, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure (an journey through rapids in the world of Jurassic Park films) and the Jurassic Outfitters store (Jurassic Park products); Battlestar Galactica: CYLON roller coaster; as well as Transformers: The Ride 3D and Transformers Supply Vault store, the latter of which sells products related to the Transformers movie franchise.

Other Sentosa Island vacation experiences & additional Singapore tourist attractions worth considering (within Sentosa and Resorts World Sentosa) include S.E.A. Aquarium (one of the largest aquariums in the world with more than 100,000 sea animals –, Madame Tussauds Singapore wax museum, Adventure Cove Waterpark, butterfly house Butterfly Park (with 15,000 live butterflies), Wings of Time multimedia show, Fort Siloso (historical fort), plus Mega Adventure Park (featuring 450-metre long cable slide at a height of 72 metres).