If you want to have a thrilling, memorable, stimulating and wonderful getaway – it has to be the Lion City!
HAVE run-of-the-mill leisure options in your usual holiday routine got you saying, “Meh!”? Then it’s high time for new challenges. And where else for a whole series of enticing experiences but Singapore?
Our southern neighbour is only a hop, step and jump away - perfect for excursions over long weekends! Once there, brace yourself for energetic experiences that are set to break your routine.
The possibilities are endless in this fast-paced metropolis, and a night or two longer at the island will guarantee plenty of surprises. We’ve taken great pains in rounding up some great options for the young-at-heart traveller:
1) DC Superheroes cable car experience
Being on a cable car can be a thrilling ride by itself. Imagine if it is enhanced with themed cabins, an Asian-first and augmented reality technology. You get to choose to be a part of the adventures of DC super heroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or Green Lantern. Not only will you be able to snap memorable shots alongside your favourite superheroes, but also ‘fly’ across the scenic Singapore skyline.
There are also plenty of photo opportunities when you pose next to 3D life-sized statues of your favourite DC Super Heroes at Faber Peak Singapore.
2) Trick Eye Museum
When you hop off Sentosa Island, you have to try out this museum that teases and tricks you with visual experiences that blows your mind. It’s a fun-filled experience at the amazing world-renowned 3D exhibits at themed zones such as the ‘World of Masterpieces’, ‘Safari Kingdom’ and ‘Star of Circus’.
3) Sentosa Island
If outdoor adventures are more of your thing, take our word; a day out in Sentosa is the perfect experience for you. From the thrilling rides at South-East Asia’s first Universal Studios to the gravity-defying rush from the indoor skydiving at iFly, there’s nowhere else you and your friends can find this much adrenaline-packed excitement in one tiny island.
For water lovers, we recommend riding the waves from a 10-foot Flow Barrel at Wave House or becoming a human rocket by propelling above the sea with a Jetpack. What a rush!
4) Segway Tour
If you’ve never taken a ride on a Segway before, now’s your chance. Not only do you pick up new experiences, it gives you an eye-opening trip around Marina Bay. Learn about the history and heritage behind the extraordinary landmarks that make up the stunning Singapore cityscape.
Live out your action fantasies while releasing some pent-up stress. Believe us, it’s a great way to release tension while getting your adrenaline pumping. Check out the purpose-built, state-of-the-art indoor laser tag arena where you can navigate through a maze, battle with an opposing team or simply hone your shooting skills.
6) Shakespeare in the Park
Wind down and relax while immersing yourself in the magic of the staging of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ under the stars. Brought to you by the very same company that has captivated locals and international visitors alike, Shakespeare in the Park has seen many successful productions of the great playwright’s works by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Held at Fort Canning Park from April 29 to May 10, you’ll enjoy soaking in the lush surroundings from your blanket on the grass.
7) Dempsey Hill
Those who know how to live it up will love this new retail and lifestyle destination. It’s hot enough for a casual Friday night with your peers and cool enough to saunter in with the family for Sunday brunch. Dine and savour fine wine in a private cellar or at your favourite gourmet restaurant. History buffs will also enjoy the charming colonial barracks tucked amidst whistling trees in the area.
8) Universal Studios Singapore
Go beyond the screen and ride the movies (literally!) at Universal Studios Singapore. Brace yourself for a thrilling time with cutting-edge rides, shows and attractions based on your favourite blockbuster films and television series. TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure are just some of the epic experiences that await visitors at this dazzling theme park.
While you’re here, check out Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, the world’s first suspended roller coaster themed after the franchise. The launch of the new ride headlines the theme park’s fifth anniversary celebrations, with more exciting events coming up in the year.
9) Gardens By The Bay
Step into this indoor garden and you’ll find yourself in paradise on earth. Enter the Flower Dome where unique plants bloom in a world of perpetual spring. And over at Cloud Forest, take in breathtaking mountain views. For a truly unique experience, check out Supertree Grove where you will be awed by large canopies.
While you are there, be sure to visit the Tulipmania Floral Display at the Flower Dome. This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes as told through the language of plants.
10) Marina Bay
There’s never a shortage of entertainment at Marina Bay. Catch world-class acts at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay or visit touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world at the lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum. Once the show is over, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade with your friends and family and take in magnificent sights of the world-famous Merlion or set foot on The Helix - the world’s first curved “Double Helix” pedestrian bridge.
To enjoy spectacular views though, go atop colossal Singapore Flyer and the Sands SkyPark. Otherwise, hop onto a river taxi for a tour of magnificent sights around the Bay.
11) Henderson Waves
A trip to Singapore will not be complete without a visit to the highest pedestrian bridge in the republic. Henderson Waves is a fantastical creation perched 36 metres above ground. True to its name, the bridge mimics the undulating shape of a wave, curving and twisting along its entire 274-metre length. Sit and observe the beautiful surroundings at the hidden recesses and shell-like niches along the bridge.
12) Haji Lane
Walking through this vibrant venue today, you would never guess that it used to be an empty street of pre-war shophouses. Local designers and young entrepreneurs have set up quaint boutiques, injecting new life to the area. Step into the vintage shops for an array of contemporary, quirky garments and unique accessories. Haji Lane will definitely up your street cred.
This article is brought to you by the Singapore Tourism Board.
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