Snow City (21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Jurong, Singapore) – since Singapore has tropical weather all year round, many of the visitors to this winter theme park are locals who rarely (if ever) been to a country that experiences real winter weather. Schoolchildren come here just to build snowmen, as well as stage snowball fights. For adults, they can engage in skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing on the site’s three-story snow slope. For refreshments, there’s the Hot Chocolate Bar. Admission (2-hour interval): Adult ($27), Child ($22).
Singapore Zoo (80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore) – over 3,000 animals from 316 species in their natural spacious habitats await visitors here. One note worthy activity is the “Elephants at Work and Play” show – which demonstrates how elephants are used as beasts of burden in south-east Asian countries. The “Fragile Forest” section has the world’s largest butterfly dome. Admission: Adults ($35), Children ($23).
Singapore Island Country Club (240 Sime Road, Singapore) — The legendary Nick Faldo claims it’s beautiful and we can’t find a better endorsement than that for you to head to the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), a bastion of Singapore golf. There’s something for everyone to have a swinging good time in the undulating courses here.
With four beautiful and challenging 18-hole par 71 golf championship courses, an executive 9-hole course, two driving ranges and putting and chipping greens at both Island and Bukit locations skirted by the verdant serenity of the nature reserve and the reservoir, the tee measurements vary at 5,265m (red), 5,751m (white) and 6,077m (blue).
Singapore Indoor Stadium (2 Stadium Walk, Singapore) — Concert goers and sports fans have thronged this 12,000-seat arena since its opening in December 1989. Many sports stars, rockstars and world-famous bands have captivated audiences with performances at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang. Designed by legendary Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange, this indoor spectacle has a cone shaped roof and pillarless arena.
Besides giving local and visitors their entertainment fix, it is also the home ground of the Singapore Slingers, the nation’s finest basketball warriors who battle it out in the Asean Basketball League. In 2010, it will also host the intense action from the world’s most talented young badminton and table tennis players in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Stadium Waterfront located behind the stadium has retail outlets and restaurants serving an eclectic range of cuisine such as local Chinese seafood, contemporary Indian and Italian. These establishments offer alfresco dining with a scenic backdrop of the beautiful coastline. Look out for occasional street markets too.
Singapore Food Festival (Read Bridge, Singapore) – held annually from late June to late July and organized by the Sinagpore Tourism Board, the Singapore Food Festival is a grand interactive learning experience. It acts as a Singapore food guide that gives you a closer look at the rich cultures that make our little island pulsate with energy. Talented local and international chefs hold regular cooking workshops and demonstrations during this period and if you’re lucky, you might just go home with a secret tip or two to spice up your culinary adventures in your kitchen.
It’s an immensely popular food festival that appeals to both locals and tourists (with a record attendance of over 354,000 foodies last year) alike with its smorgasbord of tantalizing treats and events happening across town. You won’t even have to travel far and wide to satisfy your cravings for authentic traditional food from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan cuisines, whipped up piping hot and featured in not only the city and historical enclaves, but also in almost every nook and cranny of the island state.
Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore) – this is the world’s largest observation wheel (165 meters), which offers its riders 360-degree views of Singapore.
Those in a mood to splurge can participate in the Moët Chandon Champagne Flight (a private capsule where participants can take in the spectacular skyline at sunset with a flute glass of champagne. Romantic couples can indulge in a four-course Sky Dining experience that comes with a personalized butler service.
Admission: Adults ($33), Children ($21), Family Combo (2 adults & 1 child) ($78).
Sentosa Golf Club (27 Bikit Manis Sentosa Island, Singapore) — The Sentosa Golf Club is the place to get a golf fix while travelling with children to sunny Sentosa. The club, highly regarded as one of the best golf destinations in Asia, is home to two magnificent championship 18-hole par 72 golf courses – Serapong and Tanjong. In fact, some of the top golfers from the region and the world who compete in the Barclay’s Singapore Open have pitted their golfing skills in challenging Serapong.
Thanks to Sentosa’s natural and historical heritage, both the courses possess fairways lined with lush greenery and scenic coastline views of either the Singapore harbor or South China Sea. Golfers also have a cornucopia of fine dining culinary options in this club after their game, which includes Kaiseki Sushi’s scrumptious Japanese and Il Lido’s tantalizing Italian fare.
Sentosa Island – this is a popular island resort within Singapore, attracting some 5 million visitors a year. Its attractions include a 1.2 mile long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa (which includes the Universal Studios Singapore theme park).
Sentosa’s biggest attraction, Imbiah Lookout, offers something for everyone; thrill seekers can take a ride on Skyline Luge Sentosa; nature lovers can explore the walking trails and wonders of Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom or learn about flora and fauna on a guided tour of Sentosa Nature Discovery. For some culture, try Images of Singapore. The sporty side of you can enjoy a game of beach volleyball on Siloso Beach, ride the barreling waves at Wave House Sentosa and at night fall, be awed by Songs of the Sea, a multi-sensory extravaganza. Feeling hungry? Our food for the gourmet soul comes to you in over 50 restaurants from casual to classy, and in every taste.
S.E.A. Aquarium (Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore) — Step into the world’s largest aquarium and be blown away by the breath-taking nature of the ocean and its inhabitants. Immerse yourself in the magic of life underwater, as seen through our planet’s largest window to the ocean. With more than 800 species of marine animals, the aquarium is home to majestic manta rays, enormous goliath groupers, Napoleon wrasse and other gentle giants of the sea. Come face-to-face with over 200 sharks and uncover the centuries of myths about these ocean predators. Sneak a peek at a moray eel in a rocky crevice or tour an underwater reef community. Admission: Adults ($29), Children & Seniors (60 years and above) ($20)
Robertson Quay — the most laidback of the three quays along the Singapore River, this largely residential estate has become a real entertainment enclave with bars, restaurants, cafés, performing arts houses and art galleries.
It’s quite a change from its historical roots as an area filled with offices and warehouses, populated by early settlers of Singapore looking for work. Fast forward 200 years and Robertson Quay is now a completely different space. Not only is it home to a mix of local and expat residents, the area also houses The Singapore Tyler Print Institute, which has free print and paper art installations. If you’re into theatre, one of Singapore’s most progressive theatre companies, TheatreWorks, is nearby, as is the Singapore Repertory Theatre, well known for their acclaimed productions of classic pieces like Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
There’s a multitude of dining options to be found including Australian pub grub at Boomarang Bistro & Bar, Belgian establishment Brussels Sprouts which serves up some delicious mussels and fries and possesses an extensive craft beer list, and for French fare, you can’t go wrong at Brasserie Wolf.