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New and upcoming attractions in Singapore to check out in 2024

2024 brings scenic coastal trails, new theme parks, and a blockbuster arts cluster

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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New year, new attractions. 2023 brought it on with some exciting new openings – Bird Paradise, Trifecta and Golden Village x The Projector were some prominent ones – and this year’s about to make more of a splash. There will be something for everyone: a massive arts cluster for culture vultures, a new rainforest park and offshore island coastal trail for nature lovers, and expanded theme parks in Resorts World Sentosa. And that’s just for starters. Scroll down for the rest of the new and upcoming attractions that you should be looking out for. 

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Upcoming attractions in 2024

Lo & Behold arts enclave

The gorgeous brutalist structure at Singapore's 46 Kim Yam Road has worn many hats. It was once the headquarters for volunteers during the Japanese Occupation and later, a high school for girls. In 2024, it's opening as a blockbuster creative enclave housing more than 50 creative and lifestyle brands from Singapore and beyond. Dine at Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded The Coconut Club, grab a coffee at local specialty coffee pioneers PPP Coffee and check in for a class at boutique pilates centre Off Duty Pilates. Some big names will be pulling off new concepts here too: think chef Keirin Buck of Le Bon Funk, Mirko Febbrile of Fico, and The Trapeze Group. You can even stay overnight in an 86-room serviced apartment.

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Never received a Hogwarts letter? No matter, you can still experience the magic of the Wizarding World at Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Taking over Sentosa Island’s Coastal Trail from February 3, the experience features an immersive light trail through the mysterious woods of the Forbidden Forest. Encounter magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, try casting your own Patronus charm, and step into key scenes from books and movies. There’ll even be a magical village at the end of it, complete with Butterbeer and exclusive merchandise. 

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Rainforest Wild Park

Singapore truly has the best zoo in the world – just check out the vast aviaries in Bird Paradise and the fascinating trails through River Wonders. In 2024, a new park will open as part of Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Called Rainforest Wild Park, it will be home to more than 300 species of animals living in various rainforest, mangrove, and wetland habitats. Look forward to soaring treetop walks, an immersive river experience, and even an exhibit designed to show off different layers of the rainforest. 

Minion Land

Say ‘bello’ to Minion Land, a new Universal Studios Singapore attraction that’s set to open in 2024. Inspired by the adorable characters from Despicable Me, the new attraction will take over the former Madagascar zone with themed rides, shops, and dining venues. One draw will be Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a motion-simulator 3D ride that will whisk you into the world of the minion characters. Yet to be announced is a top-secret ride that’s said to be a world-first and exclusive to USS – watch this space for more details. 

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Singapore Oceanarium

That’s not all for Resorts World Sentosa. What you now know as the SEA Aquarium is slated to reopen this year as the Singapore Oceanarium – and it will be triple its existing size. Budding marine scientists and enthusiasts will get to deep dive into the ocean through narrative-driven, multi-sensory exhibits. Explore the evolution of marine animals, descend into the mysterious deep ocean, and learn all about Singapore’s unique coasts. If you walk away with a strong desire to protect the oceans, then it’s mission accomplished. 

Big Sister’s Island

Nature lovers will soon have a new trail to check out. Big Sister’s Island will be reopening this year with a coastal forest trail and lagoon tidal pool – all the better to appreciate and learn about the island’s coastal habitats. The 230-metre forest trail, called the Ocean Network Express Coastal Forest Trail, winds through the centre of the island and ends at a hilltop deck with views of other offshore islands. Bird watchers will find this an excellent vantage point to spot white-bellied sea eagles and other fascinating birds too. An existing lagoon on Big Sister’s Island will also be transformed into a tidal pool – the perfect outdoor classroom for you to learn more about the park’s ecosystem of marine flora and fauna. 

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KidZania 5.0

No thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the edutainment attraction KidZania had to close down in 2020. The good news is that it’s back this year as KidZania 5.0 after going through extensive refurbishment. Parents and kids can look forward to all the usual good stuff – a replica town where kids can role-play in sustainability-focused ‘jobs of the future’, a new toddler-exclusive gone, an events lounge, and new programmes including a sleepover experience for kids. 

Escape Singapore

Escape theme park is back – but it’s not the one you think. Separate from the now-defunct Escape Theme Park Singapore, this upcoming adventure park is a ‘retro-eco’ brand that originates in Malaysia. Forget run-of-the-mill theme parks, Escape Singapore will feature lots of nature and adventure-based rides which are low-tech and self-powered. Escape Penang is known for having the world’s longest waterslide too (it’s a whopping 1.1 kilometres and winds lazily through the rainforest), so we’re looking forward to what the Singapore iteration has in store. 

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Haven XR Cinemas

Ever wanted to jump straight into the onscreen action? At Haven XR Cinemas, you can. This immersive, virtual-reality experience doesn’t just transport you into the action. Using location-based virtual reality, you become the story – meaning that your choices directly influence what happens in the newly created world. It promises to be a different adventure every time. 

New attractions in 2023

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  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Mandai

Bird Paradise took off in 2023 with truly stunning features. Take the eight walk-through aviaries modelled after the different biomes of the world: African rainforests, South African wetlands, Australian dry eucalypt forests, and more. Some of the world's most threatened species of birds fly free in these aviaries, offering a unique, up-close experience. You can also take advantage of refreshed programmes, including behind-the-scenes tours at the healthcare facilities and special feeding sessions. 

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The Somerset strip has always been a haven for the skater boys and girls among us. In 2023, it levelled up with the opening of Trifecta, our island city’s first surf-skate-ski attraction. It’s a dream come true for board sports enthusiasts, who can train up their surfing chops in a powerful wave pool, learn how to ski or snowboard at an indoor snow zone (it also has a ski jump area), or simply shred the hybrid skate bowl that sits beside Butter, a café with savoury goodies by Two Men Bagel House. 

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  • Sentosa

You can easily spend a whole day at this mammoth new leisure destination on Sentosa. Situated on Palawan Beach, it brings together a whole bunch of new experiences. Unleash your inner speed demon at the three-level electric go-kart circuit HyperDrive, or take a swing at the mini golf course UltraGolf. Those who just want to soak in the sun can chill out at two new beach clubs, Splash Tribe and +Twelve. There’s also a dog run and beachside food trucks within the premises. 

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  • Southern Islands

This idyllic offshore island saw some interesting new developments in 2023. For starters, it acquired adorable ‘tiny houses’ where you can enjoy the laidback island life. Developed by local company Big Tiny, the Tiny Away Escape @ Lazarus Island has five compact ecotourism cabins with all the modern conveniences you can think of, including an outdoor deck where you can relax to the sound of waves. Afraid you’ll get bored? The island also has a new water sports centre where you can rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and even water bikes. Convenience store SOL by BDC also sells day-to-day necessities and ready-to-eat meals. 

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  • Cinemas
  • Orchard

The Projector has always been a breath of fresh air in our movie scene, screening independent and under-the-radar films at its Golden Mile Tower home as well as its various pop-up locations. But for those who want to catch more mainstream fare without losing the special indie kid flair of The Projector, then the Golden Village x The Projector at Cineleisure is the place for you. Here, you can catch cult releases alongside blockbuster movies – and stick around for live performances, festivals, exhibitions, and markets too. 

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The new KidzWorld at Singapore Zoo is for all the little animal enthusiasts. The one-hectare space is home to 250 animals from 30 different species, which visitors can visit to pet and interact with. Bring your kids to meet axis deer, ferrets, horses, dogs and more, and enrol them in the Ranger Buddies edutainment programme. This includes a Ranger Buddies Quest that will have the little ones gallivanting away on quest-based missions to discover more about animal health, care and nutrition. 

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Toys”R”Us opened its 12th outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, and it’s quite a departure from its usual stores. The Jewel outlet has been redesigned with a clean, minimalistic style with Piet Mondrian-esque splashes of colour. In the name of fun and play, Toys”R”Us at Jewel also has a large indoor playground by Kiztopia, featuring aviation-themed installations, slides, and ball pits. 

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An old wet market in Queenstown gets a new lease of life as Margaret Market. The former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market & Food Centre reopened in August 2023 with a modern new look and filled with wholesome homegrown brands and old trades that relocated from Tanglin Halt. Dig into Aussie-inspired jaffles at Urban Folks, enjoy localised tacos and craft beers at Margie, or spice things up with Indonesian smashed chicken at Fangko. Other interesting brands that have set up shop include Homme Baker, Margie, and Creamier. 

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Calling all pawrents, One Holland Village is a new mall that’s been specially designed to cater to pets. No, you still can’t take your furkid into all the shops (only a select few restaurants are pet-friendly), but the open-air grounds are certainly accessible to all. There are even pet lifts, water coolers for pets and leash hooks around the mall. Surrey Hills Grocer has opened here with an in-house pet store Furry Hills, while Fireplace by Bedrock has a pet-friendly alfresco dining area. Other exciting food venues include casual Japanese fusion bistro Ginkyō, Ippudo and Sushi Tei. 

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In February 2023, the northern section of the Rail Corridor opened with 21km of uninterrupted trails and pathways from Kranji MRT station to Spooner Road. With 30 new entry points along the section, the Rail Corridor is more accessible than ever – that’s not to mention new barrier-free ramps and native trees and shrubs to p the rustic charm of the route. As you walk along Rail Corridor North, keep your eyes peeled for a scenic lookout deck near the Upper Bukit Timah truss bridge. It offers a scenic view of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Dairy Farm Nature Park.

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