Best things to do on a rainy day in Singapore

Skip the great outdoors, these indoor activities are ace for sweater weather
By Cam Khalid |

Singapore's wet season usually lasts from September to February, but don’t be fooled – the weather here is highly unpredictable so it’s always great to have a backup plan for when it starts to pour. From shopping malls and tourist attractions to museums and art galleries, there are still plenty of sights to see and ace things to do when skies turn grey.

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Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest

Be a tourist for a day

If there’s one thing Singapore takes pride in, it’s the myriad of tourist attractions we have scatted across the island. Smell the flowers at Gardens by the Bay, discover underwater life at the S.E.A Aquarium or snap a picture with your favourite celebs in full wax form at Madame Tussauds – there's all that and more to explore during a downpour.

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Auriga Spa Capella

Bliss out at a spa

In need of some rest and relaxation? Take advantage of the cool weather by pampering yourself at a spa. From luxury therapies to pocket-friendly massages of various types, these spas offer relaxing full-body rubdown, revitalising treatments, invigorating scrubs or rejuvenating facials perfect for a gloomy day pick-me-up.

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Shop and eat your way through a mall

Whether you’re a shopaholic or a foodie, there’s a mall for both. Singapore’s cornucopia of shopping centres house lifestyle shops, fashion boutiques, specialised stores, restaurants and more. The good news is that most malls are located in close proximity to or above an MRT station so you can stay dry even without a brolly.

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Virgin Active Singapore

Burn calories at a gym

Going for a run in the rain can be quite risky. For safety reasons, opt to break a sweat indoors. Encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle, Singapore is never short of places to keep you active. Enjoy a good view of the city skyline while whipping that body into shape at indoor gyms and fitness studios such as Virgin Active at Tanjong Pagar Centre and Gravity at Capita Green.

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ArtScience Museum
William Cho

Get you culture fix at a museum

When it comes to museums in Singapore, there's more than meets the eye. With a broad spectrum of genres, spanning from state-of-the-art science, vintage memorabilia, cultural artifacts and historic treasures with interesting backstories, our museums feed curious minds. Try the National Museum of Singapore, Art Civilisations Museum, Singapore Science Centre and more.

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Indulge in a book at the library

Stick your nose between the pages of a fictional bestseller or learn something new from a non-fiction pageturner at the library. With modern interiors and an extensive list of titles that include magazines, video and audio, libraries like Library@Orchard, Library@Esplanade and the National Library are worth staying indoors for.

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The Projector

Catch the latest blockbuster

If Netflix and chill at home won’t do, you can opt for a new box-office screening at the cinema. For the ultimate movie experience, there's the IMAX theatre at Shaw or catch an under-the-radar indie flick at alternative film venues like The Projector and The Screening Room.

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Blu Jaz Cafe

Sway to live music

Most concerts and intimate gigs are conducted indoors – unless you're heading to festivals like Laneway or Ultra – so you’re safe. Book tickets to see your favourite artist perform in Singapore or discover new sounds and local acts at a live music venue. There are always performing arts events dotted around the city to showcase fresh talent, you just have to know where to look.

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National Gallery Singapore
Photo: National Gallery Singapore

Stroke your chin at an art gallery

Here's one for the artsy types – art galleries such as National Gallery Singapore, Goodman Arts Centre and those at Gillman Barracks house gorgeous masterpieces by both local and international artists. While some captivating art exhibitions are permanent, the temporary displays are worth checking out too – if only for the 'gram.

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