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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Book tickets to a theatre spectacle
With a plethora of local and international must-see musicals and plays popping up all over the city, theatre lovers are spoilt for choice.