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AJ Hackett Singapore
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16 fun outdoor date ideas in Singapore

From planning your own hawker safari to glamping and star-gazing, score major brownie points by taking your date outdoors

By Time Out Singapore editors
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Whether you’ve just swiped right – and now getting a case of the first date jitters – or running out of #Fridate ideas, there are always better options than the typical dinner and movie. Shake things up and take your date outdoors to get to know them – before you take them (ahem) indoors.

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Walk through hell and back

Things to do Kent Ridge

Not your usual date venue, this free weird and wonderful park opens its gate to multi-coloured statues and tableaux that depict scenes from Chinese history and mythology. Don't miss out on the Ten Courts of Hell (responsible for childhood nightmares for generations of Singaporeans) where small-scale tableaux show human sinners being punished in a variety of hideous and bloodthirsty ways – in extremely gory and graphic detail. This rather morbid option can be fun for the skeptics, but definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

Magical Shores at Siloso
Photograph: Sentosa Development Corporation

Feel the sand in your toes

Art Digital and interactive Singapore

Siloso Beach amps up the romance with a whole new light with a new immersive light and sound show, Magical Shores. Taking centre stage are two islets across the waters, illuminated with lights, dreamy fog, and tranquil music. A light and sound symphony brings the trees to life, accentuating the beauty of Sentosa's landscape. The multi-sensory experience also welcomes both of you to interact with light art on the sandy beach, inspired by diverse elements ranging from water flow to marine creatures.

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Jurong Lake Gardens
Photograph: NParks

Be a kidult at a massive playground

Things to do Jurong East

Surround yourself with the flora and fauna of this national – and natural – treasure in the west. The gardens include Lakeside Garden, Chinese and Japanese Gardens and Garden Promenade – previously known as Jurong Lake Gardens West, Jurong Lake Gardens Central and Garden Promenade respectively. Take a walk on the bridge by the waters, chill out in hammocks overlooking the pagodas, or unleash your inner kid at the obstacle course and playground.

Speed date with an actual race

Things to do Bukit Timah

Show your date how fast you're willing to move – you know, if taking things slow ain't your thing. The Karting Arena bills itself as ‘Singapore’s first-ever permanent electric karting track’. To let the numbers do the talking, the track is 545m long, 8m wide, and has 11 turns, including a hairpin and a chicane. The karts here are electric – meaning they produce no fume and little noise – but we are promised that they can reach speeds of 30 to 50km/h, and can outperform their gasoline-powered brothers. And even if you don’t know how to drive, it’s all good. No license is required, so get ready to hit the tarmac and channel your inner Lewis Hamilton.

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Embark on a hawker centre dinner safari

Restaurants Singaporean Raffles Place

Take advantage of the fact that you’re never too far from a hawker centre and draw up your own dining safari. Start with a sunset satay session at Lau Pa Sat (order the duck satay from Stall 7 and 8), before walking down to Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre for some Michelin-starred soya sauce chicken (Stall #02-126) and hearty claypot rice (Stall #02-198/199). End the night at Maxwell Food Centre with a bowl of tummy-warming porridge (Stall 45/46) or if you get there before 8pm – fry up your own hum chin peng (deep-fried dough fritters) at stall 28 and test how you work as a team.

AJ Hackett Sentosa
Photograph: AJ Hackett Sentosa

Get your scream on

Sport and fitness Parachuting and skydiving Sentosa

Nothing says YOLO more than committing to a bungee jump. For thrill-seekers, the AJ Hackett at Sentosa offers a number of adrenaline-spiking ways to bond with your beau. There’s the 40-metre-long Skybridge with see-through sections, the 42-metre Vertical Skywalk, and of course, taking the 47-metre plunge down looking over Siloso Beach.

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Spectra, Marina Bay Sands
Photo: Marina Bay Sands

Make a trip down to Marina Bay

Things to do Marina Bay

There’s always something happening down by the bay – and it usually involved lights. Plant yourselves along the Marina Bay promenade and witness its spectacular light and water show Spectra. Held every night at various timings, the fancy lasers and accompanying soundtrack makes for a little night magic.

Amoy Street, Yip Yew Cheong
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Seek out public art

Art Street art

Who says Singapore’s art scene is dead? Away from the museums (save this for a rainy day), there’s art everywhere you look. From the wall murals by Yip Yew Chong – there’s one on Amoy Street – to the outdoor art gallery Gelam Gallery at Kampong Glam, go on a hunt for street art (as well as sculptures and public art) around the city. Bonus points if you manage to make a game out of it.

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Marina Barrage - Kite flying
Photo: Brian Flanagan

Go fly kite

Things to do Marina Bay

Make like a couple of kids and organise some playtime at these kite-flying friendly spots. If you haven’t got the equipment, Marina Barrage and East Coast Park are your best bet to pick up kits for $20 and upwards. Pack a picnic and a mat as a surprise, and linger on past sunset – who knows where the night will take you.

Coney Island

Lace up for a romantic hike

Singapore’s most popular attractions may be futuristic buildings and other manmade structures in the Downtown Core but there are also a lot of natural sights to take in too. The best way to uncover them is by hiking. Strap on some sturdy walking shoes and get exploring. Be on top of the world at the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir, go on a rustic coastal trail at Coney Island or hop on a boat to nearby Pulau Ubin.

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Movies by the Beach
Photograph: Sentosa

The stars and cinemas

Imagine watching a movie with sand in between your toes and the salty sea breeze against your face. Catch the latest Hollywood releases and all-time classics on the big screen out in the open like they used to do. Outdoor cinemas such as Popcorn Pop-up Cinema and Movies by the Beach are screened every week for free. All you have to do is show up with your picnic mats, popcorn and each other.

Mr Stork

Drink under the stars

While we see the immediate attraction of a dimly-lit bar, it’s kinda an overkill if you’ve been dating for a short while. Take the intimate tête-à-tête to a rooftop bar (we love Lavo’s view and vibe), or out to the water – we hear Caffe Fernet’s frose aka rose wine slushies are quite the treat. If you’re after more third date material, seek out Mr Stork Roofttop Bar at Andaz Singapore and settle into one of their cosy teepees.

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Pasir Ris Park, Kayaking

Challenge each other to a kayak race

A little competition between couples is always healthy. Marina Reservoir’s got a 500-metre-long regatta course that’s perfect for a quick sprint chase. Think it’s still too early in the relationship to reveal your competitive side? Then just explore the picturesque bay together and bask under the sun. You can up for a water sports course here.

Glamping Society

Plan a glamping staycation

Instead of your typical hotel staycations, take your boo out for a night out under the stars. And you don't have to worry about getting all the gear together – the folks at Glamping Society can help you with all the heavy lifting. The service provides everything from a double bed with down feather pillows, a mini bar, some mood lighting, even a rose petal bed and a flower-themed picnic. All you have to do is bring the moves.

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Stargaze together

Things to do Jurong East

If your beau leaves you starry-eyed, take it up a notch at Science Centre Singapore's The Observatory. Look past the artificial illumination of the city and to the stars light-years away with its 40-centimetre mega-telescope. Because this observatory is one of the few in the world located so close to the equator, it offers stargazers views of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Don't forget to make a wish when you spot a shooting star.

Sports Hub Fit Sessions

Get sweaty together

A couple that works out together stays together. And you won't have to do it in a boutique gym either. Sign yourselves up for free workout classes around town and get ready to sweat buckets. Choose from a list of fun Zumba sessions and intense bootcamp trainings to a game of frisbee or volleyball. 

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