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The best parks in Singapore by neighbourhood

Stroll to your neighbourhood's gloriously green park for a breath of fresh air

Jurong Lake Gardens
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Beyond Singapore's towering skyscrapers and tourist traps are pockets of green spaces. Regardless of which area you are, you're bound to find a park nearby. These parks are home to a variety of gorgeous blooms and interesting wildlife – a clear indication of the Garden City's rich biodiversity. And nothing beats seeing the different species of birds flying above you as you speed through the scenic parks, which are mostly linked by Park Connectors.

But due to the circuit breaker, you can only exercise alone and in your immediate neighbourhood. Therefore, to save you some time (and the extra distance from home), we've rounded up the best park according to the neighbourhood. Do note that some facilities in parks including beaches and playgrounds will be closed during this period. Now, lace up for those endorphins.

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Central

Things to do

Fort Canning

City Hall

Fort Canning Park

When it's not the grounds for some of Singapore's hottest and coolest gigs or music festivals, Fort Canning Park is can be quite lovely. A beacon of Singapore's history (it's home to Malay kings and the site where Singapore surrendered to the Japanese), boasts some sprawling lawns and located in a convenient and central area.

Telok Ayer Green
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons
Things to do

Telok Ayer

Tanjong Pagar

Telok Ayer Green

Sandwiched between two national monuments, the Thian Hock Keng temple, and Nagore Durgha Shrine, Telok Ayer Green sits hidden from the usually busy main streets. Telok Ayer used to be the landing site for immigrants in Singapore and the park is also designed after the original shoreline. You'll find some sculptures in the park which pay tribute to its history like a sampan used to carry goods, a Chinese lantern procession and an Indian milk trader.

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Ann Siang Hill Park
Photo: Delfina Utomo
Things to do

Ann Siang Hill

Tanjong Pagar

Ann Siang Hill Park

The Ann Siang area is known for its great restaurants and heritage shophouses that warrant a picture for the 'gram but stick around a little and take a little detour from the street and you'll find a lush spot of respite. Who knew that between buildings and offices, there's enough space for a pretty park as well as different tree species, in particular, the tamarind, cinnamon, nutmeg, and breadfruit trees?

Pearl's Hill City Park
Photograph: NParks
Things to do

Chinatown

Chinatown

Pearl's Hill City Park

Built around a reservoir on top of Pearl’s Hill Terrace, this park is quite the hidden spot in the city. Take a short stroll from Outram Park MRT Station and with a little trek, you're on top of a hill where you can relax in the wooded ambience, feed the terrapins in the pond, spot the occasional squirrel, or continue your jog.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens
Photograph: Unsplash/Samson Thomas
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Tanglin

Tanglin

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Established in 1859, the Gardens is a tranquil respite from the city buzz. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features attractions like a swan lake where black Australian swans reside and the Evolution Garden Walk, a well-landscaped plot containing the fossilised remains of ancient trees. It's also home to the world's largest collection of orchids – some 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, plus the national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim – at the National Orchid Garden.

Esplanade Park
Photograph: NParks
Things to do

City Hall

Esplanade Park

Though it has been in the city since 1943, Esplanade Park is one of the oldest parks in Singapore – and also one that showcases many of Singapore's landmarks. It is one of the best parks to go during your lunch breaks (when the offices are reopened) as well as you stroll through to look at the Lim Bo Seng Memorial, the Cenotaph and the Kim Seng Fountain while reflecting on the sacrifices made by those before us. 

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Duxton Plain Park
Photograph: Delfina Utomo
Things to do, Walks and tours

Duxton Hill

Duxton Plain Park

Known for its buzzy eateries and bars, there's never a quiet or boring day in the Duxton and Keong Saik precinct. If you do need some respite, Duxton Plain Park is a narrow but lush park, flanked by shophouses. There are plenty of benches in the shaded areas where you can sit and watch pigeons or see the black stray cat who lives in the area basking lazily in the sun. There is also a mysterious and solitary Muslim tomb in the area which is believed to hold special powers. 

gardens by the bay, do list
Photograph: Shutterstock
Things to do

Marina Bay

Marina Bay

Gardens by the Bay

With all-around picturesque views, lush green spaces, amazing play areas, larger-than-life sculptures, and stunning nature trails, it's hard to give Gardens by the Bay a miss. The Bay East Garden is the best spot for views of the waterfront. There's also plenty of shade from the trees and if you need the toilets, it's a short walk away from the spot. 

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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park
Photograph: PUB
Things to do

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio

Bishan

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

One of the largest parks in Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park comprises two sections, separated by Marymount Road. Intersecting the length of the park is the starting portion of the Kallang River, which flows down from Lower Pierce Reservoir. Make the most with the park's amenities including a dog run, a playground, and a water park.

North

Sembawang Hot Spring Park
Photograph: Delfina Utomo
Things to do

Sembawang

Mandai

NOTE: Due to 'circuit breaker measures', the hot spring stations are closed to the public for now.

Sembawang Hot Spring Park

The hot spring in Sembawang is a peculiar attraction in Singapore. First discovered back in 1909, the hot spring was believed to have healing powers. Later in 1922 when the site was acquired by soft drinks giant Fraser & Neave (F&N), the water was bottled and sold to the public. During the Japanese Occupation, the place was converted into thermal onsen baths.

With such a fascinating history, it is only right that the place is restored and revamped for the community's enjoyment. Reopened in January 2020, the new Sembawang Hot Spring Park is where visitors can learn about the history and geology of the place, reminisce about the old kampung days by strolling through the fruit trees and edible plants, and of course soak their feet in hot waters at the pool or the wooden basins provided. 

Kids, Playgrounds

Admiralty

Woodlands

Admiralty Park

You best believe there are 26 slides at this 27-hectare park situated on a hilly terrain with Sungei Cina river running through it. Don’t mistake it for just any regular park – because of its undulating terrain, the park is fitted with unique slide designs and is loosely separated into three main play areas: Junior Play, Adventure Play and Family Terracing Play. It's home to Singapore’s tallest tube slide in a public park, standing at 9-metres high and 23-metres long. But that’s not the longest one in the park yet – that title goes to The Curved Roller Slide, a 34-metre long outdoor slide lined with black tubes similar to that of a conveyor belt for easy sliding.

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Woodlands Waterfront Park
Photograph: NParks
Attractions

Woodlands

Woodlands

Woodlands Waterfront Park

A coastal park offering a northern view of the sea, Woodlands Waterfront Park is linked to Admiralty Park via the Northern Explorer Loop. Besides jogging and cycling tracks, this 11-hectare park houses a playground and a 1.5kilometre-long waterfront promenade with a seafood restaurant great for family meals. Stick around till the evening to see the city lights of Johor across the strait.

Punggol Waterway Park
Photograph: NParks
Things to do

Punggol

Punggol

Punggol Waterway Park

This park offers four unique themes with something in-store for visitors of all ages. The Nature Cove features a picturesque view of the waterway, with a large green space to pause for a breather. The Recreation Zone is equipped with a play area and a fitness corner. The Heritage Zone offers gorgeous greenery along the stretch of the old Punggol Road, and the Green Gallery consists of a peaceful trail along the park's natural terrain. The Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge are great for cycling or inline skating activities.

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Coney Island
Photograph: Delfina Utomo
Things to do

Coney Island

Punggol

Coney Island

It's not exactly an island, neither is it your average neighbourhood park. But making your way to this end of Singapore is worth the adventure. Good thing you don't need a ferry to get to the island – just a pair of good walking shoes will do. This ecologically sustainable park uses timber from fallen trees for all the signage in the park, benches and the boardwalk over the mangrove swamp. Everything on the island is kept rustic and as it is, so expect hidden beaches and some wildlife out and about. 

Yishun Nature Park
Photograph: NParks
Things to do, Walks and tours

Yishun

Ang Mo Kio

Yishun Nature Park

More than just your average green space, the award-winning Yishun Nature Park – designed by Ong and Ong no less – is home to over 800 trees from 73 different species and has a unique collection of rainforest trees called the dipterocarp arboretum. There's also a range of playgrounds and play facilities, a nature trail (with jackfruit, coconut and rambutan trees), and rain gardens that offer educational opportunities.

South

Things to do

Telok Blangah

Bukit Merah

Telok Blangah Hill Park

If you must know, Telok Blangah Hill Park is part of a very huge park. While the other parts of the Southern Ridges are HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Park are more well known, don't put down this park just yet. There are heaps to do like getting on the trek for the Forest Walk or admiring flowers at the Terrace Garden, a popular spot for wedding photos. 

Things to do

Kent Ridge

Kent Ridge

HortPark

Brush up on your gardening skills at NParks’ 23-hectare HortPark. Besides 20 themed sections including a stunning Silver Garden made up of lightreflective plants, HortPark boasts research greenhouses, sells gardening gear and showcases vertical gardening systems ideal for apartment dwellers.

Pick a spot that suits your aesthetic and taste at HortPark – there are 20 themed sections here, including a stunning Silver Garden made up of light-reflective plants and Balinese themed garden. Plus, there's plenty of shade around for when you need to get out of the scorching sun. HortLawn is the best spot to plop down for a breather. It's spacious, and extremely pretty, so snap 'em pics to keeps.

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Things to do

Labrador Nature Reserve

Habourfront

Labrador Nature Reserve

Part of the Southern Ridges, the park contains the only rocky sea-cliff in Singapore, and offers a panoramic view of the sea and cliff-side vegetation. It is not uncommon to hear songs of a variety of bird species, including the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole. Remnants of World War II such as tunnels and a fort also provide an educational experience for visitors.

East

Tampines Eco Garden
Photograph: Chinnian
Things to do

Tampines

Tampines

Tampines Eco Green

Continue along the Pasir Ris park connector towards Tampines and you’ll come across sprawling greenery formed by open grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and a secondary rainforest – you'd never guess they wrap around one of the most populous neighbourhoods in Singapore. Wade through the greens as you take on the walking trail within the sanctuary to uncover its rich biodiversity, featuring many species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and spiders. No cycling is allowed in the park, though, but you can either push your bike along the trail or leave them at the designated parking spots nearby. 

Pasir Ris Park
Photograph: NParks/Shairazi
Attractions, Beaches

Pasir Ris

Pasir Ris

NOTE: Due to 'circuit breaker' measures, all beaches in Singapore are closed.

Pasir Ris Park

The family-friendly Pasir Ris Park boasts playgrounds, maze gardens, and bird-watching towers, as well as nearby barbecue pits and open lawns. There are also nature trails, walks by the mangrove swamps and the coastline, and a three-storey lookout tower for a breath-taking view of it all.

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East Coast Park
Photograph: NParks
Attractions, Beaches

Marine Parade

Marine Parade

NOTE: Due to 'circuit breaker' measures, all beaches in Singapore are closed.

East Coast Park

East Coast Park stretches along the east coast of Singapore from Changi Airport (great for plane watching the A380), past the numerous restaurants at East Coast Seafood Centre to Fort Road. There are dedicated cycle and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, a skate park, and barbecue and camping areas. Did we mention the beach for that fresh, salty breeze?

Things to do

Changi

Changi 

NOTE: Due to 'circuit breaker' measures, all beaches in Singapore are closed.

Changi Beach Park

Because the beach, one of the oldest in Singapore, is located so far away from the city centre that it has remained relatively undeveloped. And that’s a good thing. Unlike East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park has a distinct kampong vibe. You’ll feel it the moment you sink your toes into the white sand. In fact, we daresay that this park is your best bet if you want to escape the weekend throngs. There are nearby Park Connectors to cycle through, and a jog here is always accompanied by the cooling sea breeze.

West

Jurong Lake Gardens
Photograph: NParks
Things to do

Jurong

Jurong East

Jurong Lake Gardens

Home to the flora and fauna in the west, Jurong Lake Gardens is deemed as the largest nature wonderland in the heartlands, spanning a whopping 90-hectares. 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. The grounds are specially landscaped and designed for families and the community to come together to play, learn, and bond. 

Bukit Batok Nature Park hiking trails
Photograph: NParks
Things to do

Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok Nature Park

The serene Bukit Batok Nature Park was developed on an abandoned quarry in 1988. There are lookout points that afford stunning views of the quarry, along with footpaths to cycle and jog on and a moderately easy hiking trail through the foliage. For a bit of history, head to the WWII memorial, which commemorates the location of one of the fiercest battles that took place in Singapore.

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Things to do

West Coast

Kent Ridge

NOTE: Due to 'circuit breaker' measures, all beaches in Singapore are closed.

West Coast Park

This family-friendly park sits on 50-hectares of land that includes a camping site, barbecue pits, a dog run, and a huge playground with eight sets of play areas. Its massive space is also ace for cycling. The best spot is at Area 3 which has views of the sea, playgrounds with obstacle courses, and a flying fox. 

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