Best things to do in Singapore

Singapore is a vibrant metropolis that blends modernity with heritage and offers a wealth of experiences for both residents and travellers. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems and from the entertaining to the educational, this article delves into the best things to do in Singapore.

Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a foodie or an adventure seeker, Singapore has something extraordinary to offer you. Join us on a journey through the top attractions and activities that make the Lion City a remarkable place to explore.

(With so many new attractions and activities being created all the time, we will keep updating this list. If you have a recommendation, please tell us!)

Eat Hawker Food

Lau Jiang Fishball Laksa Noodle

Hawker centres are regarded as gems of Singapore’s culinary heritage not just by locals and visitors but even UNESCO. These bustling food complexes are integral to Singapore’s identity, acting as cultural touchstones that preserve and promote the diverse food traditions of our multicultural society.

Here are 3 hawker centres that you should check out:

Remember to try Singaporean classics such as chicken rice, laksa and Hokkien mee when you visit! Want even more? Here are the 300 best of the best.

You can even get a Tour of Singapore’s Must Try Local Vegetarian Food + Buddhism Culture at FeverUp

Get stunning photos for the ‘gram

Our best rooftop bars list shows you all the best places to eat and drink while enjoying a spectacular view. Here are some other iconic spots around Singapore you have to visit to get the best photos.

1. The Merlion

What to do in Singapore - Merlion
Credit – Singapore Tourism Board

Before there was MBS, the structure most closely associated with Singapore was the Merlion. Part lion, part fish, it is still the official mascot of the Lion City and regarded as our national personification.

The City Highlights: Singapore River & Marina Bay Guided Tour takes you to Merlion Park where the Merlion sits, constantly gushing water from its mouth. Irreverent locals use the term ‘merlioning’ to refer to vomiting. Installed in 1972, the 8.6-meter, 70-ton statue has since been joined by a 2-metre, 3-ton Merlion cub.

What to do in Singapore - Merlion lit
Credit – Singapore Tourism Board

This tour introduces you to other iconic landmarks and architecture, including the Singapore Flyer and the Esplanade Theatre.

(Note: The Merlion statue is under repair from 23 Oct to 13 Dec 2023. The Merlion cub will be holding the fort on its own during this period)

5 Raffles Place, Singapore 048618
Tickets from S$85 at  FeverUp

2. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer fireworks view
Credit – Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer offers a breathtaking experience 165 meters (541 feet) in the sky. This colossal observation wheel gives you an unrivalled perspective of the Lion City’s skyline from its glass-enclosed capsules. See Singapore’s stunning blend of modern architecture, lush greenery, and shimmering waters all the way to the horizon.

The Singapore Flyer is an unforgettable part of any visit to the Lion City. Get your combo tickets now for Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay or Marina Bay Sands!

30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 03980
Tickets for Singapore Flyer & Marina Bay Sands from $58.95 at  FeverUp

For Serenity

Float Therapy

What to do in Singapore - Float Therapy
Credit – Palm Ave Float Club

Floatation therapy is a scientifically proven method of reducing stress, accelerating recovery, and it even has the potential to rewire your brain. This magic happens inside an enclosed pod of water with 600 kg of dissolved Epsom salt, so anyone can float effortlessly. Users say it feels like a safe, womb-like cocoon and the perfect space to rest.

Sessions have been shown to increase mental acuity and concentration, deepen meditative and spiritual experiences, and boost mental acuity and learning speed.

66 Kampong Bugis Kallang Rivergreen Building, 5th Floor, Singapore 338987
1 hour from S$89 at  Palm Ave Float Club

For the Adrenaline Junkie

Enough serenity? It’s time to kick it up a notch with some of the most exciting adventures Singapore-wide.

1. iFly Singapore – Indoor Skydiving Experience

What to do in Singapore - iFly
Credit – iFly
iFly Singapore is the world’s largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. Each ticket gives you 2 skydives where you will experience true free-fall equivalent to a drop from 12,000 to 3,000 feet, just like a real skydive! The 18 ft acrylic glass wall gives you unobstructed views of the South China Sea, too.
43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, 01, Singapore 099010

Tickets (adult) from S$109 at FeverUp

2. Slingshot Singapore – GX5 Extreme Swing

What to do in Singapore - Slingshot
Credit – Klook

A 40-metre fall with speeds as high as 120 km/h will give you a feeling of weightlessness right here on Earth. Well, slightly above it, at least. Flung that high into the sky, you’ll get to see a side of Singapore’s beautiful skyline that not very many people have seen.

Each ride lasts about 3 minutes but the memories of the thrill you get from riding the Slingshot will last a lot longer.

3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Block E, Singapore 179024
Tickets from S$34.95 at  FeverUp

Attractions & Theme Parks

1. Singapore Zoo

What to do in Singapore - Zoo
Credit – Singapore Zoo

With over 4,200 specimens of wildlife across over 300 species, Singapore Zoo in Mandai more than pulls its weight within tiny Singapore. From the fierce and majestic king of the jungle to the cute and hyperactive meerkats to the gentle, swaying giraffes, there is an enclosure that will appeal to you.

With so much to see and do, it’s best to get a package that lets you experience it to the max. Here are 3 that you should try:

  • Singapore Zoo: Meet orangutans, snakes & more from S$31.95 at  FeverUp
  • Singapore Night Safari with Tram Ride from S$34.15 at FeverUp
  • 2-in-1 Park Hopper: Singapore Night Safari + River Wonders from S$61.95 at  FeverUp

80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826 

2. Wild Wild Wet

What to do in Singapore - Wild Wild Wet
Credit- Wild Wild Wet

Singapore is notorious for its heat and humidity, and that makes an escape to Wild Wild Wet an unmissable entry on our list. It is one of Singapore’s biggest water parks and promises a day of fun and laughter for the whole family.

The expanded park now has 16 exciting slides and water features, including the Kraken Racer, Free Fall and Kidz Zone. It’s not all adrenaline-rushing rides, though; there are also relaxing family-friendly attractions such as the lazy River so it’s perfect for all ages and personalities.

1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Skip-the-line tickets (adult) from S$27.69 at  FeverUp

3. Omni-Theatre: 8K 3D Digital Dome Theatre

What to do in Singapore - Omni Theatre
Credit – Omni Theatre

Southeast Asia’s first 8K 3D digital dome theatre gives the whole family an immersive edutainment experience like no other. The powerful digital planetarium system lets you peer into space at 8K resolution on a 23-metre diameter dome screen in a 221-seat theatre that also screens a range of digital movies and live planetarium shows. These shows are conducted by science educators.

21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Tickets (all ages) from S$13.95 at  FeverUp

The Arts

1. Tuesdays at Cool Cats: The Tuesday Blues Revue in Singapore

What to do in Singapore - Cool Cats
Credit- Cool Cats

Immerse yourself in a unique fusion of primal blues, reimagined and brought back to life! Step into a world where the vintage allure of the American Deep South converges with contemporary Asian aesthetics. With Greg Tucker-Kellogg’s lap steel serving as the soundtrack, savour the remnants of bygone cotton plantation days when melodies told stories of old.

Enhancing this soulful ambience, you’ll be serenaded by the harmonious melodies of the violin and flute, reminiscent of the fiddle and fife that once dominated communal gatherings in the Deep South.

32 Beach Road, Singapore 189761
Tickets from S$30 at  FeverUp

2. Paint in the Dark

What to do in Singapore - Paint Dark
Credit – Paint in the Dark

Let the creativity flow with Paint in the Dark. Participants can create art in a unique setting with limited visibility using glow-in-the-dark or luminescent paints to produce artwork in a darkened environment, which adds an exciting and mysterious element to the creative process. It’s a creative and entertaining experience that allows individuals to explore their artistic side while embracing the element of surprise in their creations.

169 Joo Chiat Road, #02-01, Singapore 427729

Tickets from S$69 at  FeverUp

Did we forget your favourite attraction or activity? If you want to see it on this list, please tell us!