It’s 2018! Rather than staring into smartphones, Millennials should be out exploring the world.
Children are being more active as they grow. What better way to spend quality time with the family than running together. Not only can you forge a stronger family bond, but also leads a healthier life together. Despite countless parks and reserves, you may not know which are the best places to take your children out and run together.
Therefore, get off your lonely treadmills and start running in any of these 10 best places to run in Singapore together with your children.
#1: Bedok Reservoir
Location: Bedok (East Singapore)
Distance: 4.3 km
Why Run Here: The park has a unique mixture of pavement and gravel surfaces as compared to other parks. It does not mean that it is dangerous, but more of a different experience for everyone. Benches and seats are conveniently placed throughout the reservoir whenever breaks are needed. For those who are feeling famished, small eateries are available within the area.
In case of wet weather, shelters are found at almost every corner of the park to seek cover.
#2: MacRitchie Reservoir
Location: Along Lornie Road (North Singapore)
Distance: 10 km
Why Run Here: What better way to boost the motivation of running with the beautiful scenery of the park’s native biodiversity.
There is an amenities center with available washrooms, showering facilities, lockers, drinking fountains and a food kiosk. Visitors are able to make use of these amenities and have a peace of mind while running. Additionally, take a trip up to the “Treetop Walk” for an amazing scenery of the entire reservoir from above.
#3: Punggol Waterway Park
Location: Punggol (North East Singapore)
Distance: 8.4 km
Why Run Here: Running on a well-maintained track along the waterway while embracing the atmosphere. There are barriers and fence along these tracks to keep everyone safe from falling into the waterway. Alternatively, taking breaks on the many benches placed around while looking out for the various types of birds that can be spotted flying.
After spending time in the park, head down to Waterway Point Shopping Mall to freshen up.
#4: East Coast Park
Location: Marine Parade (East Singapore)
Distance: 15 km
Why Run Here: East Coast Park is pretty much the most common safe place to bring your children to. Nevertheless, the cycling and running tracks are separated respectively to prevent any unnecessary injuries. Challenge yourselves by running on the sand instead for an intense workout. Shophouses selling drinks and snacks are available throughout the different sections of the park.
In case of raining situation, many toilets and shelters are available to seek cover under.
#5: Jurong Lake Gardens
Location: Jurong East (West Singapore)
Distance: 17 km
Why Run Here: Planning your running routes into the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden for a learning experience. Children would be able to know the history of these areas and also enjoy the scenery of the surroundings.
For a better view, take a walk down the boardwalks to have a better view of the Lake. Benches and seats are also conveniently placed around the Gardens.
#6: Gardens By The Bay Route
Location: Marina Bay (South Singapore)
Distance: 3.2 – 5 km
Why Run Here: If you are free during the weekends, consider bringing out your children for a run in the Garden By The Bay running trail.
This could be a good opportunity to expose them to the river city atmosphere. However, it is recommended to run during the wee hours in the morning as the paths are quiet and there is also a gorgeous city view from the bay. Tracks are located at a distance from the river and there are barriers to prevent people from any danger. Best of all, the entry into the outer garden is free!
#7: Singapore Sports Hub
Location: Kallang (East Singapore)
Distance: 0.888 km
Why Run Here: Despite not having any events inside the “Dome” itself, the outside is mainly used for running! Firstly, the tracks are always well-maintained by the social workers.
Secondly, the area is a fully sheltered space that encircles the National Stadium, which connects to all major facilities that surround the entire Hub.
Thirdly, everyone gets to enjoy the scenic view of Singapore Skylines.
Lastly, sit down with the entire family in dining eateries such as food courts and restaurants located under the track.
#8: The “Green Corridor”
Location: Old Bukit Timah Rail Station (North West Singapore)
Distance: 10 km
Why Run Here: The running trail is filled with heritage, nature, sunshine and uninterrupted paths with zero traffic, it certainly is a paradise for nature lovers.
The running paths are made up of grass, gravel and solid flat pavements. Annually, there are running events held where the route starts at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station and along the green corridor to finish at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station. Not to forget, it is an ideal place to snap a great picture with the family.
#9: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Location: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent (North West Singapore)
Distance: 3.5 km
Why Run Here: Younglings are attracted to colorful birds and sceneries.
This reserve is known for its migratory birds with an information center to explore and enjoy the studies of these birds if interested. However, it counts on luck to witness the extravagance migration of birds. Other animals such as mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, monitor lizards and even otters can be spotted too by trekking through this ecological jewel’s many routes.
Toilets and shelters are found around the information center for convenience use.
#10: Toa Payoh Town Park
Location: Toa Payoh (North Singapore)
Distance: 1.3 km
Why Run Here: A jogging track that is flat and well maintained, sufficient shading from the growth of trees, just in case you want to take your exercise out into the fresh air and natural environment, this is the ideal destination for your next run. Families are able to enjoy a stroll or jog around the bright and vibrant pathways or simply rest under the trees and admire the fountain pool around the observation tower.
There are also amenities such as open-concept toilets for visitors to take a break in.