I used to be a couch potato who always sits at home and play video games non-stop for hours without even knowing that the sun has set. That is how I spend my usual weekends in Singapore.
Planning for an outdoor trip was such a hassle as there were many unpredictable, underlying factors that will affect the day if not carefully planned. Additionally, the money will be spent during the trip itself. See how troublesome it was?
Eventually, as the years past by and I came to realise that it wasn’t the weather, planning or the money spending issues, but rather the natural human behaviour of being “lazy”.
We all know that there’s a point of time that it can get boring during the weekends. Besides, things can really get expensive through the years living in Singapore.
Nevertheless, there are still many interesting experiences you may not have discovered by indulging yourself in these events I’m about to mention.
Of course, if you are reading this here, it will relatively be something about health and fitness that you can do on weekends in Singapore.
Best things to do in Singapore on weekends
1. Running at Punggol Waterway Park
No matter rain or shine, Punggol Waterway Park is the best place to be to enjoy a fun-filled day of leisure activities with either your friends or family.
Located along the northeast side of Singapore, the park is easily accessed by visitors at any time they fancy.
It is divided into four different themes: Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery.
- Nature Cove: Relax and enjoy the scenic view of the Waterway or enjoy leisure activities at the lawn area.
- Recreation Zone: Specially catered for families to enjoy activities at the fitness corner, water play area and sand play area.
- Heritage Zone: Take a stroll down memory lane along the stretch of the old walkway.
- Green Gallery: Admire the mature trees and vegetations which are being conserved within the natural terrain of the park.
The well-maintained tracks along the waterway are available for fitness enthusiasts to run or walk while children can indulge themselves at the water playground nearby.
If resting is necessary, sit on the many benches placed around the park and enjoy the breeze as you listen to the soothing sounds of trickling, splashing and cascading water while spotting the various types of birds settling there.
For competitive running, you can join the Run For Light 2020 which will be held on 22 February 2020 at Punggol Waterway Park.
2. Explore the Southern Ridges
There are plenty of breathtaking panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands at the Southern Ridges.
Located along the south of Singapore, the Southern Ridge is a 10km trail that connects parks such as Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.
It is an alternative for walking enthusiasts, photography area, nature lovers, bird watchers and families looking for a different kind of family outing.
- Mount Faber Park: One of the oldest yet popular tourist destination in Singapore.
- Telok Blangah Hill Park: Popular for wedding couples, the main feature of this area would be a series of semi-circular terrace garden located at the top of the park.
- Kent Ridge Park: Due to its undisturbed habitat and abundant plant life, it is a popular destination for bird-watchers and eco-tourists.
- Labrador Nature Reserve: The only rocky sea-cliff on the mainland that have been gazetted as a nature reserve and its flora and fauna.
It would be a wasted opportunity if you didn’t whip out your phones and snap down all your memories while venturing through the wilderness.
3. TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir
One of the four reservoirs that bound Singapore’s nature reserves are non-other than the MacRitchie Reservoir. Serving as a water catchment area forest surrounding these reservoirs are protected from agricultural activities in order to ensure the quality of the water.
Take a stroll along the water’s edge to admire the beauty and serenity of the reservoir or simply discover its inhabitants on the many trails available.
However, the main attraction is not just the reservoir itself, but the freestanding suspension bridge known for its scenic nature views.
This freestanding suspension bridge, or the TreeTop Walk, connects the two highest points in MacRitchie and offers a bird’s eye view of the plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.
Not to worry, an amenities centre is also available equipped with washrooms, showering facilities, lockers, drinking fountains and a food kiosk for the convenience sake of everyone.
If you love trail running, be sure to not the miss the Forest Force 50 2020 which will be held on the 28 March 2020 at the MacRitchie Reservoir.
4. Running Along Gardens by the Bay
Were you thinking of seeing the flowers in the respective domes? Sorry to disappoint, I was talking about the free and healthy alternative option of running along Gardens by the Bay instead.
As mentioned, entry into the outer gardens is free and the dewy green lawns and quiet paths are perfect for having a relaxing run while glancing over the spectacular city views.
Alternatively, there is a choice of running towards the Marina bay Route instead. It’s certainly a great place to explore the city skylines from different angles.
Want to run competitive with a 30km or half marathon at the most scenic running route in Singapore? Then be sure not to miss the Marina Run 2020 which will be held on 15 February 2020 at Gardens by the Bay.
5. Travel to Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is an island off eastern Singapore and often considered the last ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore. Cycle trails and footpaths criss-cross the hills, going past disused granite quarries and traditional kampongs (villages).
- strong>Bike Trail Adventure: Experience cycling among the untainted surroundings of nature at Pulau Ubin and enjoy the journey of the natural scenic spots, areas and animal sightings while cycling. Learn about how the local way of life is at Ubin when you interact with friendly local villagers along the way. Additionally, children from the age 7, are able to join this relaxing journey at Pulau Ubin with their parents or any reliable adult.
- Bisect Kayaking Adventure: Thrilling and wet activity is also available at Pulau Ubin. Kayaking is one of the challenging activities to indulge with a distance of at least 8.27km. This water adventure allows visitors to enjoy the sightseeing of wildlife along the journey. This 6-hour kayak allows parents and kids to bond together as a family along the way.
6. Fun-tastic Time at Sentosa
Sentosa is Singapore most attractive destination for both tourist and locals. Sentosa is the island located off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city via road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail.
- Siloso Beach/Palawan Beach: Many gathers to play beach sports such as Beach Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and Football as the beach is not just for sightseeing and chilling. If you feel like spending some money for more excitement, consider activities such as bungee jumping at AJ Hackett, flow riding at Wave House Sentosa, flying down a zip-line at 60kph at Mega Adventure Park, indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore and water-jetpacking at Ola Beach Club.
- The Southernmost Tip of Asia: Explore the island by crossing the suspension bridge at Palawan Beach to the southernmost tip of Asia and climb up to the watchtower to enjoy a panoramic view of the South China sea while ships sail pass. This tiny islet promises a unique setting for special occasions and unforgettable encounters. Otherwise, simply take a stroll down the golden sands of the beach and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and gorgeous scenery.
Tanjong Rimau: Another island that is deserted due to its remote location. At low tide, the marine life on Tanjong Rimau comes alive as crabs, corals and starfish reveal themselves from the seas. Moreover, the coast even has small caves ripe for exploring and snapping into insta-worthy photos.
7. Enjoy Scenic Views at the Marina Barrage
Another option for chilling in Singapore, the Marina Barrage is a venue for lifestyle attraction. Gather both your friends and families to spend day hosting picnic sessions while enjoying the panoramic view of the city lifestyle just opposite the area. Furthermore, the place is windy enough to fly kites.
Not to mention, the water level in Marina Reservoir is kept constant all year round, thus, it is also an ideal place for all kinds of recreational activities such as boating, kayaking and dragon boating.
8. Having a Staycation
Who says Singapore can’t have Staycations? Simply gather a group of friends, research, and start booking chalets or resorts available around the island.
Besides, you can prevent generating a big hole in your wallet with the bill being divided respectively. Sure, why not whip out your phones and capture every moment of the stay as precious memories like these are worth remembering.
Otherwise, put them aside to enjoy yourselves without letting anyone else know.
Having a barbeque is also an option as most chalets or resorts provide a barbeque pit.
Although Singapore is a small country, we do have several interesting places that even locals have yet to explore, so the weekend is a good time to do that.
What do you usually do on a weekend? Share with us in the comments.
What to do in Singapore?
What can you do in Singapore this weekend?
You can go for a stroll through Gardens by the Bay, hike along the Southern Ridges, visit the Botanic Gardens, explore MacRitchie Reservoir trail, visit the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, cycle through Punggol Waterway Park, soak up the sun on Lazarus Island and many more other activities.
Where can I go for free in Singapore?
You can visit these places for free in Singapore: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, MacRitchie Reservoir and Chinese Garden.
Where can you run in Singapore this weekend?
Popular running places in Singapore on weekends are Gardens by the Bay, East Coast Park, Punggol Waterway Park, Sentosa, Bedok Reservoir Park, MacRitchie Reservoir & TreeTop Walk, Botanic Gardens and Marina Bay Loop.
What can couples do in Singapore?
There are many romantic things to do in Singapore for couples such as having a picnic at Gardens By The Bay, Hop aboard a romantic boat tour on a Singapore River Cruise, take a romantic walk at Fort Canning Hill, rent a bike and ride at East Coast Park connector network and catch a romantic sunset at Mount Faber Park.