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  • Free; SG $1(about $0.75) for National Orchid Garden
  • 5 a.m-midnight daily

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  • Parks and Gardens Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.8
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    5.0
  • Facilities
    4.5
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    4.5

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For such a large city, you'll be shocked at the amount of parks that share space with the skyscrapers. And the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the epicenter of this natural, flowering splendor. Formerly an unused plantation, the garden hugs 60 acres of the city, not only living up to Singapore's nickname of the City in the Garden, but earning the country's first UNESCO World Heritage site title. The gardens attract both casual naturalists and scholarly botanists with its world-renowned botanical library, acres of varied vegetation and free admission. Numerous attractions dot a map of the gardens; however, we advise that you simply wander through this gorgeous spectacle and unwind. That said: travelers say not to miss the National Orchid Garden for its innumerable floral varieties and breathtaking colors.

Overall, recent visitors were taken by the beauty of the floral grounds, with some saying it was the best attraction they visited during their time in Singapore. Due to the size of the gardens, many travelers suggested allotting hours to tour this attraction because there is just that much to see. Aside from hitting the main points of interests, some recommended taking a jog or packing a picnic as an alternative means of soaking up the attraction. However you decide to experience the gardens, travelers agreed: bring water. With average temperatures reaching the 80s, it's essential you have a bottle to stay hydrated. 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight and cost nothing to explore. However, the National Orchid Garden – the park's crown jewel – only welcomes visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and charges SG$5 (about $3.75) for adult admission. Students and seniors receive reduced SG$1 (about $0.75) tickets. You can reach the Singapore Botanic Gardens by getting off at the Orchard or Botanic Gardens MRT stops. For more information check out the Singapore Botanic Garden's website.

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