Singapore Flyer#11 in Best Things To Do in Singapore
Ever since Chicago built one in 1893 for the World Expo, cities around the world have learned that tourists really like Ferris wheels – huge ones. In 2000, London built its famous Eye, standing 443 feet tall. But Singapore didn't wait long before constructing the Flyer, which trumps its British equivalent by almost a hundred feet. Since opening in 2008, the 42-storey-tall Flyer, billed as Asia's largest giant observation wheel, has offered visitors 360-degree views of the urban landscape from Marina Bay. The attraction claims that visitors can catch a glimpse of neighboring Malaysia or Indonesia from the highest point of the observation wheel.
Travelers label the Singapore Flyer as a must-do, with many saying the views atop the wheel are simply breathtaking. Visitors say the 30-minute ride time gives people ample time to take in the great views and snap lots of pictures. What's more, the pods are air-conditioned, making it a great place to also cool off from Singapore's year-round heat. Some suggested going at night to bare witness to the glittering city lights, or if you can, opt for a visit at dusk or sunset.
The Singapore Flyer sits a little more than a half-mile from the Promenade MRT station. Standard admission costs a hefty SG$33 (about $24.60) for adults; however, there are several package deals that include extras like dinner for additional costs. You can purchase tickets online and save yourself a wait at the ticket booth. The first "flight" takes off at 8:30 a.m., and the final one departs at 10 p.m. For more information, check out the Singapore Flyer website.