Gardens by the Bay light and sound show is one of the fun things to do in Singapore 2022
An idyllic evening … the Garden Rhapsody show

By LINDA JAMES | Updated APRIL 7, 2022 | SEE & DO

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Singapore has so many amazing attractions – beautiful parks, must-see museums that chronicle the its history and the lives of the people, art galleries and public artworks – but this is just about 7 fun things to do in Singapore 2022! Spectra light show is still not operating at the moment due to Covid but as Singapore opens up, it’s sure to start again so I’ve kept it on the list.

1. Eat an ice-cream sandwich

Early in the afternoon, in between Ion Orchard shopping centre and the Takashimaya department store on Orchard Rd, a procession of little ice cream carts with brightly coloured umbrellas appears. What they’re selling is the traditional Singaporean ice-cream sandwich.

In the West, ice cream sandwiches are made with some sort of chocolate-covered biscuit or wafer but, in Singapore, they’re made with sweet pandan-flavoured bread – in all the colours of the rainbow – though some do offer wafers!

The ice cream comes in a variety of flavours from the traditional vanilla, chocolate and mint to the unusual such as durian, which is based on the popular but very divisive fruit known as the smelliest in the world. I haven’t yet tried it but I can attest to the fact that it smells (in fact, it’s often banned from hotel rooms)!

Address: Orchard Rd
Open: most usually in the afternoon
Cost: about $S1.50
Getting there: near Orchard MRT (NS22)

2. Experience Garden Rhapsody

This light and sound show is one of the must-sees in Singapore and one of the fun things to do in Singapore 2022. Take a rug and lie on the ground in the Supertree Grove of Gardens by the Bay so you can see the lights dance around above you.

Designed by award-winning lighting creative Adrian Tan, and one of Singapore’s most sought-after music composers and arrangers, Bang Wenfu, it has been one of the highlights for visitors to Singapore since 2015.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr
Open: Open: Daily 7.45pm and 8.45pm. Times are adjusted for special events such as Christmas
Cost: free
Getting there: Near Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16), take Exit B and follow the underground linkway, then exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay; buses – from Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15), take Exit C and head to International Plaza Anson Road to bus stop 03223. Take bus 400 and alight at bus stop 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive; on foot from Marina Bay Sands Hotel, cross the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) open daily from 8am-11pm or walk through underground linkway via Bayfront MRT
Universal Studios Singapore
Thrills and spills … spend a day on Sentosa Island

3. Get exhausted at Sentosa Island

One of the best places to visit in Singapore. If you only have time for a one-day tour, Sentosa gives you the opportunity to experience some of Singapore’s top attractions. It’s definitely one of the top 5 attractions in Singapore for many people.

If you’re planning to do a lot in Sentosa, the Fun Pass may be a good option. The idea is that you buy a pass based on how many attractions you want to see (tokens call also be used to buy food and beverages). You can also top up at the various ticketing counters if you run short. You can also pay extra to include entry to Universal Studios Singapore.

Getting around Sentosa is extremely easy with free bus and beach shuttles that run around the island, picking up visitors from the various cable car and Sentosa express stations.

Cost: 60 token Fun Pass $S60, 90 token $S90 (includes 5 free tokens); 120 token (includes 10 free tokens) $S120
Getting there: Sentosa Express – take the North-East or Circle line to HarbourFront station, take Exit E to VivoCity and go to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express; cable car - walk to Exit B in HarbourFront train station. Follow the signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at HarbourFront Tower ll.
Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer … ride high

4. Get a bird’s eye view of Singapore

One of the world’s largest ferris/observation wheels, the Singapore Flyer is a fantastic way to get orientated to this amazing city and it gives you a bird’s-eye view not only of the city but also out to Indonesia and Malaysia.

The ride in one of the 28 air-conditioned glass capsules takes 30 minutes and will give you the opportunity to get a sense of Singapore’s layout. Landmarks to look out for are Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island and Mt Faber.

Address: 30 Raffles Ave
Open: Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 3pm-10pm
Cost: $S33 for 13 years and over, $S21 for 3-12s, under 3yrs free
Getting there: near Promenade MRT (CC4/DT15), take Exit A and walk for 8 mins; buses – 36, 36A, 36B, 70A, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162M, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 700A, 857 (bus stop 02171 opposite the Ritz-Carlton)
Bumboat cruise Singapore
Take a bumboat cruise … especially at sunset

5. Take a Bumboat Cruise

You should definitely add this to your list of must-dos in Singapore. The bumboats, which are also called tongkangs or sea-going barges, gives you a completely different view of the historical Riverside and Marina Bay areas. There are also many opportunities to take some spectacular photos with key sights such as the ArtScience Museum, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Merlion Park.

I recommend doing the 40-minute ride late in the afternoon or early evening so you also get to see the sunset and the night lights. There are other cruises specifically designed to take in the Spectra Laser and Light show.

Address: Clarke Quay Jetty Ticket counter, 3E River Valley Rd 
Open: 9am to 11pm
Cost: $S25 for adults and $S15 for children 3-12
Getting there: near Clarke Quay MRT (NE5), about 5 mins walk, Fort Canning Station (NE5) about 5 mins walk, City Hall MRT (NS25/EW13) about 10 mins walk; buses – 143,147,197,33,54,61
Singapore Zoo
Go wild … visit all 3 zoos!

6. See 3 zoos in a day!

These are all close by so you could actually see all three while you’re there. Singapore Zoo covers 28ha of open space so there are no cages to speak of and the more than 2500 animals are in landscaped enclosures surrounded by hidden moats. There are tigers, penguins, polar bears and Komodo dragons.

The Night Safari covers 35ha, much of which can be seen via a 40-minute tram ride (with English commentary). One of the most popular shows is Creatures of the Night. River Wonders is very popular and is designed around the Rivers of the World.

The zoos are definitely one of the must-sees for families and one of the fun things to do in Singapore 2022.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd
Open: Singapore Zoo – daily 8.30am-6pm; 
River Wonders – daily 10am-7pm; Night Safari – daily 6.30pm to midnight.
Cost: Singapore Zoo - $S44 adults, $S31 children 3-12yrs, Residents - adults $S31.20, children $S20.80; River Wonder - $S36 adults, $S24 children aged 3 to 12, Residents - adults $S34.20 and $S23.40; Night Safari - $S53 adults, $S36 children aged 3 to 12. There are discounts when you book online directly as well as multi-park deals that include Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park
Getting there: near Khatib MRT (NS14) then take the Mandai Khatib Shuttle, Choa Chu Kang MRT (NS4) then take bus 927, Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16) then take bus 138

7. Watch the Spectra Laser and Light Show

The Spectra Laser and Light Show can be seen from almost anywhere on the waterfront near Marina Bay Sands hotel, however, you can also take a cruise specifically to see it.

It costs a little more than a regular bumboat cruise but it means you avoid the crowds who turn out to see this 15-minute outdoor show of dancing fountain jets, colourful visual projections, advanced lasers, and lava and mist effects accompanied by an orchestral soundtrack.

You could also book a table at one of the following Marina Bay Sands eateries: Le Noir (L1-84, Bay Level), Dallas Cafe & Bar (L1-85, Bay Level), JustIN Flavours of Asia (L1-83, Bay Level).

Open: usually every evening
Cost: Free
Getting there: near Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16); buses – 97,106,518,133, 502, nearest stop 03509


It’s hard to pick just one favourite attraction or activity but I’m sure these are 7 fun things to do in Singapore 2022. From trying one of the traditional ice-cream sandwiches to lying in the Supertree Grove watching the Garden Rhapsody light show, there’s something for everyone!

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