Not your typical “things to do in Singapore” bucket list!
While we’ve had to put our Travel Bucket List on hold last year, we’re gonna make the most of 2021 — travel or no travel — with this massive list of things to do in Singapore!
Here’s the twist — it’s not just going to be the usual sights. This time, we dug deep to find unconventional experiences. Imagine exploring Marina Bay Sands on a Segway, learning to dive without oxygen tanks, or smashing bottles with baseball bats.
That said, this bucket list isn’t all crazy. Go ahead and tick off simple things too, especially if you’ve never done it before. Chill on a yacht, catch your own prawns for dinner, and learn how to appreciate tea. They may not be wildly epic, but definitely worth trying at least once in this lifetime — who knows, it could turn out to be a new hobby!
Some experiences are free to do, while others are worth the splurge.
It’s massive list of things to do in Singapore — jump to your favourite section:
Get your heart racing | Learn something new | The great outdoors | Not your usual chill activities | Cultural and historical gems, with a twist | Traveller for a day
And here’s a downloadable checklist to keep track of your adventures! 😉
Get your heart racing
You don’t have to go overseas for life-changing adventures! Singapore has its fair share of exhilarating activities too — you just got to be daring enough to try 👀
1) Take a leap of faith at AJ Hackett Sentosa
Conquer your fear of heights with Singapore’s only bungee jump! Once you leap off the 50m platform, you’ll score an adrenaline high that’ll stick with you for days.
2) Soar through the sky on the Giant Swing
Not a fan of flying solo? Then grab a buddy (or two) for a wild ride on the Giant Swing. You’ll be hoisted up to a height of 40m. Then, one lucky person pulls the release, and it’s a descent of speeds up to 120km/h!
Opening hours: 1PM – 7:30PM (Mon, Thu – Fri), 12:30PM – 8PM (weekends & PH), closed Tue and Wed
How to get there: From Harbourfront MRT Station, take the Sentosa Express to Beach Station and walk 15mins
3) Get spooked on the Creepy Tales of Singapore Tour
There’s no light, except for candles and torches!
Not for the faint-hearted, this spine-tingling Creepy Tales of Singapore tour begins at nightfall — you’ll get acquainted ghost hunting devices while your guide takes you through fascinating stories about Singapore’s history in places where they happened.
*Pro-tip: Try to stay calm when the devices start flashing mid-story 🥶
Whether you believe it or not, it’s still a fun way to discover a different side of Singapore!
Tour timing: 7:30PM – 10:30PM, Fri and Sun
Meeting point: Haw Par Villa MRT Station Exit A
4) Skydive indoors at iFly Singapore
Here’s your chance to ‘fly’! Sign up for an exhilarating skydiving experience with iFly Singapore. After a short training session, you’ll enter the wind tunnel and instantly feel weightless.
We recommend getting two skydives (from S$79). During the second skydive, the instructor will fly you up and down the tunnel. Brace yourself for a huge rush of cold air and adrenaline!
5) Try a new sport at Singapore Wake Park
Photo credit: @lilshredder11 via Instagram
Located at East Coast Park, the Singapore Wake Park is the city’s only cable-ski park. There are three cable-systems that cater to beginners, intermediate, and experienced riders.
For multiple lessons, purchase a Share-The-Fun pass. It’s valid till 31 Dec 2023, and shareable with families and friends.
Cost: S$50/session; From S$300 for Share-The-Fun Passes
Opening hours: 10AM – 9PM (weekdays), 9AM – 8PM (weekends & PH)
How to get there: From Bedok MRT, take bus 31 from Exit A. Alight at Victoria School, and walk 11mins
6) Enjoy a thrilling afternoon at Mega Adventure
Need more thrills on your next Sentosa trip? Clip into Mega Adventure’s MegaZip, where you’ll whizz over Imbiah Hill and Siloso Beach at 60km/h. If you’d rather stay close to the ground, hop onto MegaBounce, a giant trampoline that offers jumps up to 8m high.
7) Get your heart pumping at Universal Studios Singapore
If you’ve always wanted to visit Universal Studios Singapore, but haven’t gotten around to it — quit procrastinating! Exploring this theme park is a surefire way to get your heart rate up, especially with exciting rides and rollercoasters from films like Jurassic Park and The Mummy.
Plus, USS hosts special annual events such as Halloween and Christmas. For those keen to discover something new, these are the perfect times to re-visit!
8) Train like Thor at Axe Factor
Axe Factor is like archery — but cooler. Instead of shooting arrows, you’ll be hurling axes at a target board. Bring your friends, grab some beers, and see who can hit the bullseye!
Cost: From S$23
Opening hours: 12PM – 10PM, closed on Mon
How to get there: From Sixth Avenue MRT, walk 12mins to the Grandstand
9) Have a splashing good time at Wild Wild Wet
Photo credit: Wild Wild Wet
Wild Wild Wet is one of Singapore’s largest waterparks. It’s packed with all sorts of fun rides, from the heart-pumping Torpedo, to the speedy Kraken Racers. Or, take it down a notch and tube around the Shiok River.
10) Discover new worlds at Virtual Room Singapore
Virtual Room Singapore delivers an escape room with an adventurous VR twist. Players are physically separated into different rooms, but in the VR world, you’ll be working together to strategise and solve puzzles!
Cost: From S$42
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM
How to get there: From Chinatown MRT, take Exit A and walk 2mins
11) Experience thrilling attractions at Jewel Changi Airport
There’s more to Jewel Changi Airport than the HSBC Rain Vortex. Work up a sweat jumping around the Manulife Bouncing Sky Nets (from ~S$19.80), or searching for the exit in the Mirror Maze (from ~S$13.50).
Cost: From S$4.50
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM, closes 11PM on Fri – Sun & PHs
How to get there: From Changi Airport MRT, walk to level 2 of Terminal 2 or 3, then follow the link bridges to Jewel
12) Immerse in virtual reality at HeadRock VR
HeadRock VR is Singapore’s first virtual reality theme park. Across three zones, you’ll find 11 cool attractions. Immersive games include a beat ‘slashing’ game, and a jumping adventure game where you’ll actually be suspended in the air with harnesses.
13) Go back in time at Hi Roller
With flashy disco lights and great music, Hi Roller Indoor Skating Rink is full of 80s vibes. There are two different types of skates to rent: Retro quad skates, or modern inline ones.
For hygiene purposes, bring mid-calf or knee-length socks. Otherwise, purchase them at the counter for S$3.
Cost: From ~S$14.45 (incl. protective gear like helmets and guards)
Opening hours: 11:30AM – 9PM (Last entry 7PM; check latest schedule here). Do note reservations are required
How to get there: From Pasir Ris MRT, walk 15mins to Downtown East. Alternatively, take a free shuttle bus
14) Challenge your friends at HydroDash
HydroDash is Singapore’s first inflatable playground. There are loads of slippery obstacles to get through — big slides, monkey bars, and “balance” beams. Good luck trying to stay dry ✌
Entrance fee: S$20 (incl. inclement weather insurance)
Opening hours: 12PM – 6PM (weekdays), 10AM – 7PM (weekends & PH)
How to get there: From Beach Station, walk 10mins towards Palawan Beach
15) Relieve stress at The Fragment Room
If you’ve still got a grudge against 2020, take out your angst at the Fragment Room. It’s a safe (and perfectly legal) space for you to let loose and smash stuff like glass bottles.
Bigger groups can top up an extra S$25 – S$50 for bulkier items to break, such as keyboards, printers, or TVs.
*Pro-tip: Play some heavy metal during your session to really hype up the experience!
Learn something new
Use this travel downtime to pick up some new hobbies! From adventurous underwater classes to refining your tea palate, it’s the perfect time to hone your skills. Who knows, they might come in handy for future trips.
16) Pick up the basics of freediving
Photo credit: @Apnea42 via Instagram
To most people, freediving is simply scuba diving without breathing apparatuses. However, this sport offers more benefits like stress-relief and increased mental focus.
Apnea 42 offers one of the more affordable introductory courses around, and teaches divers how to control their breathing, and gain more confidence underwater.
Cost: From S$180
17) Become a certified climber
Photo credit: The Rock School
If outdoor climbing is something you foresee yourself doing in future, take on the first step and sign up for an SNCS Sport Climbing Certification! While we’re waiting for borders to open, learn to belay your friends on high walls while building up your strength for future outdoor climbs! 💪
Cost: From S$65
18) Earn your open water dive certification
Photo credit: Dive Degree
Don’t put your scuba diving dreams on hold just ’cause travel borders are closed. Earn your diver certification with an Open Water Diving Course (~S$515). You’ll get the full experience — theory lessons, pool sessions, and four open water dives at Pulau Hantu.
The visibility in Singapore’s waters aren’t great but it’s a good learning ground. Next time when you’re diving elsewhere with your newfound skills, get ready to be blown away!
Once certified, divers go on leisure dives from ~S$145. It’s a good way to refresh your skills while waiting for your next overseas dive.
Cost: From S$145
19) Gain a new appreciation for tea
Photo credit: Yixing Xuan Teahouse via Facebook
Impress your relatives with your newfound knowledge from this tea appreciation workshop. Learn about the history and health benefits of tea, as well as how to properly brew different types of tea.
Did we mention there’s a tasty selection of dim sum to go with the tea? 🥟
20) Brew your own kombucha
Photo credit: Klook
Kombucha’s popularity has been growing. If you’re a fan of this fermented, lightly effervescent drink that promises a ton of great health benefits, why not try making your own? Total beginners can get some guidance from the experts at Craft & Culture. They hold workshops that cover everything you need to know about brewing the perfect Kombucha.
Cost: From S$135
Workshop duration: ~2hrs
Address: 183 Jalan Pelikat, The Promenade @Pelikat B1, 113, 537643
Explore the Great Outdoors
When you’re tired of the #hustle, pile on the sunscreen and escape the city! Singapore has tons of quiet, green spaces to check out. Best of all — they’re not too far from public transportation.
21) Sail to Singapore’s offshore islands
When you need a break from your hectic lifestyle, take a ferry cruise to Singapore’s offshore islands: Lazarus, St. John’s, Kusu, and Sister’s Islands. They’re perfect for outdoor lovers, especially those who enjoy nature walks and swims.
This round-trip ticket comes with a S$3 Gongcha voucher, so you can enjoy some good ol’ bubble tea after your island-hopping adventure!
22) Complete all 26 slides at Admiralty Park
Photo credit: @sassymamasg via Instagram
Admiralty Park is a great place for families with young kids, and the young at heart. It’s the largest park in the North, built with multi-tiered playgrounds and 26 slides — the largest number in a public park. Have fun sliding down them all!
How to get there: From Woodlands MRT, walk 15mins. Or, take bus 903 from the interchange and alight at Blk 18
23) Check out mangroves at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Photo credit: @aryunamr via Instagram
Opened in 1993, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve showcases Singapore’s rich biodiversity. The mangrove forests are home to wildlife like kingfishers, otters, and crocodiles.
How to get there: From Kranji MRT, take bus 925M and alight outside Sg Buloh Wetland Reserve
24) Meet adorable goats at Hay Dairies Goat Farm
The only goat farm in Singapore, Hay Dairies is a great, educational place for city folks. You can roam around the farm, and purchase a packet of hay for S$5 to hand-feed the cute meh-mehs.
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 9AM – 4PM, closed on Tue
How to get there: From Choa Chu Kang MRT station, take bus 975 from opposite the station. Alight at Opp Lim Chu Kang Lane 4 (34011), then walk 2mins
25) Reach the summit of Bukit Timah Hill
Photo credit: @t.l.w.a via Instagram
If your New Year’s resolution is to spend more time in nature, start with an easy trek up to Bukit Timah Hill. It’s the highest point in Singapore, standing ~163m above sea level. From the Visitor Centre, it’s a 30-minute uphill hike.
Starting point: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre
26) Go kayaking at Pulau Ubin
Most Singaporeans travel to Pulau Ubin to cycle and hike. However, we recommend going on a mangrove kayaking tour for a different experience. Our guide led us through Pulau Ubin’s mangrove forests, and told us fun facts about the island and its history.
Tour timing: 9AM – 1PM
Meeting point: Ubin Adventures, hut no. 34
27) Conquer the 36km Coast-to-Coast Trail
Here’s one for the hardcore hikers! The 36km Coast-to-Coast Trail spans from Jurong Lake Gardens in the West, to Coney Island in the North-east.
Prep snacks, water, and sun protection — this is one long, challenging walk that can take a full day. (TTI fitspo Kim tried this, but gave up 2km before the finish line ’cause it was too gruelling.)
Starting point: Opposite Lakeside MRT
*Pro-tip: Download the NParks Coast-to-Coast mobile app for updated route closures, and to stay on-course.
28) Embark on the Southern Ridges Walk
For a more manageable hike, try the Southern Ridges instead. There’s plenty to see on this 10km-long green space — from panoramic city views to lush greenery at HortPark, to the gorgeous Henderson Waves.
Starting point: Harbourfront MRT Exit D
29) Spend a day at Jurong Lake Gardens
Photo credit: NParks
Note: Parts of the gardens are currently closed for re-development until Jun 2022.
30) Hunt for Instagram-worthy spots in Punggol
The Punggol tree may be long gone (#RIPinstagramtree), but there are still lots of photo spots to explore. Besides the picturesque Kelong Bridge, wake up early for Coney Island. The morning light adds a mystical effect to the dense forest.
31) Have an Instagrammable picnic at Marina Barrage
Photo credit: Klook
The next time you’re at Marina Barrage with loved ones, spice up the experience with a fancy picnic! It’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion, and enjoy a cosy time together at one of Singapore’s most beautiful spots.
This rental service does all the set-up for you, so you’ll just need to bring food, drinks, and good vibes.
Cost: From S$145 (up to five pax)
Activity timing: 3hrs, between 10AM – 10PM
Not your usual chill activities
Bored of watching movies and café-hopping? Try these offbeat activities for a change — you get to experience a different side of Singapore at a (much) slower pace.
32) Throw a yacht party
Photo credit: White Sails
Grab your closest friends and rent a luxurious yacht for a day. This one has three bedrooms, and tons of seating space. Plus, there’s a large trampoline net for lounging and pictures for the gram’ too!
The ship docks at Lazarus Island, where you can go kayaking, snorkelling, or fishing.
Cost: From ~S$650 (up to eight pax)
Activity timings: 9AM – 1PM, 1:30PM – 5:30PM, 6PM – 10PM
Meeting point: ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove
33) Get closer to nature at Bollywood Veggies
Photo credit: Bollywood Veggies
Bollywood Veggies is a rustic farm in the Kranji countryside. Stroll along the lush gardens, pick up fresh produce at the Earth Shop, then drop by the Poison Ivy Bistro for lunch. This in-house restaurant takes pride in using locally-sourced ingredients to create hearty, affordable meals.
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 7AM – 5PM, closes 7PM on weekends & PHs, closed Mon – Tue
How to get there: From Kranji MRT Station, take the Kranji Countryside Express bus (S$3 round-trip)
34) Bowling in the dark at [email protected]
Photo credit: Klook
K Bowling Club is Singapore’s first full-time cosmic bowling alley, with vibrant lights and a seating layout reminiscent of a club.
35) Get messy at Splat Paint House
Photo credit: Splat Paint House
At Singapore’s only splatter paint studio, creativity isn’t limited by a canvas. Walls and floors are fair game too! Make use of paint guns, cups, and even your hands or feet to create a unique masterpiece. You can also choose metallic, neon, or glitter paint.
36) Tour Marina Bay via Segway
Zip around the Marina Bay area on a mini Segway! Segways are self-balancing, so they’re easy to ride for beginners. It sure beats walking too.
37) Enjoy prawning at ORTO
Photo credit: ORTO
We’re too used to getting food served to us on a platter, so challenge yourself by catching your own ingredients!
Start easy with prawning, a classic local chill activity. Gather your friends and see who can catch the most. Then, BBQ the prawns, peel the shell (or have someone else peel for you), and enjoy the taste of accomplishment.
We recommend ORTO, Singapore’s largest prawning facility. It’s open 24/7, so you can catch and cook to your heart’s desire anytime. Do note that social distancing measures still apply, and you’re not allowed to eat while grilling.
Cost: From S$20/hr
Opening hours: 24hrs
How to get there: From Khatib MRT, take Exit B and walk 8min
38) Walk amongst dinosaurs at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Photo credit: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
The Jurassic Mile may be Singapore’s latest Instagram craze, but the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum has actual dinosaur skeletons. This underrated museum in the National University of Singapore has 15 thematic zones waiting to be explored.
Look out for the main attraction — three diplodocid sauropod fossils!
Entrance fee: From S$16
Opening hours: 10AM – 6PM (Last entry 4:30PM), closed on Mon – Tue
How to get there: From Clementi MRT, take bus 183 and alight at NUS Fac Of Engrg. Then, walk 5mins
Read also: 9 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Singapore
Cultural and historical gems, with a twist
You may have seen all there is to see in Singapore, but do you know all there is? Revisit our cultural attractions — except this time, go with a knowledgeable tour guide, or pay more attention to the write-ups of art pieces! You might learn something new about our city’s history.
39) Cruise along the streets in a Vespa sidecar
Here’s a fun way to cruise Singapore’s streets — a vintage Vespa sidecar tour!
Singapore Sidecars is a unique way to see our home, showcasing both iconic attractions and little-known alleyways. Choose from three different tours — the charming districts of Joo Chiat and Katong; the trendy Kampong Gelam area; or hipster Tiong Bahru!
Fun fact: Director Joe Russo and the cast of Avengers: Infinity War took this tour while they were in Singapore. Russo loved it, and said it was “one of the best tours [he’s] ever been on”. Guess you could say the tour is out of this world!
40) Discover Singapore’s disappearing trades
Photo credit: Tribe
Get to know Singapore before the shiny skyscrapers. This fascinating tour explores old-school trades, from traditional kopi roasting to paper house making. It’s a unique way to slow down and appreciate the charms of our city’s olden days.
Tour timings: 9AM – 1PM (Tue and Fri)
Meeting point: Newton Food Centre
41) Learn about art at National Gallery Singapore
Photo credit: Darren Soh via National Gallery
Opened in 2015, the National Gallery Singapore occupies the former City Hall and Supreme Court. Besides permanent exhibitions showcasing 19th-century Southeast Asian art, there are also plenty of temporary ones — so you’ll always see something new!
Entrance fee: Free for Singaporeans/PRs
Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM
How to get there: From City Hall MRT, walk 5min
42) Go back in time at Fort Siloso
Fort Siloso once served as a coastal fort during World War II, and features loads of cool relics. Look out for the coastal guns, military structures, and a reenactment of the Surrender Chambers with wax figures.
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 10AM – 6PM (Last entry 5:30PM)
How to get there: From Beach Station, take Bus A to Siloso Point
43) Explore the vibrant district of Little India
The Journey of the Senses is a guided walking tour that showcases the best of Little India. Pose for pictures in front of colourful murals, pick up souvenirs at the Little India Arcade, and taste yummy Indian snacks 😋
Tour timings: 9:30AM – 11:30AM, 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Meeting point: Little India MRT Exit E
Be a traveller for a day
Singapore’s world-class attractions are well-loved by tourists. But now that there aren’t many around, it’s the perfect time to put on your “traveller” cap and check out the hype in these places.
44) Explore Singapore’s cultural districts via trishaw
Photo credit: Klook
We’re all-too-familiar with our efficient public transport, so slow things down with a relaxing trishaw tour led by an easygoing Uncle.
45) Revisit Gardens by the Bay
Even if you’ve already been, Singapore’s famous garden deserves a second (or third!) visit. With limited-time events throughout the year, each trip to Gardens by the Bay is bound to be different.
After your visit, check out the Orient Express exhibition from France, which runs till 13 Jun 2021.
Entrance fee: S$10 (incl. entry to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest)
Opening hours: 9AM – 9PM (Conservatories)
How to get there: From Bayfront MRT, take Exit B and walk 10min
46) Pose for fun shots at the Trick Eye Museum
Photo credit: Resorts World Sentosa
Typical museum rules don’t apply to the Trick Eye Museum. It has a carnival-like atmosphere, with six unique zones where you’re supposed to touch the exhibits. Have a laugh being part of the illusions while snapping fun photos!
Entrance fee: From S$15
Opening hours: 10AM – 6PM (Last entry 5PM), closed Wed
How to get there: From Resorts World Station, walk ~6min
47) Be starstruck at Madame Tussauds Singapore
Get cosy with the likes of Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise, and even Barack Obama at Madame Tussauds Singapore. The wax figures are incredibly life-like and built to scale. Who knew PM Lee Hsien Loong was 1.83m tall?
Fun fact: There are over 20 Madame Tussauds around the world and each one has a little something the others don’t, so it’s worth checking out the one at home before visiting the rest!
Entrance fee: From S$18
Opening hours: 11AM – 7PM, closed on Tue – Wed
How to get there: From Imbiah Station, walk 4min
48) Be awed by marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium
There’s something about aquariums that draws you in. At the S.E.A. Aquarium, be mesmerised by majestic manta rays, jellyfish, and hammerhead sharks!
49) Immerse in new worlds at the ArtScience Museum
Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands
The ArtScience Museum is anything but boring. Check out Future World: Where Art Meets Science, an interactive exhibition that fuses art and technology. Other exciting exhibits include Margins: Drawing Pictures of Home. It showcases local photographers’ works, and runs till 28 Mar 2021.
50) Hang out with animals at Wildlife Reserves Singapore
The Fragile Forest at Singapore Zoo!
If your last trip to our wildlife parks was a decade ago, it’s high time for another visit! Our parks are some of the world’s best. They’re built with open-concept enclosures that recreate the animals’ natural habitats.
Photo credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
The River Safari (~S$32.40/pax) is Asia’s only river-themed wildlife park, dedicated to protecting threatened species like the manatee. Swing by to see the adorable panda duo, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, too!
Opening hours: Varies
How to get there: From Khatib MRT, take the Mandai Khatib shuttle service (costs S$1). Buses come once every 10min
Exciting things to do in Singapore
Travel may be off the cards for a while, but there are far better things to do than stay cooped up at home. Challenge yourself to go on a local adventure, and you might be surprised by what you find!
To start you out, we’ve created a downloadable bucket (check)list. It might help to keep up your motivation too 😉 Just tap the image above to download!
Photo credit: Yixing Xuan Teahouse via Facebook
Enjoy a fuss-free journey when you pre-book experiences via Klook. The online platform is easy to use, and offers instant booking. This way, you can enjoy exclusive discounts and skip the queues — just need to show up and enjoy the experience!
If you need more ideas, here are a couple of itineraries for your next long leave:
– The Singapore Theme Park Guide — 4 Routes for Unique Things to Do in Singapore
– 3D2N Singapore Staycation — Adventurous Date Ideas For The Restless Singaporean Couple
What’s your favourite activity from our ultimate bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: All images were shot before the COVID-19 pandemic, or in line with safe distancing measures.