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You will never run out of things to do at Gardens by the Bay! Here's our complete guide on how to get to Gardens by the Bay and the many popular family spots PLUS all the fun things to do!

One of the most family-friendly venues to visit, Gardens by the Bay offers multiple attractions so that you can always visit with your little ones over and over again! From free water play to a daily evening music and light performance, from ticketed air-conditioned waterfall and rainforest to free open spaces, there is so much for families to do and here's our complete Family's Guide to Gardens by the Bay! 

Don't forget to also check out the many events that happen across the attraction - get the latest events at Gardens by the Bay! We are very sure you will find something to do at Gardens by the Bay every weekend!

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Walk In The Cloud at Cloud Forest

Opening Hours: 9 am - 9 pm
Admission: from $8 (Get your tickets)
Nearest Carpark: Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Home to one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls and a lush mountain clad with plants from around the world, Cloud Forest is an indoor air-conditioned attraction where you can get some really nice photos. Go on a fascinating journey of discovery and get up close with some of the world’s most exotic plant species as you stroll along its unique aerial walkways.

Feeling peckish after your visit, head to the Conservatory Cafe to enjoy an ice cream before continuing your visit!

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Discover Flowers At The Flower Dome

Opening Hours: 9 am - 9 pm
Admission: from $8 (Get your tickets)
Nearest Carpark: Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Get up-close with unusual plants native to a range of unique habitats – from the Mediterranean region, to South African savannahs and arid deserts! At the Flower Dome, you will also find thematic flower arrangements and events throughout the year, making it an exciting venue for repeat visits. 

Families may wish to have a meal at Hortus or Marguerite located within the Flower Dome too.

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Go Into A Fantasy At Floral Fantasy

Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm (Mon - Fri), 10 am - 8 pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Admission: from $10 (Get your tickets)
Nearest Carpark: Bayfront Plaza Carpark

A stone’s throw from Bayfront MRT station, Floral Fantasy offers a magical escape among suspended bouquets and creative floral arrangements. Here, explore diverse garden landscapes that segue into each other through a meandering space. Along the way, stop by a vivarium populated by tiny poison dart frogs in a gamut of stunning hues!

Floral Fantasy showcases more than 3,000 plants of more than 150 species, including some curious plants such as the 'Surfinia purple vein' petunia, which are amethyst blooms with a delicate lacework of vibrant purple veins tracing the centre and Fried Egg Tree, with glossy buds that bloom into white flowers with yellow stamens that resemble an egg cooked sunny-side-up!

Don't forget to head over to Cafe Aster to take a break and be surprised by this unique café!

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Water Play at the Far East Organisation Children's Garden

Opening Hours: Tue - Sun (9 am - 7 pm), Closed on Mon
Admission: Free
Nearest Carpark: Satay by the Bay Basement Carpark / Main Entrance Basement Carpark

The Water Play at the Far East Organisation Children's Garden is a popular spot for families and a delightful treat for any child who loves splashing about in water!  This interactive centrepiece is fitted with motion sensors that intelligently detect and respond to the movement of children in real time to create a thrilling corresponding sequence of water effects!

Next to the main water play, you will also find a play area for younger kids, Fish Fountain. Parents will also be please to know that there is a sheltered amphitheatre for you and your little ones to take a break between plays.

Here, you will find a open shower and toilets for the kids to clean up after play time. There is also the Petit Coco café within the Children's Garden for those who need to get a drink or snacks. 

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More Play At The Playgrounds

Opening Hours: Tue - Sun (9 am - 7 pm), Closed on Mon
Admission: Free
Nearest Carpark: Satay by the Bay Basement Carpark / Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Also located within the Children's Garden are the Toddler Play and The Treehouse playgrounds. The Toddler Play area includes the Fish Fountain as well as a obstacle course with a swaying bridge and over stepping springs! 

Look out for the sand-play at The Treehouse! With two towering tree houses, kids are challenged to conquer a maze of ropes, ladders and slippery dips along this 130-metre forest trail, amidst a dense canopy of trees.

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Create Memories At The Active Garden

Opening Hours: 5 am - 2 am daily
Admission: Free
Nearest Carpark: Bayfront Plaza Carpark / Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Located along the stretch of Bayfront Plaza and the Floral Fantasy, Active Garden is a 10,000 sqm space equipped with a host of complimentary and user-friendly facilities, including an outdoor gym, interactive musical playground, communal garden, expansive event lawns and a pet-friendly café!

You can create music at the Musical Playground, hit your fitness goals at the fitness corner and also visit the Community Garden with 50 kinds of edible plants, ranging from herbs and vegetables to fruit trees taken care by a group of volunteers. 

At the Active Garden, you will also find a pet-friendly café, Mylo's that serves a selection of fresh bakes, aromatic coffee, cheeky tipples, as well as over 20 seasonal gelatos made onsite! 

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Get Mesmerised At The SuperTree Grove

Opening Hours: 5 am - 2 am daily
Admission: Free
Nearest Carpark: Main Entrance Basement Carpark

Come face to face with 12 of the Gardens' 18 Supertrees at the Supertree Grove! Rising up to 50 metres above ground, these iconic giants provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating light and musical show at night.

Don’t just admire these beacons from a distance, head up to the Observatory on the tallest Supertree to experience them up-close—you’ll also be rewarded with awesome bird's eye views of Marina Bay!

This is also where most of the family activities happen - including Christmas Wonderland, Children's Festival and more! 

*Please take note that the Food Hall has been closed since Apr 2022 but a Food Truck is available on weekends and PH. 

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Admire Nature At Kingfisher Sanctuary

Opening Hours: 5 am - 2 am daily
Admission: Free
Nearest Carpark: Satay by the Bay Carpark

The Kingfisher Wetlands is a new freshwater sanctuary that opens your eyes to a flourishing diversity of exotic flora and fauna. Located next to Satay by the Bay, the wetlands allows for families to enjoy a leisure stroll after a hearty meal!

The original site was a popular bird-watching spot for the birding community and nature photographers but was often missed by the general public. Thus the new Kingfisher Wetlands was developed to improve accessibility and to create new nature areas for visitors to explore.

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Where to eat at Gardens by the Bay?

If you are visiting, do make sure to take note of the dining options within the gardens and to plan your meals accordingly! Or simply bring your own and have a picnic too!

*Note that the food hall at SuperTree Grove is closed since Apr 2022. 

Cafe Aster

Opening Hours: Tue - Sun & PH, 10.30 am - 8 pm
Location: Bayfront Plaza

Located next to Floral Fantasy, this novel café, Cafe Aster, surprises with a food-meets-flowers experience.

Choose between indoors or alfresco seating, and treat yourself to fresh bakes or daily specials from the menu at Cafe Aster. Take your dining experience to the next level as you get to browse and purchase the season’s finest flowers from the cold room.

Conservatory Cafe 

Opening Hours: 9 am -  9 pm daily
Location: Between Flower Dome and Cloud Forest

Make a delicious pitstop between your visit from Flower Dome to Cloud Forest at the Conservatory Cafe. Choose between 17 delectable flavours of premium ice cream, light snacks and refreshing drinks to round off your visit to the Gardens.

Food Truck

Opening Hours: Weekends & PH, 12 pm - 9 pm
Location: SuperTree Grove

Have a snack while you rest under our magnificent Supertrees! Spot Gardens by the Bay's very own classic food truck at the Supertree Grove. Dig into our crowd-favourite chicken wings, Singapore's Instagram-worthy Blue Pea Nasi Lemak, and enjoy a variety of cakes and ice-creams to fuel your stroll in the Gardens!

*Note that the food hall at SuperTree Grove is closed since Apr 2022. 

Hortus

Opening Hours: Wed- Fri, 11 am - 10 pm | Sat - Sun, 10 am - 10 pm
Location: Flower Dome

Hortus serves casual Mediterranean cuisine by Michelin star chef Michael Wilson within the Flower Dome

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant

Opening Hours: 11 am - 3 pm, 5.30 pm - 9 pm
Location: Near Cloud Forest entrance

Feast on the freshest underwatch catch and indulge in a delightful selection of decadent dim sum with magnificent views of the Marina Bay waterfront. At Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, you will savour some of Singapore's classics like Chilli Crab or Black Pepper Crab here, or revel in renowned Chef Yong Bing Ngen's must-try dish — the Bay's signature "Kopi" Crab.

Marguerite

Opening Hours: Wed - Thu, 6 pm - 10 pm | Fri - Sun, 12 pm - 3 pm & 6 pm - 10 pm
Location: Flower Dome

Taking root amidst the lush garden surrounds of the Flower Dome, Marguerite by Chef/Owner Michael Wilson embraces the best of the seasons with tasting menus that celebrate craft, provenance and produce through contemporary cuisine. Fine wines, innovative temperance beverages and a personalised level of service that exudes warmth, ease and charm complement a fine dining experience of true exception.

McDonald's 

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 11 am - 9.30 pm | Sat, Sun & PH, 8.30 am - 9.30 pm
Location: Near main entrance

Enjoy the familiar taste of your favourite McDonald’s item right here at the Gardens. Pick up a sumptuous Egg McMuffin® and a freshly brewed McCafe® premium roast coffee for breakfast, or tuck into a McSpicy® meal or a McWrap® for a hearty meal. Whatever you choose, you will be able to enjoy the scenic view of the Supertrees at the same time!

Mylo's

Opening Hours: Wed - Thu, 8 am - 8 pm | Fri - Sat, 8 am - 10 pm
Location: Active Garden

Mylo’s celebrates gathering with family, friends and your beloved pets. Fresh bakes and coffee, classic sarnies, cheeky tipples and over 20 seasonal gelatos made onsite are the order of the day at the newest pet-friendly cafe in town!

Shake Shack

Opening Hours: Mon - Thu: 10.30am - 9.00pm | Fri, PH eve: 10:30am - 9:30pm | Sat - Sun, PH: 9:30am - 9:30pm
Location: The Canopy

Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches and flat-top dogs (no hormones or antibiotics – ever), spun- fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries and more.

Petit Coco @ Children's Garden Cafe

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm (Daily)
Location: Far East Organisation Children's Garden

Petit Coco @ Children's Garden Cafe is located in Far East Organization Children's Garden. It's the perfect place to enjoy brunch and an energy boost while watching your kids play.

Opening Hours: 11.00am - 10.00pm
Location: Satay by the Bay

Satay by the Bay is the place to be when you want to feast over a table full of local delights from BBQ chicken wings to chilli crabs while enjoying the views of the waterfront.

What To Bring

Depending on where you are visiting, you should bring the usual water bottles, wet-wipes and even a towel to dry the little ones after all that running around. Sun-protection is also recommended - sun block, hats or an umbrella. 

If you are heading to the water play area, do bring a change of clothings too. Note that there is no full bathing facility at the Children's Garden, but there is an open shower as well as changing facilities in the toilet to get changed. 

You may also wish to bring mats and food to have a picnic. This can be done at the SuperTree Grove, Active Garden and Children's Garden. 

Do note that cycling, roller skates, skateboards and scooters (we have heard even kids kickscooters) are not allowed in Gardens by the Bay except along the waterfront promenade in Bay South Garden and the perimeter of Bay East Garden. 

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Getting To Gardens by the Bay

By Train

Via The Circle Line Or Downtown Line

  • Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
  • Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
  • Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay 

Via The East-West Line

  • Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)
  • Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road
  • Hop onto bus 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive  

By Car

There are 5 carparks around the gardens. Charges are 0.03 per minute
Car park charges are capped at $25 per day

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*Photo Credits: Gardens by the Bay


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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