It may be one of the most expensive countries in the world, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find any free things to do in Singapore. In fact, the city-state is quite a haven if you are looking for cheap things to do. In addition, it isn’t called mini-Dubai for nothing. Here’s a list of free things to do in Singapore, and let me tell you, I’ve tried all of them.
Visit wild dolphins at the Sisters Islands Marine Park
The water here is perfectly blue, making it perfect for snorkelling. One of Singapore’s lushest coral reefs can also be found here, so it’s great if you want to check out the biodiversity. Sister Islands have also been designated as a marine park, so there are guided tours and a great chance you can spot some dolphins.
Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
While this is primarily a place of worship, we’re adding it to our list of free things to do in Singapore because you can get an excellent cultural experience. You’ll see devotees chanting on the ground level as if they’re entirely oblivious to you. If you’re looking for a meal, you can get free vegetarian food too.
Go Hiking at Mount Faber
Start trekking on Mount Faber and take in the gorgeous city views, greenery, and wildlife. You need to be warned, though: this is an intense exercise and not meant for the faint of heart or those who aren’t in the best physical shape. But, do make an effort – it is totally worth it!
Free Movies Under the Stars and Clouds
Movie Mob screenings take place across Singapore, offering a drive-in experience allowing you to make a picnic out of a simple movie night. They even allow you to vote for the movie to watch, making it one of the most exciting and free things to do in Singapore! Certainly beats having to shell out cash at the cinema each time, doesn’t it?
Go Biking at Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail
If you want to feel the rush of adrenaline in your system, take your bike and head over to Bukit Timah. The trail has recently been revamped, which means it’s safer for bikers of all experience levels. However, with all the twists and turns, we’d strongly advise that only experienced bikers try it out.
Go Back in History with Kampong Lorong Buangkok
This is one of the more intriguing and free things to do in Singapore. If you really want to see how people survived before Wi-Fi, you might want to go here. This is the place that will have you wondering how people survived without all the amenities of life and all the fundamental technology we take for granted today.
Explore the first-ever HDB town at Toa Payoh Heritage Trail
Toa Payoh is one of the best fun and free things to do in Singapore that you absolutely need to visit if you’re interested in any sports-related activities. Full of lush playgrounds, here’s a throwback to the days when kids grew up playing in playgrounds and iPads didn’t exist. Great to get some fresh air in your lungs.
Spend Some Time At An Animal Shelter
One of the cutest fun, and free things to do in Singapore! Let the animals at S.P.C.A. or Animal Lovers League know they are loved. Take out some time to volunteer at an animal shelter. Be warned, though: while it’s great to spend time with animals, they have feelings just like us, so it does require a lot of commitment and love.
Get Soaked at Sembawang Hot Spring
Sembawang Air Base is home to a natural home spring that boasts several tourists all through the year. It is believed that these waters have healing properties, so you can often see visitors taking away pails of hot water to soak in at home. Of course, this is nothing compared to the luxurious hot springs found abroad, but it’s free, so why complain?
Stroll Down Changi Point Boardwalk
Visit Changi beach and take in the sunshine and the vast open sea. This is one of the most fun and free things to do in Singapore on our list. The gorgeous scenery makes for many beautiful photographs, so don’t forget to take your camera. If you’re lucky, you will even have the opportunity of watching planes overhead as they make their way to the airport.
See Singapore from the 55th level of ION Orchard
Visit this location for a breathtaking view of Singapore from a height. If you haven’t done it before, you sure need to cross this off your to-do list right now!
Pick Up Something from the Really Really Free Market
This is a fantastic place to pick up anything, paying absolutely nothing. Yes – everything here is free. One caveat, though: this market isn’t for free-loaders, so you are strongly encouraged to set up your own stall and put up your own wares that you want to give up for free.
Watch Free Concerts at the Esplanade
The Esplanade is where you need to go if you want a free concert. Here you can find a variety of vocals, recitals, dance and music performances in indoor or outdoor theatres. The best part is that most of them are absolutely free.
Hike Down to The MacRitchie Treetop Walk
If you are longing for lush greenery in Singapore, you need to head over to MacRitchie; a suspension bridge where you’ll experience the treetops at the level of the canopies. You will never say that Singapore is deprived of lush greenery after checking this out!
It may be surprising to know that you can find a spot of tranquillity smack in the middle of a busy shopping mall. At the ION Art Gallery, you will find a dedicated space for all visual arts that displays works from local and international designers.
Explore a 24-Hour Walmart
This is for one of those days when you really don’t have anything else to do. So take a walk at Mustafa Centre, and check out the 24/7 Walmart. You don’t have to buy anything – even though the prices may be very tempting – this is just a way to meet all sorts of people.
Take a Walk with Singapore Footprints
Singapore Footprints organises walking tours every weekend – and they are free whether you’re a local or a tourist. These walks are excellent opportunities to uncover Singapore’s attractions and learn about their histories. Check on their Facebook page to learn about their timings; all you have to do is turn up – no reservation required!
Experience the Animals at Farmart
Farmart gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide variety of farm animals, including tortoises, rabbits and goats. Entrance is free, so you can visit and pet the animals for no cost, but if you want to feed the animals, there is a minimal fee involved.
Get a Load of The Meandering Southern Ridges
This 10 km trail offers panoramic views of the urban and natural parts of Singapore. The path may be long, but it is easy to navigate for both experienced and inexperienced walkers, the elderly and young kids. Don’t forget to bring your camera, sunscreen and water bottle along.
Explore the Little India Heritage Trail
Experience a different culture with a walk around Little India. Load up your tummy with authentic Indian cuisine at various North Indian, South Indian, vegetarian, non-vegetarian, buffet and even the Pakistani restaurants. Revel in the intense aromas of spices and everything else that represents India – right down to the gold jewellery. However, you are advised to download apps to help you find your way around more easily.
Go to Yishun Dam
You will definitely be impressed by how peaceful and tranquil this place is, making it the perfect location if you are in the mood to catch fish. And it’s a romantic spot too – and has been featured in several lists of romantic places in Singapore. So if you want to spend some alone time with your significant other, this is the place to be!
Learn about NEWater
A great deal of Singapore’s drinking water is recycled, and the NEWater Visitor Centre is precisely where the magic happens. Here you will be taken on a guided tour of how all that gunk is made safe for drinking. This is a great learning experience for all family members – and hopefully, you will feel differently about your drinking water supply after learning a few things.
Explore Chek Jawa
If you want to explore biodiversity, Chek Jawa is a great option to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. All you need to do is take along lots of sunscreen, some sandwiches, and something to drink. But, of course, you will directly be exposed to sunlight, and the trek will be long, so don’t forget the munchies. Just remember the basic rule, though: don’t throw anything around!
Visit Xiao Guilin
If you have watched any action flick set in China, you’ll be familiar with this place. Xiao Guilin is the local name for Bukit Batok Town Park, known for its similarity to the scenery of China. The main attraction is a massive rock in the middle of a lake and two shelters offering a breathtaking view of the surroundings.
Comb through the Tiong Bahru Precinct
There is so much more on offer at Tiong Bahru than just cafes, and we are sure it’ll pique your interest in the area’s heritage. Here you will find quaint shops as well as architectural marvels. There is even an indie book store tucked away in a corner for those interested in rare and antique books.
Visit the Katong Antique House
Most Singaporeans are sure to know someone who is Peranakan and this is the best place to learn about these people. Katong Antique House is managed by Mr Peter Wee, a fourth-generation Peranakan keen on sharing these interesting people’s history with anyone who visits.
Spend a day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Free concerts surrounded by trees and flowers? What more could one want? The Botanical Gardens are one of Singapore’s top attractions and the venue for free concerts organised by The Singapore Symphony Orchestra. You can even find the Tembusu tree printed on your $5 note here!
Enjoy a picnic at the Esplanade Roof Garden
Singapore is beautiful during the day, but nothing can compare to what it looks like at night – and the Esplanade is where you can get the best views. So first, take a stroll along the Singapore River, then head to get a clear view of Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore River and One Fullerton.
Visit Labrador Nature And Coastal Walk
This combines several parks and trails for a total length of 2.1 km, all of which are administered by NParks. So you can come here with your friends to just chill out, look at the fishes, or get a good view of the Giant Mudskippers at the various trails and creeks!
Kick back your heels at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Many bird-watchers often frequented this place as it is not uncommon to see rare birds here. You’ll find a wide variety of birds, mangrove swamps, and other creatures. If you are lucky, you might get a glimpse of otters and crocodiles too!
Hunt out the 8 Merlions in Singapore
What is a list of the exciting and free things to do in Singapore without mentioning these? The merlion statues of Singapore are world-famous, and it’s fascinating to go out on a treasure hunt and find them all. The most famous one, of course, is at the Merlion Park at One Fullerton. But there are seven more to be found – so why not set out on a hunt and explore Singapore while you’re at it?
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
This white architectural wonder starkly contrasts with all the high-rise buildings in the adjacent City Hall area. But, don’t be fooled by the name – it is not restricted to a place of worship. It is a popular wedding venue and an excellent backdrop for Insta-worthy photos.
Join an #instawalk!
instawalks are a pretty regular affair, and there is no cost to join! Sign up for a tour, and you must take a casual walk and take pictures along the way to upload to your Instagram account. The #instawalks don’t have a fixed schedule, so you need to follow them on Facebook to remain updated on their schedule.