While free and low-budget activities are great, there are also things in Singapore that require money. So let’s look at how to have fun in Singapore with activities that you’ll need to spend some money on.
Attend a music festival or outdoor concert
There are always music festivals around the corner, giving you a taste of music not just from Singapore but from all over the continent. Did you know that you can also head out to the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on the weekends and get a load of locally produced music?
Enjoy some karaoke
There are several karaoke joints for you to explore, the most famous of which is KTV. Still, several others cater to a much younger age group. If you want a no-frills experience and some light food and alcohol, you’ll be sure to find a karaoke bar that meets your approval.
Attend a poetry slam
Every month the folks at Word Forward organise poetry concerts, and it’s quite a lot of fun to see aspiring poets try their luck. You may not be able to rhyme to save your life, but it sure is fun watching other people try!
Islands fun in Singapore
Island hopping is definitely a great way of having fun in Singapore! Hop on a ferry and explore some of the coastal islands. Take a picnic on Kusu Island or check out the tortoise sanctuary.
Get away from the usual nature reserves and head to Coney Island for some quiet time with your family and loved ones. You can even rent out a bike to make the most of your adventure.
There is so much to explore at Sentosa Island that it is difficult to figure out where to start. We’d recommend starting out at the Capella, then moving on to the Adventure Cove Waterpark and ultimately going down to the Luge for some thrilling rides. You can then round up the day with a tour of Universal Studios.
Adrenaline activities to have fun in Singapore
- Hit an adventure playground
Let your inner child loose and complete all the obstacles at the Forest Adventure Course. Located among the treetops of Bedok Reservoir Park, this is great fun for the entire family.
- Try an escape room challenge
Lock yourself in a room with the only escape route to solve a puzzle within a given time frame. Try escaping from a Zombie outbreak or a situation from Prison Break. You probably won’t know where to start.
- Go on a ghost hunt
Visit Old Changi Hospital, Neo Tiew Estate, or even the Old Seletar Airbase and get your ghost hunting mode on. Grab a video camera, film yourself and boast to your friends.
Go hiking, trekking or rock climbing
There is so much more to Singapore than shopping malls, and visiting one of the country’s numerous nature trails can prove it. Try Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Treetop Walk.
Give your arms a good workout at Dairy Farm, a former quarry that has now become a rock-climbing reserve.
Explore the railway track
The High Line park in New York, built on defunct railway tracks, has inspired a ten times longer railway track to be turned into a park in Singapore.
Explore the flea markets
We all love a good bargain, don’t we? And where else can you find a better deal than a flea market? Try the Public Garden, which houses some of the biggest flea markets in Singapore, offering you interesting mixes of modern and vintage treasures.
Visit a museum
A visit to museums and art galleries is definitely a way to have fun in Singapore while satisfying your quest for knowledge and examining some rare masterpieces, artifacts and relics. They are free for locals and permanent residents, and there is only a nominal fee for tourists, so all the more reason to check them out.
Get a load of some stand-up comedy
The stand-up comedy scene in Singapore is one of the more intriguing and fun things to do, and that is putting it mildly. If you want a no-holds-barred stand-up experience, you should head off to Comedy at Canvas and be sure to check out one of Kumar’s shows. There is no such thing as an off-limits topic as far as he is concerned, so you’re sure to have a great time!
Fun in Singapore with animals
- Join a bird club
Here’s an exciting way to spend a sunny morning in the sun. The Kebun Baru Bird Singing club is a haven for bird enthusiasts who meet regularly to share their stories and enthusiasm for all the birds on the island. It would indeed be worth your while when you consider how many different kinds of birds there are.
- Make some furry little friends
Sign up for the Night Safari and experience wildlife up close. If you want to drool over kitties, Neko No Niwa may just be the thing, while dog lovers can go wild at We Are The Furballs (WTF) cafe.
- Have a horse ride
Bukit Timah Saddle Club is a trendy spot to take riding lessons for members and non-members. You might want to check out other stables, including Gallop Stable and the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre.
Book your stay at heritage hotels
It may not look like it, but Singapore is quite steeped in history. Returning to the colonial era with the Raffles Hotel, sipping tea in vintage tea cups and nibbling on cakes. If that’s not your thing, you can also visit the Fullerton Hotel, and take in the former glory of what used to be a post office in days of yore.
Fun in Singapore: Learn How-To
- Learn how to cook
There are so many cooking classes for anything and everything all over Singapore, so why not sign up? Learn how to make delicious macarons or ice cream. These classes cater to every level of interest and expertise, so you’re sure to find something that works for you.
- Learn how to play the ukelele
Everyone learns how to play the piano or the guitar, but how many play the ukulele? This is one of the easiest instruments to master, and the music teachers at Maestro Guitars help you do just that.
- Learn how to pole dance
The best thing about Singapore is that you can learn anything you want. If you want to learn something as interesting as pole dance, there are various gyms and Pilates studios that offer lessons – so go on and sign up!
Enjoy the graffiti
While the city-state is quite strict on graffiti, there are actually some locations where it is allowed – with quite stunning results. If you are keen to explore the unique street art, head to Clarke Quay or Haji Lane and spend endless hours admiring the artistic doodles on the walls.
Fun in Singapore with food and drinks
- Sample the beers at various hawkers
Tiger may be readily available, but it is not the only kind of local beer available in Singapore. Many local breweries are popping up regularly, and some are quite delicious.
- Sample lots of different kinds of foods
Sign up with Food Prowlers for the food experience of your life! Food Prowlers help arrange guided tours covering all the city’s food attractions. That way, you get to give your taste buds a vigorous workout!
- Go on a chow down!
The people of Singapore love their food, and the number of restaurants and cafes that continue to crop up in every district are ample testimony to this fact. So why not try some new restaurant or cuisine you have never tried before? Go on, sample some kangaroo sliders or even some tandoori croc skewers!
Experience a farmer’s market
If you are looking for a family’s day out, get a load of Pasarbella! There is something here for everyone, including fresh produce and even beer. A special farmer’s market every alternate Saturday can also be a haven for gourmet cheese, wine and bread if you are so inclined.
Go out on a date
There are so many romantic spots in Singapore, with each view more gorgeous than before. Try the Singapore Flyer, with your meal for two served in a private capsule – allowing you to enjoy a luxury dining experience combined with breathtaking views of the entire city.
Shop your heart out
When summer sets in, prepare to take advantage of The Great Singapore Sale. During two months in summer, all stores in Singapore start participating in this annual bonanza and begin to offer dizzying discounts and various promotions to the delight of every shopaholic.