Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is the latest Singaporean attraction, and after going there, I can definitely see why! The whole Garden is simply beautiful, and you just need to bring your family there!
Costing 1 Billion dollars, the whole gardens is made up of 3 places that u must visit. There are 2 conservatories (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) each featuring different climates and a MUST SEE! The final place that you must visit is the OCBC Skyway, which offers stunning views of the whole Gardens with the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background.
Entry to both domes will cost an adult $28, and $12 for a child. The OCBC Skyway will cost you an additional $5 for an adult and $3 for a child. So, if you are planning for an outing to the Gardens, it will cost $33 per adult and $15 per child. However, the money is well worth it, and in terms of highlights, it is something that you must see!
I had the privilege of going on a guided tour of the gardens, and I thought I will share with everyone some fun facts and insights about the gardens. The difference between the 2 domes is the climates that you will be transported to. The flower dome brings you to a Mediterranean climate where you will be vegetation and cactus from parts of Europe, Australia, South Africa, Chile and California.
Besides the lovely flowers on display, which will be changed every season,the climate within the dome is wonderfully cool. Therefore, you will be protected from the humility of the Singapore heat, and the kids will therefore love that!
The trip is really educational for the kids as well.Besides getting up close with the beautiful flowers, they get to see strawberries as well! Nathan was definitely in all smiles on our visit to the conservatory.
The Cloud Forest takes you on a mountain top experience, as you walk up to a mountain of exotic plants found in a tropical mountain region. A eye-catching feature in this conservatory is the man-made waterfall, which brings an immediate cool breeze as you enter the conservatory.
One of the interesting plants that you will find at the top of the Cloud mountain are the Venus Flytraps!
The Carnivorous plants made popular by many cartoons and the “Little Shop of Horrors” is on display and much smaller that painted by Hollywood. I was told that they never grow as big as depicted by Hollywood, and they are always so small
As there are so many facts about the conservatory to absorb, an interesting option will be the guided tour around the conservatory. Tour Fees are on top of admission charges and they are at $10/person, if there are 20 people in a group. Garden Cruiser Tours are also available for Senior Citizens, where a buggy with commentary will bring you on a leisurely 25min ride around Garden Bay South Garden.
And lastly you have to walk on over to the SuperTree Grove, which has the accompanying OCBC Skyway to really give one a Top of the World Experience.
With the Panoramic Skywalk, I managed to take a shot of the Conservatory, and not forgetting the iconic MBS as well!
Nathan was a bit scared of the walkway, as you can look all the way down from the metal gratings. Our guide also told us that the skyway moves when it is windy, as it is supported by the cables. Sounds like fun ya!
An interesting thing about the bridge, is that the skyway has the largest collection of “DONT’s” in one location! It was certainly a unique sight for even us Singaporeans.
The Gardens are definitely a different sight at night, and one should stay till nightfall to catch a different perspective of the SuperTrees.
When night falls, catch the dazzling light display as the SuperTrees come alive nightly:
Shows are Free and they are at 745pm and 845pm
As you can see, there is so much to see and do, and they are definitely worth a visit!