Sands Marina Bay is one of the two casinos in Singapore (the other one being at Resorts World Sentosa). As it is customary for large casinos to have some tourist attractions in their vicinity where the families (read wife and kids) can have a "good time" while the bread-winner of the family gambles his money away in the casino, both the Singapore casinos have them too. Resorts World Sentosa has the already developed and popular Sentosa Resort in its vicinity and also the more recent Universal Studios which is really popular too. Sands Marina Bay is not so fortunate. All they have so far to show the families around the casino is a layout called "Gardens by the Bay". Its yet to become popular but knowing that this attraction is outdoor, partly free, and almost fun, is a relief. It has some "natural" gardens, some huge artificial trees assembled in an area called Supertree Grove and a high bridge called OCBC Skyway that connects some of those huge trees. The families are supposed to buy tickets to climb up the Skyway and take a walk in the "sky". To add a touch of nature in the Gardens, they have thrown in two conservatories: A cool-dry conservatory called "Flower Dome" and a cool-moist conservatory called "Cloud Forest". Both require entry tickets.The outdoor (free) areas of the Gardens are open daily from 5.00am to 2.00am. Keep reading...
|Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay Singapore|
Supertree Grove and OCBC Skyway
Supertree Grove is nice to take a walk in and take some pictures especially in the evening when the artificial lights really make the place look magical. I am not so sure about the skyway. If you are interested, the OCBC Skyway is open daily from 9.00am to 9.00pm, the ticket counter closes at 8.00pm, and the last entry is allowed at 8.30pm. Adult and child (3-12) tickets cost SGD 5 and 3 respectively.
Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
|Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay Singapore|
|Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay Singapore|
These two conservatories can be visited by tourists after paying a combined entry fee of SGD 28 for adults and SGD 15 for kids. Senior citizens pay the same price as adults. Local Singapore residents need to pay concessional entry fee which is SGD 20 for adults, SGD 15 for senior citizens, and SGD 12 for kids. The conservatories are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm, tickets are sold upto 8.00pm and the last entry is allowed upto 8.30pm.
Flower Dome is a dry conservatory where one gets to see plants and flowers from the Mediterranean Basin, South West Australia, South Africa, Central Chile and California. Cloud Forest is a moist conservatory, a 35-metre high mountain and the world's tallest indoor waterfall, and loads of vegetation. Both the conservatories offer great views of the area around. But these conservatories are pricey. In my humble opinion, one gets similar views and much better value in the National Orchid Garden (SGD 5 for Adult) at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
More in the Gardens by the Bay
|View of Sands Marina Bay Singapore from Gardens By The Bay|
|Way to Gardens By The Bay Singapore|
Gardens by the Bay, in addition to the above, have Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, a Children's Garden, Heritage Gardens, and Sun Pavilion, etc. There's enough to see and experience. Just decide how much time you need to spend here.
Getting to Gardens by the Bay
|Bayfront MRT Station Singapore|
Alight at Bayfront MRT (CE1) Station (Circle Line) and look for signs like in the above picture. A small indoor walk and a few minutes of outdoor walk will take you the gardens.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|