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Gardens by the Bay
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrGardens by the Bay is a man-made park located in Singapore next to Marina Bay. The park is 101 hectares of reclaimed land and consists of three waterfront gardens, namely Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay South Garden. Bay South Garden is the largest and most popular one of the three at 54 hectares. The gardens are now one of the prime tourist destinations in Singapore.
What to ExpectThere are also two cooled conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.
Conservatory: Flower DomeThe Flower Dome is the larger of the two conservatories and has a variety of different flowers from the Mediterranean and other semi arid-regions like South Africa, South America and Australia. The dome represents 7 different gardens as well as a central display field. The 7 gardens are called Baobabs and Bottle Trees, Succulent Garden, Australian Garden, South African Garden, South American Garden, Californian Garden, Mediterranean Garden and the Olive Grove. When you visit you need to check out the incredible 1,000 year old olive tree!
Conservatory: Cloud ForestThe Cloud Forest is completely different to the Flower Dome as it represents a cooler, moist climate. There is a planted wall that is populated with Orchids, Ferns and colorful Bromeliads. There is also a massive waterfall which is a great photo opportunity, but don’t get to close as you may get a bit wet. The plants in here are from the tropical montane regions, which are 1,000 to 3,500 meters above sea level.
There is also the world of plants where you can study about how mushrooms benefit rainforests, how plants disperse their seeds and how they adapt to adverse environments. Visitors get to enjoy the sights of lots of fruits and flowers in bloom and also they get to find out about the tropical lowland palms that make oil and shelter for man's purposes. There are 6 different gardens in the World of Plants, the Secret Life of Trees, World of Palms, Understory, Fruits and Flowers, Web of Life, and Discovery. The top thing to look out for in the World of Plants is the eight amazing animals from South East Asia, which are sculptures of animals made from foliage.
LakesIn addition you can visit the stunning Dragon Fly and Kingfisher lakes! There is so much aquatic life living in the lakes from fish to plants, and if you look through the binoculars you may be lucky enough to see the magnificent dragonflies. Why not take stroll across the 440-meters boardwalk, which is one of the gems in the Gardens by the Bay.
Supertree GroveThe Supertree Grove is a collection of twelve artificial trees slightly resembling Baobab trees that light up at night. Some of the trees are fitted with environmentally sustainable functions that harvest solar energy. Take a walk along the OCBC Skyway (admission $5 SGD ($3.70 USD)), the 128-meters long walkway that connects two of the Supertrees at Supertree Grove. There is also a Supertree-top bistro that sits 50 meters above the gardens (admission $18 SGD ($13 USD)). Have a coffee and enjoy panoramic views of the Gardens of the Bay and the surrounding Marina Bay area.
Finally you have the Far East Organization Children’s Garden. With a 7.5 meters tree house and interactive water tunnels, the kids will love it here as there is a lot of fun to be had!
Prices and Opening HoursA great thing about Gardens by the Bay is that most of the attractions are free. The only attractions that you need to pay for are the two conservatories, which are $ 28 USD per person for both the cloud forest and the flower dome. The gardens are open all day from 5am to 5pm, the conservatories are open from 9am to 9pm and the OCBC Skyway is open from 9am – 9pm.
Food and DrinkThere are a variety of restaurants and cafes situated around the gardens. You have the Pollen Restaurant which is inside the Flower Dome, the Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant which is below the Flower Dome, Petit Mondo which is an ice cream parlor between the two conservatories, Verandah which is located at the arrival square of the gardens, Café Crema is right next to the Golden Garden, Supertree Dining which is situated between the trees at Supertree Grove, Bakerzin which is a small café outside the conservatories, Indochine which is 50 meters high in the tallest Supertree at Supertree Grove, Satay by the Bay is located by the waterfront and finally the Children’s Garden Café which is right by the Children’s Garden. There is lots of cuisine to choose from to suit everyone’s taste.
How to Get ThereSingapore Core (the CBD) is relatively small, so you could reach the gardens by the bay on foot. There is a walkway from the roof of the Shoppes by the Bay, straight through the Marina Bay Sands to the gardens. If you don’t fancy walking, there are two other means of transport you could use. One is the MRT (exit at BayFront Harbor) and the other is to get in a taxi.
When to GoSingapore has a tropical climate with high temperatures throughout the year. There is no distinct wet or dry season in Singapore although they do receive a reasonable amount of rain throughout the year. If you are planning on a visit to Gardens by the Bay, you are best off visiting during December and January when it is slightly cooler and more comfortable to walk around.
Top TipsIf you would like to take some great photos, try visiting the gardens during the evening. The Supertrees light up making it a wonderful experience!
If you are going during the day, take plenty of water as the gardens get very hot and humid.
Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking. The gardens are huge and there is a lot you don't want to miss out on.
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Author: LucyMclean. Last updated: Jan 08, 2015