Singapore isn’t exactly known for being a budget-friendly destination. As one of the more expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, a lot of people can get intimidated since they’re very concerned about their budget. But did you know that there are a ton of things to do in Singapore for free?
Yup, you read that right! Even if you don’t have a massive budget, you can still enjoy a lot of the sights that Singapore has to offer.
You can plan a trip to Singapore, and not spend a lot of money, just by doing the things on our list below!
12 Things to do in Singapore for free!
1. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Spanning 82 hectares, the Singapore Botanic Gardens should definitely be on your list of places to visit in SG. It’s located near Orchard Road, and there are free walking tours offered to those interested in checking out the wide variety of plant life!
2. Visit Baba House for some history!
Baba House offers visitors a chance to peek into how life was like for wealthy families in 1920’s Singapore for free. The tours are available by appointment only, so it’s best to book it in advance! Check out their website here.
3. Check out Sentosa’s beaches!
For those looking for a great beach experience, then beaches at Sentosa are a must visit! Just bring a beach towel or mat, and relax at one of the three beaches in Sentosa.
It’s also really fun to walk along the water and just bask in the calmness of the sea!
4. Visit the Bukit Brown Cemetery
Formerly Singapore’s largest Chinese cemetery, Bukit Brown Cemetery has now been abandoned and turned into a heritage site. You can book free tours led by historians, enthusiasts, and activist groups by visiting their website here.
5. Trek the Changi Point Coastal walk!
While a bit out of the way, the Changi Point Coastal Walk offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, travelers can explore the coastal walk to relax and wind down a busy day while looking at the amazing coastline.
6. Check out the Southern Ridges
One of the best walking trails in Singapore, the Southern Ridges offers visitors a unique way to look at Singapore for free!
It’s about 10km long and spans Mt Faber, Telok Blangah, Kent Ridge and Hort parks. Make sure to take some water with you, as the trek is pretty long!
7. Explore the National University of Singapore Museum
The local university museum features historical artifacts as well as art in the Lee Kong Chian art gallery. The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum which opened in 2015 also offers a glimpse at the animal and plant life that you can find in Singapore.
8. Check out some amazing art at the Gillman Barracks
For those interested in contemporary art, you can check out the gallery at the Gillman Barracks. It houses 16 different galleries that contain all sorts of amazing art!
9. Learn about Chinese mythology at Haw Par Villa
If you’re familiar with Tiger Balm, then you should definitely check out the Haw Par Villa. The Haw Par Villa was constructed by the Aw brothers, who are famous for making a fortune selling Tiger Balm.
It features statues and dioramas which depict scenes from Chinese Mythology. We definitely recommend checking it out, especially the “10 Courts of Hell” exhibit!
10. Visit the St. Andrew’s Cathedral
St. Andrew’s Cathedral is Singapore’s largest church, and is definitely an architectural marvel. It’s a great place to sit down and take a moment to reflect and clear your thoughts.
11. Go on a hike at the MacRitchie Reservoir’s Treetop Walk
The treetop walk is a free-standing suspension bridge connecting Bukit Peirce to Bukit Kalan, the 2 highest points in MacRitchie Park. It’s not for the faint of heart however, as the bridge is 25 meters above the forest floor!
Definitely a must see destination for more adventurous travelers.
12. Grab a free Singapore tour at Changi Airport!
Lastly, if you have about 5-6 hours to kill before you leave Singapore, why not try and take the opportunity to take a free Singapore tour at Changi Airport? The airport offers the free Heritage Tour 5 times a day, and the City Sights tour twice a day.
The tours last 2.5 hours and are definitely a great way to cap off an amazing visit to Singapore!
The next time you’re visiting, why not try doing some of the things to do in Singapore for free?
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