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There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in Singapore, despite the size of our sunny island. From the thrills and spills of water parks to the meditative effects of exploring nature, there’s something for everyone.

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors may boost your mood and lower blood pressure, stress and anxiety levels. Furthermore, they can be a fun and interesting way for you to spend your weekends with your loved ones!

So what are you waiting for? Gather the troops and plan a fun-filled day exploring these 15 outdoor activities you can do in Singapore in 2022!

*Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be a form of endorsement for any of the featured activity providers. Please do your own research before booking any sessions. Numbering in the article is not meant to represent any sort of ranking; activities are arranged into categories and ordered based on price range.

 

Outdoor Activities for the Thrill Seekers

Love to get your heart racing through sport, speed or spectacular feats of fear? Boy, do we have a list for you. Check out these thrilling outdoor activities available across the island – from obstacle courses amid treetops or ocean waves to bungee jumping!

1. Visit a Water Park

Woman laughing while riding a yellow inflatable boat with her friends

 

Price: $13 - $26 (children), $18 - $36 (adults)

 

For the young and the young-at-heart, enjoy hours of fun in the sun with friends at one of the city’s water parks. Get your heart thumping at Adventure Cove’s gravity-defying water coaster or Wild Wild Wet’s exhilarating near-vertical slide. Once you’ve had enough thrills, lounge about at the theme parks’ lazy rivers.

Want to test out your physical prowess? Zip over to HydroDash, Singapore’s first floating aqua park. Slip, climb and slide your way across this exciting inflatable obstacle course. We dare you to challenge your friends to see who can go the longest without falling into the water!

2. Conquer an Obstacle Course

Woman happily crossing an obstacle course

 

Price: $20 - $60

 

Love braving heights? Go on an adventure in the sky at an obstacle course! Navigate through net bridges and balancing beams, or zip through the air on a zipline. These courses are designed to be exciting, fear-inducing but also super fulfilling once you’ve completed them!

Sentosa’s Mega Adventure is home to Mega Climb, a 15-metre high course with 36 different obstacles. Once you’re done, experience more thrill on their bungee-assisted trampoline where you get to jump as high as 8 metres!

3. Race in Go-Karts

Three men riding on the red go-karts getting ready to race

 

Price: $25 - $35 (off peak), $35 - $45 (peak)

 

For high-speed, adrenaline-pumping action, try go-karting. See how many times you can zoom through a circuit, or challenge your friends to a race. With enough practice, you can even start to join races with the local karting community!

It’s quite the cathartic experience to live out an F1 fantasy, with strong winds beating past you on the track. Feel free to commentate on your performance under your breath, we won’t judge.

You can try your hand at the wheel at KF1 Karting in Kranji and Singapore EXPO or The Karting Arena at Jurong and Turf City!

4. Do Water Activities

Group of friends riding on a banana boat

 

Price: $25 - $50

 

If you’re more on the sporty side, water activities may be great for you! Think kayaking around Pulau Ubin (check out Asian Detours), wakeboarding, wakesurfing and jetpacking. You can also bounce along cool waters at high speeds on a donut ride or a banana boat!

There’s loads of these activities available across the island offered by companies like:

Tickets are usually priced per activity, so you can pick your favourites and only pay for those!

5. Go Bungee Jumping

Side view of woman doing bungee jumping

 

Price: $89

 

Unleash your inner daredevil by going bungee jumping at Skypark Sentosa by AJ Hackett! This thrilling activity makes for an interesting date idea for couples who want to shake up their routines a little. 

You can also work up your appetite for it by trying out the park’s giant swing, which is basically a zipline where you’re lying belly-down. Laugh and scream together while soaring above the sandy shores of Siloso Beach.

Alternatively, you can try Mega Adventure’s Mega Jump, a free-fall parachute jump that’ll also get your heart racing!

Outdoor Activities for the Nature Lovers

Singapore isn’t called the garden city for nothing – here’s a list of activities for lovers of the natural world. Explore Singapore’s waters, islands and nature reserves for a break from our concrete jungle!

6. Hike at Nature Reserves and Reservoirs

Suspension bridge in between a line of tall trees

 

Price: Free

 

Escape into the luscious greenery of our garden city’s nature reserves and reservoirs for a breath of fresh air. Spend hours exploring rugged routes, hidden wonders and nature’s gifts as far as the eye can see.

You can’t go wrong with the OGs – Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Keep an eye out for photo-worthy flora and fauna, or brave heights crossing MacRitchie’s iconic TreeTop Walk. 

History buffs love Southern Ridges and Fort Canning Park; for seasoned trekkers, why not try the Coast-to-Coast Trail? Conversely, adventurers looking for lesser known routes may opt for the Clementi Forest or Thomson Nature Park. 

There’s truly a trail for all kinds of hikers and trekking enthusiasts!

7. Explore Pulau Ubin

Overlooking view of the wetlands and greenery at Pulau Ubin

 

Price: From $4

 

We’ve mentioned Pulau Ubin more than once in this article and that’s because there’s so much to do and see! 

Cycle through the serene island and explore beauties like the Chek Jawa Wetlands, sensory trail garden and Tudor-style House No.1. From mudskippers to mangroves, the landscape is teeming with flora and fauna you won’t easily find on the mainland.

Pause for a moment to spot a burst of colourful winged beauties at Butterfly Hill. Then, hike atop Puaka Hill and reward yourself with an enchanting panoramic view of the island against the sunset.

For more time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, plan an overnight stay at one of the island’s camping grounds.

8. Cycle at Parks

Young boy cycling at the park with his parents

Price: $4 - $15 (per hour), $5 - $35 (per day)

 

Ah, the classic go-to outdoor activity for families and friend groups in Singapore – cycling! With a plethora of parks and Park Connector Networks (PCNs) across the island, it’s hard to run out of beautiful places to cycle.

Cycle for free with your own bike, or rent one from these places:

9. Tour a Seaside Trail

Asian family looking for seaside creatures in the sand

 

Price: $38 - $56 (children), $40 - $79 (adults)

 

Discover the wonders of the sea on a guided seaside trail. Spot fascinating critters like horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers, sea stars and colourful anemones without having to put on a diving suit.

These tours are great for the wide-eyed and curious looking for new perspectives on Singapore’s natural environment. Enjoy an educational and refreshing stroll by the beach with:

Check out their different tour packages exploring Changi Beach Park, Coney Island and Chek Jawa in Pulau Ubin!

10. Go Scuba Diving

Group of friends scuba diving posing for a picture

 

Price: $120 - $220 (per 2 dives)

 

Explore the deep blue waters of Pulau Hantu, Lazarus Island and Keppel Bay on a scuba diving adventure. Don’t underestimate our local marine life, as divers often spot colourful clownfish, seahorses, flower crabs and a variety of amazing corals. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a rare sighting of lionfishes or giant clams!

Companies like DiveDegree and The Dive Company offer various packages and trips to these cool diving spots. Cuddlefish Divers even offers snorkelling and coral walk tours for those who want to try something easier for starters.

You can also sign up for classes to get certified for more intensive and interesting dives, and to be part of their tight-knit communities!

11. Fish While Kayaking

Mother with her son showing the fish he caught while kayaking

 

Price: From $129

 

Enjoy four hours of splashing good fun with Fever’s unique kayak fishing experience! Who says you can’t stay active while fishing?

The experience is kid (ages 7 and up) and beginner-friendly too! In each session, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide who will help you out every step of the way. Work up a sweat onboard the foot pedal-powered kayaks, while relishing in the joys of catching finned friends.

The activity is no sight for sore eyes either as you’ll get to pedal around Sentosa’s idyllic shores!

Outdoor Activities for the Animal Lovers

As city-dwellers, we don’t often get to see a wide variety of animals in our day to day lives. Manifest an idyllic countryside lifestyle by petting and riding some farm animals like horses and goats!

12. Farm Hop at Kranji Countryside

Family of four feeding the goats with grass

 

Price: From $3

 

Escape into Singapore’s pastoral getaway, the Kranji Countryside! Fun and eye-opening for visitors of all ages, find out how local farmers rear their livestock and prepare produce for local consumers.

You can pet and feed the goats of Hay Dairies, and even give their fresh milk a taste! After that, head over to the Jurong Frog Farm to feed or (attempt to) catch some slippery amphibians.

Drop by Bollywood Farms (formerly known as Bollywood Veggies) for an eclectic adventure discovering locally-grown plants, fruits and veggies. You can also check out Kin Yan Farm to see how wheatgrass, mushrooms and aloe vera are grown!

Head over to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Kranji Marshes to scout out Kranji’s diverse wildlife and stunning views. If one day is not enough, you can spend a night at the cosy villas of Gallop Kranji Farm Resort!

13. Ride a Horse

Two ladies wearing black riding on brown horses

 

Price: From $10 (children, pony rides), from $85 (adults, horse rides)

 

Once touted as a sport reserved for the elite (or fairytale and historical fiction characters), horseback riding is more accessible today than ever before! 

Beginner-friendly guided trail rides are a great therapeutic activity for friends, couples, and families with young children. Get in touch with nature as you traverse scenic paths riddled with wildlife with this majestic creature. Check out Gallop Stable or Bukit Timah Saddle Club for this unique experience.

Outdoor Activities for Elderly

Spending time outdoors can be great for maintaining mental and physical health, especially for seniors. Here are some activities for your loved ones to enjoy their golden years with fresh air, a supportive community and good vibes all around!

14. Try Gardening at a Community Garden

Elderly woman looking at the plants in the community garden

 

Price: $38

 

With over 1,800 community gardens peppered across Singapore, gardening has become a highly accessible outdoor activity for the elderly. 

NParks has also initiated Therapeutic Horticulture Programmes to engage senior residents in healthy outdoor activity. Your loved ones can learn to grow edible plants and sprouts, basic gardening skills and engage in plant-based crafts. This can promote positive mental and physical health. 

They’ll be encouraged to exercise their bodies, minds (memory stimulation) and motor skills in a manageable way. It’s also a great way for the elderly to keep in touch with the community around them, promoting positive social interactions to keep them happy, healthy and active. 

Furthermore, these programmes are highly inclusive and open to individuals with mobility issues and dementia.

15. Do Light Exercises

Elderly couple exercising under the sun

 

Price: Varies

 

Help your parents and grandparents to age gracefully by encouraging them to stay active outdoors. Getting some fresh air is known to improve mental health and help the elderly feel connected to the community and nature around them!

Natural environments can also refresh the mind, inspiring feelings of amazement and wonder. Bring your loved ones out for walks around the neighbourhood or in a nearby park. A picnic by the beach can be followed by a light stroll by the shore. 

Alternatively, seniors can exercise at neighbourhood fitness corners or try ActiveSG’s outdoor exercises for elderly. They can also join tai chi classes offered by providers like:

  • Taiji.sg
  • New Age Taichi
  • Nam Wah Pai
  • International Tai Chi Chuan Federation

You can also help motivate them by joining in the activities and turning it into a fun bonding session. Or how about helping them form an exercise routine and encourage them by offering a relaxing shoulder massage as a treat?

FAQs About Outdoor Activities in Singapore

If you’re pressed for time, here are some ideas of activities and exercises you can do outdoors in 30 minutes or less:

  • Walk, jog or cycle around your neighbourhood
  • Destress with outdoor yoga or tai chi
  • Do some quick gardening
  • Go skipping or use the exercise facilities in a nearby park
  • Walk your dog
  • Take a stroll while watching the sunrise or sunset

There are plenty of ways to have fun in Singapore for free! For example, you can:

  • Hike at a nature reserve like MacRitchie Reservoir Park
  • Farm hop at Kranji Countryside
  • Scout out hidden gems around the country like the Clementi Forest or Thomson Nature Park
  • Swim at the beach
  • Try out mini obstacle courses at Woodlands Waterfront Park or Jurong Lake Gardens
  • Go geocaching
  • Visit Haw Par Villa

If you’re planning a day trip to Singapore, here are some activities you can mix and match to experience the city at its best:

  • Visit Sentosa and try bungee jumping, kayak fishing, or water park rides at Adventure Cove
  • Hike through historically rich nature trails like the Southern Ridges or Fort Canning Park
  • Go mural-hunting around Kampong Glam, Little India and Chinatown
  • Smell the flowers at Gardens by the Bay
  • Visit a museum or watch public performances at the Esplanade
  • Stroll through the Bayfront area and snap pictures of the Merlion, Helix Bridge, Art Science Museum and Marina Bay Sands

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