Top 10 Places to Visit in Singapore for Free

Explore Singapore on a budget with this guide to free attractions. From lush green spaces to iconic landmarks, discover the city without spending a dime.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Singapore for Free

There are many low-cost ways to travel to and stay in Singapore, in spite of the fact that Singapore is renowned for its expensive prices. Take a look at these top ten free tourist attractions in Singapore.

1. Merlion Park

One of the city’s free attractions. Wander through Merlion Park, located at the mouth of the Singapore River in the heart of the Central Business District. The Marina Reservoir is fed by a massive statue of a half-lion, half-fish that serves as Singapore’s national emblem. Merlion Park is one of Singapore’s free visitor attractions. It has beautiful city views and is a popular spot for selfies.  I’m sure you’ve seen Merlion everywhere when looking for things to do in Singapore on the internet. This is due to the Merlion being a must-see tourist attraction in Singapore. Merlion is the head of a lion because “Singa” means “lion.” Merlion’s body is shaped like a fish, representing Singapore’s origins as a fishing village. Merlion Park is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

2. Civic District

The Civic District of Singapore, located near Merlion Park, is frequently seen as the beginning of modern Singapore because it was a component of Sir Stamford Raffles’ ambitious design when he arrived in the early nineteenth century. You can see the colonial structures that flank the Singapore River from here. Beside the Italianate Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and the Victorian-era Old Parliament House is the neoclassical Asian Civilizations Museum. Gaze up at the ornate sculpture adorning the former Supreme Court and the neoclassical City Hall supported by imposing Corinthian columns. Every day it begins at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

3. National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore offers free admission to Singaporeans and PRs, showcasing a rich collection of Southeast Asian art. Tourists can also enjoy free entry to select exhibits, providing a glimpse into the region’s artistic heritage.

4. Marina Barrage

The Marina Barrage was constructed as a reservoir to store water, control flooding, and guarantee a calm setting for water sports. But now both locals and tourists frequent Marina Barrage, making it a busy place on the weekend. Some of the most common things people do at Marina Barrage are picnics, fly kites, take pictures, jog, and ride bikes. Due to the lack of tall buildings in the area, the wind at Marina Barrage can be quite strong. If you’re already planning on visiting Gardens by the Bay, make sure to swing by Marina Barrage as well. If you need more convincing to visit Singapore, hear me out: the cityscape is stunning.

5. Gardens by the Bay

Located close to Singapore’s Central Business District, Gardens by the Bay is home to a variety of gardens with different themes, two strange high-tech greenhouses, and the enormous Supertree Grove connected by an overhead walkway. The hours between eight and ten in the morning and four and six in the evening are the most pleasant, or you can go at night when the area is lit up in a kaleidoscope of colors and is perfect for a strolling couple. Even so, the opening hours start at 5 a.m. One of Singapore’s easily reachable attractions is the Gardens by the Bay. There are several gigantic supertrees that look nothing like regular trees. These 50-meter-tall trees are ideal for shading nearby vegetation. Global cities that function without soil, run on solar power and transport you away from Earth are a reality.

6. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, which have been around since 1859 and are known all over the world, became Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 4, 2015. Walk around the tropical plant displays and look for the white swans that live on the small lake. The two visitor centers, Botany Centre and Nassim Gate offer free tours with a guide. The Healing Garden, Rainforest, and History Tours all leave at 9 a.m. on the first, second, and fourth Saturdays of every month. It is also the only tropical botanical Garden on the list. The National Parks Board says that this beautiful 74-hectare Garden has more than 10,000 types of plants, including the most important collection of palms, orchids, cycads, and ginger in the area. From 5 a.m. to midnight, you can visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

7. Southern Ridges

Nature lovers can travel the 10km of Southern Ridges park’s interconnecting bridges and pathways. Begin at the Marang Trail and work your way up to the summit of Mount Faber Park for panoramic views of the coast. Watch for the undulating Henderson Waves bridge, which rises above the woods and is illuminated at night. It is open 24 hours a day and is one of Singapore’s free tourist attractions.

The Southern Ridges is a path network that begins near the Harbourfront MRT Station on Marang Trail. The first path (5.2km total length) concludes at Kent Ridge Park, while the second concludes at Labrador Nature Reserve (full size 4.5km).

8. National Library

If you need a break from the hectic pace of city life, head to the National Library of Singapore. Check out the popular basement section, which has everything from fiction novels to self-help books, or peruse the reference library, which specializes in science, technology, arts, and local history. One of Singapore’s free attractions is the country’s national library. The sky bridges, which soar high above the building, offer the best views. From 10 AM to 9 PM, the library is open for your use.

It is not necessary to spend a fortune to have a wonderful time in Singapore. So, why have you been waiting so long? Leave the house and go on an adventure.

9. Jurong Lake Gardens

Located in western Singapore, Jurong Lake Gardens covers an expansive 90 hectares. It’s made up of a number of different gardens, such as the Lakeside Garden, the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Garden Promenade. It’s available at all hours, every day of the year

Visiting the Chinese Garden is like taking a trip to China. The design is influenced by imperial architecture from northern China, including the lions at the entrance, the pagodas by the lake, the stone bridges, and the central courtyard.

Next to the Chinese Garden is the Japanese Garden, which takes design cues from the Momoyama and Muromachi eras of Japanese history. Taking a stroll through this area will transport you to a Japanese park.

10. Clarke Quay & Boat Quay (Singapore River)

Singapore’s port was formerly located at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. The historic riverfront has been beautifully restored, and it now coexists with modern towers.Boat Quay is not only a commercial hub, but also the location of the Asian Civilizations Museum and the world-famous Fullerton Hotel. At night, Boat Dock comes alive with lively bars and expensive seafood restaurants. From 1 to 10 p.m., it serves as a connection between Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. If you want to save money, don’t eat out. The Lau Pa Sat and Hong Lim Complex areas, both accessible from the Raffles Place MRT station, are where you should eat if you’re on a budget (near Chinatown MRT).


In conclusion, exploring the wonders of Singapore doesn’t have to break the bank. This curated list of free attractions, from the iconic Merlion Park to the tranquil Jurong Lake Gardens, offers a budget-friendly journey through the diverse landscapes and rich heritage of this vibrant city-state. So, pack your sense of adventure and discover the best of Singapore without spending a dime.

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