Keen on experiencing a trip down memory lane while chilling outdoors? Head north to Seletar and Jalan Kayu—a quaint area with a rustic vibe for an “out-of-Singapore” experience. The beautiful greenery and charming cafés will offer visitors a chance to experience an unconventional slice of Singapore that is definitely ‘off the beaten track’.

1. Get carried away at Seletar Aerospace Park

Explore the neighbourhood that houses Singapore’s first air base that is dotted with black and white bungalows that once housed Royal Air Force staff. Watch the planes fly by and let the kids take off at the aeroplane-themed playground at The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park that even has a life-sized Aeroplane Chess and a "control tower"!

In your exploration through this tranquil and laidback neighbourhood, make a stop at one of the many cafés and eateries in the Seletar area, such as the unusual bicycle- and aeroplane-themed cafés. Consider checking out nearby Jalan Kayu that has eateries lining both sides of the road that offer western and Asian fare to please different palates.

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2. Soak in nature’s beauty at Hampstead Wetlands Park

It’s not just planes at Seletar Aerospace Park. For a break, head over to the green sanctuary to observe the many birds and wildlife in their freshwater habitats. Take a stroll along the park’s boardwalks, check out the view decks and who knows what varieties of birds you might spot, along with butterflies and dragonflies!

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3. Cool off at Sengkang Swimming Complex

Have active little ones who love the water? Help release their energy at this waterpark that is buckets of fun for the entire family. Soak in the Jacuzzi pool or explore the kiddy pool that has a small slide for the toddlers, while you watch the thrill-seekers in your family go zipping through one of eight giant colourful slides. If it rains, don’t fret! You can move your play from the outdoor 50m pool to the sheltered 50m indoor pool until the weather clears.

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4. Water and cycling fun at Rower's Bay Park

With something for everyone, this spot at Lower Seletar Reservoir has kayaking and dragon-boating options, as well as a boardwalk that offers walking or cycling choices for the family. From the boardwalk, check out relaxing views of the sunrise or sunset, and get up close to the wetland area that’s a habitat for local wildlife.

In future, cyclists can plan long expeditions, as Rower’s Bay Park will form the first phase of the planned 150km Round Island Route (RIR) that will connect parks around Singapore in one continuous route around the island.

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