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Instead of staying cooped up at home all the time, why not bring the family on a trip to the great outdoors? Singapore offers a wide array of natural spaces to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, and studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve mental well-being. Here are some choice picks for great local nature experiences. So grab the kids, pack some snacks and give nature a try!
The Sembawang Hot Spring Park is a unique nature experience in Singapore which is not to be missed. As one of only two natural hot springs here, its location in the middle of a garden park gives a tropical outdoor feeling. Boasting a naturally-heated underground spring, the park is the perfect place to relax with the family, with a foot spa and garden walk that all ages can enjoy. You can even cook onsen eggs for everyone to enjoy! Have the family bring a bucket to collect water, and enjoy a splashing, fun-filled day at this one-of-a-kind park.
For a truly wild experience, why not take a short trip to sunny Pulau Ubin? This island off the coast of Singapore can be reached by a 15-minute boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal and is a prime example of what Singapore used to look like. The island contains hiking and cycling trails of varying difficulty for more sporty families. Go for nature walks in the unspoiled Chek Jawa wetlands, or visit the kampong (traditional village), where the family can experience early life in Singapore.
If a peaceful evening of family bonding is what you’re looking for, why not have a picnic at West Coast Park? This long strip of park and beach provides many idyllic spots with a beautiful view of the sea, perfect for enjoying a picnic and letting the kids run free. Cycling, throwing a frisbee, swimming, or playing volleyball are all fun activities that the beach has to offer, and you can even rent one of the barbecue pits to cook up a scrumptious feast.
One of the best places in Singapore to be out in nature is undoubtedly MacRitchie reservoir, with its lush forest and scenic views that provide a glorious day out. Take a walk on the MacRitchie nature trail which will take you deep into the cool forest, or bring some rods and try your hand at freshwater fishing at the reservoir’s designated fishing areas. The MacRitchie Treetop Walk is sure to wow the family, providing an awe-inspiring view above the canopy. Or if long walks aren’t your thing, the submerged boardwalk offers a great view of the reservoir, and when the bridge fills with water after heavy rain, it gives visitors a splashing good time!
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