One of Singapore’s biggest attractions is the Gardens By the Bay. A nature park that comprises three waterfront gardens, the premises also houses three attractions not to be missed! The two conservatories, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, as well as the Supertree Grove are the highlights of the gardens. You can easily spend 3 to 5 hours exploring this area. Imagine looking up in awe at a 35 meter tall waterfall mountain, exotic flowers from around the world and walking along a skyway to witness man-made trees standing 25-50 meters tall. Read on to find out more!
Explore the top of a waterfall in Cloud Forest
This main attraction of the Cloud Forest - a cool-moist conservatory - is a 35-meter man-made mountain with waterfall that looks like it’s straight out of the opening scene from Jurassic Park’s first movie. Take an elevator up to the skywalk where you can walk around the top of the mountain. The highest point of the mountain has 360 degree views of the Marina Bay waterfront. The mountain is surrounded with many exotic plants such as Venus flytraps, orchids and ferns growing up its side.
Visit the world’s largest greenhouse at Flower Dome
The flower dome won the 2015 Guinness Book of Worlds Records title for largest greenhouse in the world. This indoor garden is full of beautiful flowers with a theme of plants around the world. There are four distinct sections showcasing plants from California, Africa, Spain and Italy. There is also a rotating themed floral display, check listings on the official website to check the current exhibition.
Take a walk on a 22-meter high sky bridge to witness Supertree Grove
These trees need no introduction. They are sculptures made in the form of trees to support a vertical garden for plants to grow under its canopy. There are eighteen trees with the tallest being 16 stories high. To get an upclose view, you can walk along a sky bridge called OCBC Skyway that is 128 meter walkway, 22 meters up in the sky. The views from this bridge allows you to see the trees vegetation up close along with sweeping views of the other gardens and the Marina Bay area. As a solution to constraint spaces in the tiny nation, the trees were designed as a home for a vertical garden. There are currently over 200 species planted on the trees. It’s a spectacular sight to witness. Don’t miss visiting Supertree Grove at night as all the trees light up and is magical to witness.
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How the gardens were created and cost to get in
Singapore has a vision to create a city in a garden and held a contest for design ideas in 2006. There were more than 70 entries submitted by participants from 24 different countries with two winners, both from the United Kingdom. The project started in 2007 and opened to the public in October 2011. The cost to get in both Cloud Forest and Flower dome is 28.00 SGD (17.41 USD) for the dual ticket. The OCBC Skyway ticket is 5.00 SGD (3.48 USD) to get access to the 30-meter walkway. All three attractions are located near the Marina Bay.
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