Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay Singapore is situated within the Marina Bay district surrounded by towering skyscrapers and the sea. The park consists of three separate gardens: Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay South Garden - that together covers a space of 270 acres. Some of the popular Gardens by the Bay attractions include the cloud forest, flower dome and floral fantasy that captures the tropical essence of Singapore, bringing the Garden City to life. Read on to find out more about its highlights, things to do, what to expect and lots more before you make a visit.
Gardens by the Bay: At A Glance
- Gardens by the Bay Singapore is open every day from 5:00 AM to 2:00 AM.
- Being one of the most visited sights in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is well connected with all others parts of Singapore. You can arrive at the venue by car, metro or bus.
- Post COVID-19 safety guidelines include the need to wear face masks, mandatory advance bookings, reduced capacity limitations and following the social distancing protocol at all times.
- Facilities: Stroller and wheelchair rentals are available at $2 per day. ATMs are available at The Canopy. One-time rental electronic lockers are available for up to 21 hours. Gift shops are open for guests to purchase souvenirs, books and delicious snacks. Shuttle services operate from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and run at 10-minute intervals.
- Best time to visit: Arrive during weekdays to avoid overcrowding at the venue. Alternatively, you can even pay a visit towards the early morning or the evening when it is cooler.
Why Visit Gardens by the Bay
- It is home to the Flower Dome, which broke the record for having the world’s largest glass greenhouse in 2015.
- Catch one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls as you make your way into the Cloud Forest.
- Head down to the Far East Organization Children’s Garden - an outdoor playground and water park filled with exciting features from water tunnels to spray jets creating a perfect family-friendly destination.
- Witness an array of sculpture collection from around the world spread out within the Garden
- Explore the four themed gardens that interconnect between the stunning flora and Singapore’s rich culture.
A Detailed Look at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
About the Gardens
Gardens by the Bay Singapore is looked after by a team of diverse professionals with the aim of contributing to Singapore’s greenery. The team consists of landscape designers, horticulturists, arborists, engineers, plant health, garden and turf management experts, and plant researchers who contribute to the growth and development of the garden.
Gardens by the Bay Singapore is made up of three different gardens - Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.
- Bay South: The largest of all three gardens, the Bay South is home to iconic Gardens by the Bay attractions like the conservatories, supertrees, and the flower dome.
- Bay East: The lush greenery of Bay East provides its visitors with a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It also offers a stunning view of the Singapore skyline.
- Bay Central: This garden serves as the connecting point between Bay South and Bay East. It features a 3 km waterfront promenade that visitors can enjoy.
History and Developments
Gardens by the Bay Singapore was the product of the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision to create a garden in the midst of Singapore city. In January 2006, a competition was held to seek state-of-the-art design ideas for the garden.
Out of more than 70 entries, the jury chose two winners - Grant Associates for Bay South and Gustafson Porter for Bay East. In November 2007, construction began. It opened its door to the public in October 2011.
Awards and Accolades
A testament to the success of the gardens, Gardens by the Bay Singapore has received numerous awards. Some of these include the World Building of the Year in 2012, the President’s Design Award (Singapore) in 2013, the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Themed Entertainment Association in 2014, the Largest Glass Greenhouse (Flower Dome) in the Guinness World Records for 2015, and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016.