Having sunny weather in Singapore can be seen as a blessing and a curse. We choose to believe in the prior, because, we’re all positive and happy people here at the Sassy HQ! With clear skies forecasted almost every other day especially in June, now is the chance to pull off the perfect summer picnic! Not sure where, exactly? Not to worry – we’ve compiled a list of our favourite spots just for you. All you have to do now is to get that pretty little mat out and pack one heck of mean picnic basket. Don’t forget to send us an invitation too!
If you’re looking to spread your picnic mat across a vast lawn, then Hortpark is the perfect spot for you to bask in the sunshine and greenery. Other than packing a picnic here, you can also attend workshops and talks or join guided workshops to know more about planting and flowers. If you’re a gardening enthusiast, there’s even a gardening retail store when you can stock up on your supplies. Probably the prettiest park on this list, Hortpark has many themed gardens in its compound including the Butterfly Gardens. Don’t forget to dress up pretty when you come here too so you can get a shot of your #ootd!
Hortpark, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/hortpark
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The lush and capacious Singapore Botanic Gardens is definitely one of the top contenders on this list. A hot date spot that’s home to an extensive collection of tropical orchids and plants, there’s plenty of green space for you to lay out your mat and play a game of Frisbee. Soak in the fresh air and nature and if you happen to be around the Shaw Symphony Stage on a Sunday, you’ll get to enjoy beautiful tunes by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569, (+65) www.sbg.org.sg
The Marina Barrage is essentially a dam and an innovative facility that not only supplies water to Singaporeans but also aids in alleviating floods. Much to the surprise of many, the top deck of the barrage is vast space where you can spread your blankets and fly a kite – all with a stunning landscape view of the city. This is one of our go-to spots where we chill out with our girls from the late arvo and chit chat till nighttime under the stars.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951, www.pub.gov.sg/marina
East Coast Park
You didn’t think we’d miss out East Coast Park from this list, did you? This legendary park along the scenic coastline of Singapore is a hot favourite among many locals – ask anyone who were growing up: East Coast Park was the place to spend weekends with family and friends and is one of the most treasured urban getaways. Our Editor Liyana, even claims that she learnt how to ride a bike and swim here! The park spans over 15km and here, you can lay your mat for a picnic, cook up a BBQ, play some frisbee, go swimming, cycling – can you see how endless the list of activities one can do here? Even though new parks and gardens have sprung up all around town, the one place that we’ll never forget is East Coast Park.
East Coast Park, East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449876, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/east-coast-park
Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The trip to these two gardens might be a little far out in the west but we promise you that it’s going to be worth it! Located on two islands in Jurong Lake, the gardens are connected by a charming overpass called the Bridge of Double Beauty. The Chinese Garden looks just like a scene out of an old Asian movie and dedicates most of its area to landscape architecture and the style of Imperial gardens and there’s even a Stoneboat that’s the replica of the stone boat at the Summer Palace in Beijing. The Japanese Gardens features marble-chip paths, stone lanterns and the pond area is regularly patrolled by huge monitor lizards! With the gardens linked to the newly renovated Jurong Lake Gardens, there’s plenty of space for you to set your picnic mat down after exploring the grounds.
Chinese & Japanese Garden, 1 Chinese Garden Rd, Singapore 619795
Hindhede Nature Park
If you fancy some quiet time with your loved ones on your picnic, then you’ll have to head to the Hindhede Nature Park. The Nature Park Lawn is where you can lay out in full glory of nature and admire the Hindhede quarry – one of the most beautiful nature spots in Singapore. And if you’re on the picnic with your little cousins or siblings, take them to the mini zip-line and playgrounds for some fun.
Hindhede Nature Park, Bukit Timah nature Reserve Visitor Centre, 177 Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589333, (+65) 6468 5736, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/hindhede-nature-park
West Coast Park
Dubbed as the “Play Centre of the West”, West Coast Park is a large regional park that’s located in the southwest of Singers and it appears to cater to people of all ages. If you’re up for some fun and challenging activities, there’s a bicycle course, a sand-play area, lots of swings, climbing structures and even a big spacious plot of land to fly a kite. So while Mum and Dad are sitting down enjoying the fresh wind and air, why don’t you unleash the daredevil in you and try out the many activities in the park?
West Coast Park, 71 West Coast Highway, Singapore 126844, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/west-coast-park
A place that’s steeped in history, the Labrador Park is the perfect place for a peaceful and scenic picnic. The historical nature reserve is full of landmarks and signages that tell the story of Singapore’s battles during World War II. An oasis of tranquility and natural wonders, the park is a favourite haunt amongst nature lovers. Choose a nice little hut and enjoy your picturesque picnic with a lovely view of passing ships on the South China Sea.
Labrador Park, Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/labrador-nature-reserve
Punggol Waterway Park
Nestled in the the neighbourhood of many young families in Singers, the Punggol Waterway Park is a great place for you to enjoy fun-filled activities with your family. The park is segmented into four different themes and there’s plenty of wild things to do. On your picnic, be sure to look out for the various species of birds that can be spotted along the Waterway or just sit back, relax and enjoy the breeze and your sandwiches while listening to the soothing sounds of tricking cascading water. Oh and if you have a cute bicycle, bring it along and go for a nice ride!
Punggol Waterway Park, Sentul Crescent Road, Singapore, 822313, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/punggol-waterway-park
Kranji Reservoir Park
Nestled in the northern part of Singapore, Kranji Reservoir Park offers a stunning panoramic view of the Johor Straits. The trees are lush with green canopies and there are two fishing grounds and pavilions set against a scenic backdrop – no worries of cutting your picnic short if it starts to pour! If you’re an avid fan of fishing, you can cast your line too along a stretch of rocky banks.
Kranji Reservoir Park, 30 Kranji Way, Singapore 739440, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/kranji-reservoir-park
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