Gardens by the Bay: A Wonder of Nature and Technology

Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit attraction for families with children who love art, culture, and history. This award-winning park is home to various gardens, Supertrees, and other attractions.

Gardens by the Bay story

In the 1960s, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew introduced the “Garden City” vision to transform Singapore into a city with abundant lush greenery and a clean environment to improve the quality of life in the city. This policy continues today with the next phase: “City in a Garden”. Gardens by the Bay is part of this initiative.

In 2006, an international competition took place to seek design ideas for Gardens by the Bay. The winners were Grant Associates for Bay South and Gustafson Porter for Bay East, both from the UK. Gardens by the Bay was opened in 2012.

Built on reclaimed land, the park uses various green technologies to conserve water and energy. They collect rainwater to water the plants, use solar panels for energy, and even turn food waste into compost. Find out more on their website.

Several gardens in one

Gardens by the Bay is divided into different areas:

  • Supertrees: The Supertrees are a group of 18 large, tree-like structures that light up at night. They are a popular tourist attraction and can be seen from all over the city.
  • Cloud Forest: The Cloud Forest is a biodome that recreates the conditions of a tropical rainforest. It is home to various plants and animals, including orchids, ferns, and butterflies.
  • Flower Dome: The Flower Dome is a biodome featuring Mediterranean climate plants, including roses, tulips, and orchids.
  • Children’s Garden: The Children’s Garden is a playground with many activities for children of all ages. There are slides, swings, climbing structures, and a water play area.
  • OCBC Skyway: The OCBC Skyway is a suspended walkway offering nice views of the Bay’s Gardens.

Find more details, including opening hours, on their website.

Why Kids Would Love Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a great place for kids to explore and learn about nature. There are so many things to see and do, from climbing the Supertrees to exploring the Cloud Forest. The park is also very clean and safe, making it a great place for kids to run around and play.
Here are some of their favorites:

  • The impressive waterfall of the Cloud Forest.
  • The big water playground in the Children’s Garden.
  • The light show at the Supertrees: Garden Rhapsody.
  • The festivals that take place at Gardens by the Bay, like the Mid-Autumn Festival with its lightning and merry-go-round.