Singapore, even though it is often deemed as one of Asia’s most expensive tourist destination, is oozing with free thrills and attractions that would surely bring joy to backpackers and frugal travelers. As a matter of fact, you can even indulge on a hearty, healthy and tasty lunch without spending a dime in this extravagant Asian hub. From a spectacular light show to exciting nature trips, there are dozens of cool freebies in Singapore that can put you into a state of euphoria. Here are 32 things that you anyone can enjoy in Singapore for free.
1. Get stuck in a world-class international airport
Fittingly nicknamed as the world’s best airport, the Singapore’s groundbreaking Changi Airport has a plethora of delightful offerings that you can take pleasure in for free. Not only does it offer free foot massages and gratis Wi-Fi access, but it also has an interactive art center as well as movie theaters with zero admission. Plus, it has a science museum, a steep indoor slide, and a flotilla of orchids, sunflowers, cacti and ferns with fluttering butterflies.
2. Free City tour from Changi
Got a long layover in Singapore? Then, take advantage of the free 2-hour city tour offered by the Changi Airport.
3. Free walking tours from Singapore Footprints
Thanks to the super friendly and charming volunteers of Singapore Footprints, tourists can get guided walking tours for free on the Singapore River and Bras Basah every weekend.
4. Snap photos of Singapore’s cool street art
In Singapore, you don’t have to pay top dollar to catch sight of fabulous works of art and innovative masterpieces. Just take a stroll along Haji Lane, Scape, Youth Park or Kampong Glam, and you will find an abundance of awesome murals and kaleidoscopic graffiti walls.
5. Visit the Singapore Art Museum on a Friday evening
Every Friday, from six to nine in the evening, the Singapore Art Museum opens its doors without any charge to all art lovers and tourists.
6. Free art galore
Can’t get enough of free art in Singapore? There is always a free beautiful piece of art on display in the Esplanade’s galleries as well as sculptures showcased at Sculpture Square. Likewise, you can drop by the Opera Gallery in ION Orchard, and catch sight of its splendid artworks.
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7. Breathtaking panoramas from ION Orchard
Make your way to the 56th floor of ION Orchard, and be awed by beautiful panoramic views of Singapore.
8. More wonderful city views
Speaking of panoramas, there plenty of other hidden spots where you can get free awe-inspiring views of Singapore, such as Esplanade’s rooftop, and National Library’s sky garden.
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9. Wander around Little India
With its lovely little shops and fragrant scents of oils, flowers and spices, a visit to Little India is truly a blissful journey for your senses. Of course, it is also a colorful adventure that would give you a taste of the fascinating culture of India.
10. Delve into Chinatown’s gripping history
Chinatown, the ethnic turf of Singapore’s early Chinese settlers, is a favorite for cheap buys and eats among locals and tourists. While Singapore’s Chinatown is a bit touristy, it still retains a good and strong sense of vitality and history.
11. Swing by Arab Quarters
Arab Quarters, or also referred as Kampong Glam, is a laid-back artsy district famous for its traditional Arabic fabrics, wares, as well as a flourishing fashion and indie arts scene.
12. Trace the colonial heritage of Singapore
If you’re a history buff who’s fascinated by the colonial heritage and history of Singapore, make sure to spend a couple of hours or more exploring the Civic District in the downtown area. Here, you can visit as well as snap photographs of magnificent colonial architectural gems, such as the Arts House, City Hall, Asian Civilizations Museum, and Raffles Hotel. Moreover, a stopover to any of these buildings will give you an opportunity to learn more about Singapore’s history.
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13. Free goodies at Really Really Free Market
Did you know that you can get souvenirs for free in Singapore? With Really Really Free Market, locals as well as tourists can literally pick up any pre-loved item or goodie they want, without having to haggle for bargains. Really, everything is up for grabs in this pop-up free-to-join flea market. As an added bonus, a visit here also lets you meet new friends whom you can chill with, while you are in Singapore.
14. Window shopping in Bugis
Bugis, once known notoriously as a transvestite’s red-light district, is now a chic and eclectic shopping hub dotted with vibrant dining centers, malls and street bazaars.
15. Clubbing for free
Clarke Quay has a number of dance bars with like the Pump Room and Highlander Bar that offer electrifying live music, and free cover charge on weeknights. What’s more, some of these nightspots offer drinks on the house for ladies.
16. A selfie with a Singaporean icon
It‘s pretty much obligatory for anyone who visits Singapore to pose a selfie or a photo with the Merlion, the tourist icon of Singapore.
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17. A romantic evening walk along the Marina Bay Boardwalk
18. A soothing respite in the midst of a bustling city
For a cool and relaxing retreat in Singapore, make your way to the celebrated Botanic Gardens. One of the oldest and most gorgeous gardens in the city, Botanic Gardens is a lush oasis full of beautiful ponds, flowers, and large trees.
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19. Learn the art of Qigong
During daybreak, head off to any park in Singapore, and ask the qigong practitioners politely if you can join them and mimic their movements.
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20. Healthy vegetarian meals for budget-conscious travelers
Ditch the fancy restaurants in Singapore, and fill your grumbling stomach for free with the hearty and healthy buffet-style vegetarian meals offered at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple and Singapore Buddhist Lodge.
21. Visit the first marine park in Singapore
Take a free guided walk at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park, and get a chance to spot dolphins and other charming animals.
22. Pay homage to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Be awed the sheer elegance and grandeur of the Buddha Relic Temple, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. Drawing throngs of devotees every day, this picturesque grand temple is also said to be the host of Siddhartha Gautama’s tooth.
23. Visit the city’s dazzling places of worship
In addition to the Buddha Relic Temple, there are tons of other grand and striking sacred sites with intricate craftsmanship in Singapore, such as the Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and Sultan Mosque.
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24. Festivals in Singapore
Singapore has a glut of prismatic and convivial festivals with free activities and events. As far as I’m concerned, the best festivals in Singapore are the Deepavali, Mid-Autumn Festival, Hari Raya Puasa and Lunar New Year.
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25. Free concerts
There are a few places in Singapore that occasionally hold free concerts, such as the Esplanade and Botanic Gardens.
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26. Catch a free arts performance at the Esplanade
The Esplanade, with its amazingly designed thorny durian exterior, is definitely worth a visit for its unique and spellbinding architectural merit. But, there is more to this glittering jewel than its superb architectural design. Billed as the premier performance center in Singapore, the Esplanade also offers free cultural performances to the public on weekends.
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27. Listen to the Esplanade’s music at night
When nighttime sets in, try to spend an hour or two by the riverside near this durian-shaped icon, and listen to an array of music under the light of a thousand stars.
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28. Cost-less outdoor movies
Every last Saturday of the month, the ION Orchard sets up a massive outdoor screen to run awesome movies for free. Furthermore, the Esplanade plays movies without any admission from time to time.
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29. Experience Resorts World Sentosa
Wander around Resorts World Sentosa, and enjoy its irresistible sights as well as free performances, such as the fabulous Crane Dance. As for your transportation, you can also get to this lavish hub without shelling out a dollar, with the free shuttle service provided by the Universal Studios at the hotels located along the Marina area or Orchard Road.
Pickup points for free shuttle service
- Marina/ Bencoolen – Marina Mandarin, Marina Bay Sands, Swissotel The Stamford and Carlton Hotel
- Orchard Road – Orchard Hotel, Shangri-La, Grand Hyatt and Mandarin Orchard
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30. A sensational light show at Gardens by the Bay
31. Hang out at the East Coast Park
Spend your weekend in Singapore in a rather relaxing way by camping or hanging out with your travel buddies at the East Coast Park, which is a favorite weekend getaway for locals and expats.
32. Hike Mount Faber
If outdoor fun is your cup of tea, take a fun-filled trekking adventure to Mount Faber, and be rewarded by the gorgeous views of the city, as well as the fauna and flora of this hiking trail.
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