The best free things to do in Singapore

Cam Khalid, Delfina Utomo and Nicole-Marie Ng , Timeout Singapore, December 20, 2020

Free exhibitions, attractions and more – here's how to spend nothing in one of the world's most expensive city.

 

The best things in life are free – and we couldn't agree more, especially when we're looking to save some dough while still having fun. A lot has been said about how expensive it is to live or vacation in Singapore, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank. From enjoying ticketless art exhibitions and offbeat attractions to exploring Singapore's great outdoors, here's how to live it up the city gratuitously.

 

Changi Airport Connector, Changi Jurassic Mile

Photograph: Changi Airport Group

 

Cycle through Changi Airport Connector

The newly opened 3.5-kilometre Changi Airport Connector allows you to cycle, skate, run, jog, and walk to Jewel Changi Airport and the terminals from East Coast Park or any of the Park Connector Network (PCN), and vice versa. It’s also home to the city’s largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs Changi Jurassic Mile, as well as pit stop facility Hub & Spoke where you can rent bicycles from GoCycling, cool off with a pay-per-use shower after a sweat session, and dine under the stars at Hub & Spoke Café which offers a menu that captures a colourful, multi-cultural variety – from toast and kopi to eggs Benedict and bubble tea.
 
Cuturi Gallery
Photograph: Cuturi Gallery
 

Marvel at some art at Cuturi Gallery

Cuturi Gallery has moved into a beautiful conservation shophouse in the ethnic enclave of Kampong Gelam in the bigger Bugis area (which has been named the coolest neighbourhood in Singapore, ICYMI). The new gallery space echoes its starting grounds on Scotts Road, with streamlined and minimalistic interiors that don't take away from the main highlight: the artworks themselves. Chin-stroke your way through exhibitions of French artist Louis Granet and local arist Marla Bendini.
 
Dairy Farm Nature Park
Photograph: NParks
 

Introduce the little ones to hiking at Dairy Farm Nature Park

New to the hiking game? Start with the 63-hectare Dairy Farm Nature Park. The main trail is paved, so you don't have to rough it out Bear Grylls-style with the little ones. Make your way to the Wallace Education Centre for hands-on activities and exhibits that tell the story of Dairy Farm’s changing landscapes. Keep a lookout for the striking red and yellow heliconias as well as the monkeys, pangolins, and butterflies along the way. For a chance to spot rare species of dragonflies and the critically endangered birds known as Little Grebe, head towards the scenic Singapore Quarry at the park’s south-western end.

 

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