Singapore is a country filled with interesting attractions and activities for adventurous and curious world travelers. The area’s legendary dining experiences, intricate architecture and unique shopping destinations are favorites among guests. Foodies, nature enthusiasts and culture seekers can all find something to see and explore in The Lion City. 1 GARDENS BY THE BAY Spanning almost 250 acres, Gardens by the Bay is a magnificent collection of three gardens: Bay Central Garden, Bay South Garden, and Bay East Garden. The largest of the three, Bay South Garden, is 130 acres, which features frequently changing floral displays and diverse plant life. Bay East and Bay Central are significantly smaller in size at only 79 acres and 37 acres, however, they also have a wide spectrum of plant life and brilliant waterfront views. The gardens offer several awe-inducing attractions like the Supertree Grove, a collection of tree-like vertical gardens that illuminate at night, and the OCBC (Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation) Skyway, which allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the gardens from a 128-meter aerial walkway. Gardens by the Bay also hosts several recreational activities, including movie screenings, music concerts and sporting events throughout the year. With more than 30 million visitors to date, Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s most trafficked and beloved attractions. gardensbythebay.com 2 NIGHT SAFARI Night Safari invites guests into a humid tropical rainforest environment that is only open after dark. More than 2,500 animals across 130 species can be seen at the Night Safari, including, Asian elephants, clouded leopards, and pangolins, which are small, scaled mammals typically found in South Asia and Africa. The Singapore Zoo, which hosts the Night Safari each evening, is committed to the conservation of threatened and endangered animals. An astonishing 38% of the animals in the Night Safari are threatened. Night Safari is designed to educate visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation. Visitors begin their journey by taking a 40-minute tram ride through seven geographical regions accompanied by educated staff that provide commentary along the way. The four walking trails allow guests to get close to the animals and learn more about their natural habitat. Additional activities include fire-eating performances by Thumbuakar tribal dancers, al fresco dining and a “Creatures of the Night Show,” which educates visitors on the survival tactics of nocturnal animals. nightsafari.com.sg 3 MARINA BAY SANDS & THE ESPLANADE Singapore is home to some of the most impressive architectural structures in the world. One of the most famous buildings in the city is Marina Bay Sands, an expansive resort and casino with more than 2,500 rooms and no shortage of activities. A museum, two large theatres, a Sky Park rooftop with a 490-foot infinity swimming pool and impressive shopping mall all occupy the Marina Bay Sands. marinabaysands.com The Esplanade, an arts center that features world-class theatrical, musical and visual performances year round is another extraordinary architectural gem. The concert hall’s unique resemblance to a durian, an exotic tropical fruit, has earned it the nickname “the big durian” among Singaporean’s. The building’s official name is derived from its proximity to nearby Esplanade Park. esplanade.com 4 NOX DINING IN THE DARK Designed for culinary connoisseurs and adventure seekers, Nox Dine in the Dark offers a unique meal experience. Patrons are invited to dine on three mystery courses from a prix-fixe menu in complete darkness for a multi-sensory experience that enhances touch, taste, smell and sound. Cellphones and electronic devices are left in lockers outside of the main dining area before diners are escorted inside by specially trained blind or visually impaired servers. This exceptional dining experience is designed to test the sharpness of the culinary palette and provide diners with a deeper appreciation for the work of visually impaired individuals. noxdineinthedark.com 5 DEEPAVALI FESTIVAL Guests traveling to Little India in autumn can enjoy the annual Deepavali Festival. Although the exact legend varies regionally, “The Hindu Festival of Lights,” is a celebration from the Hindu almanac that marks the triumph of light over spiritual darkness. Hindu families in the city exchange gifts and transform their homes into beacons of light during Deepavali. During the festival, the streets of Little Italy are decorated with elaborate light displays, lamps and bonfires that are visited by astonished locals and tourists each year. visitsingapore.com/festivals-eventssingapore/ cultural-festivals/deepavali/
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