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9 Exciting Outdoor Activities To Do In Singapore (With Halal Food Nearby!)


Faruq Senin •  Jul 09, 2020


While Singapore is in Phase 2 and halal eateries have reopened, you might be looking for exciting things to do other than eating ? Besides the various attractions that have started to welcome visitors, there's a good range of outdoor activities in Singapore which you can do, whether you're with kids, friends or even your significant other! Hence, if you're planning to go out but still want to practise social distancing, we've rounded up these 9 outdoor activities in Singapore with halal food nearby ?
1. Uncover Singapore's Southern Islands
Credit: Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services on Facebook Escape the crowds and let a boat ride whisk you away to Singapore's Southern Islands! Comprising of Lazarus Island, St. John's Island and Kusu Island, the beaches on these islands are pristine, with gorgeous blue seas ? Not to mention that you'll be able to admire the city skyline from here too! This getaway is simply perfect for all you nature lovers and if you’re looking to escape the crowds for some social distancing. To get there, you'll need to take a ferry from Marina South Pier. Be sure to check out Singapore Island Cruise & Ferry Services' website to book your tickets and find out more about safe distancing measures! Price: $15 Book your tickets hereWebsite | Facebook | InstagramHalal food nearby: There are no eateries on the Southern Islands so we recommend you to pack some food for your trip there. If you're looking for halal food near Marina South Pier, check these places out: Makan by the Bay (at Satay by the Bay)Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese/Seafood Opening hours: Daily; 10.30AM-10PM Address: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01-19, 018953 Facebook#HHWT Tip: Find out more halal food options nearby with our Marina Bay halal food guide!
2. Have a picnic at Singapore Botanic Gardens
A UNESCO World Heritage site located in central Singapore, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a great place to just relax amongst the sights and sounds of mother nature ? There are many open fields in the vicinity of the gardens. The park also has several specialized gardens boasting a rich variety of flora and fauna. Those of you with kids can visit the Evolution GardenLearning Forest or Jacob Ballas Children's Garden for a fun yet educational time. We recommend laying out a mat on the open field overlooking the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Oh, and don’t forget the picnic basket!? Opening hours: Open daily; 5AM-12AM (Specific attractions may have varying hours) Halal food nearby:The HaliaHalal Status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Fusion/Fine Dining Opening Hours: Breakfast (Mon-Fri, excluding PH); 9AM-11AM Brunch (Sat, Sun, PH); 10AM-5PM All-Day Menu (Mon-Sun); 12PM-9PM Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569 Website | Facebook | InstagramFusion Spoon Halal status: Fusion Spoon is currently in the process of their halal certification renewal. We reached out to them and they have assured that all their ingredients are halal-certified. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion. Cuisine: Western/Local/Japanese/Fusion Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM-10PM Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Rd, #B1-00, 259569 Facebook#HHWT Tip: If you're heading to Orchard after your picnic at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, then check out these 16 halal restaurants at Orchard Road!
3. Go kayaking at Marina Reservoir
Credit: Loke Jun Jie on Facebook For the more adventurous souls, why not go kayaking at one of the water sports centres which have reopened? If you're looking to kayak with an impressive view of Singapore's skyline, head over to Marina Reservoir. You can rent your kayak from the Singapore Sports Hub Water Sports Centre or PAssion WaVe @ Marina Bay. For those of you planning to kayak at other water spots like Bedok Reservoir, Pasir Ris, East Coast and more, PAssion WaVe also has outlets at these places! Water Sports Centre Prices, Opening hours and Address:Check out their websiteFacebook | InstagramPAssion WaVe Prices, Opening hours and Outlets:Check out their Facebook pageHalal food nearby:Kallang Wave MallHalal eateries: Omoomo, Ayam Penyet President, Encik Tan, Old Town White Coffee, 13 Stages, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken Find out more on their website
4. Explore the rustic charm of Pulau Ubin
Looking for somewhere off the beaten track? Then the unspoilt nature and rustic charm of Pulau Ubin is just what you need. For an adrenaline rush, hike up Ubin’s tallest hill, Puaka, and you'll be greeted with a breathtaking view at the top, which overlooks the Ubin quarry ? Of course, you can't miss cycling when you're in Ubin! When cycling, you’ll definitely get to discover Singapore’s last few remaining kampungs or even spot some wildlife. Cycle to Chek Jawa Wetlands for a chance to discover the rich marine wildlife there or challenge yourself to the Ketam Mountain Bike Park! Accessible Hours: Pulau Ubin can be accessed via bumboats from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The boats typically depart between 6AM - 7PM, and costs SGD4 per person each way. There are no fixed departure times but boats depart quite frequently. Address (Changi Point Ferry Terminal): 51 Lorong Bekukong Getting there (Changi Point Ferry Terminal): Bus 29 from Tampines Bus Interchange, or bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT station Exit B, or buses 59 or 109. Halal food nearby: There's a Muslim-owned eatery called Maleh Cafe right next to the Pulau Ubin jetty which sells halal food like nasi lemak, mee rebus, mee siam and mee goreng. The eatery opens on weekends and closes quite early by about 4.30PM or so. So, if you're heading to Pulau Ubin on a weekday instead, check out these halal eateries at Changi Village: Tang Tea House Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-11PM Address: 57 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499173 Facebook | Instagram89.7 Supper Club Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese/Malay/Western/Indian/Fusion Opening hours: Open 24/7 Address: 27 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 509925 Facebook ANDES by ASTONS Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Steak/Western Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-10PM Address: 5 Changi Village Rd, #01-2001, Singapore 500005 Website | FacebookChangi Village Hawker CentreHalal eateries: International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak, Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak, Sri Sujana Nasi Lemak
5. Meet the animals at Singapore Zoo
If you're looking to rediscover Singapore's attractions or finding an activity to do with your kids, the Singapore Zoo is a great option! It has reopened since 6 July 2020. With over 300 species of animals and creatures here, your visit to the Singapore Zoo is never boring affair! Our Muslim traveller's guide to the Singapore Zoo will help you out. The park is currently operating at 25% of its capacity and you'll need to pre-book your tickets online and arrival times. Do note that some park experiences like animal presentations and token feeding sessions are still closed due to safe distancing measures. You can check out their updates here. Price: from $31.20 Book your tickets hereOpening hours: Daily; 8.30AM-6PM Website | Facebook | InstagramHalal food nearby:KFC (outside the Zoo)Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 10AM-6.30PM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-7PM Ah Meng Restaurant (inside the Zoo)Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Asian/Western Opening hours: Daily; 10.30AM-4.30PM
6. Go racing at The Karting Arena
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Head over to The Karting Arena, Singapore's first electric go-kart track! With "superior acceleration" and multiple turns on the track, rest assured you'll get that adrenaline rush. For those of you who have kids 9 years or older, this will be the perfect activity to do with them ?Do note that you'll need book your slot in advance before you start racing! Price: from $30 Book your slot hereOpening hours: Wed-Fri; 1PM-8.30PM, Sat-Sun; 10AM-9PM (closed on Mon and Tue) Address: 200 Turf Club Rd #01-01B The Grandstand, 287994 Facebook | InstagramHalal food nearby:Al-Azhar Restaurant Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Indian/Malay/Western/Thai Opening hours: Open daily; 12PM-11.30PM Address: 11 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599736 Website | Facebook | InstagramTime For Thai Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Thai Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-3PM Address: 15 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599739 Website | Facebook | InstagramTenderfresh Classic Halal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Western/Local Opening hours: Sun-Thu; 11.30AM-11.30PM, Fri-Sat; 11.30AM-12.45AM Address: 9 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599734 Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. Take in the fresh air at MacRitchie Treetop Walk
Credit: Schristia on Flickr If you're looking for a scenic sight, head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park's TreeTop Walk to trek to the top of Bukit Kalang. Standing 30 metres above sea level, you'll get a view of the forest canopy's flora and fauna from the TreeTop Walk itself. The Walk is a 250 metre-long suspension bridge, and while the walk up to it is slightly steep, what really gets your heart racing is when you're on the bridge itself ? Opening Hours (TreeTop Walk): 9AM - 5PM (Tues-Fri), 8.30AM - 5PM (Sat-Sun), closed on Mondays except for public holidays Getting there: Buses 52, 132, 163, 166, 855, and 980. Halal food nearby:Springleaf Prata Place Halal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Indian/Fusion Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-12AM Address: 1 Thong Soon Ave, Singapore 787431 Website | Facebook | InstagramTop 73+1 Fishball LegacyHalal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Chinese Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 7AM-8.30PM, Sun; 5PM-8.30PM Address: 914 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787114 FacebookP.S. Looking for more hiking trails? Check out these 11 nature and walking trails near halal food!
8. Cycle from Punggol Waterway to Coney Island
Cutting through Punggol Town, Punggol Waterway is a scenic spot for cycling! Go along its winding tracks, admire the waterside view along the promenade and make your way to Coney Island where the rustic ambience will give you a break from the hectic city life. Look out for Pulau Ubin from the boardwalk, or cycle through the island to catch a glimpse of brightly-coloured birds, butterflies - and an occasional wild otter or macaque ? The best part is that the route from Punggol Waterway to Coney Island is pretty straightforward and beginner-friendly, so it's definitely a fun activity to do with kids. You can rent your bikes from Bikes @ Waterway at SAFRA Punggol or GoCycling @ Punggol Jetty and Jomando at Punggol Point. Punggol Waterway Opening Hours: Accessible 24/7, street lamps are lit from 7PM - 7AM Getting there: Damai LRT station (via Punggol MRT station), or buses 3, 34, 43, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 136 (via Punggol Bus Interchange) Coney Island Opening Hours: Open daily; 7AM - 7PM Getting there: Bus 84 from Punggol Interchange Halal food nearby:Kampong Chai Chee Restaurant Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Cuisine: Seafood Opening Hours: Open daily; 1PM - 11PM Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-02 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694Website | FacebookWaterway Point Halal eateries: Encik Tan, Jollibee Fried Chicken, Fish & Co., Bali Thai, Tuk Tuk Cha, PappaRich, So Pho, Stuff'd, Tenderfresh Classic, The Soup Spoon Find out more on their websiteSAFRA Punggol Halal eateries: Heavenly Wang, Wing Zone
9. Ride the Skyline Luge Sentosa
Credit: @tasnimshah_ on Instagram A visit to the Skyline Luge Sentosa is a thrilling activity for all ages and the attraction will reopen on 11 July 2020. The best part of the Luge is that it’s a gravity ride – meaning it’s the rider who gets to control how fast they descend! So if you’re raring to go and you can’t wait for the rest of your group to catch up, you can definitely fly down the track with no hesitation ? The Luge has 4 tracks to choose from that zoom through Sentosa’s rainforest, each of which are full of their own unique combination of hairpin turns and long straight paths. This is definitely one unique way to see the greenery of Sentosa! Price: from $24 Book your tickets here! Opening Hours: Thu-Mon; 11AM-7.30PM Address: 45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore Website | Facebook | InstagramHalal food nearby:Good Old DaysHalal status: Halal-certified Cuisine: Local Opening hours: Daily; 11AM-8PM Address: 60 Siloso Beach Walk, 098997 WebsiteP.S. Heading to Universal Studios while you're at Sentosa? Check out what you should expect during its reopening in Phase 2! So if you're looking to get some Vitamin D this weekend and do something outdoors, be sure to check out these 9 activities! With halal food easily accessible, you'll definitely have a fun and fulfilling day with your loved ones. Remember to stay safe and practise social distancing ?