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16 Best Picnic Spots In Singapore For Your Day Out With Loved Ones

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Faruq Senin  •  Aug 27, 2020

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[UPDATED 11 June 2021] While we still can't dine in at our favourite halal cafes in Singapore, why not have a picnic instead? With the many parks and gardens in the city, you might be wondering how to choose where to have a picnic in Singapore, whether to hang out with friends, family or your significant other 😊 Now that we can go out in groups of five people from Monday (14 June), there's no better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than by laying down a picnic mat, some food and just chatting or playing games. All these while basking in the greenery that our garden city has to offer. Here are 16 picnic spots in Singapore you'd love!

1. Marina Barrage picnic

A picnic list wouldn't be complete without including the iconic Marina Barrage. You wouldn't want to pass up having a picnic overlooking the stunning Singapore skyline 😍 Besides hanging out with your loved ones, you can also fly a kite, catch the sunset and watch the city light up. Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-9PM (last entry at 8PM, it might be closed when the roof is overcrowded too) Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951 Website

2. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The picturesque Singapore Botanic Gardens is probably the next place that comes to mind when you talk about having a picnic! This UNESCO World Heritage site 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. We recommend laying out a mat on the open field overlooking the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. If it rains, head over to the Bandstand for some shelter. Oh, and don’t forget the picnic basket!😋 Opening hours: Open daily; 5AM-12AM Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 Website 

3. Gardens by the Bay

 Besides the majestic Cloud Forest and stunning floral displays, Gardens by the Bay's free areas (including the Supertree Grove!) are also great for a picnic day out! With plenty of green open spaces like its Serene Garden, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes and more, you'd be able to find a quiet spot for a picnic here. The Serene Garden is a great place to experience the tranquillity with trees, fountains and ponds, inspired by Japanese zen gardens 😍 P.S. Planning to visit Gardens by the Bay with your family? Check out our family-friendly guide here! Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-9PM (last entry at 8PM, it might be closed when the roof is overcrowded too) Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951 Website P.S. Check out our halal food guide to Marina Bay here!

4. Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant

For a picnic spot overlooking the city that's not Marina Barrage, the green roof at Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant is a new place you should explore next! Opened in September 2020, this is Singapore's fourth and newest desalination plant. The best part is that it's easily accessible from the East Coast Park connector and Gardens by the Bay East! Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-9PM (last entry at 8PM, it might be temporarily closed if the space is overcrowded) Address: 1 Marina East Drive, Singapore 029996 Website

5. East Coast Park

 If you want the best of the sun, the sea and the greenery, then East Coast Park is your best bet! With a coastline stretching 15km, it's no wonder that East Coast Park is so popular with families 😊 For an undisturbed picnic time with your loved ones, head over to Area F as it's further away from the crowded areas of the park. #HHWT Tip: If you need to pack some food for your picnic, check out our ultimate halal food guide to East Coast Park! Opening hours: 24/7 Address: Area F, East Coast Park Website

6. Fort Canning Park

If you're looking for a picnic spot in the heart of the city, Fort Canning Park has got you covered! Though it used to be the site of palaces of Malay Kings and command centre during World War II, it's now a scenic spot. Head over to Fort Canning Green or the area around Fort Gate to have your picnic. Check out our guide to Fort Canning Park for more information! Opening hours: 24/7 Website 

7. HortPark

HortPark's gorgeous lawns, themed gardens and play gardens are the perfect picnic spots especially for those of you with kids! Besides basking in greenery, there's also an Edible Garden and a Greenhouse where you can learn more about gardening and get some supplies if you're looking to grow your own plants. Opening hours: Daily; 6AM-11PM Address: 33 Hyderabad Rd, Singapore 119578 Website P.S. Check out our all-in-one guide to the Southern Ridges and Henderson Waves!

8. St John's/Lazarus Island

 For a rustic vibe which feels like a world away from mainland Singapore, head over to St John's and Lazarus Island for a picnic! Use one of the picnic tables at St John's or lay down your picnic mat while enjoying the sea breeze. St John's Island is also connected to Lazarus Island via a causeway. At Lazarus Island, set up your picnic mat at its white and sandy beach at the iconic C-shaped lagoon 😍 Check out our guide to the Southern Islands for info on how to get there!

9. Sentosa

Apart from visiting the famous Universal Studios Singapore and spending a day out in the water, Sentosa is also perfect for a picnic. Head over to Siloso, Palawan or Tanjong Beach, lay down your picnic mat and just watch the world go by for hours. If you're intending to swim, Tanjong Beach has the nicest waters! Opening hours: 24/7 Website P.S. Find out more things to do in Sentosa and halal food options with our ultimate guide!

10. Jurong Lake Gardens

If you live in the West or you're looking for a little exploration in the West, the scenic Jurong Lake Gardens makes a good spot for a picnic. It's the perfect place to grab some fresh air and enjoy serenity, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are 3 sections in this 90-hectare garden but only the Lakeside Garden is currently open while the Chinese and Japanese Gardens are closed for renovations till 2021. The Lakeside Garden has a lalang field (called the grasslands) and a lone “Instagrammable” tree - a perfect photo opportunity!🤗 Opening hours: 24/7 Address: Yuan Ching Rd (near South Car Park) Website

11. Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

Planning a picnic away from the crowd? Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is just where you need to be! It's a place where you can have a respite and momentarily escape your hectic schedule. With its scenic lakeside views and lush greenery, you won't believe that you're still in Singapore 😍 Read our guide to Upper Seletar Reservoir Park here! Opening hours: 24/7, Park lighting hours are from 7PM to 7AM Address: Along Mandai Road Track 7, off Mandai Road Website 

12. Changi Beach Park

 A quieter alternative to East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park is one of Singapore's oldest coastal parks and you can experience a tranquil vibe with your loved ones here. It's usually a great spot for plane-spotting but these days, there are fewer planes due to COVID-19 😞 Nonetheless, Changi Beach is definitely one of the best beaches to spend a relaxing day out with your friends or family. #HHWT Tip: Check out our halal food guide to Changi Village if you need to get some food for your picnic! Opening hours: 24/7 Website

13. Pasir Ris Park

Next is Pasir Ris Park, another relaxing picnic spot in the East! If you're looking to have a picnic with your kids, the park has plenty of playgrounds and play areas. For the best picnic spots, head over to Area 1 or 2! If you're a nature lover, you might want to head off to the mangrove swamps and nature trails in Pasir Ris Park too. Opening hours: 24/7 Website

14. Sembawang Park

 An underrated spot in the North of Singapore, Sembawang Park has lush heritage trees and plenty of spots for a nice and relaxing picnic. You can also find a glimpse of colonial history at the park as Sembawang used to be a British naval base. Check out interesting spots here like the Beaulieu House, Sembawang Jetty and the nearby Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang, one of Singapore's last kampong mosque. Opening hours: 24 hours Website

15. Labrador Park

For stunning views of Singapore's Southern seas, the Labrador Park is a tranquil spot for a picnic. Besides having a picnic, you can explore war relics like a WWII Machine Gun Post, 6-inch cannon and more. Or walk along the Berlayer Creek which is one of the two remaining mangroves in southern Singapore. The Bukit Chermin Boardwalk also gives you a panoramic view of the sea. Opening hours: 24 hours Website

16. West Coast Park

A popular spot for those living in the West, West Coast Park is great for a fun picnic day with the family. The park has plenty of open spaces where you can lay down your picnic mat. For those with kids, you'd love Adventure Play Area which has obstacle courses, space nets and more! Opening hours: 24 hours Website Now that you know where to go for a picnic in Singapore, it's time to let your loved ones know and plan your day out at the city's green spaces! P.S. Looking for nature spots instead?  Check out our list of hiking and walking trails in Singapore !