While it’s difficult to go wrong with international holidays, some cities manage to stand out above others as great places to visit, especially when dealing with the added complexity of traveling with small children. Due to its modern construction, plethora of attractions, friendly populace, and a myriad of other factors, Singapore has emerged as a capital for family vacations. It has a great range of activities to keep even the most jaded kids and adults entertained and amazed. Here are three of the top ones to check out:
1. Singapore Zoo
Zoos around the world can be categorized more or less in one of two ways—a place where animals live comfortable lives in an environment as enriching as possible for a creature in captivity, or a harsh cage of boredom and psychological and physical constraint. Fortunately, the Singapore Zoo very much falls into the former category, and is a delightful place to visit. With a fun layout, easily accessible information in multiple languages, and a considerable number of endangered and rare species, it has more or less everything that you could hope for. There are multiple kids’ play areas (including a water-themed one—bring a suit!), a carousel, and other fun attractions.
2. Singapore Ferris Wheel
The world’s tallest Ferris Wheel stands 165 m from the ground, more than 30 m higher than the famous London Eye. Each of its 28 capsules is air-conditioned and seats about 30 passengers, meaning that more than 800 people can ride it at a time. From the apex of its rotation, you have an excellent panoramic view of the city center, the adjacent Marina Bay, and about 45 km beyond, all the way to Malaysia in one direction and Indonesia in another. The ride takes about 40 minutes to make a full rotation. At the bottom, you can explore three floors of shops, restaurants, and bars.
3. Universal Studios
When it comes to family fun, theme parks are always a good bet. Universal Studios Singapore tickets are inexpensive, but pack great value. The park is divided into seven distinct zones, each with totally different themes: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, the Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Kids will have a lot of fun jumping from zone to zone and recognizing characters from their favorite movies (adults will have their share of those nostalgic moments too, as professional impersonators channel Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, and other greats of a bygone generation). Buying Universal Studios Singapore tickets online not only helps you beat the queues, but can also get you free transfers to and from your hotel, and provide you with other perks as well.
There are too many family-friendly attractions in this action-packed place to list in one short article. In addition to the above options, we also highly recommend that you check out the Singapore Science Center, Flight Experience, Botanical Gardens, and other sites around the city. Wherever you go, you and your family are sure to have a great time without breaking your budget.