Planning to visit Singapore? I guarantee you’ll spend plenty of time exploring lovely Marina Bay! Hosting some of the most unique attractions in Singapore, Marina Bay is one of the most exciting districts for travellers to discover.
From soaking up glorious evening skyline views to dining at celebrity chef restaurants to dazzling at the futuristic Gardens by the Bay, get your bearings with this guide to all the best things to do in Marina Bay…
Table of Contents
- What to do in Marina Bay: The top attractions & best places to visit
- Where to stay in Marina Bay: The best hotels for sightseeing
What to do in Marina Bay: The top attractions & best places to visit
Wander around Gardens by the Bay
There’s hardly a more impressive urban park in the world than Gardens by the Bay. Chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of this magnificent attraction—even if you weren’t aware of it!
Since its opening in 2012, the gardens have become, not just one of the top things to see in Marina Bay, but one of the city’s most recognizable symbols. And whether you’ve got just 24 hours in Singapore or have a little more time in the city, this is one place you simply can’t miss.
While the incredible Gardens by the Bay are pleasant to meander by day, the real treat is to visit at night. Every evening at 7:45pm and 8:45pm in the space-age Supertree Grove, the gardens puts on the Garden Rhapsody, a spectacular musical light show that’s bound to mesmerize.
Beyond checking out the Supertree Grove by night, save some time to explore the two conservatories. The two conservatories are home to two biodomes, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Each of these showcase an exotic array of flowers & plants, carefully selected from a large range of different climatic zones from around the world.
Getting there: The closest MRT station to Gardens by the Bay is Bayfront. If you’re already in the Marina Bay area, walk through the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and through the hotel to the skybridge that connects to the Bay South Garden.
Get high in the sky at the Singapore Flyer
Even before Marina Bay Sands or Gardens by the Bay approached their completion, the Singapore Flyer was gracing the skyline of Marina Bay. At its time of opening in 2018, the Singapore Flyer was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, standing at a whopping 165 metres.
As you could imagine, taking a spin on the Singapore Flyer is one of the best things to do in Marina Bay. While the skyline views from one of the 28 air-conditioned pods are simply spectacular at any time of day, they’re particularly amazing at nightfall when Singapore’s modern skyline truly comes to life.
Getting there: The Singapore Flyer is located on the northern banks of Marina Bay. From the Marina Bay Sands, it’s about a 20-minute walk across the Helix Bridge to the Ferris wheel.
Get up close and personal with the Merlion
With a nickname like the Lion City, it was perhaps inevitable that lion statues would be a common sight in Singapore. A half-fish/half-lion spewing water into Marina Bay? Nope, we didn’t see that one coming either.
Now one of the most famous symbols of Singapore and the city’s official mascot, the Merlion has become an insta-Instagram favourite in recent years.
Trying to get some alone time with the Merlion can be a little difficult thanks to his growing popularity. But even with the thickening crowds of tourists at this top Marina Bay point of interest, the views here are quite magical and worth the short trek up the bay on their own.
Getting there: The Merlion statue is located on northwestern tip of Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River. From the Marina Bay waterfront, it’s a relaxing 15-minute walk along the bay to the statue.
Dazzle at the ArtScience Museum
Shaped like a blooming lotus flower, the ArtScience Museum is as eye-catching on the outside as the inside. As the name implies, this modern museum has set out on a mission to fuse art with science within its innovative exhibitions and galleries.
Temporary exhibitions rotate throughout the year, operated in conjunction with top museums around the world including the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institute. The ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, throws visitors into a world of interactive art covering 4 urban & natural themes.
Getting there: The ArtScience Museum sits of the northern tip of the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade.
Empty your wallet at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
If shopping in Singapore is on your vacation wishlist, loosen up your pursestrings and head over to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Located just outside the famous hotel of the same name, this upscale shopping mall is high on style and class and one of the best places to visit in Marina Bay for shopaholics and urban wanderers alike.
Within its corridors, you’ll discover a wide array of luxurious fashion boutiques from some of the world’s most renowned fashion & lifestyle brands including Dior, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, and Ralph Lauren.
The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands is also a prime destination for foodies. The selection restaurants here include a smattering of offerings from celebrity chefs including Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and Spago by Wolfgang Puck.
Getting there: The shopping mall is connected to both MBS and the waterfront. Once you’re in the area, you can’t miss it.
View the city from above at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Even if staying at MBS is out of the cards, don’t miss a chance to visit the Marina Bay Sands Skypark. Located on the boat-shaped rooftop at MBS, this park features a sky-high 57th-floor observation deck accessible to guests and the general public for a fee.
The 1.5-hectare Marina Bay Sands Skypark delivers 360-degree views of Singapore, and is, without a doubt, the best vantage point in the entire city. The park also boasts the world’s highest infinity pool (although you’ll need to be a guest at the hotel to take a dip here).
After checking out Singapore from above, extend your stay with a relaxing cocktail at the skybar of Cé La Vi or a meal at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar.
Getting there: The Skypark is located on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands. Ride the MRT to Bayfront and follow the signs in the station to the hotel.
Meander across the Helix Bridge
If there’s one thing that Marina Bay isn’t short on it’s fantastic skyline views. To catch some of the best in the area, wander over to the Helix Bridge, located just north of Marina Bay Sands.
With a design inspired by the structure of a DNA strand, the pedestrian-only Helix Bridge is a unique modern architectural wonder. The bridge is at its finest in the evening, once the sun dips below the bay and reveals nighttime views of the central business district skyline and the marina.
Getting there: From the corner of Bayfront Avenue and Marina Boulevard, Helix Bridge is a relaxing 1.2-kilometre walk along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade.
Where to stay in Marina Bay: The best hotels for sightseeing
There’s hardly a better place to base yourself in Singapore than Marina Bay. Unfortunately, choosing where to stay in Marina Bay can sometimes be a bit challenging for travellers!
Unlike other areas in Singapore, the accommodations scene in Marina Bay skews very heavily towards the luxury travel sector. The bonus is that many of Singapore’s best luxury hotels are concentrated here, so there’ll be plenty of options if you’ve got the desire—and the budget!—to crash in this glitzy & glamorous district.
- Pan Pacific Hotel: The best value luxury pick in the Marina Bay area, this hotel features spacious modern rooms with a splash of colour to brighten the day. For your evening chill-out session, choose between six on-site dining options or relax in the outdoor pool area for epic skyline views.
- The Fullerton Hotel Singapore: One of the most classic luxury experiences in Singapore, this legendary 5-star hotel offers guests classy & elegant rooms in beautiful historical setting. The views over the marina from the hotel’s popular Post Bar are breathtaking.
- Marina Bay Sands: Now, the city’s most famous hotel, this luxury 5-star is the best option for taking on all that Marina Bay has to offer. For adrenaline-seeking travellers, getting the chance to peer unto Singapore from the edge of the world’s highest infinity pool should be reason enough to warrant a stay here.