Marina Bay, located in Singapore, is quite popular with tourists of all ages. This region is stated to have undergone tremendous transformation and is presently the country’s de factor centre for tourists. The complex Marina Bay Sands is currently the bay’s focal point and there are indeed several things to see and do here. Without visiting Merlion, the trip is likely to be held incomplete. It is Singapore’s most sought after symbol and photo-op.
Top places to visit
- ArtScience Museum: It is considered to be a major landmark located at the Marina Bay. The building’s iconic lotus design is quite stunning. The museum interior is equally impressive, having more than 20 gallery spaces covering area of approximately 50,000 sq. ft. featuring historical and creative things in Singapore.
- Gardens by Bay: It is a fabulous futuristic park that features man-made mammoth tree structures known as ‘Supertree Grove’, towering right into the sky. It has managed to win several awards and still now wows visitors in huge numbers. There is an impressive Skywalk built over the gardens. The 50m tall trees get illuminated brilliantly at night with kaleidoscope of colours, thereby making it appear more stunning. Free show starts at 8pm.
- Merlion: This statue is not anything ordinary, but is of 70 tonne, solid concrete, half mermaid and half lion figure, water spouting considered to be Singapore’s mythical symbol. It is also a fabulous place for photo-ops. Even the surrounding region has amazing terraced seating area that is free to be used to take view or to relax. Also is present a jetty built purposely to stretch over water to offer great platform to those eager to get Merlion’s photo.
- Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands: It is located at the top of a 3 pronged, awe inspiring, Marina Bay Sands Complex. You get to view the iconic skyline Singapore.
- Casino at Marina Bay Sands: The casino occupies a large area of 15,000 sq. m., which is regarded to be part of this iconic Hotel. Once you walk inside the casino, you can come across 1,600 slot machines, 500 gaming tables and 7 ton huge chandelier at the centre created from 130,000+ Swarovski crystals. You can either participate in the games played here or simply watch others play from close-by.
- Singapore Flyer: It is regarded to be the largest observation wheels in the world and is undoubtedly the best bet to have a grand view of the city skyline. It is of a height of 165m and has similar diameter thereby forming a giant circle. Visitors can have breath-taking views of the surroundings and beyond, while climbing up to the top in a relaxed manner. Some of the popular sights that can be viewed from the air conditioned capsule are Raffles Place, Singapore River, the CBD and Marina Bay. The capsule can accommodate about 28 passengers at a time.
- Spectra Light Show: Marina Bay is said to get illuminated every evening by Spectra light show and has won several awards. The shows start daily from 8pm onwards, with fluorescent lasers being beamed across water and projected from iconic Resort’s to and the ArtScience museum located close-by. It is entirely free for everyone and there is the facility to enjoy it from different viewpoints of the bay. Getting near Marina Bay Sands will enable you to hear soft music too. However, the show is more about visual display than sound that is a treat for your eyes.
- Esplanade – Bay Theatre: It is considered to be mammoth culture and arts centre, boasting of having separate outdoor performance area, theatre and a concert hall. There are held varieties of international and local musical performances, live shows and cultural displays at this multi-purpose venue. This fabulous venue is indeed the place for those who claim Singapore to lack in culture. There are also hosted regular free events targeting the whole family.
- CE LA VI: It is located on Marina Bay Sands’ 57th floor and offers tourists with uninterrupted, stunning views of the bay as well as the city. You can avail cocktails at reasonable rates and find that it is undoubtedly Singapore’s most sought after rooftop avenues, frequented by locals.
- Golf Course: The Golf Course at Marina Bay is considered to be the very first one in Singapore to have 18 holes. The general public can use this golf course. It also has some exacting facilities and the fairways are quite challenging. The real specialty of the course is the stunning views that it offers to tourists of the vast Marina Bay and the city skyline. You may come across awkwardly placed bunkers as well as tricky water taps. Also is present a driving range including putting green for brushing your skills prior to availing the main course.
- Marina Barrage: This multipurpose site is part tourist recreational site and attraction and part dam. It is close to other major attractions of the city like Gardens by Bay. It is located at the main island’s southern tip. The dam part has Rooftop Park which is popularly visited for kite flying and picnicking. The main elevated grass section overlooks the skyline of the city, is frequented by visitors and worth taking pictures of the stunning sunsets.
- Flight Experience: This centre located on Raffles Avenue does offer tourists with a unique experience. You actually get to fly a Boeing 737-800 on your own, but using the ultra-realistic simulator. You also get some pre-flight training by a licensed pilot who provides guidance to take off the plane, cruise and then land. Also there are over 24,000 airports from which you can choose to fly from. You also get to fly over few iconic cities, which can be either during the day or night. Descending into the harbour airport at Hong Kong can be real nerve wracking or to fly over Manhattan skyline to JFK of New York. Duration is for about 90 minutes and it is definitely a mind boggling experience that you can share back home.
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