On every Singapore bucket list is a visit to Marina Bay Sands, arguably the most iconic landmark in Singapore’s skyline. This striking building also has loads going on inside, from stunning panoramas at the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck to sampan rides and art installations. So, if you’re planning a visit, here are the top things to do once you step out of the heat and into the air-con!
#1 A top view at Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck
There’s no better way to understand the vibe of a city than with a view from above. At the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck you can escape the hustle and bustle to watch the flow of Singapore and also pick out some places you may have visited or are keen to visit.
This panoramic viewing spot is a whopping 56 storeys high, and from this impressive vantage point you can not only gaze across Singapore’s futuristic city but also see some of its stunning nature. There’s the lush greenery of Gardens by the Bay, for example, and the calming waters of the Singapore Strait. It’s also one of the most impressive places to take photos of Singapore.
#2 Something for the young and young at heart
Singapore’s reputation as a city of the future extends is embraced in a vibrant immersive and interactive digital space at Marina Bay Sands. Digital Light Canvas by teamLab is a nature-based inspired installation that invites kids and adults to walk, jump and dance across a colourful seascape illuminating the floor. You’ll encounter a magical world where giant fish swim beneath your feet, crystals twinkle like stars above you and flowers bloom where you stand. Kids love to chase the aquatic animals around the artworks, letting their imagination go wild in the drawing space. Plus, if they love what they’ve created, these pictures can be brought to life as tin badges, tote bags and t-shirts.
#3 Take one of the leisure sampan rides
Ever heard of a shopping mall with sampan boats that take you on a canal? And no we’re not talking about Venice. Here in Singapore, you can turn a shopping trip into a tranquil experience on the water. Browse from onboard a beautifully crafted wooden boat while your rowers steer you past shopfronts.
These sampan rides also provide an up-close view of the eco-friendly installation called the Rain Oculus, comprising a 22m-wide acrylic bowl. Onboard your sampan, you’ll circle the Rain Oculus at The Shoppes to see the large whirlpool collecting rainwater that fills the Canal. The hourly water cascade is a sight to behold. Over 22,000 litres of water are released every minute from a skylight two levels above.
Other things to do at Marina Bay Sands
- Dine at Bread Street Kitchen
- Catch an Immersive Disney Animation at Sands Theatre
- Explore the ArtScience Museum
- Shop till you drop all the major luxury brands
- Catch Spectra, a light and water show
- Party at Marquee, Singapore’s largest nightclub
How to get there
Marina Bay Sands is located at Bayfront MTR station; there are multiple bus stops, too. If you’re driving, self-parking rates are from $14 to $32 (for 24 hours).
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