Memos from Asia

Fun Places to Visit in Singapore with Your Family

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Singapore has long been one of the most interesting destinations in Asia. A fascinating country, Singapore packs in multiple tourist activities in a relatively small area, making it easier to explore most of the country’s wondrous secrets during a single holiday.

One particular reason to visit Singapore is that for a family, it offers several fun attractions, from theme parks and educational rides to thrilling adventures that appeal to vacationers of all ages.

Universal Studios

Sentosa Bull Ring square with Universal Studios world globe in a rainbow at sunset.

For the longest time, Singapore Zoo was the main attraction for kids visiting the country. While it remains popular and is an excellent excuse for children to learn about nature from up close, Universal Studios is, according to many, the ultimate place to visit in Singapore when traveling with your family.

Featuring an array of excursions, you need a day minimum, maybe two, to enjoy the entirety of Universal Studios. Rides here include rollercoasters such as Transformers and Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure for thrill-seekers as well as Treasure Hunters and Sesame Street Space Chase for smaller kids. The theme park also hosts special events on holidays such as Halloween and Christmas, has daily street performances, allows photo-ops with movie characters, and has multiple dining options to keep you energized at all times.

Royal Albatross Cruise

Four-mast luxury tall ship Royal Albatross docked at Resorts World Sentosa.

Excitement levels reach a whole new level onboard the Royal Albatross, one of 150 tall ships left globally. While the sunset cruise on the vessel is the perfect romantic escape for couples and includes breath-taking city views and a three-course gourmet diner, the daytime ReDiscovery Cruise is more apt for families. With several activities like making a knot coaster and a maritime quiz, this is a full-day adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

The Royal Albatross also operates as a charter. With a capacity to host 180 passengers, it can be the ideal spot for a destination wedding in Singapore or a memorable family event.

Trick Eye Museum

Sentosa Island, Singapore: Entrance and ticket office to the Trick Eye Museum for interactive optical illusions

It’s amusing, it’s technologically advanced, and it’s something that everyone, no matter your age, can enjoy. The Trick Eye Museum in Sentosa is all about optical illusions that will leave you and your children in hysterics. Using Augmented Reality, the museum creates art installations that let visitors immerse themselves into various scenes for what is undoubtedly one of the top Instagrammable attractions in Singapore.

Get trapped in a flower ball, climb a wall Spidey style, become a famous painting, or stand upside down in a room; with over 80 illusions, there’s no shortage of displays you can be a part of at the Trick Eye Museum. Just remember to keep your phones and cameras charged for all the picture taking.

Duck Tours

Adding a refreshing splash to an otherwise mundane city tour is the world-renowned Duck Tours in Singapore. A bestseller with kids and adults alike, the trip lasts a little over an hour, so you can easily include it in your day’s sightseeing itinerary.

As a visitor, you first get to hop onto a unique “bus” that will take you around some of Singapore’s most iconic sights. However, the fun begins when the “amphibious attraction” splashes into the water for a harbor tour from where you can admire Singapore’s impressive skyline. Featuring live commentary, this is by far the most entertaining way to get a quick insight into Singapore’s famous tourist attractions.

Chinatown

A visit to Chinatown in Singapore is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn more about a vibrant and fascinating culture. Exploring the area, kids get to appreciate the liveliness on the streets, can visit beautiful temples, take a reading break at one of the local bookshops, and do plenty of shopping for souvenirs or stop at specialty stores like the Tintin fan shop.

For an educational break, head to the Chinatown Heritage Centre, but no matter what, do not leave without indulging in some of the best food you’ll find in Singapore. Chinatown is brimming with big and small eateries, especially at the popular Chinatown Food Street, where you can find exotic and comfort dishes, from dim sums and noodles to yummy desserts and relaxing Chinese tea.

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