See the famous city sights from a totally new perspective, balancing on a Segway. O-Ride SG offers two- or three-hour itineraries or get a group together for a customised experience. The tour starts off with a bit of Segway practice at the National Stadium in Kallang. Once you’re confident, head off to see the sights with your knowledgeable local guide. You’ll glide past famous landmarks like Marina Barrage, the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands and the Double Helix Bridge. The two-hour highlights itinerary starts from $80, book at oridesg.com
Tiger Brewery tour
In its 80-year history, this local beer has now grown to achieve international acclaim. The Tiger Brewery Tour will show you each step of the brewing process, from milling the malt to packaging. Then you’ll be taught how to tap the perfect pint of draught beer. Finish off at the Tiger Tavern for a beer appreciation session. Don’t forget to drop by the gift-shop for exclusive and unique Tiger merchandise.
The hour-long tour runs every Tuesday to Sunday in the afternoons (various timings). Book online at tigerbrewerytour.com.sg for discount prices, prices start from $18 for adults. Children are also welcome.
Haw Par Villa’s night tour
Haw Par Villa – a park founded by eccentric millionaire and creator of Tiger Balm, Aw Boon Haw – just got a little creepier with its ‘Journey to Hell’. This night-time tour shows off the famous 10 Courts of Hell, whose depictions of judgment in the afterlife take on a new level of horror in the dark; visit the King of Ghosts; experience a sneak preview of the park’s upcoming Hell’s Museum and see the Aw family memorials. Best to leave the kids at home for this one! Every Friday night from 6.30pm. Adults $20, Concession $15, book at journeys.com.sg/tosw/the-ticket-shop
Travel back to Singapore’s World War II days with a tour of Fort Canning’s underground war bunker, or a bus tour of important war locations.
Battlebox tour: Built in 1936, the Battlebox was a WWII British underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill. It was part of the headquarters of Malaya Command, the army which defended Malaya and Singapore in WWII. It was inside the Battlebox that the British made the decision to surrender Singapore to the invading Japanese on 15 February 1942. Recreations of events, along with war artefacts and knowledgeable, entertaining guides, make this a fascinating tour. battlebox.com.sg
War Trail by Changi Museum: This bus tour commemorates the brave men and women who fought during World War II in Malaya and Singapore, and their subsequent internment. In Changi, visit the site of many POW camps during the Japanese Occupation. At the Straits of Johor, learn about the Singapore defence strategy then discover part of old Singapore at the quaint Changi Village to learn about its role in the war. The tour also visits Kranji War Cemetery. changimuseum.sg/visiting-the-museum/tours
Urban farm tours
Take a guided tour through the peaceful Bollywood Veggies farm in Kranji. In this urbanised city, Bollywood is a great spot for both kids and adults to learn about various plants and their uses, and find out more about sustainable farming. The guided tour takes 30 mins and the Bollywood team recommends combining it with a potting class. For a more in-depth experience, gather a group and book a farm adventure. Choose from a harvest treasure hunt, nature art activities, rice paddy planting and terrarium making, traditional medicine seminars, and cooking classes. Try the fabulous restaurant, Poison Ivy.
Guided tours and potting classes $15 each, book at bollywoodveggies.com/events-activities/farm-tours-activities
National Parks Coast to Coast Trail
National Parks launched this 36km cross-Singapore trail in April 2019. From Jurong Lake Gardens, follow parks, nature areas and park connectors all the way to Coney Island Park in Singapore’s north east. Struggling to get your kiddos outside? entice them by downloading the trail’s mobile app. This interactive guide has fun educational insights and virtual treasure-hunting activities.
Divide the trail into smaller sections for an easier walk, or tackle the whole thing in one day. Highlights include the Jurong Lake Gardens with its forest playground and water play; Bukit Batok Nature Park; Botanic Gardens; the playgrounds and waterways of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, the Sengkang Floating Wetland, Punggol Waterway Park and the Casuarina Boardwalk at Coney Island.