There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Singapore! While your cruise ship is docked for a day, be sure to visit some of these fascinating sites.

Those who enjoy urban living will want to visit Marina Bay Sands.

The beautiful Marina Bay Sands is a hotel/casino with shops, restaurants, and more. Even if you aren’t a hotel guest, you can visit the amazing Skypark Observation Deck and spend time enjoying a view of the city from 57 stories high. The ArtScience Museum has wonderful art, architecture, design and media exhibits and activities, and children are free on most Fridays.  The hotel also has an ice-skating rink and many types of shows to choose from-musicals, magic shows, ballet, and even martial arts. It is only 480m from Gardens By the Bay, and every evening the hotel has a free water and light show open to the public.

Gardeners and nature-lovers need to schedule a trip to the Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens is a beautiful 82-hectare tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The area is set up in a 3-Core Concept, with gardens and activities for every age. The three cores are Tanglin, Central, and Bukit Timah, each with a different horticultural focus. Tanglin Core is reminiscent of the older historical Gardens, as well as  Swan Lake, the Bonsai Garden,and a lovely bandstand, to name just a few. The Central Core has several gardens to visit, including the Evolution Garden (you’ll feel like you’re in Jurassic Park), the Healing Garden (a wonderful collection of medicinal plants, the National Orchid Garden (entrance fee required), and even Symphony Lake where you can enjoy a concert. Bukit Timah Core holds the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and the Foliage Garden. There are several restaurants and shops to visit, and they periodically have movie nights on the lawn.

Another option for those who love the outdoors is Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay is a beautiful destination for the whole family. There are indoor and outdoor gardens, spaces for children to explore and play, lakes to enjoy, Supertrees to explore on a raised walkway, and beautiful sculptures to admire. Families can bring a picnic lunch or buy something to eat at McDonald’s. There is even a free mobile app to download which has trail maps of the attractions as well as games and challenges to do during your visit.

The animal lovers and children at heart will enjoy the Singapore Zoo.

The Singapore Zoo is a 26-hectare wildlife park with over 2800 animals. There are many ways to view the animals in their habitats with walk-through exhibits, trams, and elevated walkways. There are several zones throughout the zoo, each with a different ecosystem. From the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, the plains of Africa to the reptile garden and more, there’s something for everyone. Rainforest Kidzworld is designed for children to see and experience animals, as well as have fun and even get a little wet. There are animal shows, eating and shopping opportunities, and special tours available. The Singapore Zoo is near the River Safari, Night Safari, and Jurong Bird Park and is part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

The adventurous will definitely want to plan some time at Universal Studios.

Universal Studios is a wonderful theme park on Sentosa Island, Singapore. There are seven zones in the park, each with a different movie theme for the rides, attractions, and shows in their areas. Children and adults alike will enjoy the activities in Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Meet some of your favorite movie characters, see a great water show, and take a peek into the future of faraway worlds. There are plenty of places to eat and shop, and if you visit the park on the right day, you can even see a parade!