Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – what do you have up your sleeve? If you’re not sure what to do yet, don’t fret! There are so many things to do in Singapore – here are some ideas for couples that are…
On a budget
Singapore is often known as one of the world’s expensive cities. However, contrary to this perception, our little red dot is actually home to plenty of free things to do and see!
Go on a guided tour of our art and heritage districts; catch a free movie screening by MovieMob (stay tuned to their Facebook page for more updates!); explore Kampong Buangkok, Singapore’s last surviving kampong; feast your eyes on the view at Orchard Central’s rooftop garden or Mount Faber; chill on a beach; take a stroll along the marina at Quayside Isle; check out Sembawang Hot Spring Park; feed goats at Hay Dairies Goat Farm; and more.
The adventurous sort
Singapore may be somewhat of a concrete jungle but it also has plenty of green spots to explore! Embark on one of the popular hiking trails – Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; MacRitchie Reservoir (note: the popular Treetop Walk is closed for maintenance); Southern Ridges; Green Corridor; and Coney Island. Alternatively, venture into some of the lesser-known spots, such as Tampines EcoGreen; Kranji Marshes; Chestnut Nature Park, Fort Canning Park (which was once a military base during World War II!); and more.
If you’re up for it, the Coast-to-Coast trail is a mega adventure that spans 36 kilometres – starting from Jurong Lake Gardens in the West, all the way to Coney Island in the North-East.
Game for trying new things together
Buy experiences, not things – or so the saying goes. So why can’t this apply to date ideas? The ClassPass free trial allows couples to book one – or a few, depending on how you use your credits – class to try a new sport together! Take your pick from pulsating rhythm cycling classes at Zouk, dynamic trampoline classes, as well as invigorating boxing sessions. The AdventureHQ at HomeTeamNS Khatib also offers plenty to get the adrenaline going – weave your way through Ninja Warrior-esque obstacle courses, a 165-metre long artificial cave, or conquer a giant indoor ropes course.
Couples that are a little more hands-on can check out Tombalek, where they can make their own cheese board, or even forge their own knife. Outdoorsy types might delight in a day out at Pulau Ubin, where they can cycle to the quarry, or embark on a kayaking trip through the mangroves.
Self-proclaimed hipsters at heart
This is for couples who shy away from anything that’s dubbed too mainstream. Revel in an indie movie at The Projector; splash paint on canvases at Splat Paint House; vent your frustrations at The Fragment Room, where you can smash wine bottles, printers, and other electronic devices; hurl axes at target boards at Axe Factor; go go-karting at Orto; grab some salmon from the world’s first Salmon ATM at Wisteria Mall; travel to the past at Katong Antique House; or wander through the Sungei Road Thieves Market.
Stage a photoshoot along the alleys of Tiong Bahru; hunt down street art; go café-hopping at the obscure corners of our island; go indoor roller-skating at Hi-Roller; and more. If you like, ABC Cooking Studio also offers various cooking or baking trials at $35 per person ($28 if you book through a member). You can also go for a pottery experience at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, Singapore’s oldest dragon kiln.
Enjoying the day with their furbabies
And of course, if you have a furbaby – dog, cat, guinea pig, you name it! – in tow, why not spend the day together with them! Have a meal at a pet-friendly café; there are plenty to choose from such as Canopy Garden Dining at Bishan Park or Hort Park; Bee’s Knees at Botanic Gardens; Sun Ray Café at Serangoon; Nassim Hill Bakery at Tanglin; various cafés at Quayside Isle; and more.
Bring your furbaby to one of the island’s many dog runs, where they can run free within a fenced area. The largest dog run is located at East Coast Park, with other facilities at Bishan Park, Potong Pasir, Balestier, among others. And if your furbaby is a natural swimmer, Wag & Wild is Singapore’s largest dog water park that guarantees a day full of fun.
Otherwise, if you’re spending the day solo, who’s to say you can’t enjoy any of the above by yourself? Here’s wishing everyone lots of love, fuzzy happiness, and joy this Valentine’s Day!