The best things in life are free
You don’t have to resort to burn a hole in your pocket to impress. Here are some things you can do without forking out anything.
Immensely popular among hikers and nature lovers, MacRitchie Reservoir, located just off Thomson Road, is home to landmarks that offer stunning views like the TreeTop Walk and Jelutong Tower. Before tackling the trails (even the shortest is a 6km walk!), make sure you and your date have water, and sunscreen and mosquito repellent on.
Relax and unwind with free performances at Esplanade’s waterfront performance venue with the Merlion and financial district in the background. Check out some unique art installations at the concourse and Jendela (visual art space) for free at the while you’re at it. Visit this link for the full list of free events at the Esplanade.
Be captivated by these majestic vertical gardens without paying a cent and in the evenings, you can expect a wonderful display of light and sound.
Other areas of the Outdoor Gardens which are free to the public which include Bay East Garden, Sun Pavillion, Heritage Gardens, World of Plants and Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.
Get cozy with your partner and enjoy watching a film on a large screen outdoors. Films At The Fort and Movies At Sentosa are outdoor events with screenings of blockbuster movies at Fort Canning and in Sentosa respectively. There’s always good food and drink on offer, too! Sign up to respective mailing lists to keep yourself informed of screenings. Also check out Funzing for more pop-up cinema events, which can include venues like Blu Jaz in Bali Lane.
With so many green spaces in Singapore, a leisurely stroll makes a great date idea. Take your pick from these do-it-yourself walking guides from NParks.
We recommend Fort Canning Park, Southern Ridges, Keppel Island, Chinese Garden, as well as some lesser-known but equally beautiful nature trails.
Consider these picnic spots; or, head to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and enjoy an enchanting performance by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The Marina Barrage is another popular option for an incredible view of the city skyline.
Put on your walking shoes and discover Singapore for yourself. These trails range from nature walks to significant heritage landmarks.
Download these comprehensive guides and walking maps from the Urban Redevelopment Authority for free and you’re good to go!
If both of you love animals, bond over some furry friends at various animal shelters at Pasir Ris Farmway, such as Animal Lovers League, Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter, and Mdm Wong’s Shelter and Friends.
You will have to let them know in advance about your visit as unexpected visitors can affect the animals there.
Southeast Asia’s largest light and water show happens every night at the event plaza for about 15 minutes with water, fire, light, lasers and other impressive elements that will leave you in awe.
After that, take a romantic stroll along the Marina Bay Boardwalk to soak in the city lights.
Bust your moves – bowling moves – at some late night cosmic bowling at Orchid Bowl, complete with dazzling disco lights until as late as 3am.
Or if your “moves” involve some dance floor action, there’s dance party music to get you grooving too.
Coney island is the place to be for picturesque views, whether you’re sticking to the main path (2.4km), following the signs to the beaches, or carving your own path off the beaten track. It’s pretty enough that many a wedding shoot has happened here.
By Muneerah Bee + Mizah Salik, last updated February 2019
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