Forget movies or malls. Taking your romance to the great outdoors is an inexpensive, and inventive, way to spend time together. We show you a few places that you can head to.
While the weather can be a great deterrent to venturing outside, parks, picnics and cycling show your partner that you have adventurous side. These fun activities could provide you and your date a breath of fresh air (literally). Best news ever: They won’t break the bank, either.
1. Luge and Skyride at Sentosa
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Hop aboard the Skyride, a chairlift ride that offers scenic views of Sentosa, while being transported to the top of the Luge slopes. Then, race your date down one of the four trails in the three-wheeled go-karts. Two rounds on the Luge and Skyride costs $23.50 per person.
2. Nature walk at Coney island
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.
3. Watch movies under the stars
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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.
4. Kayaking at The Water Sports Centre
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For just $12 per person, you and your date can kayak around The Water Sports Centre. Located next to Kallang Basin, this is a perfect activity to burn off some energy. First-timers to the water sport can also opt for the more beginner-friendly pedal boats, while more experienced paddlers will be thrilled to tackle the 500m long Regatta course. Hours are from 7am to 8pm daily, but the last kayak rental is at 5pm, while the last pedal boat rental is at 6pm.
5. A picnic at East Coast Park
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Grab a basket and mat — that’s all you need for a relaxing day by the beach. Find a shady spot, and prepare to lounge or dip your toes in the water. Want to stay the night? Check out Glamping Society, which offers tents that sleep 2 people for $150.
6. Hiking at MacRitchie Reservoir
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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.
7. Kite Flying at Marina Barrage
Besides being a great tourist attraction, the Marina Barrage offers open skies and a cool breeze to visitors. Why not take a kite there on a clear day and enjoy an afternoon of kite flying, then chilling as the sun goes down? A great alternative for couples who love a day in the great outdoors, but aren’t quite fans of physical activity, this is ideal for those early-day dates when you’re just getting to know each other, since you’ll have plenty of time to bond while making that kite soar.
8. Rock climbing at SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre
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SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre located at Yishun offers outdoors rock walls – perfect for adrenaline junkies and sporty couples. At only $16.05 per pax ($10.70 for SAFRA members and $5.35 for students at off-peak hours), you get to test your skills on the 15m and 25m climbing walls or take it up a notch with the 18m slab, chimney and crack walls.
9. Enjoy a free concert outside the Esplanade
What’s better than a concert date? Definitely one where you don’t have to pay a cent for the music! Head to the concert space outside of the Esplanade and support local, up-and-coming talent. Check the official website for more details on the performers and show times.
10. Explore the Botanic Gardens
Bring your kids to the National Orchid Garden this school holidays! Learn more about the 600 orchid species on display. All residents in Singapore enjoy free admission to the National Orchid Garden till 2 Jan 2017. More details here: http://bit.ly/2eNOGGE Do take the opportunity to check out our Trees of the World festive displays as well, lining the path between Nassim Gate and Tanglin Gate!
There’s a good reason why this 150-year old tropical garden is the Singapore’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Housing many attractions, trails and gardens in its sprawling 74 hectares, there’s plenty to see and do with your partner. What’s more, admission to all areas except the National Orchid Garden is completely free of charge.
By Zoe Zeng