On 10 Free or Near-free things to do
Singapore is a concrete jungle, so there aren’t easily accessible beaches to lounge on or waterfall to hike to. That said, there is plenty to see.
1. Marina Bay: It’s a 3.5K walk around the Marina Bay. Along the way, you can see the famous Singaporean Merlion and various feats of architecture. This is also a popular jogging route when the sun goes down. At the very least, you can take great photos for your Instagram feed.
2. Marina Bay Light Show: This incredible show makes the Bellagio fountain in Vegas look like child’s play. For 15 minutes, lasers, goose-bump inducing music (think Pirates of the Caribbean), and animations projected on 20-foot tall fans of water have you cemented to your seat. Nate and I both had ear-to-ear smiles the entirety of the show. So, so cool. You can catch it in front of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel at 8 and 9pm every night.
3. Ce La Vie: You can pay $27 per person to ride an elevator 56 floors up to the cruise ship on top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and see all of Singapore. Or, little known secret, you can purchase a $20 voucher (each) to go to the 57th floor bar called Ce La Vie and take in the view while you sip a drink or two with the voucher. Of course, a beer costs about exactly $20 (one bottle of wine of the menu cost $12,800!), but a ginger beer is $8. If you get two of those, you can use your remaining voucher (Sorry, no change!) on some fries. This one is not free, but it was a highlight of the trip. Nate and I got up to the bar around 7, found a table right on the edge, and watched the sun go down and the city lights turn on. It’s a stunning view that you can enjoy with the smug knowledge that you beat the system.
4. Gardens by the Bay: Behind the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is another treasure called the Gardens by the Bay. You are free to walk around and enjoy the flora and fauna, but most people gaze at the vertical gardens climbing up half a dozen red “trees” – together called the Supertree Grove. Come back at night (7:45 or 8:45pm) to experience the “Garden Rhapsody,” a music and light show. Nate and I didn’t make it to this one, but we hear it’s not to be missed. There are also two, glass-domed gardens in the Gardens. I believe you can enter both for $28. One contains the world's tallest indoor waterfall. We chose to skip over them, but we have it on good authority that they're worth every penny.