If you will be spending 2 days in Singapore, we have all your options covered. Our family have travelled to this stunning city three times and have found the best ways to spend 2 days there.

2 Days in Singapore For Families

There are so many fun things to do in Singapore for families that it makes the ideal family holiday destination. Add that to the fact that it is clean and safe, it’s the perfect place.

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Singapore Zoo – Day One

Singapore Zoo is the most popular attraction for kids in Singapore with 1.9 million visitors each year. It is also one of the most ethical zoos in the world. Read our review of Singapore Zoo for more information on this family activity.

This will take up half a day. You have the option of doing the Night Safari instead to give you more time at other attractions. Why don’t you combine the Night Safari with Universal Studios?

white tiger with blue eyes lying on a rock

Hop On Hop Off Bus – Day One Afternoon

We’ve done this twice with our daughters. The first time they were about 3 and it saved them walking (or us carrying them). It’s a great way to see the main sights of Singapore if you don’t have much time. Yes, you can do it yourself, but this is the best option if you only have two days in Singapore. It also gives the kids a rest but you are still out seeing the sights.

We book through Get Your Guide as they offer free cancellation and are competitively priced.

There are two companies that do the Hop On Hop Off Bus tours; Hippo Singapore and Big Bus. The Big Bus has a shuttle out to the zoo which will save money on a taxi.

red open top double decker sightseeing bus with words Hippo singapore

Singapore Flyer – Late Afternoon/Evening

Not only is the Singapore Flyer a great way to see the city skyline, and get 360-degree views, but the kids also love this giant big wheel. You can read all about it in our Singapore Flyer Guide.

a big ferris wheel with palm trees in a city

Universal Studios – Day Two

Universal Studios Singapore is another favourite of our children. They always ask to go here when they know we are travelling to Singapore.

Our post on Universal Studios will give you valuable tips and information about the best rides.

You should allow half a day here. If you visit at a peak time (weekend/school holidays), consider the express pass as the queues can be 30-60 minutes long each ride!

red and blue rollercoaster

Sentosa Island

If your kids don’t like theme parks, then maybe look at some of the other attractions on Sentosa Island. There are plenty of activities to choose from and you can tie it in with a trip to the beach.

Our article on the best things to do in Sentosa will give you lots of ideas and information.

How about taking the cable car across? It’s an exciting way to get there.

cable cars going over water with view of an island with trees and buildings

River Cruise – Afternoon

I’m sure your family, like ours, enjoy the water. We always try to incorporate some type of water activity on our trips, whether it’s a ferry, cruise, or boat trip.

Singapore was no exception and we enjoyed our Singapore river cruise. The bumboat passed underneath the many bridges in this scenic city as well as historic buildings. It included a detailed commentary and was a fun way to learn more about Singapore.

bumboat with people looking out of window on river

Spectra – Light Show

The Spectra light show is a spectacular 15 minute light and water show from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The best part is that it is free so budget-friendly too.

The best place to see the show is at the Event Plaza outside the Shoppe at Marina Bay Sands. Here you will see mist, lasers, and here the audio. Get there around 15 minutes before the show starts.

Showtimes

Sun – Thu: 8pm & 9pm
Fri & Sat: 8pm, 9pm & 10pm

laser lights and buildings lit up on a hotel building

Swim at the Hotel Pool

When our girls were younger, we would get out early and head back to our hotel in the early afternoon. They would then have a nap followed by some time around the hotel pool. It worked out well for us and we were then able to take them out at night.

infinity pool opverlooking Singapore city skyline

2 Days in Singapore for Couples/Solo/Older Families

You can see so much more when you don’t have small children to consider. Obviously, you can do any of the above but I’ll add in some additional things for your 2 day Singapore itinerary.

Again, the Hop On Hop Off bus will save time as it stops at these places. Otherwise, the MRT is easy to navigate.

Botanical Gardens – Day One

This is a beautiful oasis and has several trails to take in the amazing gardens. It is the only tropical botanical gardens to be awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you are planning on doing one of the trails, be prepared for the humidity and take water, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent with you.

It’s best to get here as early in the day as possible.

green tropical gardens with a waterfall flowing into a pond

Shopping at Orchard Road

If shopping is more your thing, then stop off at Orchard Road. Not only is it a shoppers paradise but you can grab some food at one of the food courts in the shopping malls.

While there, go to Emerald Hill Road for some gorgeous Chinese Baroque architecture.

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel opened its doors in 1887 and is one of the few remaining 19th Century hotels left in the world.

white historic plantation style hotel

If you can’t afford to stay in this historic hotel, then at least treat yourself to the drink it is most famous for. The Singapore Sling was created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 and is now considered by many as the national drink. Buy one in the Long Bar where you are encouraged to sweep your peanut shells onto the floor! This custom dates back to the origins of this bar when it was full of patrons from the rubber and palm oil plantations.

bag of peanuts in shells and a red coloured cocktail with a piece of pineapple sitting on a table in a bar

Little India

This is a far cry from the 1840s when Europeans would gather here for the racecourse. Now the air is filled with the aroma from the many spice shops and Indian foods. There’s also plenty of shops selling saris, textiles, and flowers.

The streets are very colourful and popular with photographers.

If this area interests you, there are some great food and cultural tours of Little India and Chinatown.

colourful facade of a building in little india area of singapore

Kampong Glam

After Little India, explore the area Kampong Glam. This is where a lot of the photos on Instagram are taken. It’s full of hip cafes, colourful street art, cool shops, and the beautiful Sultan Mosque.

white mosque with large gold dome and beautiful windows

Kampong Glam started out as a port town but in 1822 Sir Stamford Raffles allotted the area to Malay, Arab and Bugis communities.

In fact, it was where Malay royalty lived but the Istana (palace) is now the Malay Heritage Centre.

No visit to Kampong Glam is complete without going to Haji Lane. This small street is full of beautiful shophouses and amazing street art.

colourful shophouses and bars in a narrow street in the Kampong Glam area of Singapore

Chinatown

Chinatown is a fascinating mix of old temples, souvenir markets, delicious food, and trendy bars. I can’t visit here without buying some delicious street food. It is also a good place to buy all those presents and souvenirs to take back home with you.

narrow street lined with market stalls each side and chinese lanterns overhead

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

This temple gets its name from what is believed to be the left canine tooth of Buddha. However, the tooth is 7.5cm which is too big for a human, but I like the thought that it belonged to a historic Buddha.

Admission into this Buddhist temple is free of charge and if you happen to be there on a Saturday, volunteers also do a free tour. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple provides a lot of interesting exhibits on the art and culture of Buddhism.

You must wear appropriate clothing and cover up bare shoulders, backs, and legs. They can lend you sarongs if need be.

red and white buddhist temple in singapore

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and dates back to 1827. However, most of the present structure is thought to have been built around 1862 by Indian tradesmen. The six rows of sculptures of deities and mythological figures are stunning.

Entry is free but a donation is appreciated. Again appropriate clothing is required.

hindu temple with 6 rows of sculptures of deities and mythological figures all painted beautiful colours

Drinks at Clarke Quay

Finish off the day with drinks at Clarke Quay. This is Singapore’s party zone and known for its bars. It is also a great place to have dinner if you didn’t eat in Chinatown. There are plenty of choices to choose from including a Michelin Star restaurant. Jumbo Seafood is the place for the famous Chilli Crab and highly recommended.

singapore river at night with bars all in lights

Gardens By The Bay – Day Two

Over 50 million visitors have been to Gardens By The Bay since it opened at the end of 2011. There is so much to see here that I doubt you will be able to squeeze it all in if you are only here for two days (that’s always a good excuse to return though).

I would get here as early as you can. It opens at 5 am (I’m not asking you to get there that early) but it gets busy quickly with big tour groups. The paid attractions open at 9 am. Save time by booking online to enter directly with a voucher.

The Most Amazing 2 Days in Singapore

Supertree Observatory & OCBC Skyway

Gardens By The Bay Supertrees are between 25 and 50 metres tall and provide shade during the day. At night they are spectacular, all lit up.

You can wander around this part for free but need to buy a ticket to access the skyway and Supertree Observatory.

The OCBC Skyway is a 128 metre walkway that connects 2 Supertrees. It’s a great place for photography lovers to capture the beauty of this area. Tickets are S$8 per adult.

The Supertree Observatory is S$14 per adult and sits at the canopy of the tallest supertree. From here you can see city views from the rooftop deck.

Cloud Forest

It costs S$28 an adult to visit two conservatories; Cloud Forest & Flower Dome. You should allow 2 hours for these.

As you go up to the highest point (35m), you will see ferns and moss. The Cloud Walk showcases cloud forest vegetation and the Tree Top Walk enables you to look down onto the tree canopies. Here you will find the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

After your walks, take time to explore the new Secret Garden with over 7,000 plants.

glass conservatory with plants and gardens and mist with walkways up to the top and a huge indoor waterfall

Flower Dome

This huge dome is the largest greenhouse in the world and contains spectacular flowers from 5 continents. A flower-lovers dream.

Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy is where technology, flowers, and art come together. There are 4 different garden landscapes plus a 4D ride. The price to enter is S$20 per adult. We didn’t do this one but the photos look incredible.

If you are interested in seeing the two conservatories and the walkway, a Combo ticket is the way to go.

Katong

The eastern Singaporean area of Katong is a bit out of the way but well worth a visit. The Peranakan culture shines through as you walk along the streets filled with heritage shophouses and quaint stores.

Katong is a real foodie destination and, if this interests you, then this Walking Food Tour is amazing.

If you are here around lunchtime, I recommend 328 Katong Laksa which is a favourite by locals. They make the best laksa, a curry coconut soup.

The best streets for cute Instagram worthy photos are Tembeling Road, Koon Seng Road, and Joo Chiat Road. Just be mindful that these are people’s houses so please be respectful.

row of pastel coloured houses with white shutters and pretty decor in singapore katong

Gardens Rhapsody light show

Head back to Gardens By The Bay for the Gardens Rhapsody light show. It starts at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm every day and is a free event. Do get there early though as it gets extremely busy and you will want a good spot to see this outstanding light and sound show.

brightly lit tree sculptures at night with different colours

Marina Bay Sands Skypark Viewing Deck

If, like us, you can’t afford to splurge on staying at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Skypark Viewing Deck is the next best thing. The entrance to the 57 storey high deck will cost S$26, but includes photos and that incredible view.

A little tip though. If you go up to the Ce La Vi Restaurant and Sky Bar, you pay S$23 entry but it’s redeemable against food and drink. If that still doesn’t seem like a good deal, then some nights after 10 pm are free to enter. See the Marina Bay Sands page for more details.

Other Attractions if You Have Time

Esplanade & The Merlion

A walk along the Esplanade provides views of the river, Fullerton Hotel, bridges, and the famous Merlion statue. If time allows, you could always do a boat tour as above.

The Most Amazing 2 Days in Singapore

If you do the Hop On Hop Off Bus, look out for this. We found it amazing as it is so different from our washing lines. Singaporeans use bamboo sticks to hang the washing out of their apartment windows. Ingenious!

washing hanging on bamboo sticks out of windows in singapore apartments

Old Hill Police Station

Another building you will see on your journey is the Old Hill Police Station. The Police Station has moved now and the building is used by government departments.

This Neo-Classical style building has over 900 windows with the shutters all beautifully coloured.

large white building with 900 windows and their shutters painted in bright different colours

Where To Stay in Singapore For 2 Days

We stay at Holiday Inn Singapore City Centre as it is close to an MRT station and centrally located.

Otherwise, look at the top-rated hotels on Tripadvisor and/or Booking.com (we use a mixture of both).

indoor conservatory filled with green lush plants and a waterfall

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31 Comments

    1. I can’t wait to be able to return to Singapore and experience the Night Safari again.

  1. Wow, Wendy this guide is fantastic! We are starting to plan our summer holidays & have never been to Singapore. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel looks beyond our budget but your helpful suggestion of going to the restaurant/Sky Bar will work perfectly! Do you know if they allow teens in? Thank you for sharing so much valuable vacation info!

    1. Thanks Cindi. This is the info I managed to find:

      For Flight Bar & Lounge, children below the age of 9 years may visit before 9pm. After 9pm, only children above the age of 9 years are allowed to enter.

      For Spago Rooftop Bar at Spago Bar, only children above the age of 12 years may visit the Dining Room and have to be accompanied by an adult. After 9pm, only guests of 18 years of age are allowed to enter the Terrace.

      For CÉ LA VI Restaurant and SkyBar, only children above the age of 12 years may visit the outdoor area of the Restaurant from 7pm onwards. From 10pm onwards, only guests of 18 years of age and above are allowed to enter.

  2. What a cool city! So much to see and do there, wouldn’t even know where to begin haha

    1. We’ve been a few times and there are still things we haven’t seen or done!

  3. After having visited Singapore several times, it’s a breathing city with slanted eyes speaking in a lovely ‘Singlish’ lilt. Always vibrant and such an innovative city regardless of its size and proportion.

    1. It really is amazing considering the size of it.

  4. That’s very beautiful! The photos are incredible! I have not been to Singapore, but I dream of getting there. Great blog! You inspired me! Thanks!

    1. That’s very kind of you, thank you. Hope you get to see it for yourself.

  5. Nice post. Many of our friends find Singapore sterile and boring but like you, we have loved it every time and for peeps who live in Perth it is a great transit stop to just about anywhere 🙂

    1. It is sterile but I still love it there and I think it has good mixture of things to do.

  6. What a great post, full of so much detail for a busy 2 days in Singapore. Thanks for this post – it brought back so many memories of my visits to Singapore.

    I can’t believe gardens by the bay was built in 2011! I remember Singapore before it. But I have to say it’s a wonderful addition to a lovely city 🙂

    1. I remember Singapore before it too and before Marina Bay Sands. They are both great additions to this wonderful city though.

  7. I would love to see the light show at Marina Bay Sands. I have seen this building in so many movies and other places now and wonder how it looks in person. I need to go with the wife on the way or way back from Taiwan on one of our trips.

    1. It is such an icon now but the first time we visited, it wasn’t there. Can’t imagine the skyline without it now.

  8. Vanessa Shields says:

    Singapore is one of those cities that I repeatedly hear so many positive things about it. I’ve been twice having a 8-10 layover but never left the airport. It is the nicest and my favorite airport though! I would love to explore the different neighborhoods and end the day with a cocktail at that rooftop bar!

    1. Singapore is the best airport we’ve been to as well. If you ever have the chance to stay longer, head into the city and do a Hop-On/Off Bus. It will give you a feel for the city at least. I do believe that the airport do free tours if your layover is long enough and falls between certain hours.

  9. Great post, Wendy! I love Singapore! I’m impressed by how much you managed to get through in a couple days. I appreciate that you included 2 itinerary suggestions for different types of families.

    1. Thanks Becky. There’s just so much to see and so there.

  10. You managed to see so much in 2 days Wendy! I really enjoyed the Gardens by the Bay, especially at nighttime.

    1. It’s stunning isn’t it Lisa.

  11. wow. you love to keep busy and entertained! Would love to visit and see all the different temples and architecture. Also the light shows and river cruise would be so cool!

    1. Yes, we enjoy keeping busy and seeing as much as we can. I’m sure we will slow down once we can travel for longer.

  12. Francesca says:

    I never realized how much there was to do in Singapore! I would love to visit Chinatown and Little India

    1. There is so much to do Francesca. In fact, too much haha

  13. Have you been to Raffles Hotel since the mega refurb? We hoped to pop in during our most recent visit to Singapore in Dec 2018 but it was still closed as the refurb was seriously overrunning. It’s open now though and is apparently fabulous. Can’t wait to see it! We stayed at the Fullerton Hotel and absolutely loved it.
    Great post and you’ve included all our favourites plus lots we haven’t done yet 🙂
    By the way we also love Changi airport which just has to be the most civilised airport in the world and definitely one of the best to transit in if you’re passing through on the way from the Antipodes to Europe or vice versa.

    1. No, that was on our list for our last visit but we didn’t get there. Just an excuse to return and see what the refurb is like. Friends stayed at the Fullerton and loved it. Changi airport is amazing, isn’t it! We always try to transit through there too but does depend on what fares are cheapest lol

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