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Most of us may think that Singapore is meant for couples and families with kids. But the island city is equally welcoming to senior citizens and houses a range of activities that even old but energetic loved ones of the family can enjoy.
Let’s take you through some exciting activities that the elderly can immerse in when on their Singaporean voyage:
A Singaporean and tourist’s favorite, this exquisite mix of nature and concrete is a wonder to watch.
What’s special: Whether you are at Bay East Garden or Bay South Garden, every nook and corner of this spread of over 250,000 botanical gems will inspire awe in you. Your elderly loved ones can genuinely behold the magnificence of the colourful flora and lush greenery. Not to forget, the Supertrees, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, all of which provide a blissfully relaxing setting.
Where: The gardens overlook the spectacular Marina Bay.
How much: The ticket price quoted for resident senior citizens is $15, while it’s $28 for non-resident senior citizens.
You can avail a wheelchair rental or shuttle service which take elderly members through barrier-free routes.
Varieties of flowers adorn the gardens of Singapore, but the ones found at the National Orchid Garden will leave you spellbound.
What’s special: This sprawl of colourful floral gems can leave everyone delighted. The garden welcomes you with the cooling sensation of a nature-rich setting along with the scent of flowers teasing your olfactory system. Your eyes will be pleased to see the joyful hues of golden and yellow flowers in the spring, pink and red in summer, a mix of matured colours during autumn and cooling whites and violets during winter.
Where: It is situated atop Singapore Botanic Gardens’ tallest hill.
How much: Wheelchair rental is available for the convenience of senior citizens, who also get a special rate of just $1 for entry.
If some natural beauty is what senior members in your family look for, you can head to the Night Safari one evening. It’s the perfect place to witness some of the fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
What’s special: You can be lucky enough to get closer to a giant flying squirrel or Malayan flying fox while strolling through the zoo. The highlight is the performances that these nocturnal animals deliver in their natural habitat.
Still not satisfied? You can head to the River Safari, where riverboat rides, freshwater attractions, and the Pandas await to transport you to a never-seen-before world.
How much: You can use ramps or wheelchair rental services for your senior members, who are charged a discounted entry fee of $18.
Some elders visiting Singapore may have read or heard of Singapore’s centuries-old history. But for those who haven’t, Singapore houses a couple of museums that speak of Singapore’s richness and boldness.
What to see:
How much: These museums also have elderly-friendly services and provide special rates for admission.
What’s special: The centres store an amalgamation of a wide array of cultures, traditions, religions and races, all bespeaking Singapore’s rich history.
How much: Most of them have free entry for Singaporeans and travellers, along with elderly-friendly facilities; so, taking grandpa and grandma along shouldn’t be a problem at all. Here are a few heritage centres you should add to your list:
The list, however, does not end here. Here are a few other heritage places you should certainly visit in Singapore.
|Name of Heritage Place||Website||Address|
|Chinese Heritage Centre – Nanyang Technological University||chc.ntu.edu.sg||12 Nanyang Drive Singapore 637721|
|Civil Defence Heritage Gallery||scdf.gov.sg||62 Hill St Singapore 179367|
|Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC)||nhb.gov.sg||32 Jurong Port Road Singapore 619104|
|National Archives of Singapore (NAS)||nas.gov.sg||1 Canning Rise Singapore 179868|
|Police Heritage Centre||police.gov.sg||28 Irrawaddy Rd Singapore 329560|
|Singapore City Gallery (URA)||ura.gov.sg||45 Maxwell Rd, The URA Centre Singapore 069118|
|Singapore Discovery Centre||sdc.com.sg||510 Upper Jurong Rd Singapore 638365|
|Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall||sysnmh.org.sg||12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874|
|Ngee Ann Cultural Centre||thengeeannkongsi.com.sg||97 Tank Rd Singapore 238066|
If you wish to get a genuine glimpse into the Peranakan* family home, Joo Chiat is a must go.
What to see:
Where: It’s located on East Coast Road.
From the home’s layout to its treasure contents, everything of this place will transport you to a different timeline where you experience the warmth and hospitality of the Peranakans. Do book early to make the tour more convenient for senior members of your family.
*Peranakans are Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
The thought of going up a towering skyscraper to get a view of the city may sound crazy to some people, but it’s worth a try. Visit Singapore’s Skypark to experience this.
What to see and do:
Where: This massive structure overlooks the Marina Bay.
How much: Senior citizens can visit the Skypark by paying just $20, which also includes elderly-friendly facilities.
A trip to Singapore would be incomplete without hopping on the river cruise around some of the most exciting places in the city.
What’s special: The itinerary includes routes that take you through the busy districts of the island. Starting from Clarke Quay and going past Merlion and Marina Bay Sands would just be a memorable short voyage for everyone, including your beloved elderly ones.
How much: You can enjoy this epic tour by paying a fee of just $25.
Hop on to this cruise in the evening as the weather cools down and the sky illuminates with Singapore’s nightlife.
A lunch date can be an excellent option for your elderly loved ones to take a break from the outdoor activities. If you are looking for options, Yellow Pot is a place that’s perhaps made for this.
Where: Located on Six Senses Duxton, the restaurant is nestled in a beautiful boutique hotel along the shophouses.
Do add this to your list of eating places to try in Singapore.
A tour of wildlife and aquatic ecosystem in Singapore can be topped by a visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium.
Where: It’s located on Sentosa Island.
How much: Senior citizens can pay $18 for entry to this marine wonderland.
Some senior members are still young at heart and seek some thrill when on holiday. Singapore has it all, and the top of the list of thrilling things to do is the electric scooter or Segway ride.
Where: It’s located on Sentosa Island, alight at beach station.
How much: S$59.80 for 2 pax from Sentosa Online store.
The above are just a few of the many places and activities that elderly travellers can enjoy in Singapore. But before embarking on the journey, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Singapore is one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations and it rightly proves it with its plethora of activities that people of all ages can enjoy. If you are are looking to spend a memorable holiday with grandparents, make sure you include these places in your itinerary. All of you are sure to have the time of your lives.