Out of all the amazing things to experience in Singapore, visiting Supertree Grove is an absolute must! Walking on the OCBC Skyway will take you up to the Supertree Observatory for epic views of Gardens by the Bay. Here are some helpful tips from our many trips to the Singapore Supertrees and why you’ll love this unique place in the city.
How to Get to the OCBC Skyway in Singapore
Like many of the best attractions in Singapore, the Supertree Grove and OCBC Skyway is simple to get to. Our favorite way to see the city is by walking!
Short on time or don’t feel like walking all that way in the Singapore heat? Don’t worry! You can easily take public transport to Supertree Grove. The subway system is a fantastic way to get around the city, and it’s just a short walk from the Bayfront MRT Station.
Bayfront Station is also the intersection of the popular Downtown line and Circle line which will likely transport you to many more fun things to do in Singapore.
What is the Supertree Grove?
Set in the middle of the Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove is a cluster of massive steel trees. They are beautiful and gigantic, bringing a very futuristic feel to the already innovative city. So how do the Singapore Supertrees actually work?
Spectacular vertical gardens grow up the base of the trees and are made up of over 158,000 plants and 700 different species. They run off of solar power and each frame is filled with planting and solar panels! The trees also collect rainwater and act as natural air venting ducts for the rest of the park.
Crazy, right?? The Singapore Supertrees range in height between 25-50 meters (82-164 feet). That makes the tallest Supertree as high as a 16 story building!
It’s Free to Visit Supertree Grove
Yes, you heard that right! It’s free to explore the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay! Of course, there are a few select areas that you need to pay an admission fee (OCBC Skyway & Supertree Observatory) which we talk more about soon.
However, if you’re exploring Singapore on a budget this is the perfect place to go. It’s a fun escape from the massive skyscrapers just behind the Marina Bay skyline.
There are various spots to get a great view of the Singapore Supertrees from. You can even swing by one of the famous Singapore Hawker Centres on your way and grab a cheap and delicious meal.
5 Tips For Visiting Supertree Grove
1. Arrive Early: This is for two reasons when visiting Gardens By the Bay during day. The area gets crowded if you are seeing Singapore during the peak tourist season. Also, it can get very hot in the middle of the afternoon which doesn’t make for the best time to be walking around in the sun.
2. Picture Time: This is one of the best places in Singapore to get your photos! Nowhere better shows off the futuristic architecture of the city than Gardens by the Bay. Specifically, from the Supertree Observatory and OCBC Skyway you can snap amazing photos of the area.
3. Silver Gardens: Supertree Grove is the largest and most popular spot to see these city landmarks. You can also visit Silver Gardens to see the three more Supertrees in a different area of the park.
4. Leave Some Time: There is way more to see at Gardens by the Bay than just the Supertree Grove! Make sure to leave time for other great attractions in this part of the Garden City. We recommend at least 3-4 hours if you’re going to see the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
5. Go Twice: We know it might sound strange… Yet, if you want the full experience you should go during the day and again at night! When the sun goes down the Singapore Supertrees brighten, and the amazing light show begins.
Walking the OCBC Skyway in Singapore
While the view of Supertree Grove is beautiful from many different angles, the best place to experience it is from atop the OCBC Skyway. This treetop walk will take you on a suspended bridge that stretches across the larger Supertrees.
On our last visit we arrived in the early afternoon and were happy to see that there wasn’t a long line. Tickets are sold at the base of one of the giant trees and entrance fees are affordable. The price is $5 for kids and $10 for adults.
You’ll start your adventure with a ride up an elevator to the Supertree Observatory. The first time we saw the view from here we couldn’t believe it!
From the top of the aerial walkway, you can see the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, and all of Gardens by the Bay. From there, make your way across the bridges to take in the different angles.
Some travelers skip the OCBC Skyway, but we hope you don’t! The tickets are inexpensive and it is truly a unique view from above the Singapore Supertrees.
Nightly Garden Rhapsody Show
While the large canopies and Supertree Observatory are sure to impress during the day, don’t miss out on the dazzling light show! One of the best times to see the Supertree Grove is at night for the Garden Rhapsody music and light show.
Watch as the stunning Supertrees light up to the sounds of music by local artists for a special experience. Sometimes they even take on different themes depending on seasonal festivals or the time of year!
The show begins at 7:45pm and 8:45pm every night and is completely free. We loved laying on our backs directly under the Singapore Supertrees for this epic performance. Also, be sure to catch the other great Singapore light show that overtakes the Marina Bay area.
What to See After the OCBC Skyway
The Supertree Grove is certainly one of the main attractions here. However, you should know that all of Gardens by the Bay is so magical! The Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are two places that are 100% worth seeing.
The Cloud Forest is living rainforest that houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, its own microclimate, and endless exotic gardens.
Right next door you’ll find the Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome which is the world’s largest glass greenhouse! Here you’ll find different gardens and plant life from all around the world.
Gardens by the Bay is the perfect spot to spend the day and take in a different side of Singapore. Honestly, you could spend a whole day here with all there is to do!
Where to Stay in Singapore
Luxury – Marina Bay Sands – We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands for Jake’s 30th birthday and it blew away our expectations. Aside from the luxury amenities, swimming in the rooftop infinity pool will be the highlight of your visit!
Iconic – Raffles Hotel – As one of the most historic hotels Southeast Asia, staying at the Raffles Hotel will be an experience like no other. Enjoy a Singapore Sling and take in the amazing architecture of this landmark built in 1887.
Fun Vacation– Parkroyal on Pickering– It doesn’t get much more green and lush then Parkroyal on Pickering! This fun vacation spot is literally one of the greenest hotels in the world. Plant life covers the entire property to make for a unique stay in Singapore.
Boutique – KēSa House – Located in Chinatown, this fantastic hotel was built in 1920’s. Enjoy the incredible setting in the heart of the city in a traditional building on Keong Saik Road.
Hostel – Hipstercity hostel – Fun hostel in downtown Singapore with both private and dorm rooms. Great place to meet other travelers to explore the city with.
Have any questions about this article or want to share your own experience at the Supertree Observatory and Gardens by the Bay? Leave us a comment below!
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Singapore Travel Planning
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Singapore. You can book everything from a Singapore Highlights Bike Tour to a Gardens by the Bay E-Ticket, and even a private food tour with 10 tastings!
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