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If you're looking for a family-friendly activity at Marina Bay Sands join one of the Sampan Rides that sail along the artificial river. A Sampan is a traditional Chinese wooden boat and the operators are dressed in traditional clothing. The boat ride takes about 30 minutes as you're leisurely paddled past the shops and art displays like the cascading waterfall. The ride is suitable for anyone over the age of 2 and children must be accompanied by an adult.
A true marvel of engineering designed by the famous architect Moshe Safdie, the Marina Bay Sands Skypark is an open-air viewing deck perched 200 meters (656.168 feet) atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This deck, shaped like a ship, almost seems to go against the law of gravity as it stretches on the 57th story above the hotel tower. The panoramic views of Singapore are staggering, and on a clear day, far-off islands belonging to Malaysia and Indonesia can be seen. The Skypark is the size of three football fields and also contains lush tropical gardens, souvenir stands and gourmet restaurants. Its main attraction is a spectacular infinity pool that seems as if it meets thin air at one of its longer edges. Although the swimming pool is accessible only to hotel guests, the deck can be visited by the general public on purchase of tickets.
Completed in 1981, the Benjamin Sheares Bridge is one of the city's most magnificent bridges and marks the birth of a world-class road network in Singapore. Named after the Republic's former president, Dr B.H. Sheares, it spans the Marina Bay to link Sheares Avenue to the East Coast Parkway. A bus ride across the bridge will treat you to several minutes in view of the city skyline, although the view is best enjoyed on foot. The bridge itself is a spectacular example of creative engineering and is the city's tallest and longest. Don't miss the spectacular photo opp granted by the Benjamin Sheares Bridge.
Standing guard at the mouth of the Singapore River is the Merlion, a mythical beast that is a cross between a fish and a lion. The fish symbolizes Singapore's close association with the sea, while the lion head refers to the legendary sighting of a lion during the discovery of ancient Singapore. Created in 1972 as a tourism icon, the Merlion is especially attractive in the evenings when it is illuminated and spouts water from its mouth. Today, it has moved 120 meters (393 feet) away from its original spot, adjacent to One Fullerton. A stroll in Merlion Park yields great views of Singapore's colonial district. The souvenir shop carries Merlion T-shirts and other memorabilia.
Imagine an aerial walkway that takes you from one gigantic tree to another! And not just any two trees but Supertrees that appear like structures out of fairy tale stories. The OCBC Skyway is situated at a height of 22 meters (72 feet) and covers a distance of 128 meters (420 feet) between two of the tallest Supertrees. These artificial trees are only a few of the unbelievable attractions at Gardens by the Bay, and reach a height of up to 16 floors of a building. They are made of intricate vines and are given properties like photosynthesis and water absorption, which have ecological benefits, just as in real trees. A dreamlike stroll through the winding walkway allows visitors to enjoy the glory of these trees, which often resemble fireworks during the night, when lit up. To complete the surreal experience, the walkway even has a bistro at one end, where you can dine like a princess or prince.
In 1990, on the 25th anniversary of Singapore's independence, a time capsule was sealed and kept in a small modernistic pyramid along the Singapore River. Standing in stark contrast to the colonial architecture and the solemn memorials in the area, this 'pyramid power' time capsule contains a collection of momentous items that trace the years of the Republic's sovereignty. The capsule is scheduled to be opened in the year 2015.
Anderson Bridge is an elegant bridge spanning the mouth of the Singapore River displays an excellent combination of intricate plaster and metalwork unmatched by any other bridge locally. It comprises three steel arches with supporting steel ribs extending across them, two rusticated archways and a fluted pier at each end. Constructed between 1908-1910 to replace an older bridge, the Anderson Bridge was built with a good clearance to allow vessels to pass under at high tide. Named after Sir John Anderson (Governor of the Straits Settlements, 1904-1911) it was constructed because the Cavenagh Bridge was unable to cope with increasing traffic.
Supertree Grove comprises of a number of tree like structures which have heights ranging between 25 meters (82 feet) and 50 meters (164 feet) with a canopy on top. Functioning as a vertical garden, not only are the supertrees are home to orchids, vines, and exotic ferns among other plants but they also absorb rainwater and harness solar energy just like a tree would. Walk between two supertrees on a raised walkway to enjoy stunning aerial views of the garden. And if you arrive here after sunset, get ready to enjoy the OCBC Garden Rhapsody, a light and sound show featuring the supertrees. Part of Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove is a must-visit during your stay in Singapore.