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Singapore Botanic Gardens have proudly found a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. The gardens are a paradisaical expanse replete with lush, blooming greens that were founded in 1859 with a mission to cultivate plants of economic potential. Today, with more than 600,000 plant specimens, it is clearly one of the world's largest botanical reserves. The park provides a comprehensive introduction to plants in a variety of settings, from rolling lawns and orchid gardens to tropical droves and a rejuvenating rainforest. The grounds of the botanic gardens also harbor various other attractions including options for dining and garden's specifically designed for children.
Featuring more than 700 species of orchids, the National Orchid Garden was opened in 1996 and boasts the largest orchid display in the world. The 2100 hybrids found here are the result of an orchid-breeding program, which began in 1928. Catch a glimpse of Singapore's national flower (Vanda Miss Joaquim) and the diverse breeds of its family in stunning orchid terraces. Publications, orchid plants and other orchid-related items are available at the Entrance Pavilion. Orchid jewelry, made by plating real orchids with gold, makes for great souvenirs and gift ideas.
Surrounded by broad swamps and lush greenery, MacRitchie Reservoir is a pleasant retreat from the bustle of the city life. This 12 hectares (29.65 acres) park around the reservoir contains areas of primary rain forest that is rich in wildlife. Shaded paths and special exercise stations at intervals make it a popular spot for exercising, jogging and brisk walking. From a bridge, you can watch turtles and carp swimming in the waters, as well as a fountain that plays 30 different water jet patterns. On most Sundays, you will even get to watch performances by orchestras or local school ensembles at the pavilion.
Pasir Ris Park is a tranquil park that includes a six-hectare (645,800 square feet) mangrove forest. The forest is a designated as a bird and nature reserve to preserve the mangroves and wetland wildlife. Raised boardwalks allow you to observe mangrove ecology at close range without getting your shoes all muddy. Visitors can climb the three-story Bird Watching Tower to get even closer to the wildlife.The park also has one of the largest children's playgrounds in Singapore.
Coney Island Park is a must visit tourist destination in Singapore. If you love adventure, you must go on a biking trail or take a bus with friends or family to enjoy the treasures of the park. The park is a home to mangroves, casuarinas and many more endangered trees. There are over 80 species of birds, including a variety of parakeets, oriental magpie and robins and baya weavers and animals like Brahman cows, long-tailed macaques and otters. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you can go on a photography tour or a bird watching expedition to the park.