While it’s often thought that our island city is an incredibly expensive city to live in or visit, there are still plenty of affordable alternatives and even free things to do in Singapore to spend time with family or friends.
With several long weekends coming up (we’re looking at you May!), here’s our round up of free places to go in Singapore without spending a cent. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions when travelling out during this time.
1. Explore Singapore’s last kampong
Singapore is a city with towering and glimmering skyscrapers but did you know there’s still a kampong in our midst? The last surviving kampong, Kampong Buangkok is still around and will bring you back to the yesteryears of Singapore. Retaining all the traditional elements of a typical kampong, this is definitely one of the free things to do in Singapore before it gets modernised. As you are wandering around homes where people still stay in, do be sure to respect their privacy.
2. Go farm-hopping
Singapore may be tiny with limited space but there are still plenty of farms you can make a visit to. From Bollywood Veggies in the west to Hay Dairies in the north, these are just two of the free places to go to in Singapore for a farm visit. This is also a great activity to do with the kids in Singapore — they’ll definitely be in for quite a treat, learning all about where their breakfast eggs and milk come from.
3. Visit museums for a heritage weekend
If you’re a fan of the arts, spend your weekend visiting the best museums in Singapore. From the National Museum of Singapore to the Asian Civilisations Museum, these places are where you will get to view incredible installations and exhibitions that’ll bring you down the island state’s storied history. This is definitely one free thing to do in Singapore that you should make use of! Check out the list of museums with free admission here.
4. Shop at Singapore Really Really Free Market
You read that right. There’s a flea market in Singapore that prides itself for being really really free. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, head to this market and expect to snag some really interesting finds and souvenirs. Literally pick up any preloved item you want and you don’t even have to haggle. This is easily our most favourite free thing to do in Singapore on this list!
5. Stroll around Singapore’s parks
Singapore isn’t called a Garden City for no reason. From Gardens by the Bay to Botanic Gardens, Coney Island Park and all the other neighbourhood parks, there’s just a whole lot of greenery to go around. Besides that, Gardens by the Bay has also been hailed as one of the most beautiful parks in the world with its Flower Dome and futuristic Supertrees. Looking for a free thing to do in Singapore but still want to keep your fitness in check? Recharge and relax this weekend by going on some of the best hiking trails in Singapore along Coney Island or Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
6. Take a free walking tour of Singapore
The best way to explore any place is always on foot. Join one of the many walking tours in Singapore and explore the various cultural enclaves or places of significance with a local expert. Not only would it be a walk down memory lane of the country’s past, it’s also a great way to meet people and mingle. Even if you’ve already been to places like Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam, these free tours will definitely give you a different and refreshing look into the area.
7. Enjoy a concert at the Esplanade
Music lovers rejoice! You don’t always have to fork out large chunks of money to catch good music anymore. With free concerts at the beautiful Esplanade, spend time by the riverside and groove to some tunes. It’s a fantastic way to spend the weekend and also learn about talented, up-and-coming bands or performers you might not have known about before.
Check out all of Esplanade’s free programmes here.
8. Chill with a Movie Under The Stars
Easties rejoice! Why spend money at the cushy cinemas when you can lounge under the stars and catch free movie screenings at One Tampines Hub? This is also one of the most fun things to do with friends in Singapore! Don’t forget to bring your favourite popcorn too. Keep a lookout on Tampines Hub’s official Facebook page for movie screenings held every Thursday night at 8pm!
9. Check out Haw Par Villa
Often forgotten, this site provides a unique journey into Chinese folklore and mythology. While it is mostly visited for its rather gruesome depictions of Chinese folklore’s 10 Courts of Hell, there are still other aspects of the site that are worth exploring. With intricate statues and structures in place, this is one free place to go in Singapore. Take some time out of your weekend and bring the entire family down for a look-see you won’t forget.
10. Fun in the sun at Sentosa
Sentosa boasts three different beaches for you to get that sun-kissed glow; Siloso, Tanjong and Palawan beach. For the adventurous ones, bring along a ball or frisbee and play some beach games with your friends! If you’d like to avoid the crowds, head to Tanjong beach for a relaxing suntan session. Do remember to apply sunblock before soaking up the sun to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Check our guide on free things to do in Sentosa and make full use of Singapore’s very own State of Fun!
Psst, we hear Sentosa is offering free admission from now till end of June 2020! So make that trip happen soon.
Whoever told you there aren’t any free things to do in Singapore?
Ready to head out this weekend? If you’re looking for activities specifically tailored for your little munchkins, we have you covered too! Tick off these free and fun activities for your kids or indoor playgrounds in Singapore to bring them to.
This article was updated on 16-03-2020. Additional research done by Sandrine Ong.