Going jalan-jalan (Malay for taking a walk) is the best thing you can do for your health. Research from the Journal of Housing for the Elderly has found that spending time outdoors can reduce stress levels, improve your sleep quality and boost your overall physical health. It is a bonus if you can work in some fun into your activities, like heading to any of Singapore’s top attractions as they are not just for tourists. Here are five attractions that offer special rates for seniors. So, jio your kakis and go explore our sunny island today!
Photo credit: Gardens by the Bay
1. Stop and smell the flowers
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park built on reclaimed land, and it’s as big as about 141 football fields. There is an impressive array of beautiful foliage and rare flowers from around the world. The Outdoor Gardens is free of charge and a great place to admire the Supertrees and Singapore’s city skyline. Don’t forget to visit the two largest greenhouses in the world – the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest – to enjoy a bird’s eye view of vegetation and flora in rather cool temperatures. It is a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Rate for seniors (60 years old and above):
$13.50 for two conservatories or $7.20 for one conservatory (Regular rate: $18 for two conservatories or $10.80 for one conservatory)
For more information, visit: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/plan-your-visit/hours-admission.html
2. Nostalgia hour
Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore’s history to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. View landmark objects and be acquainted with historical figures in each phase of Singapore’s history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we live in today.
Don’t miss the National Museum’s latest exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology, featuring over 220 Polaroid artefacts and artworks produced during the height of its popularity. The exhibition runs until 31 March 2019.
Rate for seniors (60 years old and above):
Free admission to all galleries, including the ongoing Polaroid exhibition. (Regular rate: Free for Permanent Galleries and $12.50 for the Polaroid exhibition)
For more information, visit: https://www.nationalmuseum.sg/visitor-information
Photo credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
3. Monkeying around
Singapore’s wildlife parks have been a must-visit for both locals and tourists for more than 40 years. Visit Asia’s top-rated Singapore Zoo that is home to over 2,800 animals, including the 81-year-old tortoise named Astove. Remember to take selfies with celebrity pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the River Safari! At the Night Safari, observe nocturnal creatures like the endangered Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger up close. And before Jurong Bird Park moves to Mandai next year, relive your childhood days at Singapore’s oldest wildlife park.
Rates for seniors (60 years old and above):
Singapore Zoo: $16 (Regular rate: $35)
Jurong Bird Park: $14 (Regular rate: $30)
Night Safari: $20 (Regular rate: $47)
River Safari: $15 (Regular rate: $32)
For more information, visit: https://www.wrs.com.sg/en.html
Photo credit: National Parks Board (NParks)
4. "Stalk" your favourite “celebrities”
Cosy up with famous personalities at the National Orchid Garden - their orchids anyway. Check out orchids that are named after well-known public figures around the world, including Jackie Chan, Nelson Mandela and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine. Don’t forget to take a ‘wefie’!
Rate for seniors (60 years old and above): $1 (Regular rate: $5)
For more information, visit: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Photo credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
5. Jazz up your life
With a variety of performances such as ballet, jazz and theatre at the Esplanade, try something new with your loved ones and friends. The Durian, as the Esplanade is fondly called, offers senior concession tickets for most programmes. And if you are 55 years old and above, you can sign up for a free JOYears membership that entitles you to ticket savings for programmes specially for seniors, the Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea series, A Date with Friends festival and promotions at food outlets at Esplanade Mall.
Rate for seniors:
Seniors aged 60 years and above get concessionary rates to most programmes and complimentary JOYears membership for those 55 years old and above.
For more information, visit: https://www.esplanade.com/joyears or call the SISTIC hotline at 6348 5555
Article published on 06/03/19