Take a peek behind Singapore’s glitzy skyline, and you’ll find a whole host of amazing things to do, see, and (importantly) eat. From the heart-pounding roller coasters to the nom-tastic food stalls of Chinatown, the city-state is full of memory-making experiences for you to sample this fall. Here are eight of the very best.
Enjoy a skip-the-line ticket for Universal Studios Singapore with access to all 7 zones. © Universal Studios Singapore

1. Visit Asia’s premier theme park

Universal Studios Singapore has been the hottest ticket in town since opening in 2011 — and it’s easy to see why! The massive theme park is home to 24 epic rides in seven themed zones. When you’re not enjoying exhilarating rides like the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon™ dueling roller coaster at Sci fi City, you can stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There, you can meet your favorite characters (like the Minions from Despicable Me™) or watch the exciting WaterWorld. The latter features crazy stunts and special effects that the whole family will enjoy.

Immerse yourself in an underwater world at the S.E.A. Aquarium. © Universal Studios Singapore

2. Meet over 100,000 animals at S.E.A. Aquarium

Aquariums don’t get any better than S.E.A Aquarium, which hosts over 100,000 animals from 1,000 species. From hammerhead sharks to manta rays, this gigantic aquarium lets you get up close and personal with the who’s who of the underwater world. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Open Ocean Habitat, the aquarium’s centerpiece. S.E.A. Aquarium also offers a range of educational programs and is home to a conservation group (Guardians of the S.E.A.A.), that’s dedicated to improving the health of our oceans. 

Fly down high-speed water slides at Adventure Cove Waterpark. © Universal Studios Singapore

3. Go wild at Adventure Cove Waterpark 

Make sure to take your swimsuit next door to Adventure Cove Waterpark, the only waterpark in Asia with marine life interactions. Home to epic water slides, like the Riptide Rocket and Pipeline Plunge, Adventure Cove is a paradise for thrill-seekers of all ages. However, the park isn’t just for adrenaline junkies. Those looking to take it slow can gently glide along Adventure River or snorkel among 20,000 fish in Rainbow Reef. You can even feed the rays at Ray Bay!

Get spooked at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

4. Boo-k Halloween’s most frightful experience

Want a spook-tacular experience this fall? Look no further than the Halloween Horror Nights 9 at Universal Studios Singapore. The region’s most iconic (and scary) event runs on selected evenings between September 27 and October 31 at Universal Studios Singapore. Now in its ninth year, the scare-fest contains five haunted houses, two scare zones, two lives shows, and a whole lot of creepiness. Oh, and if that’s not enough, you also have to keep an eye out for The Undertaker. This scary fellow wanders the grounds in search of visitors to frighten. If you decide to opt for some Halloween fun, keep your eyes peeled — Halloween Horror Nights aren’t for the faint of heart!

Enjoy the tastiest flavors of Singapore on a food tour with a local.

5. Bite into Singapore’s famed food scene

It won’t take you many bites to discover why Singapore’s considered one of the world’s best destinations for foodies. Thanks to its location, the city-state offers up a delicious range of Malaysian, Chinese, and Indian dishes. Sample the very best of Singapore’s street food scene by joining a local on a tour of the tastiest hawker stalls in town. You’ll try everything from nasi lemak (coconut rice dish) in the Malay Village to rojak (traditional meat, fish, or vegetable dish) in Little India and dim sum in Chinatown. Speaking of Chinatown… 

Explore a traditional Chinese Medicine Hall followed by dinner and a trishaw ride.

6. Explore the best of Chinatown

No trip to Singapore is complete without taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown — especially at night. When the sun goes down, the area really comes alive. Dive into the action by practicing your haggling skills at the Night Market. Or, chow down at the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, which houses over 260 delicious food stalls. To navigate the tightly packed alleys like a pro, join a night tour and learn all about the neighborhood’s rich history. You’ll get to ride in a trishaw to Clarke Quay before boarding a traditional bumboat and cruising along the Singapore River.

Visit famous landmarks as your guide brings the history of the city to life.

7. Step back in time in the Colonial District

Think Singapore’s architecture is all about sleek, modern skyscrapers? Well, that’s simply not the case. Nestled among the city’s trademark soaring glass towers are architectural remnants of the colonial era. Join a knowledgeable local guide to learn about Singapore’s past on a walking tour. You’ll swing by the National Gallery, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and more snap-worthy buildings on your journey back to the 1800s.  

See Singapore at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus ticket.

8. Hop your way around town

Being located just one degree north of the equator means you can leave the layers at home when exploring Singapore in the fall. The island nation experiences tropical weather throughout the year, so hop-on-hop-off buses are a great way to beat the heat while sightseeing. In addition to stopping by Singapore’s top sights, the bus also comes with engaging audio commentary. Our top tip? Stop by the Singapore Flyer when the sun starts to set and end your day sipping a Singapore Sling while overlooking the skyline.

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