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A Free Walking Tour of Marina Bay Waterfront in Singapore

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Published August 7th 2014
Marina Bay waterfront offers a picturesque walking trail with plenty of attractions

marina bay waterfront extreme sailing 2014
Photo courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

The Marina Bay waterfront is a thriving and energetic place in Singapore where people work, play and live. It was transformed into an avenue of lights and colour during the 'i Light Marina Bay' light art festival in March 2014. The picturesque Marina Reservoir also offers locals and visitors a necklace of attractions that can be enjoy both day and night.

i light marina bay 2014
Photo courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

This FREE self-guided 4 kilometre walk along the promenade is a continuous route and can be easily completed in under an hour. The promenade also forms part of a larger 11.7 kilometre waterfront route that links Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and the new Sports Hub. Starting from the Marina Bay City Gallery, you can visit venues that help enliven the social scene in Singapore and serve as major festival venues during the year. Here's an easy guide to 12 attractions you can see along your stroll on the waterfront trail.

Marina Bay City Gallery

Marina Bay City Gallery
Photo courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

This 2-storey building offers an easy starting point for your walk along the promenade as the home to a gallery filled with the latest events and development plans of the Marina Bay waterfront. Seating is available in front of the Marina Bay City Gallery so you take in the spectacular view of the city skyline while relax under the sun or stars. There is no admission fee and you can approach the visitor information staff at the Gallery for more information about the area.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 8pm / Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays, 10am to 9pm (Closed on Monday)

Contact Details: 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940, Phone: (65) 6592 5336

Lower Boardwalk

spice yoga session at lower broadwalk of marina bay waterfront
Photo courtesy of Spice Yoga

Marina Bay Sands' timber broadwalk incorporates private boat berthing areas and water taxi points. The tiered seating and steps that go close to the water's edge of Marina Bay Sands' timber broadwalk is an ideal venue for viewing events on the water. The beauty of the city at sunrise and sunset are excellent accompaniment to Spice Yoga's practice sessions.

Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands

wonder full light show by marina bay sands
Photo courtesy of Marina Bay Sands

With a capacity to host up to 10,000 people, the Event Plaza is often used to host outdoor concerts, performances and events including the Sands for Singapore Festival and the Marina Bay Sands Rocks Singapore festival. This outdoor theatre in Marina Bay is also home to a FREE daily light and water spectacular called 'Wonder Full'. Running for 13 minutes, this stunning light and laser effects show against Singapore's city skyline took 3 years to develop. A walk along the promenade in the evening will allow you to take in this amazing visual effects display with interweaving lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors, giant streaming water screens and a 140-piece orchestra soundtrack. The showtimes are 8pm and 9.30pm daily with an additional 11pm show on Fridays and Saturdays.

Crystal Pavilions at Marina Bay Sands

avalon singapore at marina bay sands
Photo courtesy of Avalon Singapore

2 unique architectural features along the promenade are the Crystal Pavilions. They are the largest commercial floating structures to be built in the heart of Singapore. These stand-alone glass and steel pavilions connected by tunnels to Marina Bay Sands are home to a Louis Vuitton boutique concept store and 2 mega clubs, Avalon and Pangaea. The 'Ultra Lounge' Pangaea frequented by A-list celebrities in New York, Miami and London is the only venue in Singapore where you can dance in any part of the space including on the table. Avalon brings Hollywood glamour and New York Rock & Roll to Singapore with its high fashion interiors, state-of-the-art multimedia technology, live acts, trendy dance music and high profile events.

ArtScience Museum

marina bay sands artscience museum
Photo courtesy of Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sand's 50,000 square foot museum is the world's first ArtScience Museum which explores the creative processes at the heart of art and science and their role in shaping society. It's lotus-inspired design is a stunning example of ultra-modern architecture. 21 gallery spaces offer a range of world-class and blockbuster touring exhibits including art from Dali and Warhol, sets and costumes from Harry Potter and Titanic, and historical artefacts from Tang Dynasty China and Genghis Khan's Mongolia. A permanent exhibition showcases the artistic and scientific accomplishments of humankind through the ages. Check out the museum website for more details on exhibitions and admission.

Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily including public holidays
last admission at 6pm)


The Helix

The Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
The Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore / Photo from Dudva of Wikimedia Commons

There's no missing this unique spiralling steel bridge as you walk along the promenade. This 280 metre pedestrian linkway is not only the longest in Singapore, it is also the world's first curved bridge and one featuring a 'double-helix' structure. The engineering marvel with viewing platforms is an ideal overhang for watching events at the Marina Bay waterfront and admiring the city skyline.

Youth Olympic Park
youth olympic park
Photo courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

Coming off The Helix towards The Float@Marina Bay is the nation's first art park. It was built and named for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games hosted by Singapore in August 2010. The park currently features art installations by local youths aged 8 to 28 years including a landscaped maze, a 4.5 metre high "mountain", the 'Lion Heart' poem, an interactive 'hop-scotch' with tiles that will light up when stepped on and many others.

The Float@Marina Bay

National day parade singapore 2014
Photo courtesy of NDP 2014

Also known as the Marina Bay Floating Platform, The Float@Marina Bay is the largest floating stadium in the world. There have been 200 events held on the platform since it opened in 2007 including the annual National Day Parade since 2007 and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010. The venue's stunning backdrop with the city skyline, iconic Marina Bay Sands, the water, the boats and the added fireworks during major events is unique to Singapore.

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor performance at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Outdoor performance at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay / Photo from Terence Ong of Wikimedia Commons

The purpose-built centre for performing arts in Singapore, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, also includes an outdoor theatre which can seat 450 or 600 people standing. The Esplanade Outdoor Theatre located along the promenade hosts a variety of performances including music, dance and theatre.

Merlion Park

Merlion Park, Singapore
Merlion Park, Singapore / Photo from Vin PSK of Flickr

A highlight of the park beside the Esplanade Bridge is the 8.6 metres high, water-spouting Merlion statue with a lion's head and a fish's body and a Merlion cub. This imaginary creature is a tourism symbol of Singapore.

Clifford Square & Clifford Pier

Fullerton Bay Hotel @ Clifford Pier Singapore
Fullerton Bay Hotel @ Clifford Pier Singapore / Photo from William Cho of Flickr

What used to be a busy landing and departure point on Collyer Quay is now a hip-and-trendy alfresco dining area with breathtaking views of the Marina Bay waterfront. This historic landmark retained its original architectural characteristics and iconic red lanterns that gave Clifford Pier it popular name of "Red Lantern Pier". The open plaza between the Pier and One Fullerton now serves as a venue for events including fairs, concerts and dance parties.

The Promontory@Marina Bay
The Promontory@Marina Bay
Photo courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore

The interim event space and public gathering area immediately fronting the waterfront along Marina Boulevard is best known for major events like the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series and Marina Bay Singapore Countdown on 31 December.
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