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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Singapore

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Updated: 29 November 2017
With hot and humid temperatures that span all year round, a rainy day in Singapore is the perfect excuse to jump into your favourite sweater and take advantage of the cool weather. If you are not a fan of sweater-weather, check out our guide below on the best things to do on a rainy day in Singapore.

Discover Beautiful, Exotic Plant Species

If nature is your thing, don’t let the rain stop you. Gardens by the Bay sits on a 101-hectare space and is more than a walk in the park. Its main attractions, The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, offer a unique selection of plants in bloom, while the Supertree Grove lights up the night with tall ‘supertrees’, causing the massive waterfront gardens to look like a scene from Avatar. The attraction is child-friendly too, making it a perfect stop during school holidays and weekends.

Explore Southeast Asian Art

A rainy day might be just the right catalyst for some creative expression. Explore rare Southeast Asian art and 19th century impressionist masterpieces at the newly opened National Gallery Singapore. Not only does the museum collect historical art pieces, but the building itself is an icon that has played a major role in Singapore’s road to independence. If you prefer viewing other forms of art, pay a visit to other museums like the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum or the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Grand opening of National Gallery Singapore | © Jack at Wikipedia/Flickr

Experience the Thrill of Skydiving

Ever wanted to try skydiving but have always been afraid of heights? Enter iFly Singapore, a skydiving simulator located in Sentosa Island that promises the same thrill and adrenaline boost from skydiving, all while staying indoors! The “wind tunnel” is 5-storeys tall, made of a durable acrylic glass that provides an unparalleled view of the South China Sea and pumps out powerful winds that stimulate a free fall and figure-eight formations.

Shop the Latest Trends

Don’t let the rain dampen your mood; treat yourself to some retail therapy at the many shopping malls littered across Singapore. From family-friendly malls with dedicated play areas like VivoCity and Marina Square to fashion-forward options like ION Orchard and Paragon that house high-end street labels, it’s safe to say Singapore is a haven for shopaholics.

Night view of ION Orchard | © Wenjie, Zhang/Flickr

Visit the S.E.A. Aquarium

With more than 1,000 marine species on display at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa, this location remains as one of the best aquariums to visit in Singapore, rain or shine. One of the many highlights is the massive viewing panel, measuring 36 metres wide and 8.3 metres tall, which showcases the vibrant marine life in the aquarium. Other marine animals to look out for include the hammerhead shark, seahorses and the reef manta ray.

Indoor view of S.E.A. Aquarium
Indoor view of S.E.A. Aquarium | © gabfeng/Flickr

Relax and Rejuvenate

If the downpour gets you in the mood to relax, why not pamper yourself at a spa and enjoy a rejuvenating facial or massage to rid your body of any built up stress and tension? Singapore has an extensive selection of spas to choose from, whether you are looking for authentic Asian-themed spas or luxurious spas in high-end hotels like Capella or Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. What’s more, you can purchase these packages at discounted rates through apps like Fave or Vaniday.

Traditional herbs used for spas | © Merlin Phuket/Flickr

Indulge in Piping Hot Dim Sum

Rainy days usually call for soup, but in Singapore, a wet afternoon is best paired with some piping hot dim sum for that hearty, warm and fuzzy feeling that brings you back to your childhood! Bite through a bursting xiao long bao—or a soup dumpling—to combat the cold, or mix it up with a variety of savoury options from siu mai and carrot cake to steamed chicken dumplings.

A hearty dim sum spread | © Kai Hendry/Flickr