8 Free Sentosa Activities For The Family

Back in the day when the Merlion was all the island resort had to offer, locals loved to gripe that Sentosa was too expensive.

Which probably explains this hilarious interpretation of their name:

SENTOSA: So Expensive and Nothing TO See Anyway

But from 1 Oct, Sentosa’s offering free admission to these groups of guests, perhaps in a bid to change this perception:

  • School groups on weekdays*
  • Community groups on weekdays*
  • Cyclists and Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users

*Excluding public holidays.

Now that entering Sentosa isn’t gonna cost you a single cent, here’s how you can enjoy a fun day out with family friends at no cost at all!

From firework shows, free bird shows & exploring hidden caves, here are 8 things we recommend that you check off your to-do list when you’re there.

1. Super fun beach activities

Want to get away from the city buzz? Now you can head to Siloso beach to play beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee and football for free!

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Don’t forget to head over to Palawan Green too if you wanna catch free screenings of Hollywood blockbusters and Oscar-worthy films.

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Not an athletic type? Don’t worry – you can read a good book and listen to music at Tanjong Beach. Best part is, the scenic view!

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Single and ready to mingle? Or just want to have some fun? You can party here too! Tanjong Beach Club has a lively string of parties you can join all year round.

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If you, have spare cash to burn however, consider having a DIY BBQ or enjoying live music on Beerkini Rocks and Beach Brunch Beats.

2. Become one with nature

If you love nature, then take a hike at Sentosa Nature Discovery. The short trek offers an up and close experience with 20 different species of birds, insects, wildlife and plants.

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What about shows or antics by birds, reptiles and monkeys? You can enjoy them for free at Animal & Birds Encounters.

Their free program starts at 2pm with live commentary on lories, followed encounters with parrots and animals.

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If you want to embrace your wild side, you can experience multi-animal encounters at Palawan Amphitheatre.

3. Discover reefs & hidden caves

Located behind Rasa Sentosa, Tanjong Rimau never fails to attract visitors looking for a seaside adventure.

Travellers often find themselves exploring off the beaten tracks and small caves.

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Do come early to see the many crabs, corals and starfish that are only visible during low tide.

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4. Go back in time & visit an actual fortress

Want to dive into history? You can find a wealth of historical treasures, including memorabilia, coastal guns and remains of fortified military tunnels at Fort Siloso.

Priding itself as “Fortress Singapore” at the start of WWII,  it boasts of fortified tunnels and interactive zones, amongst other military structures.

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Much to our delight, they’ll offer free day tours between 3-4:30pm this October!

5. Imagine you’re at a coastal city at Quayside Isle

At Quayside Isle you get an amazing view of the setting sun and nearby yachts.

It’ll almost seem like you’re traveling to a coastal city.

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6. Take selfies with the other Merlion

No adventure is complete without a selfie to immortalise the event.

So grab your smartphone, find the perfect angle, and take loads of pictures with the larger Merlion!

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On 29 Sep, you can also enjoy a free performance from Suncountry Dance Studios from 5-7pm at Merlion Plaza.

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7. Magnificent views at Fort Siloso Skywalk

Speaking of selfies, Fort Siloso Skywalks boasts magnificent views of Keppel Harbour, Mount Faber and Western Sentosa.

The scene will make your jaw drop, but be careful not to drop your smartphones in the water while taking those pics.

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8. Stunning light shows & fireworks

Conclude your adventure with a superb fireworks show & stunning light and water effects at the Waterfront of Resorts World Sentosa at 8 pm.

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The show also includes massive steel cranes that move in the midst of the special effects.

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Not impressed by fireworks and steel cranes? At Sentosa Boardwalk, you can take a stroll, gaze at the stars and enjoy the dazzling lights.

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Mark your calendars

Forget aspiring to be a Crazy Rich Asian, and say hello to all the crazy free things you can do.

With all the fun-stuff you can enjoy with your squad, you won’t have to cancel hangouts or wait for your dream vacations to come true.

Block out a day or two, coordinate your calendars, and get ready to have a blast for free at our island’s island getaway.

Featured image from Instagram.