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Singapore can be heaps of fun with so many new attractions that have opened up these few years, with the new bungee jumping tower at Sentosa and a ski slope at Urban Ski. However, all these activities are mostly catered to the young and it is not practical to bring elderly family members who may have mobility issues.
Hold up! That does not mean that there is nothing else to do when you are out with your elderly folks. It is always good to bring your aged parents or grandparents out for a walk from time to time as a form of exercise or simply to see the changes that has been happening in Singapore.
We came up with a list of activities that are suitable for senior citizens or places of interests in Singapore that offer special rates for the elderly. Here are 8 Elderly-friendly activities In Singapore For A Family Gathering.
#1 GARDENS BY THE BAY
Gardens by The Bay is made up of three waterfront gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden – and it houses over 250,000 rare plants. This is a real treat for those who enjoy a spectacular display of lush greenery and colourful florals.
Elderly-friendly features: shuttle service, wheelchair rental and barrier-free routes for easy wheelchair access.
#2 RIVER SAFARI SINGAPORE
Located just beside the Singapore Zoo, River Safari Singapore boasts the world’s largest freshwater aquarium and features over 6,000 animals. The river boat rides and freshwater attractions are the highlights of this place.
Elderly-friendly features: relaxing river boat rides, discounted rates for senior citizens at S$14 and wheelchair rental.
#3 MUSEUMS IN SINGAPORE
Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum of Singapore are among the few museums in Singapore that offers discounted rates for senior citizens. Learn more about the cultural background of Singapore such as trade and Chinese ceramics at the Asian Civilisations Museum or take a walk through Singapore’s oldest museum in Singapore.
Elderly-friendly features: special rates for elderly visiting the Asians Civilisations Museum at S$4 and S$5 at National Museum of Singapore.
#4 NIGHT SAFARI
If there is a place you want to bring your elderly folks to at night, this has got to be the one. Watch the animals come to life at the world’s first nocturnal zoo and get up close with Malayan flying foxes and giant flying squirrels. Take a breather and watch some performances featuring nocturnal animals and their natural abilities.
Elderly-friendly features: wheelchair rental, ramps and designated alighting spots for those who drive. Senior citizens pay only S$18 for entrance fee.
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#5 NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN
Perched on top of the tallest hill in Singapore Botanic Gardens, there are four separate colour zones showcasing the concept of different seasons. Visitors can find bright and joyful shades of yellow and gold flowers in the “spring” zone; strong reds and pinks in “summer”; matured colours in “autumn” and cool violets and whites in “winter”.
Elderly-friendly features: wheelchair rental is available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National Orchid Garden is wheelchair accessible. Senior citizens pay a special rate of S$1to gain entry.
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#6 SKYPARK, MARINA BAY SANDS
If you are a local, you would surely have heard of the Marina Bay Sands. The observation deck on the 57th level of the building gives you a panoramic view of Singapore’s beautiful city skyline and must be on everyone’s to-go list. Not only can you take in the marvelous view of Marina Bay and fresh air, this is also the chance to take a dip in the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool.
Elderly-friendly features: those who are 65 years and above can enter the skypark for S$20.
#7 S.E.A AQUARIUM
Nestled in Resorts World Sentosa, the S.E.A Aquarium is a bigger, grander version of the Underwater World. Go for an underwater journey and explore over 100,000 marine animals that come from 800 species. Something you must not miss is the shipwreck with a splintered hull lying on the “ocean bed” in one of the exhibitions.
Elderly-friendly features: local senior citizens can purchase tickets at a lower rate of S$18.
#8 CATCH A MOVIE
How long has it been since your elderly loved ones caught a movie? With a wide array of movies that are played in our cinemas, there must be a genre they are interested in. From international blockbusters to local films, the choices are aplenty.
Elderly-friendly features: senior citizens concession tickets are available for weekday sessions before 6pm at Cathay Cineplex for S$5, Shaw Theatres for S$4 and Golden Village for S$4.50.