When it comes to deciding on a picnic venue, the ever-popular Marina Barrage is probably the top suggestion. With cooling rooftop breeze and vast area of grass set against the iconic backdrop that is Marina Bay Sands, it is no doubt a favourite hangout for families, couples and friends. However, we all know it’s no walk in the park to access the area, considering how the only bus that takes you there isn’t exactly located near the MRT station.

We’re not sure if you’re aware, but our garden city has up to 66 parks and nature reserves, according to the National Parks Board. So the next time you’re scratching your head at where to bust out your mats and baskets, try these four alternative picnic places for a change of scenery.

West Coast Park

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East Coast Park might be a popular choice for Easties, but West Coast Park (WCP) has its own charm too. Apart from facilities like a huge dog park and play areas, WCP also has two ideal picnic areas at the Grand Lawn and Promenade Lookout Jetty.

The Grand Lawn features a vast grass field that covers over 3 hectares, which is perfect for frolicking around and plopping down your picnic mat. Even though you don’t exactly get to appreciate an up-close view of the ocean, you can still have a ball of a time with some card games, kite-flying whilst soaking up the good vibes of your company.

Another alternative picnic spot is the Promenade Lookout Jetty, where you can boat-watch and admire the waters. If you visit the jetty a bit later during the day, you can even wrap up your picnic with a beautiful sunset. Depending on the time and day, we fathom it would be an area with pretty high foot-traffic, so that could be something you might want to be prepared for before laying down your mat.

Parallel to West Coast Highway
Nearest MRT station: 
Clementi MRT

Admiralty Park

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Located just right beside Republic Polytechnic, Admiralty Park is easily accessible by bus or foot. The park spans over 27 hectares, making it the largest one the north has seen yet. You can expect a whopping 26 slides of varying sizes, swings, play areas and not forgetting; grassy areas for a picnic outing.

If you’re planning to munch on some snacks or ready-to-eat food, you can pile up on your stash from the nearby Cold Storage at Causeway Point. And after you’ve spent enough time lazing around, why not get a little active and check out the different facilities the park has to offer?

31 Riverside Road, Singapore 730000
Nearest MRT station: 
Woodlands MRT station

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park (Heritage Bridge)

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The Khatib-Yishun area is popularly known for ORTO, a go-to hangout at night for mookata, Thai boat noodles, alcohol, prawning and more. Located nearby is the Lower Seletar Reservoir Park with a Heritage Bridge that provides you an up-close and unobstructed view of the waters whilst being a tranquil picnic spot.

If you’re going during the day, take some shade under the dome-like structure as you soak up the clear views of the reservoir. However, we have to say, nighttime is when the bridge lights up (from 7pm to 7am) and becomes extra romantic.

Bounded by Yishun Ave 1 and Lentor Avenue
Nearest MRT station:  
Khatib MRT station

Jurong Lake Gardens

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At Jurong Lake Gardens, you can not only plop down your mat as you admire calming water views, but also explore the different attractions and activities available.

If you’re entering the gardens from the entrance closest to Lakeside MRT, you’ll find a long boardwalk that extends out to the lake and shows you a nice view of the tracks; settle down with your picnic basket at a corner of the bridge or at one of the many benches available as you admire the scenery. We recommend going slightly after sunset, which provides a cooler and more romantic ambience.

There are also grassy or open-spaced concrete areas near the waters, so walk around the gardens and pick a spot that you like.

Yuan Ching Road, Singapore
Nearest MRT station:
Lakeside MRT station

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