The winds of change in Singapore have buffeted Marina Bay the hardest, but the results have been pretty amazing.

From an overgrown parcel of reclaimed land flanking the Singapore River’s outlet into the sea, the area has been rapidly transformed into Singapore’s most modern business and pleasure district. The skyline, once flat and unremarkable, now boasts highlights like the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, and the “supertrees” of the new Gardens by the Bay.

So what’s in it for you? Plenty, actually – the area’s many new (and a fair bit of old) attractions will keep you occupied while you visit, with a wide selection of dining, entertainment, shopping, and culture, easily accessible by taxi, bus, and MRT.

Train riders armed with Singapore’s EZ-Link card can reach the Marina Bay and its environs through the following MRT stations: Raffles Place (NS26/EW14), City Hall (NS25/EW13) Marina Bay (NS27/CE2/TS20), Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16), Promenade MRT Station (CC4/DT15), and Esplanade MRT Station (CC3).

Soar High in the Singapore Flyer

Changi Airport isn’t the only place in Singapore that can launch you high in the air. For a unique 30-minute “flight” with obstruction-free views of Marina Bay and nearby Malaysia and Indonesia from 540 feet above the island, book a session at the Singapore Flyer.

The gigantic observation wheel’s 28 air-conditioned capsules can accommodate up to 28 riders each. The “flight” consists of a half-hour, single revolution; the slow and steady climb and drop let you drink in the 360-degree views to your heart’s content.

For another sky-high perspective on the Marina Bay district, visit the Marina Bay Sands Skypark on the hotel’s 57th level.

The Skypark rests on a three-acre platform housing a restaurant, nightclub, a viewing deck, and an infinity-edge swimming pool. From the viewing deck, Marina Bay at nighttime looks like a sparkling galaxy brought down to earth.

Indulge Your Inner Arts Enthusiast

Singapore is busy growing its arts scene, and much of the action is happening right in Marina Bay.

The Esplanade hosts over 3,000 arts performances, workshops and exhibitions across every conceivable artistic venture. Its most high-profile performance event takes place during New Year’s Eve, when its outdoor stage hosts local and international musical artists ringing in the New Year.

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