Escape city life at these picturesque locales

Singapore is home to over 350 parks, but if you’d like to explore some hidden gems, then check out this list of lesser-known parks. Just take a break from city life and immerse yourself in nature at these picturesque locations.
 

Hampstead Wetlands Park
 


 

This beaut in JTC’s Seletar Aerospace Park occupies 3.23 hectares of land to offer a tranquil green sanctuary for rest and recreation. To explore nature in the wetlands, simply take a stroll along the scenic boardwalk and keep your eyes peeled for an interesting variety of flora and fauna. Cycling isn’t permitted on the boardwalk, but joggers and fitness enthusiasts are welcome to exercise in the park.
 

Mount Emily Park
 

A rather hidden hilltop park in the city, Mount Emily Park is a great place for some peace and serenity. Nowhere as popular as its nearby counterparts Fort Canning Park and Istana Park, this lesser-known hideout even boasts a sand playground for the young-at-heart as well as pavements plus lush greenery for some socially distanced fun.


Pearl’s Hill City Park
 


 

Perched atop Pearl’s Hill, this idyllic locale provides locals a slice of nature with its heritage trees and quaint ponds. Embark on a short trek up to take a breather from city life; an exercise area also awaits neighbourhood residents and visitors alike.


Toa Payoh Sensory Park


Not to be confused with the ever-popular Toa Payoh Town Park, Toa Payoh Sensory Park is located at Lorong 5 Toa Payoh and filled with fitness stations and sensory exhibits. Check out the telephone tubes or stepping stones to engage your senses, or spend some well-deserved alone time by the secluded rest stops within the park.


Windsor Nature Park
 


 

Typically free of large crowds, Windsor Nature Park is found on the eastern side of Singapore’s Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR). Here, explore beginner-friendly trails such as the Hanguana Trail and Drongo Trail; the former is lined with rare native plants while the latter highlights a sub-canopy walk for visitors to discover fascinating fauna.