Marina Barrage

Attraction Barrage Cove #01-03 Marina Barrage 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951 Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
05:00 PM
06:00 PM
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Outdoor
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Kids
Free
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Marina Barrage is not only a dam protecting the city from flooding and supplying water, but a popular spot for outdour activities.

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Why Marina Barrage is special ?

Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore's 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island's largest and most urbanised catchment. Together with two other new reservoirs, the Marina Reservoir increased Singapore's water catchment from half to two-thirds of the country's land area in 2011. 

What to explore at Marina Barrage?

On a crowded island of 6 million people, the lawn and the reservoir itself have created some much needed recreational space. It’s a popular place to run, bike, sail boats, and take wedding photos.

As the water in the reservoir remains calm all year around, it’s ideal for some soaking wet fun, whether it’s kayaking or for the more team-spirited, a dragon boat race. If water sports is not your thing, then head to the rooftop of the barrage, which boasts a green space that’s popular for flying a kite, or just to chill out with the family. 

Selling points

  • Promenade with a fantastic view
  • Relax and refreshing place for the whole family
  • Great place to hang out
  • Impressive view of the sea and Singapore skyline
  • Excellent place to mix a little education with relaxation
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
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Barrage Cove #01-03 Marina Barrage 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951

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  • There’s a pleasant restaurant at the Barrage. It’s cheap and the food is tasty
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  • The kids love it, just prepare the extra cloth, because it had mini water park for kids to play with
    What to bring
  • It's great to bring your kids for kite-flying at the rooftop
    Things to do
  • Lots of locals having picnic & flying kites on the large grassy area above the driveway
    Things to do
  • If the parking lot is full, park at Gardens by the Bay, satay parking lot.
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Marina Barrage is as a great @visitsingapore attraction. Have a picnic, hold photoshoots, or try a sport at the neighboring Marina Resevoir like windsurfing or dragonboating.

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A good place to just sit down and chill. Don't really need a kite, tons of it flying around, even at 3 in the morning. =]

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Singapore first water barrage. Visit the musuem for understand history, roofop for kite flying and enjoy hotpot and the restaurant.

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One of the place where we'll get to chill and relax, either with family, friends or even when you're alone.. Even the young ones are not left out. They'll have fun playing at the water playground.

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Bring your kids for kite-flying at the rooftop followed by a cool down at the water play park

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We love to come here at dusk, when kite flying peaks. City views as it gets dark are something special. There’s a water feature, with fountains and lots of spray, which is great for cooling off at the end of a hot day as visitors are welcome to paddle in it - but keep the water clean by taking off footwear. Great fun, and lovely views from it.In addition the roof area has nice cool breezes (otherwise the kites wouldn’t fly), plus brilliant views. And if you get a bit wet in the water feature, you’ll soon dry in the breeze! There’s a lift as well as stairs, so the disabled can enjoy it.Once it’s dark, watch out for the illuminated kites, they’re quite something to see.Do walk onto the barrage itself, it’s impressive. Don’t miss seeing the huge pumps used to lower the water level in the river. In the daytime, the exhibition is interesting. It shows the dreadful problem Singapore used to have with floods, and how they are now managing their limited water reserves (yes they’re short of water, and have problems with floods).Practical points:Getting there, you have 3 choices, the 400 bus stops nearby, unfortunately it’s only every 20 minutes. There used to be a water taxi, but that no longer runs (although it still appears on the company’s website). Our favourite route is the short walk from Gardens by the Bay. It’s along the riverside, with nice cool breezes and lovely views. For drivers, there is a large car park.There’s a pleasant restaurant at the Barrage. It’s cheap, but the food is tasty, and they are very friendly and helpful. We normally took the food as a takeway, and settled ourselves at one of the many seats.There are several toilet blocks (1 with outside showers). They are all very clean.There is also a convenience store. It’s hard to find, but it’s roughly opposite the café and near another toilet block. You can buy kites and snacks there.If you only have a few days in the city, it’s not a top place to visit unless you’re in Gardens by the Bay and want somewhere open and breezy. But if you are here longer, you really should come and enjoy it.

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If you are here on a short stopover I would not waste your time, even though it is free. Yes there are some decent views of the CBD if you walk to the top of the barrage structure, but still very little to merit the walk from Gardens by the Bay.

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The roof of the Marina Barrage is covered in grass and usually gets enough wind to make it a popular place for kite flying. Conveniently there is a shop on the ground level that sells kites. Also usually a few interesting displays on the lower levels. Views out to the city and beyond are pretty good too.

TripAdvisor View more

We love to come here at dusk, when kite flying peaks. City views as it gets dark are something special. There’s a water feature, with fountains and lots of spray, which is great for cooling off at the end of a hot day as visitors are welcome to paddle in it - but keep the water clean by taking off footwear. Great fun, and lovely views from it. In addition the roof area has nice cool breezes (otherwise the kites wouldn’t fly), plus brilliant views. And if you get a bit wet in the water feature, you’ll soon dry in the breeze! There’s a lift as well as stairs, so the disabled can enjoy it. Once it’s dark, watch out for the illuminated kites, they’re quite something to see. Do walk onto the barrage itself, it’s impressive. Don’t miss seeing the huge pumps used to lower the water level in the river. In the daytime, the exhibition is interesting. It shows the dreadful problem Singapore used to have with floods, and how they are now managing their limited water reserves (yes they’re short of water, and have problems with floods). Practical points: Getting there, you have 3 choices, the 400 bus stops nearby, unfortunately it’s only every 20 minutes. There used to be a water taxi, but that no longer runs (although it still appears on the company’s website). Our favourite route is the short walk from Gardens by the Bay. It’s along the riverside, with nice cool breezes and lovely views. For drivers, there is a large car park. There’s a pleasant restaurant at the Barrage. It’s cheap, but the food is tasty, and they are very friendly and helpful. We normally took the food as a takeway, and settled ourselves at one of the many seats. There are several toilet blocks (1 with outside showers). They are all very clean. There is also a convenience store. It’s hard to find, but it’s roughly opposite the café and near another toilet block. You can buy kites and snacks there. If you only have a few days in the city, it’s not a top place to visit unless you’re in Gardens by the Bay and want somewhere open and breezy. But if you are here longer, you really should come and enjoy it.

FourSquare View more

One of the place where we'll get to chill and relax, either with family, friends or even when you're alone.. Even the young ones are not left out. They'll have fun playing at the water playground.

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