While the Singapore Zoo has been rated as one of the World’s best Zoos according to TripAdvisor, many of us may have gotten bored after visiting it over the years.
Other than the Zoo and other mainstream attractions such as the Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park, there are many other local animal attractions, including the 8 we cover below, that you can visit with your family.
#1 The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum
Tortoises spend most of their time on land, while turtles spend most of their time in the water – this is why their shells can look very different. You can get up close to these creatures in ORTO (in Yishun). The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum actually holds the Guinness World Record for the largest turtles and turtle artifacts collection.
You get to interact with tortoises, turtles and terrapins in their full glory as they roam around freely in the park, or even stop to pat or feed them with the in-house packet feed priced at $2.00 per pack.
To get the best deals, you can purchase your admission tickets from KLOOK.
Children 3-6 and seniors 60+
Children above 6
Opening Hours: Daily, except Tuesdays from 10 am-6 pm, prior booking required
Location: 81 Lor Chencharu ORTO #01-16, Singapore 769198
Price: According to age
#2 Lian Wah Hang Farm
Source: Lian Wah Hang Farm Facebook Page
Ever wonder where your quail eggs came from? Located in Lim Chu Kang, the Lian Wah Hang Farm is the largest quail egg producer in Singapore and has been in Singapore since 1954.
Apart from simply purchasing the locally-sourced quail eggs during your visit, you can have a glimpse of the natives of the farm – quails. Before making your trip down for some quail-spotting adventures, a tour request with the owner of the farm will be required, which can be done using the Facebook chat.
Opening Hours: Weekends 9 am-5 pm, subject to owner’s approval
Location: 5 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6F, Singapore 718918
Price: FREE entry upon approval
#3 Jurong Frog Farm
Source: Jurong Frog Farm Facebook Page
If you are a huge reptile fan, the Jurong Frog Farms is worth a visit. Apart from simply admiring the frogs from a distance, you can give frog-catching a try or feed the frogs with the frog feed available (sold separately). For frog meat lovers, you can indulge in the freshest frog legs you can get in Singapore.
Admissions to the Jurong Frog Farm is FREE during opening hours, but activities such as farm tours, frog catching and feeding require extra fees. Activities are subject to availability in compliance with COVID-19 safety measures.
Catch A Frog
$2/box of feed
Opening Hours: Weekends 9 am-5.30 pm, open to the public (call before visiting)
Location: 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 718864
Price: FREE entry upon approval
#4 Hay Dairies Goat Farm
Being the one and only goat farm in Singapore, the Hay Dairies Goat farm is home to more than 800 goats, with the majority originating from the USA. At the farm, you will be able to interact with goats or feed them with packs of hay sold onsite. You can even observe the milking process of the goats if you arrive at the farm from 9 am to 10.30 am and give the fresh milk a taste
While there is no entry fee required for the Hay Dairies Goat farm, you will have to purchase Alfalfa Hay for $5 a packet to feed the hungry goats. You can also purchase a range of souvenirs such as freshly bottled goats’ milk which starts from $2.50 or other merchandise such as cooler boxes.
Opening Hours: Daily except Tuesday 9 am-4 pm, open to public
Location: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859
Price: FREE entry
#5 Gallop Stable
Source: Gallop Stable Facebook Page
Started back in 2003, Gallop Stable runs two outlets which are currently the largest public riding centres in Singapore for horses and ponies. To get the full horse-riding experience, you have the chance to ride along the lush greenery found at Bukit Timah filled with natural wildlife such as monkeys or even monitor lizards. Alternatively, you can also ride a personalised trail if you are feeling more adventurous. Apart from the rides, you can also feed the pony with the in-house feed after the ride (sold separately).
Pony and horse rides start from $10 per ride with staff supervision and a safety helmet included, and packets feed for the pony goes at $2 per packet of feed.
Opening Hours: Daily 8 am-8 pm, call to check availability
Location: Bukit Timah – 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
Pasir Ris – 61 Pasir Ris Green Carpark C Singapore 518225
Price: $10 per ride, separate charges for special arrangements
#6 The Animal Resort
Source: The Animal Resort Facebook Page
Even though nicknamed the miniature Singapore Zoo by many, you will not find ferocious lions or friendly dolphins here. Instead, what you will find here are exotic birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and even a retired racing horse, which you can feed and interact with. The environment here resembles a kampung from the 1960s, where some animals such as birds can be seen roaming around freely.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, a prior reservation is required for the visit which lasts up to 1.5 hours. You can choose a timeslot for your visit, between 10 am-1 pm or 2 pm-5 pm.
Children <12 years old
Adults >12 years old
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 10 am-5 pm, call to check availability
Location: 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798058
#7 Gallop Kranji Farm Resort
If you are looking for a short staycation that is surrounded by animals, the Gallop Kranji Farm Resort is probably the only option available in Singapore. Consisting of 35 villas of varied size categories, you can bring your family and friends for a short stay or a daycation.
In the premises of the resort, you can take part in activities such as prawning, bunny and pony feeding sessions and even horse riding. With a starting price of $140/night for the Standard Villa (according to past reviews), this is an affordable way for you to have close interactions with animals while having a staycation.
Opening Hours (main office): Daily 8 am-9 pm
Location: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
#8 Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC)
We have all heard about the extensive efforts from ACRES to save the helpless wildlife, but have you ever wondered what happens to them after that? Rescued animals that are unfit to live in the wild, such as exotic or injured animals, are housed at the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC) until it gets relocated or repatriated back to its country of origin.
While ACRES do not charge an entrance fee, a minimum donation of $10 per person is required for entry to observe the animals at AWRC, which can range from exotic monkeys to lizards. Any donations will go directly to animal protection programmes in Singapore.
Opening Hours (main office): 24 hours
Location: 91 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698917 (prior reservation required)
Price: Minimum of $10 donation per person
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