Postcard perfect: Top scenic spots to walk your dog
Published on Thursday, 11 August 2016
° Is the place crowded on weekends?
° Is it spacious enough?
° Are there shelters or pavilions around?
° How gorgeous is the view?
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Outdoor Gardens open daily from 5am to 2am.
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Test: Dogs are permitted only at the Outdoor Gardens of Gardens by the Bay (GBTB), and have to be leashed at all times. While Fido can't enter the conservatories, the outdoor paths alone provide more than enough room for exploration. There is a huge open space at the SuperTree Grove, and benches are located at the foot of every SuperTree.
Verdict: Being a popular tourist destination, GBTB is packed to the rafters on weekends. Hence, our furry tester had to be carried most of the time. Among all the Outdoor Gardens, only the Heritage Gardens has a few sheltered pavilions. Although a distance from the carpark, the Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes offer the best views of the Singapore skyline—perfect for a waterfront stroll with Fido. However, as GBTB is a tourist attraction, it's best to drop by on weekday evenings when it's less crowded and cooler.
PUNGGOL WATERWAY PARK
Open all day, lighting hours from 7pm to 7am.
Sentul Crescent Road
Test: The newest spot on our list, Punggol Waterway Park is located in the heart of the young estate. The saplings did not offer much shade, but each bridge and pavilion sported a quirky and different design—lending a fresh and vibrant vibe to the park.
Verdict: Quiet even on the weekends, our furry tester enjoyed having the entire pathway to himself. Walking on the bridges also offered a nice change of environment, and we liked how Kelong Bridge was inspired by Punggol's rural village past. An old school orange-and-white bus stop that's no longer in use served as a pavilion— one of many—to offer respite from the heat.
For our take on Singapore Botanic Gardens and Labrador Nature Reserve, flip to Tried and Test (pg 28) of our Jun-Jul 2016 issue!