Skip the movies, ditch your devices and head outdoors for quality time with your partner.
Running out of date ideas? It’s true that you can’t go wrong with a classic meal-and-movie combo, but it can get a little stale after some time. Why not look towards the great outdoors for your next romantic day out? While the temperature of late isn’t quite what we’d call sweater weather, it’s a great time to go out, get some Vitamin D, and a nice natural tan. Show your partner that you have an adventurous side. Plus, these fun activities could provide you and your date a breath of fresh air (literally). Best news ever: They won’t break the bank, either.
Engage in a paintball battle
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If both you and your date don’t mind pulling in a couple of friends, why not turn your average afternoon into an exciting group date? Known as Singapore’s most popular paintball location, Red Dynasty Paintball offers everything from Birthday Packages to The Godfather themed packages. You can even arrange for sessions on a remote island — they have an overseas paintball team building programme with includes ferry, food, paintball and accommodation. With prices for packages starting at only $10.90 per pax, we say make a reservation ASAP.
Explore Haw Par Villa
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Tired of the typical, mainstream locations that most couples head to on dates? Look no further than Haw Par Villa, which houses a collection of eerie yet impressive statues and reliefs. Having recently undergone a series of reparation works, the newly refurbished winding pathways and attractions sport menacing names such as Hell’s Museum and 10 Courts of Hell, making it a fantastic exploration ground for an adventurous pair. The best part? Admission to this iconic park is free of charge.
Luge and Skyride at Sentosa
Hop aboard the Skyride, a chairlift ride that offers scenic views of Sentosa, while being transported to the top of the Luge slopes. Then, race your date down one of the four trails in the three-wheeled go-karts. Two rounds on the Luge and Skyride costs $23.50 per person.
Nature walk at Coney island
Coney island is the place to be for picturesque views, whether you’re sticking to the main path (2.4km), following the signs to the beaches, or carving your own path off the beaten track. It’s pretty enough that many a wedding shoot has happened here.
Watch movies under the stars
Get cosy with your partner and enjoy watching a film on a large screen outdoors. Films At The Fort and Movies At Sentosa are outdoor events with screenings of blockbuster movies at Fort Canning and in Sentosa respectively. There’s always good food and drink on offer, too! Sign up to respective mailing lists to keep yourself informed of screenings. Also check out Funzing for more pop-up cinema events, which can include venues like Blu Jaz in Bali Lane.
Kayaking at The Water Sports Centre
For just $12 per person, you and your date can kayak around The Water Sports Centre. Located next to Kallang Basin, this is a perfect activity to burn off some calories. First-timers to the water sport can also opt for the more beginner-friendly pedal boats, while more experienced paddlers will be thrilled to tackle the 500m long Regatta course. Hours are from 7am to 8pm daily, but the last kayak rental is at 5pm, while the last pedal boat rental is at 6pm.
A picnic at East Coast Park
Grab a basket and mat — that’s all you need for a relaxing day by the beach. Find a shady spot, and prepare to lounge or dip your toes in the water. Want to stay the night? Check out Glamping Society, which offers tents that sleep 2 people for $150.
Hiking at MacRitchie Reservoir
Immensely popular among hikers and nature lovers, MacRitchie Reservoir, located just off Thomson Road, is home to landmarks that offer stunning views like the TreeTop Walk and Jelutong Tower. Before tackling the trails (even the shortest is a 6km walk!), make sure you and your date have water, and sunscreen and mosquito repellent on.
Kite Flying at Marina Barrage
Besides being a great tourist attraction, the Marina Barrage offers open skies and a cool breeze to visitors. Why not take a kite there on a clear day and enjoy an afternoon of kite flying, then chilling as the sun goes down? A great alternative for couples who love a day in the great outdoors, but aren’t quite fans of physical activity, this is ideal for those early-day dates when you’re just getting to know each other, since you’ll have plenty of time to bond while making that kite soar.
Rock climbing at Safra Adventure Sports Centre
Safra Adventure Sports Centre located at Yishun offers outdoors rock walls – perfect for adrenaline junkies and sporty couples. At only $16.05 per pax ($10.70 for Safra members and $5.35 for students at off-peak hours), you get to test your skills on the 15m and 25m climbing walls or take it up a notch with the 18m slab, chimney and crack walls.
Enjoy a free concert outside the Esplanade
What’s better than a concert date? Definitely, one where you don’t have to pay a cent for the music! Head to the concert space outside of the Esplanade and support local, up-and-coming talent. Check the official website for more details on the performers and show times.
Explore the Botanic Gardens
There’s a good reason why this 150-year old tropical garden is the Singapore’s first and only Unesco World Heritage Site. Housing many attractions, trails and gardens in its sprawling 74 hectares, there’s plenty to see and do with your partner. What’s more, admission to all areas except the National Orchid Garden is completely free of charge.