“Ulu” might be a word used to describe Punggol, but not anymore since its gentrification. From a far-flung area that no one wants to visit, to a waterfront town with a vibrant demographic profile, Punggol is more than just your regular neighbourhood in Singapore.
If you are wondering what this waterfront town can offer you and your family when you move into Punggol Waterway Sunrise 1, look no further! Here are some fun things the whole family can enjoy without stepping out of the region:
1. Go prawn catching at Punggol Riviera Prawning
Prawning can be a fun activity for the whole family. There is a barbecuing area where you can grill freshly-baited prawns. To keep things exciting, they have a reward system that incentify you to keep prawning – you’ll get $10 in cash if you’re lucky enough to catch a tagged prawn!
While it isn’t fishing per se, prawning can still be seen as a game of patience nonetheless. It is most definitely a creative way to inculcate qualities like diligence and perseverance in children.
Location: 60 Punggol East, Punggol Golf Club #01-11, Singapore 828825
Operating Hours: 24/7
Admission: 1 hour – $18, 2 hours – $28, 3 hours – $33
2. Learn to wakeboard at Ryders Singapore
Since Punggol is by the water, water sports are naturally accessible to Punggolians. One such sport is wakeboarding. Learn to glide across the water with Ryders@Punggol. This exhilarating sport can be learned by children as young as six. Equipment is provided.
Location: 11 Northshore Drive, Marina Country Club, Singapore 828670
Operating Hours: 8.00am – 7.00pm
Admission: From $120 per hour
3. Splash, slide and roll at SPLASH @ Kidz Amaze
Find the weather too hot for comfort? Head down to Singapore’s first indoor water playground at SPLASH @ Kidz Amaze for some wet fun and splashin’ good time!
Opened in 2016, this three-storey water arena spans 23,000 square feet and boasts eight play decks, five slides and a themed splash pad. With “Enchanted Deep Sea” as the theme, expect visually stunning interactive play elements – in the shapes of marine animals – to engage your child’s sense of direction, motion and coordination.
The best part? To encourage family bonding, you are allowed to join in the fun with your little ones at the main play structure!
Location: 9 Sentul Crescent, SAFRA Punggol, Level 3, Singapore 828654
Operating Hours: 1.00pm – 7.00pm (weekdays), 10.00am – 9.00pm (weekends)
Admission: $16 and $20 for non-members on weekdays and weekends respectively. (Additional $2 per accompanying adult)
* It opens at 10.00am on weekdays during the school holidays.
4. Play futsal at Uber Sports
Organize a game of futsal with family and friends is a great way to build comradery. And Uber Sports is undoubtedly the best place to play in Punggol. It offers sheltered artificial turf pitches, enclosed within safety nettings that maximize ventilation and safety. The pitches are even equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems so everyone can attempt to bend it like Beckham.
Location: 6 Tebing Lane, #01-05, Singapore 828835
Operating Hours: 24/7
Admission: $50/court/hr (off-peak hours) or $95/court/hr (peak hours)
5. Go cycling at Coney Island
The rustic Coney Island Park is home to many habitats like coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves, and casuarina woodlands. Together, the habitats house a wide variety of wildlife, fauna and flora, even critically endangered ones. Some plants at the park are even presumed nationally extinct in the wild!
Cycle down the main Coney Island spine and experience nature on a ride. Travel along the 2.5km main path or follow the signs to navigate your way to the beaches. The park’s terrain may make cycling bumpy at times, so err on the side of caution and pace yourself!
Location: Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, Singapore 829325
Operating Hours: 7.00am – 7.00pm daily
6. Explore Lorong Halus Wetlands
What to do when you are done with Coney Island and with time to spare? Make a trip to Lorong Halus Wetlands, of course!
A stone throw away, turn right the moment you exit Coney Island and cycle along the river until you reach the destination.
Since 2011, this former garbage landfill serves as a bio-remediation system for the Serangoon Reservoir and is a haven for biodiversity. The ponds, reservoir and greenery attract plenty of wildlife. It is also a favourite bird-watching spot for ornithophiles.
And before making your way back to the Waterway Sunrise 1, catch the sunset on the Lorong Halus Bridge. We heard it’s quite a sight.
Location: Pasir Ris Farmway 3
7. Potter around Punggol Waterway Park
Situated along the river and Punggol Park Connector, the Punggol Waterway Park is a great outdoor place for little ones to enjoy a fun-filled day of leisure activities. It is segmented into four different themes: Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery.
The park features a spiral tunnel spray, water playground, couple of cannon jets and small fountains. Closer towards the river, there is a sandbox area for kids to potter around.
Fun Fact: Do you know that the Punggol Waterway Park is a recipient of the prestigious Global Superior Achievement Award from the International Water Association?
Location: Sentul Crescent, Singapore 821313
8. Take a stroll along Punggol Beach
With boulders lining the shore and pristine sands unblemished by rubbish, Punggol Beach is a gem for Punggolians seeking to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle.
Tranquil on most days, let the kids build sandcastles while you sit back and unwind. You can also choose to go fishing at the Punggol Jetty. Remember to add the lovely sunset into your itinerary too.
Finally, when it is time for dinner, head over to Punggol Settlements for some mouth-watering seafood!
9. Have a gastronomical feast at The Punggol Settlement
Evenings at The Punggol Settlement offer a glimpse into Singaporeans’ favourite pastime: eating.
Dominated by seafood restaurants – House of Seafood, Leong Ji Seafood and Punggol Seafood – this 2-storey enclave is the dining destination in the North-Eastern region of Singapore. Where else could you catch the sunset by the sea while feasting on chilli crab?
Other notable eateries include Balinese-themed Georges by the Bay, and White Restaurant, known for its signature White Beehoon.
Location: 3 Punggol Point Road, Singapore 828694
10. Go glamping at Punggol Container Park
Hearing ‘glamping’ for the first time? It’s actually a portmanteau, coined from a combination of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. Glamping means camping in style. After first dying out in 2012, this doing-it-for-the-‘gram trend came back to our shore in 2017.
Since then, Glamping Society became the first to provide Singaporeans with the new and improved glamping experience. The company has air-conditioned tents and a multitude of packages, with add-ons to suit your needs and demands.
And lucky for you, all the heavy lifting is done by Glamping Society. A package starts from S$270 and can go as high as S$799. Besides Punggol, you can also glamp with Glamping Society at East Coast Park.
Location: 50 Punggol E, Singapore 828824
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