FOR THE SPORTY
Tired of jostling with the crowds at East Coast Park and Pasir Ris Park on the weekends?
Head to Bedok Reservoir Park (along Bedok Reservoir Road) or Kent Ridge Park (Vigilante Drive off South Buona Vista Road) for a workout instead.
At the reservoir, follow the gravel track around its waters for a route that is mostly flat with a few slopes. It covers a distance of about 4.3km.
Those who are keen on water sports can rent kayaks from the People's Association Wate-Venture (Bedok Reservoir) (tel: 9710-1697, www.water-venture.org.sg).
A tree-top obstacle course called Forest Adventure (tel: 8100-7420, www.forestadventure.com.sg), which is popular with schools and companies, can also be found within the reservoir park.
Kent Ridge Park is a well-kept secret of some fitness enthusiasts. It is equipped with 30 different types of exercise equipment for adults and the elderly across 20 fitness stations. These include cross trainers, rowers and Go!Bikes.
After exercising, cool off at the park's look-out points where you can spot off-shore islands such as Pulau Duran Darat.
FOR THE FAMILY
East and West Coast Parks, as well as the Singapore Botanic Gardens, are the best one-stop destinations for the whole family from adventurous youth to senior citizens.
The East Coast Park (along East Coast Parkway and East Coast Park Service Road) is one of the best developed and most popular park destinations here, and the range of its family-friendly activities is still unrivalled. Spend a laidback afternoon on a picnic mat facing the sea or take a leisurely cycle with your family on a four-wheel quad velo which takes up to four adults and two little children.
The park also has camping grounds, barbecue pits, inline-skates and bicycle rental shops and open areas where you can fly kites.
Those who crave more excitement can go for water sports such as cable wakeboarding at the cable-ski park Ski360degree (tel: 6442-7318, www.ski360degree.com, ski passes start from $32 for a one-hour session on weekdays and from $42 for a one-hour session on weekends) or visit the free Xtreme SkatePark @ East Coast (www.nparks.gov.sg) for skaters and bikers.
Over at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Road), mark your calendars for free outdoor performances at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage (tel: 6471-7361, www.sbg.org.sg).
You can sign up as a family for free heritage or nature tours at the gardens every month (tel: 6471-7361, www.sbg.org.sg).
West Coast Park (parallel to West Coast Highway) offers a wide range of activities, especially for children.
There is a large playground with a flying fox and a 9m-tall pyramid rope structure for children to climb on.
Other highlights of West Coast Park include the largest public dog run here as well as pedal go-karts for rental (tel: 6776-6858, www.pedalgokart. com.sg).