East Coast Park Singapore
Land Wrested From the Sea
East Coast Park in Singapore is - next to Sentosa Island - another Singapore playground that can fill a day's worth of activities.
The park is about 11 kilometers long and sits right on the beach going from the airport almost to downtown.
Now don't expect a wild, pristine place with crashing waves.
This is reclaimed land, looking out at the endless line of ships waiting to dock at the port, and fully sculpted for those Singapore urbanites.
Busy East Coast Parkway also leads right along the park, so it isn't really the quietest place to go, either.
That being said, you can spend an enjoyable day there swimming, biking, water skiing or just hanging out at the beach.
National Parks Singapore has put together a
brochure - East Coast Park
with a map that shows you all the 'sectors' of East Coast Park and their various activities.
Beaches, Bikes and Blades
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A good place to start is the Food Village, more or less in the middle of the park.
The car park there is ample and right in front is a stretch of beach with a sand castle building area.
To the side is the smallish lake that hosts the Ski360 cable waterski rig.
Hire all your gear there and go for a spin, if you actually stay up, that is.
Looks easy, but it's a lot of fun just watching people slip and tumble, which is most of the time.
Also next to the lake is
club and restaurant, on the water.
Don't let the pictures on the site fool you - the waters around Singapore are not that clear. But, the location is nice with a restaurant, a small pool and a volleyball court. They also rent out sailboats and surfboards.
As usual, food is never far away for Singaporeans, and the food village and the seafood center - again all in this general vicinity - offer a number of hawker style stands around food courts with the usual in fare.
The whole park is a jogger's, biker's and blader's haven, of course, with the long paved trail along the whole stretch of park.
You can rent bikes and blades along the way, and even try out the skate park - again, right next to the parking lot.
McSkate, Singapore Minigolf and Bouncy Springs
About a kilometer down from the seafood center in East Coast Park is Marine Cove.
No idea why the idyllic name, actually. It is essentially a number of buildings with skate and bike rentals, a rental place for bouncy springs to put on your legs and go hopping, as well as cafes and restaurants and a McDonald's with a skate thru window.
One little gem in East Coast Park is here,Lilliputt
Now believe me, I really ain't a mini golf kinda guy. In fact, I don't even play golf, shame on me, and try to stay away from it for many reasons.
But a couple of tinkerers put together a really funny little indoor course using landmarks in Singapore.
Hit the ball into a tunnel, and the model MRT door opens to let the ball in, takes it a few meters and drops it again to the next hole.
The kids love it and even I couldn't help but wonder at the ideas these guys had thinking it up and building it.
Big Jets, Big Ships
Finally, if you do anything at all at the park, head towards the part that closes in on the airport.
The jets fly in fairly near on their approach to Changi and sitting on the beach, watching a big A380 wallow in from the sea, passing over those massive ships just offshore is an experience all to itself.
You can even pitch a tent in some places in the park and tell grandma you camped out in Singapore. Hope it doesn't rain - that could get interesting with the copious amounts of water that come down here.
Book at your local AXS machine - go to the government button, national parks sections and follow the instructions.
Take me back to those other Singapore attractions....
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