But those are not the only places where you can experience Singaporeâ€™s wild side. You can also head to the Jurong BirdPark and be prepared to be fascinated with 9, 000 colorful birds that belong to over 600 species.
If you plan to visit the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark during your stay in Singapore, I highly recommend that you avail of the special Park Hoppers tickets that are valid for one month from the date of purchase. These tickets will grant you admission to all these three parks or any two for a discounted price. The 3 in 1 Park Hoppers tickets cost S$40 while the 2 in 1 Park Hoppers tickets cost S$30. You can purchase these special tickets in any of the three parks.
It is advisable to allot an entire day for the Jurong BirdPark most especially if you have kids with you. More time would allow you to savor all the attractions in this 20-hectare open-concept park which proud locals claim to be the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific and the best in the world. Since this park is well known in Singapore, it would be best to avoid going there on weekends and holidays to avoid big crowds.
Now how can you actually spend an entire day at the Jurong BirdPark? Thatâ€™s pretty easy. Before anything else, remember to grab a copy of the park map so that you can maximize your tour. From the park entrance, you will immediately be mesmerized with the countless birds that are in the park most especially if you havenâ€™t seen so many birds in your entire life. You will see birds waddling in water pools and playful penguins swim to their heartsâ€™ content in the Penguin Parade.
One of my favorite attractions here is the Lory Loft which at 3, 000 square meters is considered the worldâ€™s largest Lory aviary. Remember to buy some nectar so that you have something to feed the birds at the feeding tower. The nectar will attract groups of Lories to come near you and that would surely give you one knockout souvenir photo.
Another favorite of mine is the Waterfall Aviary which is proudly stated as the largest walk-in aviary with the highest man made waterfall. The breathtaking 30-meter waterfalls is the perfect backdrop for an aviary that houses over a thousand birds like brightly colored macaws, and flamingos. Luscious plants that belong to around a hundred species of trees create the look of a natural rainforest. I enjoy strolling along the walkways and suspended bridge because of the lovely view. Go to the Waterfall Aviary on board the air-conditioned Panorail train for another extraordinary experience. This is another must-try!
The Jurong BirPark will not be called a bird park if there are no bird shows so make your way towards the semi-open Pools Amphitheater to catch two kinds of shows that are held here on a regular basis. One show is the Birds â€˜n Buddies show wherein the showâ€™s cast includes costumed characters that represent the bird species that you will find in the park. The other show is The Childrenâ€™s Parrot Show. Because these shows are offered free of charge, the place gets easily packed even if it has the capacity to seat 2, 000 people.
The Fuji Hawk Walk is another venue for the birds shows specifically the Birds of Prey Shows. These shows are the Fuji World of Hawks and the Kings of the Skies show. These shows are for the more daring visitors who would not mind having close encounters with falcons, turkey vultures, hawks, and eagles. You will find it difficult to sit still during these shows because the hairs on your neck will be tingling the entire time when you see those birds of prey fly just a few inches above your heads.
Because this park exudes a calm and magical atmosphere, this place has become a favorite venue for corporate gatherings, meetings, seminars, team building, dinner dances, pre-wedding photo shoots, banquets and even actual wedding ceremonies. For weddings, you will have a bird fly in with your wedding rings and love birds are also released for that added romantic touch.
Chirping birds with fluttering wings in rainbow colors would surely make a day spent at the Jurong BirdPark memorable and an experience to cherish. In a place where everything seems to have wings, you wonâ€™t be surprised when you realize that even time flies terribly fast.
Just like other theme parks in Singapore, you can take various means of public transportation to reach the Jurong BirdPark. You can get there by taking the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), by Taxi, or by Bus. If via MRT, you would have to take the MRT to Boon Lay Station and then transfer to SBS # 194 or 251 at the Boon Lay Bus Interchange. There is an available shuttle service that picks up visitors from various hotels along Orchard Road. You would need to check the theme parkâ€™s website to know the specific schedule.
Address: 2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925
Phone: (65) 6265 â€“ 0022
Operating Hours: 8:30 am â€“ 6:00pm
Admission Rates: Adult â€“ S$ 18.00; Children (3 â€“ 12 years old â€“ S$ 9.00)