10 best places to watch the National Day Parade 2019 fireworks
Want to catch a perfect view of the National Day fireworks? This year, the NDP returns to the Padang for its bicentennial celebrations, but if you didn't manage to score those elusive tickets to the parade, you can still catch the 5-minute display from Marina Bay as well as the Singapore River where the fireworks will be set off for the first time. Here are some of the best viewing spots.
Free: Marina Bay Promontory
The Marina Bay Promontory is preferred among NDP 2019 fireworks spectators because you’re free to set up your own picnic. Lay a mat, grab some drinks and snacks and chill with your friends while anticipating the spectacle that’s about to unfold before you. It’s not every day that you’ll get such a magnificent view of Marina Bay.
Address: 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
Photo: The Promontory@Marina Bay/Facebook
2. Free: Marina Barrage
As another spot with enough space to lay down a picnic mat, Marina Barrage feels more spacious than the Promontory because it’s further away from the live fireworks. Once you’re done flying kites and taking photos of the beautiful skyline, you can begin preparing for the fireworks at night. However, one deal-breaker is that the fireworks might be blocked by the MBS building so you decide whether you value spaciousness or the view of the fireworks more.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Free: Merlion Park
Fancy an unobstructed view to the vibrant pyrotechnic display with the Merlion for company? Merlion Park will likely be the one of the most crowded areas to watch the fireworks so be sure to head down early.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Photo: Bryan Alexander/Flickr
Free: Helix Bridge
While Helix Bridge would normally be a fireworks viewing hotspot because of its prime view of The Float, the DNA-shaped steel footbridge will likely be less crowded this year given that NDP is at the Padang. If you’ve always wanted to take in the bay area sights while admiring the fireworks, there’s no better time to do so.
Address: Entrance at Youth Olympic Park, Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
Photo: Nan-Cheng Tsai/Flickr
Free: Bay East Gardens (Gardens By The Bay East)
A hidden gem when it comes to scenic picnics and tranquil bike rides, Bay East Gardens offers a gorgeous view of the skyline at Marina Bay. While it can be rather inaccessible and far from the fireworks, Bay East Gardens is a viable alternative if you prefer to watch the fireworks without an overwhelming crowd.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Free: Esplanade Roof Terrace
If you’re looking for an alternative to the wealth of locations that constantly place you right by the Singapore River, pay the Esplanade a visit. Being one of the few free places on this list that grant visitors an elevated view of the fireworks, you won’t regret securing the limited spots available at the Esplanade Roof Terrace.
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802
Photo: Erwin Soo/Flickr
Let’s move on to the paid viewing options. If you’re the type that hates squeezing with people, why not pay more for that sense of privacy? These options will definitely give you the best view when you watch the NDP fireworks as long as you’re willing to splash the cash.
Paid: Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Home to the infinity pool, the Sands Skypark is one of the go-to places to view the NDP fireworks. It’s quite an unforgettable experience as you have a bird’s eye view of the fireworks lighting up the night sky. Do note that you’re not allowed to bring professional photographic equipment so you’ll have to make do with your smartphone cameras.
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 9.30am – 11pm
Ticket Prices: $23 for adults, $17 for children and $20 for senior citizens.
Photo: Markus Jaschke/Flickr
Paid: Fullerton Bay Hotel
With its ideal waterfront position, many NDP fireworks fans usually flock to the Fullerton Bay Hotel for a session of relaxation as they take in the breathtaking view of the Singapore River from the Lantern Rooftop Bar. Chill and unwind with your friends as you enjoy some cocktails and have a sumptuous meal while celebrating the nation’s birthday.
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Photo: The Fullerton Bay Hotel/Facebook
Paid: Pan Pacific Singapore
Enjoy a mesmerising view of the fireworks at Pan Pacific Singapore with their Deluxe Balcony rooms. The National Day Fireworks Package features complimentary breakfast, access to the outdoor swimming pool, and all the bells and whistles associated with a premium hotel suite. Make this National Day an unforgettable one by indulging in Pan Pacific’s extensive breakfast options and gawking at the captivating view of Marina Bay.
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Photo: Pan Pacific Singapore/Facebook
LeVeL33 is an experimental penthouse dining place that overlooks the Marina Bay area. Located at the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre, sip on some champagne and homebrewed beer as you take in the amazing view of the fireworks 33 floors above ground. While considered pricey, everything on the premium menu has been curated by chefs to ensure they complement the sublime rooftop view.
Address: Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01, Sinsgapore 018981
Photo: LeVeL33 Craft-Brewery Restaurant & Lounge/Facebook
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