The next time you complain that there's nowhere to go in Singapore's concrete jungle, why don't you consider venturing to green spaces to bask in nature's arms and take in fresh breaths of air while enjoying what our parks and nature reserves have to offer? We at reckon it'll be a good change for those of you who often find yourselves holed up in shopping malls. What's the best part? You don't even need to spend a single cent to spend your time exploring these green spaces!

Besides the calming and rejuvenating properties that come with fresh air and lush foliage, research has shown that one's mental well-being improves upon interaction with nature. If that doesn't sound like a good enough reason for stressed up Singaporeans who're concerned about the gloomy economic outlook that we're facing, I don't know what will. Here, we round up the 6 most interesting green spaces in Singapore you could visit in your free time or if you'd just like to take a short respite from the hustle and bustle of city living.

6 Most Interesting Green Spaces In Singapore To Visit

1. HortPark

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For the most part, HortPark is an underrated one-stop gardening resource park nestled off Alexandra Road that more people ought to visit for an elevated therapeutic experience with nature. Expect to come into close contact with a myriad of thoughtfully curated blooms and water features that will uplift your senses when you visit.

And if you fancy, you could even join in for their Gardeners' Day Out event that has both lifestyle and gardening activities lined up for all, including Gardeners' Market; Food Bazaar; free talks, demonstrations, garden tours; kids' activities such as storytelling or arts and crafts. According to NPark's official site, these upcoming dates that you can mark down are 11 June, 10 September, 8 October and 10 December 2016.

HortPark is about a 7-minute drive from Pasir Panjang MRT station or an 8-minute drive along Telok Blangah Road and Alexandra Road.

33 Hyderabad Road
Singapore 119578

2. Ann Siang Hill Park

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If you're in the Tanjong Pagar area, take the road less travelled and explore the easy-to-meander 0.6km Pioneers Trail and Ann Siang Hill Park and Telok Ayer Green. This trail is suitable for anyone including children and elderly people.

What can you expect here? You'll get to learn about the intriguing history of Ann Siang Hill through the sculptures that showcase historical information on the way of life and trade in early Singapore long before we became what we are today. Do keep your eyes peeled for the myriad of spice tree species, architecture and restored shophouses.

How to get there:
You may embark on the walking trail starting at Telok Ayer Street which is a 1-minute walk from Telok Ayer MRT station.

3. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Tucked away within close proximity from Bukit Timah Road sits the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Here's where you'll find the distinctive 30m-tall Tembusu that is printed on the back of our $5 legal tender.

Besides rare species of fauna and flora, you'll get to admire elegant swans or even catch free concerts when you unwind from stressful urban life. Well, you may not be conscious of this but our well-loved tropical garden is proudly a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Expanding on the notion of heritage, the newly opened Heritage Garden set within the Singapore Botanic Gardens will feature over 80 distinct plant species that have found their home in Singapore's multitude of green spaces and streets over the last 50 years.

If you're a parent, you can do awesome things with your kids at the Singapore Botanic Gardens - take them to the National Orchid Garden, Heritage Museum and CDL Green Gallery!

1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569

4. MacRitchie Reservoir Park

The MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a green spot that is immensely popular with both sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Located near the Thomson area, one can hike, get up close with monkeys, explore the pristine forest and waters, jog or even kayak.

But of course, everyone has to try their hand at snapping a cool shot of themselves at the TreeTop Walk, don't you agree? Do not attempt to feed the monkeys, though!

36 Lornie Road
Singapore 298735

5. Labrador Nature Reserve

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If you're looking to sink yourself in an oasis of tranquility and natural wonders, Labrador Nature Reserve is a great place to start. This nature reserve is teeming with wildlife, built on the edge of the secondary forest with a prime vantage point of a charming view of the sea and cliff-side vegetation. After all, here's one of the 10 best views of Singapore that you and your foreign friends will love.

You can also take a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails if that's what you're interested in. Who knows when you'll spot the resident squirrels scurrying up the trees there? We at also recommend Labrador Nature Reserve as one of our picks for the top 10 places for first dates in Singapore.

Those who are sensitive to cigarette smoke or dislike it will be happy to know that this is a smoke-free park.

Labrador Villa Road
Singapore 119187

6. Fort Canning Park

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Located near High Street, Fort Canning Park is an iconic hilltop landmark that has seen Singapore through many of its historical milestones. Pay Fort Canning Park a visit if you find yourself in need of somewhere calming where you can take retreat and a breather.

This sprawling green space gives visitors that much-needed dose of greenery and fresh air that many of us who are cooped up in office buildings lack. With many ancient artefacts spread across the park, we can only imagine how well-loved this park is for those who are keen on learning about Singapore's history. This park is also frequented by joggers and dog walkers.

River Valley Road
Singapore 179037