• West Coast Park
Unlike East Coast Park, its west-side counterpart is less crowded and messy, with neat patches of open greens, cycling and jogging paths, and playgrounds. One length of the linear park looks out over the sea, and while there’s no sandy beach, the flat-rocked waterfront makes an ideal spot for fishing and watching the sunset. Instead of a bicycle rental shop, you’ll find a go-kart kiosk. These pedal carts come in one-seater and four-seater varieties, and make exploring the park easy, especially for tiny tots.
Make a stop at the Adventure Playground – the grassy perimeter is well-shaded so you can unroll a mat and rest while your kids exhaust themselves on the two-storey-tall rope pyramid, flying fox and kiddy rides. Also check out the western end of the park, where children can run along rope-fenced boardwalks right next to the edge of a mini marshland reserve without fear of falling in.
More adventurous families can apply for a camping permit from National Parks Board beforehand as there’s a field in the middle of the park for campers to pitch a tent – it’s quiet and breezy, but not so secluded that you’ll feel unsafe. OPENING HOURS Open 24 hours daily.