Many Singaporean families still select Sentosa Island as their chosen weekend getaway. Families who choose to stay at the sprawling Resorts World Sentosa have instant access to the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. The seven zones of Southeast Asia's first Universal Studios theme park are Madagascar, Sci-Fi City, Hollywood, New York, Far Far Away, Ancient Egypt, and the Lost World. Battlestar Galatica, the world's tallest two-track rollercoaster, is one of the star attractions at Universal Studios Singapore.
Most of Sentosa Island's other family friendly attractions may not appear as impressive as Universal Studios Singapore, but many children nonetheless enjoy the Madame Tussaud's wax museum or soaring down Sentosa Luge and Skyride's steerable bobsled. Visitors can purchase a single ticket for admission to both Underwater World, one of Asia's biggest tropical oceanariums, and Dolphin Lagoon.
The Merlion statue at Imbiah Station lights up at night and is an extended 37m version of the original Singapore River landmark. Even though visitors can take an elevator to the top of Sentosa Island's Merlion statue, the view from Tiger Sky Tower, the continent's tallest observation tower, is even more impressive. Visitors can see from as far as Indonesia and Malaysia on clear days.
Another spectacular 360-degree view of Singapore can be seen from Riverside's 1-Altitude Viewing Gallery, which stands 282m above the Central Business District's glittering skyline. The 50,000 toys on display at the five-floor Mint Museum of Toys behind Raffles Hotel come from 25 different countries and are up to a century old.
Fort Canning Park's Battle Box, the British army's former WWII Singapore headquarters, is now an air-conditioned museum where animatronic figures tell the story of Singapore's role in the war. Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore can be found in the Bras Basah area of Orchard Park.
Singapore Zoo, one of Asia's most highly ranked zoos, lies in northern Singapore. Wet or dry moats safely separate visitors from the spacious landscaped enclosures where Singapore Zoo's animals roam. Children can even feed elephants or eat surrounded by wildlife during the daily Jungle Breakfast or get wet at the Kidz Zone. Those who are tired of walking throughout the zoo can board a tiny train instead.
Singapore Zoo's neighbouring Night Safari is the first wildlife park on Earth which was specifically constructed for night viewing. Guided tram tours are the most popular way to explore this unique wildlife park, but the Leopard Trail walking path at the second tram station allows Night Safari visitors to examine the animals more closely.