Café-hopping, movie-watching, window-shopping  – these are some of the usual activities Singaporean couples do when dating. If you’re looking for something different (whether it’s to spice things up or to impress a date), there’s plenty to do in the heartland!

For the Nature Lovin’ Duo

Enjoy the outdoors? There is a wide assortment of parks and trails nestled in HDB estates that are perfect for your jogging, cycling or even hiking date. These include familiar green spaces such as Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West,  Coney Island located near Punggol and Bukit Batok Town Park (Little Guilin).

Make your way up the 120-step stairs for a panoramic view of Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West Park!
Photo: @nparks

For a breath of fresh air (literally), take a journey to the West and check out Jurong Lake Gardens! Comprising the Lakeside, Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the recreational space was identified for renewal and further development under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) Programme in 2011. The revamped Jurong Lake Gardens will be opened in phases, with Lakeside Garden marking its first phase in April 2019.

Sunset walks at Jurong Lake Gardens

From Singapore’s largest nature heartland play garden (Forest Rumble) to a boardwalk experience through the freshwater swamp forest (Rasu Walk), get ready for a day’s adventure at Jurong Lake Gardens!

Located in Bukit Panjang is Chestnut Nature Park. At 81 hectares, this nature park is also Singapore’s largest to date. From hiking to birdwatching and even mountain biking, the park is the perfect spot for your outdoor dates!

There are two main hiking trails to choose from – the Northern Hiking Trail (3.5km) and the Southern Hiking Trail (2.1km). The former consists of more forested trails located next to water streams while the latter offers hilly walks that eventually lead to open lalang fields.

For the Shutterbugs

This one’s for the Instagram boyfriends and girlfriends! You’ve probably captured countless shots of your partner at our #HDBeautiful void decks, lush rooftop gardens, and against our colourful block facades. Here’s another location for you: our playgrounds!

The iconic dragon playground at Toa Payoh makes for a distinctive photo spot!

There are plenty of vibrant and quirky playgrounds in HDB estates – including the well-loved and iconic dragon playground in Toa Payoh! Other iconic spots include the watermelon and mangosteen-themed playgrounds at Tampines Central Park, and the tilting train playground at Tiong Bahru.

For something a little less conventional, visit the Dinosaur Playground at Toa Payoh’s Fu Shan Garden and the shipwrecked-themed playground at Sembawang Park.

Our playgrounds have evolved in their design and functions over the years, and are definitely an Insta-worthy backdrop for your photos.

For the Adrenaline Junkies

Save for the roller coasters and bungee jumps at Sentosa, there may not be many other heart-pumping activities in Singapore. But what if we told you there’s something unconventional for thrill-seekers, which can only be found in an HDB town?

We’re talking about abseiling – in the heartlands!

Organised by the West Coast CC Youth Club, these abseiling sessions take place monthly, and participants get to abseil off different HDB blocks in Clementi. If adventure’s your middle name, the club also organises kayaking and stand-up paddling activities – more unconventional date ideas!

Then again, who says you need to be outdoors to have fun? A 5-minute walk from Khatib MRT station is Khatib Adventure HQ, which boasts a series of adventure elements such as a ninja course, urban climbs and an artificial cave experience.

Get your adrenalin pumping with a myriad of activities at Khatib Adventure HQ
Photo: HomeTeamNS

The Firemen Slides and the Roll Glider, Singapore’s first indoor aerial attraction that comprises hang-gliding, a coaster ride and proximity flight will definitely get your adrenaline going.

Got any other date ideas in the heartlands that we should know of? Let us know at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or tag us on Instagram!

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