5 ideas for short car trips in S’pore for families with young children

Places to drive and explore in Singapore with the family

Many of us may have gotten so used to traveling from place to place by bus or MRT that we don’t think twice.

But for families with young children, the hassle of rounding up the little ones and lugging a stroller makes having a car seem like a much more appealing option.

Of course, investing in one of these might not be affordable, so the best thing to do is book a ride, just for those quick rides.

With a driver transporting the family, you would have one less thing to worry about when planning your route. To help you get started, we’ve got some ideas for short road trips for a fun family getaway.

1. Catch the Morning Glow on Coney Island

Road trips tend to last all day, so starting your trip early can be a good idea, especially when you can take in breathtaking views that only early risers can see.

You’ve probably seen enough scenery with the Singapore skyline as a backdrop, so why not admire nature in its element instead?

Wake the family at dawn for a drive to Coney Island to enjoy the morning glow between majestic Casuarina trees.

The iconic trees that define the island and surround you will make you feel like you are in a different climate thousands of miles away.

There’s no need to prepare a passport when you can quickly travel to this scenic island off Punggol. Make sure you have a good camera with you, as you won’t be able to capture such a stunning natural environment anywhere else.

Since there is a lot of ground to cover, you can rent bikes from shops near Punggol Settlement for a leisurely ride around the area.

Once you’ve covered a few miles on 2 wheels, heading to your next destination won’t be so terrible when you can hop into a car that can take you anywhere hassle-free.

Here’s Coney Island on the map so you can plan your sunrise trip:

Coney Island
Opening hours: 7am-7pm

Doors close at 7 p.m. If you plan to go there in the evening, don’t forget to go out at sunset.

2. Soak up the sea breeze in the East

As the sun reaches its prime position in the sky and the weather warms up a bit, stopping near the coast would be a good idea to catch the cooling sea breeze.

Instead of finding a random spot in East Coast Park (ECP) for a picnic, stroll along the nearby Bedok Pier, which stretches from the shore to the sea.

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Curious kids who have probably never seen a person fishing up close can see fishermen in action there, as it is one of the few legal fishing spots in Singapore.

Bedok Pier
Address: East Coast Park Service Road, 449876
Opening hours: 24 hours a day

If the kids are well-behaved while mum and dad bask in the idyllic atmosphere, they can have a blast at the new Coastal Playgrove, which features a 4-story Play Tower.

After running around at their leisure, a quick cool down at the nearby water play area will be the perfect way to rest from the afternoon heat.

coastal grove
Address: 902 E Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449874
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 8am-8pm. Closed Mon.

Lunch will also be close at hand thanks to ECP’s many restaurants, including the restaurants at Marine Cove and the legendary East Coast Lagoon Food Village.

3. Go on a mini-island getaway in Sentosa

A trip to Sentosa is not the same without passing the trademark walkway or bridge to the island.

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But before you get there, take a short detour along Ocean Drive and Ocean Way, where you can see luxury homes and viewpoints devoid of the high-rise buildings that populate mainland Singapore.

Stop for a meal at Quayside Isle and pretend you’re on a tropical Hawaiian getaway as you dine overlooking blue waters and luxury yachts.

Why splurge on plane tickets when you can feel like a tourist in your own country?

wharf island
Address: 31 Ocean Way, 098375
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily

After seeing the atas lifestyle, you can take the family on a signature trip to Sentosa that includes a visit to beaches and attractions such as Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium, Skyline Luge and cable cars.

With endless things to do and sights to see, you could end up spending a whole day there before heading home after dark.

4. Admire the city at night at Bayfront

Although you may be tired by the time it gets dark, you may want to consider driving around the Bayfront area before heading home.

Seeing famous sights like the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) towers and the Singapore Flyer from the ground is one thing, but wait until you pass them on a nearly empty flyover at night.

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Travel along the Benjamin Sheares Bridge and see MBS, the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Financial Center appear as mesmerizing beacons.

The little ones will surely be impressed by the skyscrapers and the colored lights that they can admire through the car windows.

Since popular malls like Suntec City, Marina Square and Millennia Walk are nearby, moms can make a quick stop for some shopping therapy before heading home.

5. Relax in the tranquility of Seletar

Parents who prefer to avoid the city in favor of quieter escapes can end the night in Seletar instead. They can expect to dine in rustic restaurants that exude a lush country feel.

The Summerhouse at Seletar Aerospace Park, in particular, is a colonial-style establishment with a majestic façade.

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With an ornate table and delicious dishes that seem almost too good to eat, you’ll feel like dignified guests at a royal banquet.

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Even if you can’t make it in time for dinner, you can pin the place down for brunch on the weekends. Here’s how you can get there to live your Bridgerton dream:

The summer house
Address: 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed-Fri: 6pm-10pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am-3pm & 6pm-10pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Since the location is rather ulu to get there by public transport, the best way to get there is by car so you can jio the family for a quiet meal.

Book a Gojek car ride for your whole family

Planning a family day out takes a lot of effort, especially when you have to think of transportation that can accommodate everyone.

For large families who don’t have their own particular vehicle, booking a ride can be quite expensive and difficult. Fortunately, Gojek now has GoCarXL, which can carry up to 6 passengers and bulky items like groceries, groceries and even folding bikes.

Whether you’re out shopping in the day or having a great family dinner in the evening, you can book a GoCarXL anytime to transport everyone.

If you need multiple trips for a full day of activities, be sure to use the promo code 925 appreciate 50% discount on 5 journeys between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The code is valid for both GoCarXL and GoCar, so you can apply it for any ride.

Once you’re ready to go, be sure to download the app here to make your reservations.

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Plan exciting road trips to spend time with loved ones

Families often go on well-deserved vacations during the peak holiday season at the end of the year. But there is no need to wait that long as there are plenty of places to explore all year round.

Give your family a fun day out over a long weekend or whenever everyone is free, and make it an easy-to-remember experience.

Skip the buses and MRTs for a day and book car rides instead to make getting around easier and exploring lesser-known gems in Singapore.

This post has been brought to you in collaboration with Gojek.

Featured images by TheSmartLocal.

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