If you are planning a leisure outdoor cycling activity or picnic on the island’s gorgeous parks, then Coney Island is one of the best options that have to be on your list.
The beautiful green space tucked in the city’s northeast corner is home to hidden sand beaches and lush flora and fauna.
In fact, there are some plants at the park that were once presumed extinct in the world. So in a way, it does take you to the pre-historic era!
As the location is ulu, you should ideally keep half a day to explore the different places and engage in activities. So rushed plan is a big no. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make the most of your trip.
Instead, plan your trip wisely to enjoy the beauty of the area, away from your work commitments for a change. We bring you an easy guide for your next trip to the Coney Island.
How To Reach Coney Island
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Opening Hours: 7 am to 7 pm
Nearby parks around Coney Island include Punggol Point Park, Punggol Waterway, Punggol Promenade Nature Walk and Lorong Halus Park Connector. You will have enough options to be exposed to greenery when you are here.
How to reach
By Public Transport:
- From Punggol interchange, you need to take bus no. 84 to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement.
- Walk 500 metres east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island Park West Entrance.
You can drive to Punggol Settlement and park your car there. You can also keep your car outside Coney Island’s exits by the West and East entrances.
Coney Island Park Map
Once you have reached the Park, you will need the help of the map to navigate you to different places. You can download this map or take a printout for your convenience.
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Things To Do At Coney Island
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Start at Punggol Point Park
You can start your trip at Punggol Point Park. Relax by the jetty and sit on the swings at the playground. While you enjoy the lush greenery, say ‘hello’ to the turtles in the pond.
This is a perfect place for bird watching. It has over 80 species of birds on the island and is also a popular stopover for migratory birds.
If you camouflage in the bird hides or wait patiently from the forested trails, you may get lucky and spot some rare birds too.
The park is home to a wide variety of habitats with many interesting and diverse flora and fauna. Several nationally threatened species are also the highlight of this park.
Explore Coney Island Park to check out which species you can spot.
Nature play garden
This adventure area was constructed using recycled materials and felled Casuarina trees. The ground material uses sand recycled from the nearby beach and gives a rustic feel to the area.
If you are at Coney Island, don’t miss the Casuarina Exploration. It is bound to be great fun for people of all ages. While you weave through the ‘Millipede’, the real challenge is trying to keep your balance on the ‘Earthworm’ and then hop across the ‘Caterpillar’.
Spend time at the beach
The Coney Island Park offers access to five beach areas. If you are cycling on the main path, remember to look for signs that’ll direct you to any of these beaches.
Welcoming you at the beaches are pristine shores and the perfect place to relax after sweating it out on the bikes. Do head to the beach areas C and E for some tranquillity.
How To Go Around
Rent a bike
If you don’t have bikes of your own then you can rent a bike from Jomando Adventure & Recreations. It’s located at the extreme end of the Punggol Settlement.
You get bikes of all sizes here for the entire family. Whether you want to choose mountain bikes or go for double bikes for you and your kids, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Best Time To Visit
- The best time to plan a trip to Coney Island is early morning or late evening to avoid the glaring sun. Even though the island is shaded by huge trees, the area outside the park at Punggol Settlement is not.
- You should avoid visiting the park during a storm though. And if you find yourself stuck during rains, immediately seek shelter.
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Things To Carry When You Visit Coney Island
- Keep in mind that the terrain is rugged at parts, which may make it unsuitable for younger kids.
- There is no electricity or piped water on the island. Do remember to carry bottled water with you when you visit the park.
- Wear covered shoes and long pants to protect yourself from insect bites.
- Walk on the designated trails. If you meet any long-tailed macaques on the way, then you should keep a safe distance and not feed them.
- Don’t forget to put your sunscreen lotion and sunglasses in your bag.
- Carry snacks along so that you can munch on them when you are hungry. Punggol Settlement is the place where you can mind find some convenience stores and eateries.
While you are at the park, having fun with your friends and family, don’t ignore the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Mask up, carry hand sanitisers, and avoid the crowd.
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