If you’re looking for a refreshing new tourist destination, look no further than the island-state of Singapore. While long-time residents feel that they’ve done everything there is to do in this genteel and urbanized mecca of Southeast Asia, first-time visitors will find themselves pleasantly occupied with the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the Lion City. From the incredibly serene sprawl of the Singapore Botanic Garden and the family-friendly attractions of the world-renowned Universal Studios, to the preppy nightlife found in Bugis Street and Geylang, there are so much that Singapore can offer to both day and night trippers.

And while there are a lot of opportunities for fun that beckon both casual and serious tourists to come to this great city over and over again, here are arguably the top 7 fun things to do in Singapore:

Newcomers might wonder if the Lion City has a spot of green in an endless sea of urban infrastructure, it being the concrete jungle famous worldwide. Take an early morning jog in the Singapore Botanic Garden, where lush rainforest and orchid flowers thrive to relax and calm harried and hectic weekenders. The park opens early (5 a.m.), so early-risers can use the stroll to preempt a full day’s worth of tramping around in the city.

Currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, edging out the UK’s London Eye, the Singapore Flyer is a great way to spend some alone time with your date. Thirty minutes in one of its capsules, viewing the cityscape at sunset will set the stage for more romantic pursuits afterwards.

Come late afternoon or evening, a runaround through this very chic and mysterious lane tucked inside the city’s Muslim Quarter is sure to enthrall the accessory and wardrobe buff in you. You can find many exotic curios for the taking here, as well as a sampling of Middle Eastern cuisine. Bring the whole family or the gang to this theme park within Resorts World Sentosa for some fun and rides. See the sights and sounds and the magic behind famous Hollywood movie scenes as you saunter along the streets of themed zones like Hollywood and The Lost World.

Come late afternoon or evening, a runaround through this very chic and mysterious lane tucked inside the city’s Muslim Quarter is sure to enthrall the accessory and wardrobe buff in you. You can find many exotic curios for the taking here, as well as a sampling of Middle Eastern cuisine. What’s Singapore without the city’s well-known retail hub? If you decide to get a break from taking in the exotica in the Lion City, come back to good old fashioned shopping and mall-hopping in Orchard Road. The Orchard is a cozy place to hang loose and wait for the next guided tour, if nothing else.

Set your sights on something lofty? Head over to Sentosa by taking a ride in one of its well-known cable cars, with a line from Mount Faber to the island resort, traversing the Keppel Harbour. The twelve-minute ride will take your group’s collective breath away.

short hop away from Marina Bay, say a fond hello to the city’s iconic statue and heritage treasure located in this park, and arguably Singapore’s most famous tourist attraction. A trip to the Lion City just wouldn’t be complete without having your picture taken beside the merlion. And there you have it. 7 fun things to do in the city; which is but one way to say there’s a lot more in store for visitors to the City of the Lion, the urban and suburban paradise known as Singapore.