Upgrade your Singapore layover and see why Changi Airport is beloved. 

So you’ve landed in Singapore for a layover and you have a couple of hours to kill. But Singapore’s Changi Airport is more than just a place to catch a flight. It’s a destination in itself, with a plethora of attractions, activities and amenities to keep you entertained and relaxed.

Whether you have a few hours or a whole day to spare, here are some of the best and most fun things to do in Changi Airport that will make you forget about your flight. And with so many world-class attractions, you may not want to leave!

So, keep this guide handy for your next Singapore stopover as we share with you the most unique things to do in Changi Airport:

<strong>Climb to new heights with Climb@T3</strong>
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Climb to new heights with Climb@T3

It’s not at every airport that you find exercise centres, but Singapore has gone one step further. Right in the heart of Terminal 3 sits Climb@T3, a towering rock-climbing facility perfect for everyone from as young as two years old to adult climbing enthusiasts. So whether you partake in a guided program, children’s coaching classes, or just climb up to the very top, Climb@T3 is the perfect way to see Changi Airport from a new perspective!

<strong>Awe at the world's largest indoor waterfall, Jewel</strong>
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Awe at the world's largest indoor waterfall, Jewel

Arguably the crown ‘jewel’ of Singapore Airport, Jewel Waterfall represents the grandeur and awe of the city state. Measuring over 130 feet tall, Jewel Waterfall has claim to being the world’s largest indoor waterfall, as water cascades from the dome in a magnificent centrepiece. And with rows of trees running along the periphery of the building creating a unique tropical vibe, Jewel Waterfall is a prize for any tourist lucky enough to visit Changi Airport in Singapore.

<strong>Get your game on at Changi Experience Studio</strong>
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Get your game on at Changi Experience Studio

Immersive light shows and fully interactive games. Through a unique combination of technology and a little bit of magic, the Changi Experience Studio has created a state-of-the-art interactive experience that’s fun for the whole family. Across 20 different interactive elements, enjoy the virtual worlds concocted by Changi Airport that helps you learn about aviation and what makes the airport tick. What are you waiting for? Step into the world virtual reality at Changi Experience Studio.

<strong>Pass the time at the silver screen</strong>
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Pass the time at the silver screen

Want to kick up your feet while keeping the little ones at bay? Then head on down to the indoor theatre in Singapore Airport in Terminal 2, featuring the latest Hollywood blockbusters for the whole family to enjoy. Screenings are running 24/7 and a free of charge; just grab a seat and a bag of popcorn and enjoy your Singapore stopover in style!

<strong>Get cultured with in-house art exhibitions</strong>
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Get cultured with in-house art exhibitions

Who says that airports don’t have culture? Spread across the four main terminals of Singapore’s Changi Airport is a litany of spectacular sculptures and interactive art pieces to sink away the wee hours of the day. Exhibitions such as Singapore Rojak celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the island state, while Kinetic Rain will have you marvelling over 1,000 copper ‘raindrops’ in stunning formations. Become a critic for the day thanks to this uniquely fun thing to do at Changi Airport.

<strong>Gardens, gardens, and more gardens</strong>
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Gardens, gardens, and more gardens

Singapore is often seen as the ‘City in a Garden’, so it’s only fitting that Changi Airport also features a stunning collection of gardens. Sunflower, tropical rainforests, and water lily gardens are just some of the spectacular spaces for you to relax while you wait for your flight in Singapore. Meanwhile, Piazza Garden and Canopy Park celebrate the diversity and forward progress of the city-state, respectively, giving you a taste of Singapore without ever leaving the airport!

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Feature image: Changi Airport Jewel Waterfall, Singapore. Photographed by Sing Studio. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on July 19 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on July 02 2023.