5 original activities to do in Saint Petersburg
St. Petersburg has a lot of sights and conventional activities on offer, such as visiting the Hermitage or a day trip to Peterhof. But what original, unconventional activities can you do here? And what about the slightly unusual sights, just waiting to be discovered? Well, have a read of the following blog and you’ll discover a whole range of interesting activities.
King of the trees
If you want to do something that’s a bit sporty and a lot of fun, try visiting the ‘King Kong‘ Rope Park on the outskirts of the city. It’s just as enjoyable for children as it is for adults. If the weather isn’t great, you can even find some indoor parks right in the centre of the city. So, pack your sports clothes and swing over!
Up and down
In Saint Petersburg, your plans will often depend on the weather, but there are also activities you can do indoors. One such activity could be a visit to a trampoline park – ‘Razgon’ and ‘Number 1’ are both located south-west of the city. It takes about 30 minutes by car from the city centre but you can always take the metro to ‘Leninskiy Prospekt’ and from there it’s a 10-minute walk.
For the brave
If you’re a fan of scary movies or magical stories, you may have just come to the right place. ‘Secrets of Petersburg’ is an unordinary museum right in the heart of Saint Petersburg, on Nevsky Prospekt. The building houses 10 rooms and each tells a different story. They’re packed with extraordinary designs, living characters and various lightshows. Trust me, it’s worth a visit!
Fast and furious
This recommendation will certainly appeal to your inner sense of fun. The city has a go-carting centre near ‘Park Pobedi’ metro station. You can pick between various types of go-carts, all differing in handling and speed. The track is about 250 metres long and there are lots of tight bends and chances to overtake your opponents!
Fire and Ice
Saint Petersburg is home to two very well-known sports clubs: Zenit and SKA. Zenit is the name of the Saint Petersburg football team and is famous around the world. Their Zenit Arena is located by the sea, near ‘Primorski Park’. The nearest metro station is ‘Krestovskiy Ostrov’ and from there it is just a short walk through the park. SKA is a hockey club, also very famous in Russia. Hockey is, in fact, one of this country’s most popular sports. You can watch them play in the ‘WinterPalace’, located in the east of the city. Again, you can go by metro, this time to ‘Osu Accra’ and you’ll see the stadium right in front of you. For more information, have a look at my colleague’s blog 3 tips for the sport enthusiast. Fredrik provides you with some more detail on sports events in Saint Petersburg.
If you are staying in St Petersburg for longer than a week, I would suggest trying all these activities. You can only begin to imagine the fun you’ll have trying something a little different. It’ll also be a nice change from your sightseeing program. Do you have any other activities to recommend? Have you already tried some of these activities? Write your comments below.