Recreation in Moscow

Moscow provides a wide range of options for recreational activity.  No matter whether you have a family vacation, have a solo trip or travel with a company of friends, you will definitely find a leisure place that will suit you. These could be prominent historical places, spacious parks, luxurious restaurant, open air exhibitions and some world-class facilities.

Below you may find a list of the most popular places for leisure and entertainment in the capital.

Gorky Park

Gorky Park, the largest park in Moscow, covers the area of 120 hectares with 250 thousand visitors every weekend. After a long period of reconstruction, it is now in its peak of development. Here, one can enjoy pleasant strolls and take part in different sport activities, yoga and salsa classes, cycling, festivals and exhibitions.

Arbat Street

The most famous street in Moscow, the Arbat Street can offer you a wide range Russian traditional souvenirs, nice lunches in a restaurant, street artists’ performances and simply quite enjoyable atmosphere. You will definitely like walking along the long pedestrian street of 1,2 km full and contemplating the dynamic life of the city.

Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye is located next to the Red Square and Kremlin and can become a part of your visit to the city center. Here, you can contemplate a fascinating view over the old capital from the transparent observation deck. This is the newest park in Moscow which was constructed by the order of the city government. A competition was announced for the best park project, and as the result a new park area appeared right in the downtown.

All-Russia Exhibition Center (VDNKh)

The All-Russia Exhibition Center is a very special place which has become a combination of a park and trade pavilions. During 2014−2016, it was significantly improved by the city government. Along with the construction of Moskvarium, Oceanography and Marine Biology Centre, tons of rubbish were removed, many illegal structures and tents were eliminated and trade in the historical pavilions was finally prohibited.  Thus, started as an agricultural exhibition, VDNKh has turned into a 235-hectare space full of architectural constructions, fountains, restaurants, and walking areas.

Kolomenskoye Park and Estate

Known as an architectural museum, Kolomenskoe is one of the top places for family visits. Besides significant historical sights, it boasts a panoramic view over Moscow, nice bicycle and pedestrian paths, and amusement rides.

Tsaritsyno Park

The history of Tsaritsyno Park dates back to the Russian Empire. Having gone through several periods of reconstruction and time of total disrepair, it was finally renovated by the Moscow city government in 2006. Today is not only an important historical sight but also a beautiful greenery area with a pond, nice stroll paths and small coffee shops.

Izmaylovo Market

This is a must see place for all who are interested in handmade, antique, and crafts. Located in the territory of the Izmaylovo Kremlin, the most noisy and active place Vernissazh can offer you unforgettable atmosphere of a flea market. Don’t miss the chance to walk around the area, drop in the Bread and Vodka Museums, have a look at the beautiful pond and take part in various master-classes  which are often held in Izmaylovo.

As one can see, Moscow gives a plenty of opportunities for leisure time. Full of options for active sports and tranquil relaxation, it constantly improves thanks to the government initiatives. Renovation of public areas is held not only in the city center but also in the outskirts. Lyublino Estate Park, the Moskva River embankment in Kapotnya, Children’s Cherkizovsky Park, improvement of Park Pobedy  on Poklonnaya Gora have been the most important projects over the last decade. Explore the rich history and beautiful greenery landscapes of the Russian capital!