When children get tired of grown-up sightseeing, St Petersburg has plenty to keep them inspired and out of mischief. From aquatic adventures to wildlife wonders, our pick of the best things to do in St Petersburg with children will guarantee they’ll come home with a lifetime of memories.
Sink to sub-aquatic depths at Planet Neptune Oceanarium and see koi carp swim overhead as your family walk through its enchanting maze of watery tunnels. With 33 aquariums housing over 150 species of exotic fish and sea mammals, the Oceanarium is a spectacular destination in which to witness local Russian and exotic marine life up close. You can even pull a wetsuit on and learn how to scuba dive.
With a 3D cinema, sky tower, air hockey and canoe river, children will be begging for ‘just one more ride’ at Gagarin Park. Located in the leafy Moscow Victory Park, it’s an amusement park of epic proportions with attractions for everyone from the youngest family members to hard to please teens. For the ultimate arcade experience, Gagarin Park’s Toy Library features over 50 slot machines and arcade games to keep thrill-seekers happy.
Girls and boys will be swept into the magical world of fairy tales at the St Petersburg Museum of Dolls. From traditional folk toys to contemporary models, discover intricately made puppets and dolls with exquisitely made outfits. As well as a permanent collection, the Doll Museum showcases seasonal exhibitions, puppet shows and interactive master classes.
Housed within a magnificent giant glass dome, Piterland Aquapark offers thrills and spills with water slides aplenty. Centre stage in the tropical-themed pool is an impressive timbered pirate ship. Children will love Aquapark’s dizzying water rides while parents can recline on a lounger, take a dip in the Egyptian Bath or enjoy a relaxing Swedish massage.
Housing one of the largest and finest collections of species in the word, the Museum of Zoology is a captivating cornucopia of natural history. Discover giant woolly mammoths, whale skeletons, tropical birds of paradise and beautiful butterflies. You’ll even find the horse mounted by Peter I in a battle against the Swedes.
Not only home to the Russia’s most eminent theatrical and ballet performances, Mariinksy Theatre also caters to little ones with a series of exceptional children’s events. From Peter and the Wolf with a variety of narrators, to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Russian tale The Glass Boy, captivate your children with a world-class musical show at Mariinsky Theatre.
Murder, intrigue, crime and punishment… St Petersburg has it all. Those fascinated by the more ghoulish side of history will love these significant spots from fiction, and real life.