St Petersburg is famous as a destination for high culture, parties, fantastic architecture and museums. While the attractions for grown-ups are widely known, what isn’t is that St Petersburg is also a fabulous place for a family holiday, and is packed for things to do with your kids.
You could easily spend a couple of weeks in St Petersburg and not exhaust all the child-friendly attractions. If your children love animals – and most do – then take a trip to the zoo, the dolphinarium or the Oceanarium. The Dino Park has recreations of prehistoric beasts and has plenty of interactive displays. All of these exhibits will introduce your family to any number of amazing creatures, and will keep your little critters entertained for hours.
If your kids have energy to burn, then the enormous Piterland aqua park has slides, pools and flumes galore. You could easily spend most of the day here; it’s a fantastic attraction for families.
There are also several places to go that will be of interest to adults as well as children. Do not miss the chance to visit the National Show Museum ‘Grand Model of Russia’.
The Mariinsky Theatre runs backstage tours, and the whole family will be able to enjoy classic ballets based on fairytales, like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
The Dolls’ Museum is a good place to take anyone, child or adult, who is interested in dolls and clothes.
Similarly, the Rail Transport Museum has a great array of steam trains, and is of endless interest to rail buffs of all ages.
The Peterhof Fountains are amazing, and will absorb the attention of your whole family. As well as fountains that feature ornate carvings, there are also trick fountains that shoot out jets of water at unpredictable times. You and your children will love playing in them – just try not to get too wet!
Travelling with a family can get very expensive, and can feel like a procession of wallet draining attractions. To keep your budget in check, you will probably want to schedule in at least one trip to a local park, where your kids will be able to run around and you’ll be able to relax, and possibly have a picnic if the weather is fine.
You may be visiting St Petersburg as part of a Baltic cruise, in which case you’ll sleep and eat on board your ship. However, if you’re staying in the city itself, then don’t worry about finding food for finicky eaters.
Most children like pancakes, and blinis are readily available everywhere. Drop into one of the many pancake restaurants Teremok or simply take away the most delicious pies in St Petersburg from Stolle pie restaurant. Your children are also likely to love pyshkis, the St Petersburg answer to doughnuts. There are also many child-friendly restaurants and cafes that serve simple food that most children will love. If all else fails, then you’ll be able to find Western fast food chains like McDonalds, Pizza Hut and KFC.
You’ll also find plenty of child-friendly hotels, too. Some, although not all, let children stay for free or for a reduced price, and can provide cots and other equipment. Check what your hotel provides before you book.
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