Going on vacation in St Petersburg Russia with kids? If so, let us help you figure out where to take your children.
If you are considering a trip to St Petersburg Russia with kids, great choice!
Frankly speaking, you are bringing your children to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A city, often referred to as the Venice of the North because of its numerous rivers, canals and bridges, that offers a great balance of old traditions, cultural activities, interesting museums and monuments, beautiful parks and gardens that will fascinate visitors young and old.
Maybe at first glance you might think that St Petersburg is not a very child-friendly city, but this isn't true. You may also think that the city is only for culturally savvy adults and is too expensive for families. Wrong again!
Despite any misgivings you may have about Russia, St Petersburg is a family-friendly place with plenty of things to see and do, some for free and some not, all year round. It is safe, easy to get around and affordable.
Almost every Russian restaurant, cafe, museum or park is well equipped for entertaining kids. And, if you come during the summer, there is always something going on, such as festivals, cultural events, musical shows or amazing fireworks.
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Russia's Northern Capital offers a really great opportunity to introduce your children to the beautiful world of art and history in an engaging and fun way that will make them curious for more. At the same time, your children will have the chance to see unique museums with exhibits they will not see anywhere else in the world.
We have no doubt that your kids will have so much fun that they won't even realize how much they're learning.
Ready to plan your day tour in St Petersburg?
If so, check out below our top picks for places to take kids in St Petersburg.
Note: If you want, we can find a professional local guide that will introduce you to some of the Russian museums listed below. In addition to that we can also combine a visit to some of the museums below with a tour of your choice. Just ask!
We've been here many times, and each time was great fun.
Founded in 1865, the Leningrad Zoo is the second largest zoo in Russia, after Moscow. As you walk around you will admire 2000 animals from 401 different species, such as tigers, polar bears, deer, giraffes, monkeys, snakes, orangutans, anteaters, African elephants and many more.
Once you're inside the zoo, both you and your kids will be immersed into the animal kingdom, and will see animals you have not seen before, have fun and enjoy a great day out. And, if you wish to do more, you could also learn how to ride a pony, as the Zoo has its own stable.
We've been here only once, and it was
a great experience. For sure your kids will love it as much as we did.
Open all year round the St Petersburg Dolphinarium is a small marine park that provides people with an educational, enjoyable and above all hands-on experience, enabling connection with several friendly marine animals.
Here your children can have fun while watching dolphins, beluga whales and sea lions jump out and into the water, spin, dance and even draw. And, if you want more, after the enchanting show, you could take pictures and buy some souvenirs, for an extra fee. You can even swim with dolphins but you should organize this activity in advance.
We've been here once and it was really fun, though after an hour you may want to leave!
Founded in 1998, the St Petersburg Dolls Museum displays a rich collection of hand made dolls, fairies and soldiers, representing history and characters from various ages and nations. From traditional folk toys to the latest designer dolls, this unique museum is a child fantasy place that every kid will love to visit.
The place may look small and weird from outside, but once you enter it is like a fairy tale. Suitable for older kids and the young at heart!
We've been here a couple of times
and it was pure fun and very entertaining.
The Bolshoi St Petersburg State Circus is a great place if you want to keep your child occupied and happy for more than an hour. Located on the Fontanka River Embankment, this world famous circus has been performing and attracting people since 1877.
During the show your kids will be fascinated by the performance of gymnasts, tight rope walkers and trapeze acts. Also, they will enjoy seeing animal shows, jugglers and hilarious clowns.
We've been here and the overall experience was amazing. Definitely a place to bring your children if you want them to experience a spectacular journey across the universe.
The St Petesburg Planetarium is the ideal place to take your kids if you would like them to gain an understanding of complex concepts in a fun and effective way. As you walk inside the building you will be able to admire the sun, all planets of our solar system, star clusters, comets and much more.
Through performances and interactive games, your children (and you too) will feel closer to the world of science, have fun and learn intriguing things about our planet. Very popular among Russian pupils, this place is certainly a fun place to go with kids.
We've been here once and it was very interesting.You can easily spend two hours to enjoy the museum. Apart from the museum there is also a buffet restaurant inside where you can eat and relax.
Children from all over St Petersburg love the Grand Maket of Russia (maket means layout in Russian), as it depicts the landscape of Russia in miniature scale models. Here kids can watch mini Russian cities, roads, trains and ships, as well as thousands of human figures, hundreds of moving en-route cars and scenes of life.
This is definitely a nice place to spend a few hours with your children while discovering hidden and unusual parts of Russia scaled down. If you plan a visit here, you and your kids will be pretty impressed and well entertained.
We've been here once and we were very impressed by the mysterious beauty of this underwater museum. Definitely this the perfect place to bring your kids while in the city for a few days.
Opened in 2006, the St Petersburg Oceanarium has become one of the best family attractions in St Petersburg. With over 45 000 fishes, aquatic invertebrates and sea mammals from over 150 species, as well as aquariums with sharks, piranhas and seals, this place is worth a visit.
If you visit the Oceanarium, which is also known as the Planet Neptune Aquarium, you won't only be touched by the magic underwater atmosphere, but you'll also experience breathtaking shows with sharks and seals that will amaze your kids, and of course you too.
This is one of the top St Petersburg's attractions not to be missed. As have millions of people we have been there too, and each time was fun, magic and entertaining. You and your kids will love it!
Often referred as the Russian Versailles, the Fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia's most famous tourist attractions. Drawing millions of visitors every year, especially from late May to October, when the 147 fountains are turned on, this place is perfect for a day out with the whole family.
When walking through the amazing park and gardens, playing with the trick fountains, viewing the statues and the grand palace, your kids will have so much fun that they surely will ask you to comeback again.
This is one of our favorite spots in St Petersburg. We go there once a month to enjoy a Russian sauna, swim and relax. Definitely a place to go for the whole family anytime of the year.
Located inside a new shopping center near the Gulf of Finland, the Aquapark Piterland is one of the biggest water parks in Russia and by far one of the most popular attractions among locals. Here your kids can climb, jump, slide and splash all day long, while you can just sit and relax.
With an area of 25 000 squares meters, which includes 5 large slides, several swimming pools and jacuzzis, 13 different saunas and steam baths, a spa area and a few bars, Piterland offers plenty of entertainment for adults and kids all year round.
We've never been here, but we've heard and read good things about it, so give it a try!
Moored off the southern bank of Vasilyevsky Island, the old Icebreaker Krasin has now become a floating museum. In the past this icebreaker took part in many Arctic expeditions and rescue operations, and also brought strategic supplies, arms and ammunition to the Soviet Union during WWII.
Once inside you can walk around the vessel, feel the history and get acquainted with the life and work of arctic heroes while exploring the engine room and other rooms. As a new addition to St Petersburg's museum scene, this place is a great addition to your sightseeing tour.
We've been here once, a long time ago, and it was very interesting and fascinating. Of course, if you are not a train enthusiast you may feel bored, though your kids surely won't!
The Railway Museum in St Petersburg is definitely the country's best museum representing the complete development of railways in Russia and the former USSR. As you tour inside, you'll see train models from the very first Russian steam locomotive to the modern railways and engines of today.
Children of all ages love to participate in the development, operating and running of the model trains, as they depict the operations of real railroads; so if you're out of options, why not bring your kids here? You and your youngsters will learn about the history of the Russian railway and its trains.
In addition to visiting some of the places listed above there are also other fun tours and activities to take that will entertain all your family.
For example you could join a Bike Tour or take a Walking Tour led by an experienced guide for a fascinating morning or afternoon experiencing St Petersburg's gorgeous historic neighborhoods and parks. Or you could take a City Bus Tour by jumping on board a Double-Decker Bus and hop on and hop off anytime at major attractions or even better, renting a private car or minivan.
Also, you could consider taking a Night Boat Tour along the Neva River to see some of the famous drawbridges open and close to allow ship access to the Baltic Sea.
So, if you are on a trip to St Petersburg with kids, no worries! You will find plenty of tours that will give you a great introduction to the unique charms of our cultural Russian city, while your kids enjoy the ride and have fun.
Written by Davide C.