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City Hunter: Moscow Spring Guide
May 12, 2012 15:26

Spring has finally come to Moscow and summer is not far away too. The weather in the city is already sunny, warm and windless, spring flowering shrubs are blooming in all capital's parks and there is plenty of outdoor activities one can find during this wonderful season. Don't stay at home, follow our spring guide and keep yourself active and positive.

Here are several spots and activities we consider to be attractive, enjoyable and suitable for spring holidays.

Spring Festival in Botanical Garden
The full name of the place is the Botanical Garden of Lomonosov Moscow State University (or “Aptekarsky Ogorod”). It is the oldest and the most beautiful garden in Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1706.
 There are a lot of ancient trees, plants and flowers. There are stands and labels with information about collections of the park. The area is equipped with paths, footbridges and benches. Clean, cozy and picturesque place for romantic and family walks.

Location: located in the city centre (“Prospekt Mira” metro station) it is hidden from eyes and can be easily missed. You must pass through a glass building with sliding doors and buy a ticket to enter the garden.
Infrastructure: several restaurants, a greenhouse, a bookshop, a flower shop, a souvenir shop, ATM.
Events: visit the amazing Spring festival (till June 3, 2012) and enjoy blooming tulips and daffodils.
Opening hours: from 10:00 till 22:00.
Tickets: during the Spring festival the ticket price will be 150 rubles (adults) and 100 rubles (schoolchildren, students, and pensioners) from 10:00 till 18:00 and 200 rubles (for all) after 18:00. There is one price for both Russians and foreigners.
Guided tours in English are available (3000 rubles for a group of less than ten people). You need to book a tour by call (+7-926-989-34-94) or e-mail (
Address: 26/1, Prospekt Mira str., “Prospekt Mira” metro station.

Shark Show in Moscow Aquarium
Moscow Aquarium is a place where both adults and children can get much fun. Opened in October 2011 it has rapidly gained popularity among Moscow public. The Aquarium is divided into 9 thematic areas with 250 species of marine and freshwater fish. Due to the great architectural decisions like starry sky, glass floor and caves, one can feell here like in a magic sea kingdom. Apart from fish, there are also birds and animals.

Location: it is located on the ground floor of a shopping mall “Rio”.
Events: the unique dive show with sharks. Divers hand-feed sharks and make various stunts with sea predators. Every Monday and Friday at 6 p.m.
Opening hours: 10:00 22:00
Tickets: 500 rubles (adults), 250 rubles (children age 3-14 years) on Monday-Thursday, 600 rubles (adults), 300 rubles (children age 3-14 years) on Friday-Sunday.
 Address: 163, Dmitrovskoe highway, free buses from “Altufyevo” metro station.


Roller Skating at VVTs
VVTs (or the All-Russian Exhibition Centre) is a famous public park and exhibition space in Moscow. It is a bizarre mixture of soviet-era constructions, retro soda vending machines, amusement rides and a big number of museums, markets and cafes. People come here to walk near beautiful fountains, to visit new exhibitions, to do sports and relax.
There are several good rentals on the territory of VVTs, where you can hire a bycicle or a pair of roller skates. The space is big and open that makes it possible to skate along beautiful paths. It is easy to skate from VVTs to the nearby Moscow Botanical Garden of Academy of Sciences and to combine your skating with bird and nature watching.

Address: “VDNKh” metro station, the exhibition centre is quite near the station. To rent roller skates, find the sign “”. The prices are different, usually from 150-200 rubles per hour. Be ready to leave your document, mobile phone or money as a pledge.

Flower Labyrinth in Big Rose Garden
Usually opened on May 9, the Big Rose Garden in Sokolniki Park attracts visitors all spring and summer. It is a wonderful place with well-groomed pathways, fountains and colorful blossoming bushes and trees. The garden is divided into areas, each with its unique plants. The maze of foothpaths, filled with fragrant roses, irises, lilies, jasmine shrubs and hidden unexpected sculptures will plunge you into the world of tranquility.
 Roses begin to bloom at the end of June.
Two more gardens - the Small Rose Garden and the Lilac Garden - worth a visit if you are in Sokolniki Park. Both are free of charge.

Address: 1, Sokolnichesky Val str., Sokolniki Park, “Sokolniki” metro station.
Opening hours: every day except Monday from 12:00 till 21:00.
Tickets: 100 rubles (adults), 20 rubles (children (7-17 years), pensioners, students).

Polar Bear Cubs at Moscow Zoo
A great event happened in November - several polar bears were born at Moscow Zoo. The event is drawing dozens of people who want to see bear cubs snuggling up to their mother and playing with each other. Now is the best time to visit Moscow Zoo as animals spend much time in the fresh air. Come and watch how the baby elephant is swimming with his mother, funny monkeys are playing, and cute agile meerkats are bustling around.
For additional fee you can visit Dolphinarium (20-150 rubles) and Exotarium (10-50 rubles).

Infrastructure: amusement rides, cafes and restaurants (“Burger King”, Russian cuisine restaurant “Yolki-Palki”, etc).
Address: 1, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya str., “Barrikadnaya” metro station.
Opening hours: every day except Monday from 10:00 till 20:00.
Tickets: 200 rubles per person. Children (under 17 years), students and pensioners enter free.

Enjoy the rest of May and be ready for hot and crazy Moscow summer!

Natalia Semicheva.

Images are taken from: the collection of the article's author and,,, Expert.

Author: Natalia Semicheva

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