Activities

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There are many parks, gardens and garden squares at St. Petersburg and many of them are great for jogging. If you live at Krasnogvardeysky district, you can choose the Malinovka park for your und: it’s open around the clock and the pathways are wide and curving. At Petrogradsky district the most popular running spot is Elagin Ostrov park with its dirt roads and paved pathways, isolated location, a large running circle with a length of 5 km (3 mi) and Saturday races. The park also has several open-air athletic fields that can be used for stretching beforehand.

In addition to the Elagin Ostrov the joggers also choose Primosky Victory park — it’s rather flat and you can run along the wide Batareynaya Doroga, or take the narrow pathways. People who live at Admiralteysky district take their runs in the Summer Garden or the Catherinehof park. The former would be good for those who don’t mind large crowds as the park is quite popular among both the locals and guests, while the latter would be great for those who like to change their running patterns a lot: the park is criss-crossed by so many pathways that you can run along the new route every single day. The park is also equipped with open-air weight-lifting machines, the rings and a chin-up bar.

The residents of Nevsky district run at Kurakina Dacha park. The advantage of this park is the hilly landscape. The route can be expanded: coming up from the Neva River, the park is split in parts by the Obukhovskoy Oborony avenue, while to the west of the park is the Krasnye Zori boulevard.

The joggers who live in the Central district like the Taurida Garden: its pathways are filled with granite gravel, there is an open-air playground for stretching and night-time lights make evening jogging a comfortable experience.

The joggers of Moskovsky district run around Moskovsky Victory park. If you run around all the ponds and outskirts of the garden, your route will total 2.5 km (1.5 mi).

 

Malinovka Park

Address: Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station, Prospekt Kosygina, Industrialnyy Prospekt

Entrance is free

  

Elagin Ostrov

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov, Staraya Derevnya metro stations, Elagin Ostrov, 4

Business hours: summer 6 a.m. - 12 a.m., winter 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 430 09 11

Website: elaginpark.org

Entrance is free

 

Primorskiy park Pobedy

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov metro station, Krestovskiy Prospekt, 23A

Phone: 7 (812) 230 04 56

Website: primparkpobedy.ru

Entrance is free

 

Summer Garden

Address: Chernyshevskaya metro station, Kutuzov Embankment, 2

Business hours: Wed-Mon May-September 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., October-March 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 595 42 48

Website: rusmuseum.ru

Entrance is free

 

 Park Ekateringof

Address: Narvskaya metro station, Liflyandskaya Ulitsa, 12

Phone: 7 (812) 786 99 55

Entrance is free

 

Kurakina Dacha park

Address: Proletarskaya metro station, Lesnozavodskaya Ulitsa

Entrance is free

 

Taurida Garden

Address: Chernyshevskaya metro statio , Potemkinskaya Ulitsa

Entrance is free

 

Moskovsky Victory Park

Address: Park Pobedy metro station, Kuznetsovskaya Ulitsa, 25

Phone: 7 (812) 388 08 81

Website: gupmpp.ru 

Entrance is free

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The most popular destinations for cycling fans are the Krestovsky and Elagin islands. They are equipped with many paved and dirt roads, well-wooded parks and lots of benches where you can take some rest. At Krestovsky Island you will find paved roads leading straight to the Gulf of Finland. In season you’ll find bicyle riders from early morning to late night.

Primorsky Victory park is another place for cycling with paved and dirt roads, picnic spots and bicycle rental. Locals also like to ride along the Neva embankments and at the paved track along Oktyabrskaya Embankment, Malookhotinsky Avenue and embankment of the same name.

Park 300-letija Sankt-Peterburga (Park of St. Petersburg’s 300th anniversary) located at the Gulf of Finland shore is another popular spot with all the amenities. The park has a beach with a bicycle path above and there are also skateboarding and rollerblading spots.

A paved bicycle path through the Murinsky Park is sure to attract the fans of high-speed riding, but make sure to postpone it to the weekend as the park is teeming with people on workdays. There is a bicycle rental at this place.

Extreme sports enthusiasts will love Sosnovka with its hilly location. Sosnovka also has bicycle paths for those who prefer calm riding in the shadow of the trees. There is a large bicycle rental with all kinds of models and lots of unusual bicycles.

In the city centre, near Moskovskaya metro station, is a spot and stairs for extreme riding. And, of course, St. Isaac’s and Palace squares will be a perfect fit for those who want to enjoy the city views. There are also lots of riding spots along the roads to Strelna, Peterhof, Pushkin and Pavlovsk.

There is a popular municipal bicycle rental program. Use the official website (or mobile application) to find a map with all the rental spots and tariffs.

 Primorskiy Park Pobedy

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov metro station, Krestovskiy Prospekt, 23A

Business hours: 24/7

Phone: +7(812) 230 04 56

Website: primparkpobedy.ru

 

Park 300-letija Sankt-Peterburga

Address: Staraya Derevnya metro station, Primorsky Avenue 157

Entrance is free

 

Murinsky Park

Address: Grazhdanskiy Prospekt metro station, from Prospekt Lunacharskogo to Severnyy Proezd

Business hours: 24/7

Entrance is free

 

Sosnovka

Address: Politekhnicheskaya metro station, Severnyy Prospekt

Phone: +7 (812) 552 62 10

Entrance is free

    

Municipal bicycle rental

Website: spb.velogorod.org

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If you wish to practice horseback riding, go to one of the city’s equestrian clubs. An hour-long session at a riding hall will cost about 500 rubles (~8 euros). Kids can ride ponies at the Alexander Garden near Gorkovskaya metro station. To set up a training session at the club, call ahead.

 

Prostor equestrian club

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov metro station, Krestovskiy Prospekt, 20A

Phone: 7 (921) 906 43 39, 7 (962) 711 53 86, 7 (921) 572 41 92

Website: ksk-prostor.ru

Cost: from 850 rub.

Rider equestrian club

Address: Shushary settlement, Pulkovsky branch, 41A

Business hours: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 704 44 12, 7 (911) 092 93 00

Cost: from 850 rub.

 

Western Horse equestrian club

Address: Innolovo settlement, Ulitsa Dolinnaya, 0

Business hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Website: westernhorse.ru

Phone: 7 (812) 959 94 53

Cost: from 850 rub.

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The city’s largest skate park is located at the rear parking lot of Leto shopping and recreation centre. Local skaters and BMX riders hang out here. The skate park is equipped with all the main trick sets and ramps of all sizes. For those with no experience at all, there’s a BMX school with professional coaches.  To visit the skate park, check with the centre’s administration for a special pass.

The only indoor skate park called ZHEST was created by skate industry specialists together with the skaters. Some days of the week are given over to skateboarding and aggressive rollerblades, while others — to BMX and push bicycles. Everyone has to wear helmets and have a second pair of shoes.

Another popular skate park is located in the Park 300-letija Sankt-Peterburg (Park of St. Petersburg’s 300th anniversary). There are fun boxes with sloping edges and a rail and even some steps for riding. Another good skate spot is at Elagin Ostrov, in the Central Recreation Park.

Saint-Petersburg's 300th Anniversary Park

Address: Staraya Derevnya metro station, Primorskiy Prospekt, 74A

Entrance is free

 

ZHEST/ЖЕSТЬ

Address: Moskovskaya, Park Pobedy, Mezhdunarodnaya metro stations, Prospekt Kosmonavtov 38, building 3A

Business hours: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 379 18 58

Website: directory.spb.ru/extreme

Cost: 100 rub.

 

Central Recreation Park (Elagin Island)

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov, Staraya Derevnya metro stations, Elagin Ostrov, 4

Phone: 7 (812) 430 09 11

Website: elaginpark.org

Cost: entrance to the park 100 rub.

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Good open-air tennis courts can be found at Elagin Ostrov, deep in the park, near Neva. There are six clay courts. Other open-air clay courts are located near the Arsenal club, in the Krasnogvardeysky district, and near Lakhta-Tennis club, at the city outskirts, driving towards the Kurortny (Resort) district. Good indoor courts can be found at Peterburgsky tennis club (there are artificial grass court, summer clay courts and winter hard courts) and at the Children’s Tennis Centre (clay and hard courts). Almost all of the clubs are equipped with showers, saunas and cafes. To reserve a court, call ahead.

Peterburgsky Tennis Club named after V.I.Nikiforov

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov metro station, Naberezhnaya Martynova, 38

Phone: 7 (921) 941 32 19, 7 (812) 235 80 88

Website: tennisspb.ru

Cost: from 1500 rub./hour

 

Elagin Ostrov club

Address: Krestovskiy Ostrov, Staraya Derevnya metro stations, Elagin Ostrov 6, Central Recreation Park

Business hours: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 430 11 21, 7 (812) 430 11 41

Website: elagintennis.ru

Cost: from 590 rub./hour

 

Lakhta-Tennis club

Address: Kolkhoznaya Ulitsa, 30

Phone: 7 (812) 966 49 94

Website: lahta-tennis.ru

Cost: from 600 rub./hour

 

Arsenal club

Address: Lesnaya metro station, Prospekt Metallistov, 51

Phone: 7 (812) 541 30 87

Website: arsenal-tennis.com 

Cost: from 750 rub./hour

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Almost all of the city districts have their go-carting spots. Carting clubs offer both the open-air go-cart tracks (Avtodrom at Shushary) and roofed tracks with and even coating (carting centre at Krasnoputilovskaya Street). A well-equipped PitStop chain has go-cart tracks in four city districts. The tracks are all different and one of them — PitStop Revolution — is believed to be one of Russia’s longest. Grand Prix carting club is believed to be a good training spot. The club has its own coaches, including special coaches for the kids. The track is diverse, with straight sections, serpentine turns and sharp corners. The club often organises tournaments. You can organise your own tournament for a small group of friends or a larger group of co-workers — almost all of the go-cart centres offer this opportunity..

PitStop chain of go-cart clubs

Address: Zvyozdnaya metro station, Ulitsa Sheremetevskaya, 15

Business hours: 00 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 677 73 23

Website: karting-spb.ru/ru

Cost: from 450 rub.

 

Grand Prix carting club

Address: Kupchino metro station, Balkanskaya Ploschad, 5

Business hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Phone: 7 (812) 777 05 24

Website: vk.com/club10039717

Cost: 5 minutes - 200 rub.

  

Carting-Centre

Address: Leninskiy Prospekt, Park Pobedy metro stations, Krasnoputilovskaya Ulitsa, 69

Business hours: Mon-Fri 3 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sat 00 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sun 00 p.m. - 00 a.m. 

Phone: 7 (812) 677 09 69

Website: karting-centre.ru

Cost: from 500 rub.