The itinerary which begins at Sochi Arboretum and goes through the city centre to Riviera Park makes for a very pleasant walk.
Behind Kurortny Prospect is the entrance to the Upper Park, which is much larger. Among the palms, cherry blossoms, cypresses and sequoias, fountains, artificial caverns, arbours and greenhouses have been constructed. Throughout the park you will find panels displaying QR codes. Using a special app on your smartphone, these codes will help you to discover lots of interesting facts about nearly every tree and flower in the Arboretum.
A rope-way runs between the Lower Park and the Upper Park, and in the vicinity of the upper station there is a viewing platform overlooking the sea.
Exhibition hall of the Greenhouse: Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Flower pavilion: Mon-Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Kurortny Prospekt, 74, Central District
- from 120 rub.
- 7 (862) 267 16 46
- Ulitsa Yana Fabritsiusa, 2/5A, Khostinsky District
- from 50 rub.
- +7 (862) 296 42 54, +7 (862) 296 42 87
In the museum’s courtyard is an historical dolmen tomb from Lazarevskoye Village. As you move through the halls, the pages of Sochi’s history unfold one by one. One hall features Bronze Age tools, arrows and clay bowls. Another contains a ship filled with Turkish yatagan knives and Cossack sabres. Elsewhere, the museum includes a diorama featuring bears, mountain goats and black cockerels; miniature replicas of ancient summer houses; a collection of weaponry used by the soldiers of the White Guards and the Red Army; and phonographs and tableware from the first Soviet resorts. The Soyuz-9 space module, in which Andriyan Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov returned from space and underwent rehabilitation in Sochi in 1970, is also here. Their 17-day journey was the longest space trip ever made at that time.
- Ulitsa Vorovskogo, 54/11, Central District
- from 100 rub.
- 7 (862) 264 23 26
- Ulitsa Egorova, 1, Central District
- free of charge
- +7 (862) 264 39 25, +7 (862) 269 34 34, +7 (862) 264 33 77
The biggest oceanarium on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Discovery World Aquarium opened in 2009. It boasts 30 aquariums that together hold five million litres of water, a 40-metre see-through underwater tunnel and tropical rainforest with a waterfall. Among the oceanarium’s many striking inhabitants are sharks, moray eels, jellyfish, corals, rays and turtles. Visitors love to study them for hours before catching one of the shows with all but real mermaids, or watching the fish being fed. Some of the fish can be fed by the visitors themselves, for instance, the greedy Koi Carp. Getting into fights over every little piece of food, these always put on a good show for children and adults alike with their antics. Those who desire can even go diving in the largest aquarium after taking a special lesson and receiving a diving certificate.
- Ulitsa Lenina, 219a/4, Adler District
- from 350 rub.
- 7 (862) 246 36 56
- 700 rub
- Kurortny Prospekt, 51, Central District
- from 100 rub.
- 7 (862) 262 29 85, 7 (862) 262 29 47
Tucked away amid an orchard alongside the private homes on Ulitsa Pavla Korchagina stands the house where the Soviet writer Nikolai Ostrovsky used to live. It is now a literary memorial complex. Ostrovsky’s novel How the Steel was Tempered is a Soviet Realism classic. Ostrovsky, who had fought in the Civil War of 1918-1922, was immensely popular in the Soviet Union.
The Soviet government had this single-story house built for Nikolai Ostrovsky in 1935. The writer, bedridden and terminally ill at the age of 24, had only about six months to live in his new home. The museum was founded in 1937, after his death. The museum staff have preserved intact both the furnishings and the feel of that epoch in Ostrovsky’s memorial home. A new two-story building, housing the literary part of the museum, was erected next to the memorial home in 1956.
The Ostrovsky Museum is a venue for all kinds of exhibitions nowadays: literary, art, and folk arts and crafts. The museum offers one of the best programmes in town for the Museum Night international festival.
- Ulitsa Korchagina 4, Central District
- from 50 rub.
- 7 (862) 262 20 15