Family holidays in St. Petersburg: what to do and where to stay?

Family holidays in St. Petersburg: what to do and where to stay?

St. Petersburg is often called the best city for a family trip. If your children like to learn something new, you've definitely come to the right place, as there are more than 200 museums in the city. You can also walk along the numerous bridges of St. Petersburg and visit the palace parks recommended by the guidebooks. However, if you want to explore the city to the fullest, here are some ideas on how to make a trip to St. Petersburg with your family unforgettable. In this article we will also tell you about a comfortable hotel in St. Petersburg, rooms in which you can book on the official website online at a good price.

1. Grand Layout

Getting to know the city is best to start with a visit to the outstanding museum "Grand Layout". Here are the most iconic sights of Russia. The giant 1:87 scale model covers an area of 800 square meters. Young visitors can drive trains, launch cable cars and watch animals in the boundless Russian forests. The museum has both day and night modes, so children can watch the nightlife of railways, factories and small towns. Walking through the corridors, visitors can see how employees make new small models and repair broken ones. Getting to the museum will be especially convenient if you stay at the Express Sadovaya Hotel near the center of St. Petersburg.

2. New Holland Island

The island of New Holland, hidden in a quiet area in the center of St. Petersburg, is a nice and cozy place to relax with your family. The recent large-scale reconstruction has turned it into a cultural center with cozy cafes, shops and a futuristic playground resembling a giant ship frame. In the main building of New Holland, a former naval prison called the "Bottle House", visitors can find a market for designer goods for the youngest.

3. Planetarium 

Few people know that in St. Petersburg there is a planetarium with the world's largest projection dome with a diameter of 37 meters. Its building previously served as a gas tank and was partially destroyed during the siege of Leningrad. However, today the gas storage facility serves as a giant museum with exhibitions dedicated to space exploration, interactive rooms and 40 powerful projectors capable of reproducing a detailed picture of the night sky on the dome. To get the most out of the visit, be sure to visit the 1.5-hour show at the Planetarium.

4. Divo Island

Located in the picturesque green area of the city, on Krestovsky Island, the Divo Ostrov amusement park is one of the best places in the country where you can ride roller coasters and carousels. When you have had enough of the attractions and cotton candy, walk along the left side of the park towards the Zenit metro station to see the new football stadium built for the 2018 World Cup. The Krestovsky Island embankment is a great place to admire the Gulf of Finland and the Lakhta Center.

We hope that now you have an approximate guide for family holidays in St. Petersburg. We recommend booking a hotel on the official website of Express Sadovaya Hotel. The hotel is located near the central part of the city, in the Admiralteysky district. You can go to the hotel's room booking page and get acquainted with the nearest available check-in dates.