Riviera Park is nestled in the heart of Sochi, and is almost certainly the city’s most popular park and one of its leading tourist attractions. The park is a meeting place, thoroughfare and place to relax and enjoy green spaces. It’s also perfect for strolling through on route to the beach. Originally designed in 1898 as a relaxing environment for Russian Tsar’s during their holidays to Sochi, it is, today, the city’s oldest park.
A large section of the park is filled with amusements. Ideal for all ages, it is the perfect way to spend a few hours with friends or for some family fun. With loud music accompanying theme-park style rides including a big wheel and carousel rides you will not be bored. There are also carnival side stalls where you can compete to win prizes. The park is dotted with cafes for refreshments and snacks.
A Gentle Stroll
The rest of the park is made up of landscaped lawns, trees, shrubs and flower gardens, more typical of a city park. Along the way you will come across fountains, sculptures and other art works dotted around, many representative of the soviet era. The park has its own small botanical garden, but not far from the heart of Sochi you will also find Dendrary Botanical Gardens
, boasting stunning panoramic views and subtropical range of flora.
Within the park boundaries there are several sporting facilities, including tennis courts. It is said that it is here at Riviera Park where Maria Sharapova took up tennis which began her career in the sport, and her rise to being a world champion.
Whatever your purpose for visiting Riviera Park in the heart the city, it is worth spending an enjoyable day out here whilst staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre