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Sochi Riviera Park 

Park Riviera in Sochi

If you are looking for a place for active outdoor activities or just want to relax in a beautiful landscape, then visit the most popular sight in Sochi Riviera Park. At the entrance you will be welcomed by a huge sea shell with a gem-clock inside, since you will lose feeling of time wandering along shady paths.
 
Located just 5-minute walk from Sochi Sea Port, Riviera offers shady nooks under oaks, palm trees and cypresses. Here you can see a lot of tropical trees, plants and flowers that provide their own unique splash of color and subtle fragrance. 

Riviera Park in Sochi

 

Riviera Fun Rides

 
After refreshing yourself in a nice café, you can go on numerous fun rides: drop tower, ferries wheel, roller coaster, bumper cars, carousel and many more.
Fun Rides in Riviara Park
 
Young or old, everybody will find what suits him best.

Riviera Park alley

 

Riviera Park History

Initially Sochi Riviera Park belonged to a rich Moscow merchant Vasiliy Khludov and his summer house is still located in the park.
Summer house of the Park's founder
 
The building has been recently renovated. This is what it looked like more than a century ago. 

Old picture of the Khludov's summer house

 
However, in the late 90's and early 2000, due to lack of investment the house stood abandoned and almost fell apart, offering photographers a perfect shooting site with ceiling mural and moldings on the walls.

Khludov's summer house ruins

 

Sochi Riviera Photo Sights

Sochi Riviera park is packed with nice sculptures and statues that allow taking many beautiful pictures. 
 
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 There is a very famous bench everybody wants to sit on and take pictures. It is called "Reconciliation bench if a couple sits on it, they will definitely end up close together.

Reconciliation bench in Riviera Park

 
There is a "Glade of Friendship in the center of the park. Many politicians, spacemen and presidents planted magnolia trees as a token of friendship between countries.

Magnolia Valley in Park Riviera

 
The three magnolia trees below were planted in 1975 by American Apollo astronauts: Thomas P. Stafford, Donald (Deke) Kent Slayton and Vance D. Brand. 

Magnolias planted by USA astronauts

 

You can also visit a sea life park (oceanarium) that features hundreds of fishes and sea species.

Oceanarium. Sea Life Park in Park Riviera

 

Heavy Storm in Riviera Park

In 2014 the park was severely damaged by a heavy storm. Many tree branches fell down and some trees were uprooted. 

Uprooted tree after bad weather in Sochi in 2014

Storm in Riviera Park 
 Luckily enough nobody was hurt and the park was cleaned up, but there are still some traces left of the severe weather disaster.
 

Sochi Arboretum "Dendrariy Park"


Sochi arboretum is the biggest park in the city. Covering 119 acres it offers a unique garden shelter that boasts over 2000 rare tree and flower species from around the globe.

Sochi Arboretum

 
The garden is divided into many zones and ecosystems that showcase typical trees and plants from North and South America, Australia, Africa, Asia and other continents.

Sochi Aboretum


Wandering along shady paths you can see Japanese Arrow-wood and Sakura, Mexican Agave, Himalayan Cedar, Caucasus Pine-tree, Algerian Cork Oak, Australian Eucalyptus, Chinese Palm trees and many more.
 

Arboretum Upper Part

History of Arboretum

Originally the Sochi Arboretum belonged to an aristocrat Sergey Khudekov, who founded it in 1892 as a garden for his summer villa. He intentionally planted here trees and plants from different parts of the world to make it look like an amazing transcontinental park.

Main Staircase of Arboretum

 The main staircase leads up to a nice house. It is a villa "Nadezhda that was built in 1899 by Khudekov as a present for his beloved wife. He gave the villa his wifes name; Nadezhda means "Hope. For many decades the house stood either empty or was used as a warehouse.

Villa Nadezhda in Arboretum

Until in 2010 Jean-Claude Killy, a member of the IOC, visited the Sochi Arboretum and expressed his wish for the villa "Nadezhda to be renovated. The Sochi Administration allocated funds from the Olympic investment and in 2014 the villa celebrated its opening as Sochi Arboretum Museum.

Renovated villa Nadezhda

 
Construction managers tried to preserve the original architecture of the building, so it looks now almost what it looked like more than a century ago.
 

Villa Nadeyhda old picture

Sochi Arboretum Nowadays

Sochi Arboretum offers its guests very relaxing walks through amazing shady bamboo and mixed forests, chilling out by fountains and ponds, taking beautiful pictures at old original statues and much more.

Shady paths in Arboretum

 
Sochi Dendrarium is divided by the main road "Kurortniy Prospect into two parts: the upper and the lower part. The upper part serves like a botanical garden and the lower part is a home for animals and birds, where you can see swans in a pond, pea-cocks, ducks, swamp beavers and other species.

Lower Part of Arboretum

 
If you would like to spare your legs and see Sochi Arboretum from the birds-eye view, you can take a cableway that will take you all the way up to the top of the Park. 

Dendrariy view

 

Here is the best spot of Sochi "Dendrariy" Park that allows you to enjoy the panoramic view over the landscape and the Black Sea.



 Sochi Park

Sochi Park

 
Welcome to the magic world of Sochi Park the only theme park that features rich cultural and historical legacy of Russia! Located right beside the Olympic Park it offers a journey through 6 themed lands full of fairy tales characters, fun rides, theaters, animal parks and exciting attractions.

Fantasy Lands in Sochi Park

 The "Alley of Lights features an Old Russian trade fair with old-fashioned rides, brightly painted houses, vintage carousels and cafes.

Sochi_Park_Karousel


In the Land of Science Fiction try out the fastest and tallest thrill ride in Russia "Quantum Leap. It features a 190-foot (58 m) free-fall, corkscrew turnes and vertical loops. 
 
 Warning! Please, make sure your stomach is empty and use a bathroom before going on this ride. And be prepared to have your hair-do and make-up totally ruined after the ride. Do not take your bags, sun glasses, cell phones or hats with you. Otherwise, try to hold them really tight.

Quantum Leap

  
In "Enchanted Forest you will experience a 213-foot (65 m) tall drop-tower "Firebird and meet the famous dragon "Gorinych with many characters of Pushkins fairy tales. The garden maze "Lukomorye will create an amazing sense of enchantment as you follow narrow pebbly paths, meeting fairy characters on your way. 

Deagon Gorinych


Take a relaxed stroll through the garden and you will be thrilled as Russian stories come to life!
 

Fantasy World


And if you want to take a break, then visit a peaceful Eco-village where you can dine at one of the many food stands or cafes and sample some delicious Russian food and famous mouthwatering delights.
 
 

Enchanted Garden Cafe

 
In "Land of heroes" you can "measure swords with epic Russian heroes, test your physical power and enjoy various fun games that require some sports skills.

Bogatyr - Russian epic hero

 
The hotel "Bogatyr" designed in a style of a fairytale castle will welcome you to stay overnight in this miraculous world. "Mirror Palace" offers to celebrate birthday parties and other special events.

Hotel Bogatyr 

 
Kids will love numerous playgrounds, fun-rides for all ages, entertaining shows, open-air theater where your kids will be encouraged to play. Plan to spend a whole day in the park, since it covers 500 acres (200 hectares) and is packed with amusements. 
 
 
It will delight both young and old, so Sochi Park is truly a must-see destination with its magical fairy tale vibe!
 
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