Here is a quick roundup of Samara’s best parks for an enjoyable summer day out.
Botanical Garden of Samara State University
Opened in 1932, this lovely 40 hectare park is protected by the State. It’s also a research facility – the only one throughout the Middle Volga region, with a tropical 1200 sq.m. greenhouse. The park boasts a collection of roughly 3000 plant species, of which over 800 are different species of trees. Check out the 6 meter high rockwork with the Zhiguli Heights flora exposition.
Address: 36 Moskovskoye Shosse
The oldest park in Samara meant for peacefull strolls. Wide and straight alleys, beautiful landscapes, sculptures, fountains, gazebos, and outdoor cinema make this former private garden an exceptional cultural site. The lower alleys lead to the Volga embankment.
Also known as Zagorodny park, it’s Samara’s favorite place for attractions and sports. In addition to the hundred-year-old oaks and hectares of flower beds, the park offers a ferris wheel, horse riding, a ropes course and, in winter, skiing and snowboarding. For quiet time, go down the alley to the Volga and enjoy the picturesque view.
Address: 160a Ulitsa Novo-Sadovaya
Named after the legendary Yuri Gagarin, Russia’s world famous pilot, cosmonaut and the first man to journey into outer space, this 34 hectare park is located in an oak grove. The park is home to a legion of squirrels that are quite used to being fed. There’s a man made water channel, where you can have fun on the water with paddle boats. After the attractions, have lunch in one of the summer cafés, visit the swan lake or walk through the outdoor exhibition of WWII military machinery. This park is a great place to spend a summer day!
Address: 181V Ulitsa Sovetskoy Armii