Learn about the Czars, the rich history of art and so much more in one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. Saint Petersburg has so much to offer families with children and this real day, experienced by a real family will help you gauge what worked and what didn’t for them as you plan your own trip.
The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 15, Girl age 15, Girl age 15, Girl age 11, Boy age 8 and Girl age 3.
A Special Note: In order to maximize time, get the most out of each location and facilitate easier travel in a new city which we had a limited time to enjoy, we made use of a guide. We highly recommend this approach if it is within reason for your family.
In addition, a travel visa is required, though a guide can arrange this for you.
Our guide was named Alex and he was patient and interested in teaching our kids about everything we saw and the history of Russia. Our kids really liked him.
Address: Sadovaya ulitsa, 7, Pushkin, St Petersburg, Russia, 196601
Phone: +7 812 466-66-69
Hours: Vary depending upon the season – check the website. Public tours have limited hours compared to private ones.
Admission: Public tours run 400 rubles for an adult, 200 for a student or child (approx $12 and $6 respectively) and pre-school aged kids are free. Private tours vary, consult office.
Description: The opulence of this palace is matched only by its architectural ambition. As the combined work of several masters it features grand styling and gorgeous works of art. Over 100 kilograms of gold adorn the facade and roof of the building alone. The park consists of two parts, an “Old Garden” and an English Garden. Both feature stunning water features and marble statues and any family is sure to remember a walk across its grounds. The Palace’s famous “Amber Room” has been dubbed the “8th Wonder of the World” with its unmatched panels of Amber adorned in gold leaf and reflective, mirrored surfaces. Over 55 square meters of 350 shades of amber totalling over 6 tonnes constitute this truly stunning and unique marriage of art and architecture. It took 24 years to finish the recreation after the original room was looted by the Nazis but historians agree that what stands today is a faithful and worthy recreation.
Our Experience: The kids were amazed by this place both inside and the out. While some say it isn’t the most “fun” place for a family, we consider it a must see. Kids were snapping pictures left and right inside and outside. It quite simply had a great wow factor and we couldn’t recommend it more highly.
Address: Разводная ул., 2, Санкт-Петербург, Russia
Phone: +7 812 450-52-87
Hours: From 9AM-7:30 PM (8PM on Saturdays) Fountains open slightly later and close slightly earlier and it is worth noting that the Grand Cascade launches every day at 11 AM.
Admission: Adults are 500 Rubles for the day, 300 for the evening (approx $15 and $9) with Children running 250 and 200 (approx $7 and $6). See website for further specifics.
Description: The nickname “Russian Versailles” is a nod not only to the extravagance of this locale but of its emperor’s desire to make a great international and naval power out of Russia. The elaborate palace and lavish garden show some of the finest creations of man, which are further complemented by the natural beauty of the countryside on which they are located. While the original palace was destroyed in World War II the current incarnation is a painstaking restoration representing a history of virtually all the major architectural styles of Russia. The gardens are among the world’s most famous and the words “photo opportunity” seem to pale in comparison to what they provide.
Our Experience: Everyone loved these gardens! They were beautiful and fun to roam around in. The kids really enjoyed the fountains. We recommend you be sure to go deep into the end of the gardens where you will see “trick” fountains. This was a lot of fun for us. If the weather is warm enough, go ahead and get wet! Our weather was in the 60’s and sunny and all of our kids made sure to get a run through the fountains and loved it.
Address: Lermontovskiy prospekt, 2, St Petersburg, Russia, 190068
Phone: +7 812 713-81-86
Hours: Tours are provided daily from 10 AM to 6 PM (May-September from 9 AM to 6 PM) except for Saturdays and Jewish holidays
Description: The second largest synagogue in all of europe lies in the heart of Saint Petersburg and it is truly a sight to behold. Besides being a place of great history and importance to the Jews of Russia, this architectural feat is sure to amaze families from all backgrounds. Their tour program includes guided tours of the Synagogue with English-speaking guides. Visiting this beautiful building will also provide you with a good deal of information about the erection of the St.-Petersburg Synagogue and its significance, its history and architecture as well as the Saint Petersburg Jewish community today.
Our Experience: We found this to be a beautiful building to take in and a nice chance to learn a little about jewish life in Saint Petersburg. We would definitely say it is worth a brief stop.