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Entertainment opportunities in Riga

Riga is not only an historically rich city but also a contemporary and active one that offers vast entertainment opportunities. From culture vultures to outdoor enthusiasts, all visitors will find a suitable form of recreation here.   

Outdoor Recreation

One of the most popular outdoor activity locations is Mezaparks, situated just a thirty-minute tram ride from the city centre. At Lake Kisezers, you can try riding a jet ski or waterskiing, as well as enjoying the fun of wakeboarding, kitesurfing or SUP boarding, or renting a rowing boat. At Mezaparks you can also play a round of golf or disc golf.

Anyone seeking an adrenaline rush can experience real racing speeds by visiting Riga’s karting tracks.

In winter, cross country skiing tracks are set up at Bikernieki and Uzvaras Park, and you can rent equipment there.

Pleasure Boats

Sightseeing in the city whilst gliding on a boat or catamaran through Riga’s waterways will give you the chance to see the legendary Central Market area, the mesmerising Old Town, and the scenery of the city’s parks from an entirely different angle.

During your tour on the Daugava you will be able to enjoy Riga’s bridges, see Zakusala and Lucavsala islands, or go as far out as the sea.

Cycle Paths

On a bicycle, it’s easy to explore the suburbs of Riga, such as Pardaugava with its charming wooden architecture. Combine a bike ride with an excursion by cycling to Bergi, and walk around the Open-Air Museum there!   

In Riga, you can rent a bike at self-service bike stations and rental shops.

Family Fun

At the zoo, peacocks wander freely along the visitor paths, you’ll see hippopotami and giraffes, as well as animals more typical of the region, all in the beautiful setting of Mezaparks pine tree forests.

At nearby adventure park, Mežakaķis, children and adults can overcome a set of challenges by climbing ropes, bridges and logs at a height of several metres.

Just a short drive away from Riga - in the resort town of Jurmala - is Līvu Akvaparks, the biggest water park in the Baltics, which is open all year round.

Spa and Pools

After spending an active day in Riga, recharge your batteries at one of the modern spa centres in the city. Some offer exclusive, Latvian-specific treatments, such as a beer bath, an amber massage, and a honey scrub. You can also refresh yourself in  hot tubs, mineral water pools, and saunas.

A swim in one of Riga’s public swimming pools in neighbourhoods including Kipsala and Skanste, is a good idea for anyone seeking more active relaxation.

Nightlife

Some say Riga becomes even more charming at night time. In the Old Town and in the city centre, you will find numerous stylish bars and top class clubs.

During the warm summer nights a pleasant end to the day can be had whilst enjoying one of the countless open-air terrace bars in the city centre, near Kisezers, Agenskalns, and other neighbourhoods.

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Last updated: 
19.12.2014