Pripyat Amusement Park Tours

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The grand opening of the amusement park in the northern Ukrainian city of Pripyat was set for May 1, 1986, but sadly the catastrophic nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl just a few miles away on April 26 put an abrupt stop to that. In the panic-stricken aftermath of the disaster, the park opened for a few hours on the following day to entertain Pripyat’s population of 50,000 people — many of whom worked at the Chernobyl power plant — before they were all evacuated from the disaster zone. 

Along with the city, the amusement park has remained empty ever since, standing as a stark reminder of the worst nuclear disaster of modern times; its rusting Ferris Wheel in particular has come to symbolize the tragedy of Chernobyl, with stuffed animals left as memorials in its dilapidated yellow boat-shaped seats. The merry-go-round is at a permanent standstill, the graffiti-covered bumper cars are decaying and, after 30 years, nature is beginning to reclaim the park, with mosses, trees and shrubs growing up through cracks in the concrete.  

Although the park still contains minimal levels of radiation, its concrete areas are clear and it is open for brief guided visits. It has become an eerie tourist attraction included on itineraries in the 18.75-mile (30-km) Chernobyl exclusion zone, which is considered safe enough for two-day tours and includes visits to Reactor 4, the crumbling concrete high-rise apartment blocks of Pripyat and the abandoned villages of Kopachi and Zalissya. Passports are required for entry into the exclusion zone at the checkpoints.

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Pripyat is in northern Ukraine, close to the border with Belarus. At 94 miles (150 km) north of Kiev, the city can only be visited by guided tour as it lies in 18.75-mile (30-km) Chernobyl exclusion zone. The amusement park is only accessible as part of guided tours.
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Address: Pripyat, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine 01196, Ukraine
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Admission: Only accessible as part of guided tours
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Full-Day Tour of Chernobyl and Prypiat from Kiev

Explore the Chernobyl exclusion zone and gain insight into Soviet-era history on this 1-day tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat from Kiev. Head past the Dytyatky Checkpoint and into the infamous Chernobyl exclusion zone with a guide. During your tour, take in landmarks and key sites such as the abandoned hospital, river port and town hall. See defunct nuclear cooling towers and the secret Duga military radar station. Visit the abandoned villages of Kopachi and Zalissya, and gain insight into life before the nuclear catastrophe took place.
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Full-Day Private Chernobyl and Pripyat Tour from Kiev

The Chernobyl Disaster was one of the most significant events in Ukraine’s modern history and visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone offers a chance to learn more about the catastrophic nuclear accident. On this private full-day tour from Kiev, see the Chernobyl nuclear power station, visit the ghost city of Pripyat, and witness the after-effects of the catastrophe as you drive through the Red Forest.
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Full-Day Private Tour to Chernobyl and Pripyat Town from Kiev

Explore Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone and gain insight into the disastrous nuclear accident of 1986 on this private full-day Chernobyl and Pripyat tour from Kiev. Stroll through the silent streets of abandoned Zalissja to the Red Forest — one of the areas hit hardest by the radiation — with a private guide. Discover forgotten features such as schools and hospitals in the once-busy town of Pripyat, visit the secret Duga military radar station and see abandoned vehicles which played an important role in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear explosion.
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Full-Day Chernobyl and Pripyat Tour from Kiev

Explore the deserted streets and hidden secrets of Chernobyl and Pripyat on this full-day tour from Kiev. Follow your guide into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and visit the abandoned village of Zalecie. Discover sites of interest including the Cold War-period radar system and the empty shell of the Chernobyl power plant’s fourth reactor, and gain insight into life here under Soviet rule. Afterward, stroll along the long-abandoned streets of Pripyat—where nature is taking over the derelict homes and playgrounds.
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