Once a Soviet-era amusement park, Gorky Park (Park Gorkogo) has reinvented itself in recent years as one of Moscow’s most popular public green spaces. More than 300 acres (120 hectares) of parkland stretch along the Moskva River, featuring walking trails, botanical gardens, and recreational areas.
Local families flock to Moscow’s largest park on weekends to walk, cycle, and picnic amid the gardens and woodlands. Admire riverfront views as you stroll the trails; visit the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art or the sculptures in the Muzeon Park of Arts; or join friends for a game of tennis, volleyball, or pétanque. You’ll also find a boating lake, riverside beaches lined with cafés and lounge chairs, and a small amusement park for young kids.
Go on your own, or explore Gorky Park and other top Moscow attractions on a sightseeing tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Gorky Park is free and often hosts free events, activities, and sports classes.
- The riverfront has plenty of seating, with free Wi-Fi and charging points available.
- The park has several on-site cafés, restaurants, and food kiosks, most of which are situated along the river.
- The park is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Gorky Park is located in Moscow’s Yakimanka district, around 4 miles (7 kilometers) south of downtown. The main park entrance is along the Garden Ring (Sadovoye Koltso) road. The closest metro stations are Oktyabrskaya (line 5), about a 2-minute walk away, and Park Kultury (Circle line) on the other side of the Moskva River, around a 10-minute walk away.
When to Get There
The park is open 24/7, and there’s something going on year-round. Visit in summer to enjoy a film screening at the open-air cinema or take part in an alfresco yoga or aerobics class. In winter, dress warmly and head to the gigantic outdoor ice rink.
Moscow’s Parks and Gardens
Gorky Park is just one of many picturesque parks and gardens in Moscow. Escape the city crowds to go hiking, mountain biking, or cross-country skiing in Troparevsky Forest Park—or wander the magnificent gardens of the Tsaritsyno Palace, a former residence of Catherine the Great. Alternatively, tour the museums and monuments in the vast Victory Park, then pack a picnic and watch wildlife in Sokolniki Park.