Just a half an hour drive from Riga centre and you are in one of the biggest aquaparks in the Baltics - Līvu Aquapark, an exciting place for adventure for children and adults. Try various tubes, swim in the pool, relax in the saunas or taste distinctive drinks in the pool bar. Enjoy the never-ending summer! Bring your bathing suit and jump into the wettest adventure! Would like to sweep down the red tube slide? Or fly down the orange flume like a tornado? See thunderstorm in the black tube? Or maybe you prefer a lazy swim in the pool or wish to try raging waves? Līvu Aquapark with its unique attractions is the right leisure place for children and adults.
Sweep down through the "Tornado" tube and fall into the huge funnel at a frantic speed! "Tornado" is the Europe's biggest and the world's third biggest attraction of its kind!
If you want to enjoy the view of the historical centre of Riga while going along the Riga Canal and to see the landscape of the city from the River Daugava, use the opportunity to take a boat trip with one of the four tourist boats in Riga Canal.
About the boats - The boats have a very special, historical design. The oldest of them, "Darling" is hundred years old, whereas the other three — "Maria", "Rebeka" and "Laima" — have been built as its replicas. Their special design and their slow pace in the waters of Riga Canal will allow you to get to know the city from another perspective.
Where to find them - The Canal boats pier is at Bastejkalns, 500 meters away from Mosaic Hotel.
Children under 4 ride free
Aboard the City Tour double-decker bus, you will see the main tourist attractions on both sides of the Daugava River. Excursion fare (ticket) is valid for 48 hours, and it can be used as much as you wish. Hop-on, hop-off option is a good way to learn about the city's history, architecture, culture, sports and entertainment. Headsets provide the opportunity to hear tour guides speak in languages you prefer (out of 10). They are: English, German, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Italian and Latvian.
Riga City Tour stops:
Every Saturday is celebrated in the Kalnciema wooden architecture quarter with a traditional market – a nice highlight for Pārdaugava residents. Here children can participate in various creative workshops: they can cut, paste, draw and make interesting things, go on a colourful merry-go-round or, if it is warm outside, treat themselves to homemade ice cream and have a nap in a hammock in the orchard.
Meanwhile, for adults, Latvian farmers and craftsmen bring a variety of delicious products for their eyes, noses and, of course, their taste buds. One can buy teas for health, jams for cough, peppermints for stress, and meat and fish for the fridge. Just remember that every visitor should come with an empty stomach, because feasting is guaranteed.
Vendors also sell different things made by local craftsmen and jewellers, such as glassworks, design objects, jewellery and other home wares and personal items.
Riga Zoo (Riga Zoological Park) was opened in Riga's greenest district Mežaparks in 1912. During dozens of years, its collection was significantly supplemented, and now you'll meet there many interesting animals like tigers, bears, giraffes, kangaroos and coatis, visit the Tropical House and explore the underwater world. This is a great leisure site for adults and children since it is located by Lake Ķīšezers and surrounded by pine-trees.
Riga Zoo is open all year round: it is an idea leisure and picnic place in summers, while the zoo's doors are open in specific times in winters in order to show the winter coat of certain animals - snowy owl, arctic fox, and other night animals. Remember that spring features merry songs and love games and in summer come to see babies, in autumn animal babies go to school, but in winter you can attend special Riga Zoo winter nights and view expositions inside premises.
Get off the tram No. 11, walk a few hundred metres and you are at the gate of Riga Zoo. Walk inside and you'll see the first animals right behind the gate - marzipan-like flamingos standing on one leg and a family of seals on the other side of the road. You can take any road to look at the residents of the zoo. Southern Cassowary left, an aquarium and reindeers right... You can spend here a day!
The multiplex cinema Forum Cinemas (Kino Citadele) presents screenings and live-feed musical performances in 14 theatres on two floors. The varied repertory features US, European and Latvian movies, as well as live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, and other key musical performances.
Forum Cinemas has 3016 seats and top-quality sound technology. Theatre No.1 has the biggest screen (24,2 x 10 metres) in Northern Europe and an amphitheater-type space with perfect audibility from any location. The entrance in the middle "protects" the audience from being disturbed.