Palaces are a real decoration of the city and a separate topic for an exciting excursion. On Primorsky Boulevard, you should definitely go to the very end and admire the Vorontsov Palace and the colonnade, created by the architect Boffo. According to Clothesbliss, the Palace of Counts Tolstoy, and now the Odessa House of Scientists, also belongs to his thoughts. Today, the Novikov Palace houses the Odessa Museum of Local History. From the outside, this building may not seem as interesting as the Tolstoy Palace, but once inside, all doubts about its splendor will be dispelled. In the Shah’s Palace, built in the spirit of British castles, a real Shah once lived – Persian and runaway, an excellent excuse for another walk.
Architecture and monuments
In the bustle of a short vacation, performances and concerts are not always allotted, but the theaters of Odessa deserve at least a minute acquaintance with a couple of photos, the Odessa Opera House is especially good – a real masterpiece and one of the cultural symbols not only of the city, but also of the country. Another symbol of Odessa and a majestic architectural monument is the Potemkin Stairs, which is included in the list of the most beautiful stairs in Europe. On its steps it is pleasant to relax and dream, looking at the haze of the blue sea, mass cultural events are often held here, and Odessa residents consider it perhaps the best place for admiring fireworks. Of the remakes, tourists are popular with the “12th chair” dedicated to Ilf and Petrov, a monument to Odessa-mother andRabinovich, which arose on the streets at the suggestion of Mikhail Zhvanetsky. By the way, there is a monument to Mikhail Mikhalych himself – a living classic and a real Odessa citizen.
If you want something more unusual, then welcome underground, to the Catacombs of Odessa. This is a whole network of labyrinths and tunnels under the city, stretching for 3000 km. They say that part of the catacombs is older than Odessa itself. It is strongly advised to go here with a guide, so as not to become the hero of the news and the cause of another search and rescue operation.
8 things to do in Odessa
- Have breakfast in the Privoz sausage row, thoughtfully tasting local products.
- Look into the open doors of old porches in search of amazing staircases with thick railings.
- Odessans are not shy about kissing in public. And don’t be shy!
- Go take a look at the “House with one wall.” How about photoshop? (By the way, there are six of them in the city. Six!)
- Pick up your can of compote at Compote, it’s waiting!
- Walking, squint at the sun and listen to Utesov in the player.
- After the performance, have tea at the Theater on the Tea Room. Give some advice to the actors. And the director – with the proper level of audacity.
- To smile! You are in Odessa!
For connoisseurs of museum tourism, the city is preparing a number of exciting trips. Museums in Odessa are diverse, interesting, and sometimes unusual. For example, the collections of the Museum of Western and Oriental Art are considered among the best in Ukraine, and the Museum of Cinema will help you plunge into memories, telling about the famous films shot on the streets of Odessa: “The meeting place cannot be changed”, “D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers”, “The Adventures of Electronics” and many other favorite films from childhood. The Folk Museum of the History of the Department of Internal Affairs of the Odessa Region will be of interest to boys of all ages, and in the Museum of the Anchor, the traveler will replenish his erudition with knowledge about the types of anchors, methods and history of their creation.
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Odessa for children
The main center of attraction for young (and not only in years, but also in soul) tourists is Odessa amusement parklocated in Shevchenko Park. The advantages and charms of the amusement park speak for themselves: year-round operation, excellent location – almost the center of the city, picturesque views of the coast and the sea, the highest ferris wheel in Ukraine “Southern Palmyra”, entertainment for guests of all ages – from labyrinths and carousels for kids to attractions Disco star, “Roller coaster” and “Bomber” for adults who like to tickle their nerves, cozy cafes and restaurants, souvenir shops with memorable little things. It is also worth adding the shady alleys of the park, convenient parking, proximity to public transport stops and the ability to pay for the desired attractions without buying an expensive complex ticket.
Before traveling to Odessa with a child, ask if Poseidon is currently open (currently closed for reorganization), the only indoor water park in Ukraine and one of the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe. It is located not in Odessa itself, but in a resort suburb – the town of Chabanka, 30 km from the city center. If it is open, then Poseidon will be a good entertainment not only in summer, but also during the cold season and the rough sea. Another water park with a simple and straightforward name “Odessa”located in the west of the city, on the 7th km of the Ovidiopol road. He works only in the summer, instead of a roof over his head – the sky is blue. Guests are waiting for 30 slides and attractions, cafes, hydromassage areas, swimming pools, including those with waves, a sandy beach, a “lazy river” and the largest children’s aqua town in southern Ukraine.
The Museum of Interesting Science is a great way to combine business with pleasure. Its interactive exhibitions tell about the wonders of physics, chemistry, astronomy and other subjects. A bully C student will discover science from an unexpected side, and a diligent “nerd” will not get bored during too long vacations.
A rendezvous with the living world can be arranged at the Odessa Zoo. The menagerie specializes in the study and conservation of rare and endangered animals in the south of Ukraine. The institution will soon turn 100 years old, about 1500 representatives of 265 species of animals live in it. On the territory of the zoo there is an aquaterrarium (requiring a separate ticket), exciting excursions, various children’s and family holidays of an ecological orientation. A completely logical continuation of the activities to get acquainted with the smaller brothers will be a visit to the Odessa year-round dolphinarium “Nemo”. In addition to standard shows with Black Sea dolphins, fur seals and white whales, guests are offered to swim with dolphins, learn the basics of snorkeling and diving, visit the oceanarium, aquarium and even exotarium.
In the Ooty Woman’s Wax Museum, a child is likely to recognize far from all the characters, but especially for young visitors there is a children’s room with heroes of famous cartoons, fairy tales and films – from Chewbacca to Harry Potter and his team.