Top parks and recreational areas in Tbilisi
26 July, 2017
Top parks and recreational areas in Tbilisi
Spending hot summer in a big city is quite hard. However, there is still a chance to relax and cool off for the people who have no other choice but to stay in Tbilisi during summer.

Here we want to offer you a few places in Tbilisi where one can enjoy beautiful nature and temporary escape from the city’s heat and noise. So let’s start:

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Lisi Lake

Lisi Lake is one of Tbilisi's most popular recreational areas. It is a
super place which seems totally apart from the city while it is still within! The lake’s area is well-known for the most interesting and varied fauna in Tbilisi. Entrance is free and it’s open 24 hours. Lisi Lake is a small lake located in the Northwest of the city, 624 m above sea level. In summer the water is warm and its maximum temperature is 28 ° C. In winter the lake is covered with ice. The lake is home to various kinds of fish. This is an excellent place for water sports and fishing lovers, as well as a favorite leisure place for Tbilisi citizens. At the area there are several cafes, ice-cream booth, playground, and amusement attractions for kids , so one can choose among different activities to one’s preference. People usually go there with family and friends on weekends as it is a great place for weekend picnics, playing with children in the lap of nature, training, jogging, walking pets etc. Additionally, there is an open air cinema and Lisi Wood open space club, so you can both enjoy pleasing movie screenings in the evening as well as party in the fresh air.

The renovation of Lisi Lake’s infrastructure started in 2012 by Lisi Development Company. Biking and jogging trails, sports grounds, exercise areas and children's playgrounds were arranged around the lake. From 2015, there is an open cafe, a naval point and a new beach for the lovers of sunbathing.The beach is covered with special sand and has a chaise longue rental service. There is also a bicycle rental service as well.

Lisi Lake is an excellent spot for those who love active rest, chilling out or sporty life. One can enjoy bicycles, sports grounds, playgrounds, jogging around the lake or swimming.

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Turtle Lake

Turtle Lake is a small lake at the outskirts of Tbilisi, so named probably due to the perceived abundance of turtles living in these places.

Turtle Lake is located on the wooded northern slope of Mtatsminda Mountain at an elevation of 686.7 m above sea level. It is fed by a small river Varazis-Khevi, a tributary to the Mtkvari. You can reach the lake by car, on foot or using a cableway from Chavchavadze Avenue. Entrance is free and it is open 24 hours.

The Turtle Lake area is designed as a recreational zone and is frequently visited by the Tbilisi citizens and tourists on weekends. When it is warm around, Turtle Lake turns into a favorite place for walking, resting and sports activities. There is nicely arranged beach, cafes, playgrounds for children, sports grounds and a jogging track around the lake. It is also a place where different festivals and concerts are held.

The easiest way to ascend the Turtle lake is by a cableway leading from Tbilisi’s Vake District, it is open from 8:00 until 22:00 and costs 1 GEL(one direction).

To the west of the lake there is the Open Air Museum of Ethnography, exhibition of Georgia’s folk architecture and a miniature model of Georgia.

After swimming and sunbathing, one can take a walk along the cliffs, get enough dose of extreme and enjoy unbelievable views of Tbilisi.

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Open Air Museum of Ethnography

If you want to relax in the open nature, breathe fresh air and see ethnographic monuments of Georgia at the same time, then you should definitely visit Open Air Museum of Ethnography. It is a small and perfect model of Georgia near Turtle Lake, located in Tbilisi's Vake District, 25, M. Berdzenishvili Str. (Turtle Lake road). It is characterized with unbelievably beautiful nature and a lot of greenery.

The Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones and typical dwellings of Georgia: Kartli, Samegrelo, Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Khevsureti, Kakheti, Meskheti, Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia. Each display is a reflection of a certain historic-ethnographic area of Georgia. Together with architectural monuments, the museum presents ethnographic materials - different kinds of tools, textiles, and ceramics.

Entrance fee is as follows: 3 Gel for adults, 1 Gel for students, 0,50 Gel for school children and it is free for children under 6. The museum’s working hours are: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. It’s closed on Monday, and official holidays.

Georgian festival “Art Gene” is held annually on the museum’s territory. Visitors can attend it this summer and enjoy modern and traditional folk music concerts, exhibitions, folk handicrafts market as well as sample traditional Georgian cuisine.

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Mtatsminda Park

Mtatsminda Park is a famous landscaped park located at the top of Mount Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain) overlooking the Georgian capital Tbilisi. The park is notable for its amusement attractions, carousels, water slides, a roller-coaster, and a big Ferris wheel at the edge of the mountain, offering a magnificent view over the city. As long as it is located on a high mountain, cool and fresh air combined with wonderful greenery is guaranteed there.

The park’s working hours are: Monday-Friday: 11:30-21:00/Saturday-Sunday: 11:00-21:00. Entrance is free. Payment for attractions is made by multi pass, which you can get at the park's box offices for 2 Gel.

The park can be reached from the city by taxi or by the yellow municipal buses (124 and 90) from the Metro Rustaveli in the city. The Park can also be reached by the funicular railway from Chonkadze Street.

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Ezo festival is held in Mtatsminda park. Ezo is a music and arts festival, organized by Mzesumzira (Sunflower) Community. It is considered to be a festival of freedom, peace and love. EZo is not an event made for clubbers only, but for people of any age and taste. People enjoy creative atmosphere, friendly and open community, delicious organic food, snacks, drinks and quality music for 24 hours.

This year every Saturday (except the Saturdays when 4 main events are held), the festival hosts 10 Live (Ezo Live) events where one can enjoy live music performed by local and international artists. Apart from music events, this year, Ezo Festival offers many other activities. The venue is open 24/7, so the visitors can enjoy and take part in different activities such as: basketball, ping-pong, yoga, etc.

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On the top of the mountain is located Funicular Restaurant Complex that can be seen even from the city. Funicular Complex is one of the most distinguished and attractive places in Tbilisi, it has a large terrace that offers astonishing view over the city.

The Complex includes 5 separate venues and serves both Georgian and international dishes. The place is also famous for its sweet creamy pastry named “Ponchiki”. Some of the customers go up Mtatmisnda Mountain particularly to enjoy this delicious fluffy and crispy Soviet style donut.

The restaurant’s working hours are: 18:00 - 24:00.

One can get there straight via the Funicular cable car. Upon ascending and going down the mountain, one can enjoy amazing panoramic views of Tbilisi. The restaurant’s working hours are: 18:00 - 24:00.

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Mziuri Park

Located in Vake, Chavchavadze Street 21, Mziuri Park is one of the greenest, attractive and calm recreational places in Tbilisi. Mziuri Park is the very place for those who are tired from the hectic and noisy city and search for a quick escape.

In 1982, the children city Mziuri was opened in the gorge of the river Vere, under the initiative of the famous Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze. The Park project was ran by a group of architects and sculptors.

Entrance in park is free and it is open 24 hours. One can attend a lot of interesting events and take part in many various activities.

The project named New Mziuri (Akhali Mziuri) is aimed at breathing new life into the recreational zone as well as providing educational and entertaining events to the public. The park includes a social cafe, the renewed amphitheater and a playground for children.

The social café New Mziuri , nestled in Mziuri’s greenery, offers comfortable environment and serves various snacks and drinks. It is noteworthy that it is the first place with Braille menu for people with visual impairment.

The café has launched special project for music lovers - “Mziuri-Live” that will last until the end of September. Every Saturday, 15 most important concerts in music history will be shown within this project. Besides, film screenings take place every week at the venue. It is noteworthy that anyone can attend these events for free.

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Vake Park

Vake Park is a public park in Tbilisi. It is the biggest and of the most attractive parks in Tbilisi. The area often hosts various events, concerts and gatherings. The park occupies 200 hectares and includes bike lanes, large fountain in the center that makes this place cool and pleasant in hot summer days as well as amusement attractions for kids. Vake Parkwas opened in 1946 as a prime example of a Socialist Classical park, complete with a grand classical entry and a huge stairs leading to World War II Memorial, which stands at the top of the hill in the park.

Located in the Vake District of Tbilisi at the western end of Chavchavadze Avenue, the park is well-known for its greenery and cool environment.

Tbilisi citizens love to visit this place, arrange picnics, stroll or take their pets for a walk. At the area there are several cafes where one can enjoy snacks, drinks and ice-cream. Entrance is free and the park is open 24 hours.


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