Plunge into the atmosphere of summer in one of Moscow’s four water parks, which offer you a wide array of facilities for active recreation. These include water slides, wave pools and swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas and bathhouses, massage rooms, cafes and restaurants and even night entertainment. All of Moscow’s water parks are located quite a distance from downtown, either on the outskirts of the city or a few kilometres from the Moscow Automobile Ring RoadRussian: Moskovskaya koltsevaya avtodoroga or Московская кольцевая автодорога, or MKADRussian: МКАД. Getting to most of them by metro is pretty easy, though.
KVA-KVARussian: Ква-Ква WATER PARK
Europe’s biggest indoor water park is located in the city of MytishchiRussian: Мытищи in Moscow OblastRussian: Moskovskaya oblast or Московская область, just one kilometre from the MKAD. It has been open since 2009. It comprises an area of 4,500 square metres, containing seven water slides, a wave pool and the Kids’ Water TownRussian: Detskiy vodnyi gorodok or Детский водный городок (for children aged 3 and above and weighing up to 40 kg). The water park boasts a vast spa zone with 200 nozzles and a bath complex including a hammam, Russian and Turkish baths, a Finnish sauna, an ice-cold fountain, a cold plunge pool and massage rooms. Some restrictions apply to those wishing to enjoy the water slide, for example it is only accessible to people aged 10 and over. The ticket fares vary depending on the ticket length; the 2-hour ticket is the cheapest and the daily one the most expensive. The ticket price does not include spa treatments or visits to the restaurant or the bar. Maintenance works were carried out in the water park in September 2015. There are ‘Shine’ parties held for young people in the water park on Saturday nights.
Address: Mytishchi, Kommunisticheskaya StreetRussian: ulitsa Kommunisticheskaya or улица Коммунистическая, 1. Take any bus going from VDNKhRussian: ВДНХ Metro Station and get off at Torgovy Kompleks XLRussian: Торговый комплекс XL (or the XL Shopping Mall).
The MoreonRussian: Мореон water park is located in the South-Western district of Moscow just a few steps from YasenevoRussian: Ясенево Metro Station. It features a water park and the ThermaeRussian: Термы bath complex, and was opened in the autumn of 2014. Tickets to the two facilities are sold separately, but you are entitled to a slight discount if you buy both tickets at the same time. Children under 90 cm get free entrance to the park. The water park features six water slides of varying levels of length and steepness, four of which are open to children over 120 cm. There is also a water playground for children aged 3 to 10, a Jacuzzi and a wave pool. The Thermae bath complex is made up of 10 baths which reflect different bathing cultures of the world. There is a spa zone (with massage rooms, cosmetology, fish exfoliation, a salt cave, manicures, etc.) Moreon is a multifunctional complex complete with a fitness centre, a lap pool, bowling facilities and restaurants. LetoNonStop night parties for youths are also organized here.
The FantasyRussian: Фэнтези water park, located near MaryinoRussian: Марьино Metro Station on the first floor of the entertainment centre of the same name, has been open since 2003. It features four water slides, pools with hot tubs, a wave pool and a pool for kids. Cafés as well as infrared and Finnish saunas are available at an additional cost. Water slides are open to kids aged 8 and above. This water park also holds night parties. In addition to the pool facilities, a car-racing track, a children’s playground, prize machines, a pool table, bowling, a 6D movie theatre, ping-pong and numerous cafés are also located in the building.
Address: Moscow, Lyublinskaya StreetRussian: ulitsa Lyublinskaya or улица Люблинская, 100, just five minutes from Maryino Metro Station.
The multi-storey water park, located near PerovoRussian: Перово Metro Station, opened its doors in March 2015. There are four water slides which aren’t particularly large, a big pool and a hot tub on the first floor. Another, dimly-lit, pool is located on the second floor, along with a spa zone including four baths, a small but deep ice-cold pool and fish exfoliation (included in the ticket price). Children under 120 cm enjoy free entrance to the water park. Facilities that don’t involve water sports include bowling, a playground, slot machines for kids, a pool table, table tennis and cafés.
WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING A WATER PARK
TICKETS AND BRACELETS
You can purchase your entrance ticket in advance via the website of the preferred water park or at the ticket desk on the site. At the entrance to the facility, you are given a bracelet to pass through the turn gate, and it is here that you pay for all additional services. Your orders at a café, massage treatments and other services are registered on the bracelet and are paid for on your way out. You can also deposit some money onto your park account in advance. Some water parks impose heavy fines on visitors for losing their bracelet.
VISITING WATER PARKS AS A FAMILY
Children under 16 can enter water parks only if accompanied by an adult. One adult can accompany no more than two children up to 4 years of age and no more than five children aged 4 and above. The child’s rate is applied to children if they are under 120 cm, and some parks even have free entry for children. Water slides are open to children above 8 or 10 years of age depending on the park. Please bring your own swimsuit, swimming trunks, flip flops, towels and shower items.
Access to water parks is denied to people with cardiovascular disease, head injuries, ailments of the musculoskeletal system, skin disorders and infectious diseases. Adults who do not know how to swim are not allowed to participate in water activities either. Only people weighing less than 115-135 kg are authorized to ride water slides, the exact weight restrictions imposed park-dependant. Most water parks prohibit bringing in outside food and beverages with the exception of baby food.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com