Pedal Boating in Gorky Park

Pedal Boating in Gorky Park
03 August 2016

There are a seemingly endless number of activities available in Gorky Park. Amongst the cyclists and people on roller-blades, it is hard to do everything the park offers. However, one summer activity that I would highly recommend if you’re in the park with a group, is Pedal boating (Pedalo).

A pedal boat is a boat that moves by the passengers pedalling. It is particularly nice when the weather is hot as you and your passengers can sit and enjoy the sun whilst also feeling a cool breeze from the water.  If you can get a group of 4-8 people, why not hire two boats and race them? If you pedal fast enough for long enough it can be a great workout for your legs. At the very least, it’s chance to work off the calories from the ice cream you’ll most likely buy.

The moveable rudder makes the boat easy to steer, so there’s no need to worry about crashing into the bank, or needing to be rescued! Still, make sure someone is good at docking the boat back on the bank. I think I need some more practice. The lake is also inhabited by a flock of ducks, and many ducklings. They often come up close to the boat, so make sure to watch out for them too: they can prove to be a difficult obstacle.

Prices and operating times

Hiring a four person pedal boat costs 400 roubles per hour. There is also a deposit to pay of 500 roubles, which is completely refunded provided you don’t sink the boat. The boats don’t operate in the winter months. Life jackets are given to everyone, so even if you can’t swim you can still take part.

Lawrence Toye, currently studying at Liden & Denz Moscow

Posted by Lawrence Toye

Привет Everyone! My name is Lawrence, I’m 21, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, and I’m pleased to say I’m the new social media intern at Liden&Denz Moscow for the next 5 weeks. This is only my first day in Moscow, so I still have so much to see and take in! I love learning languages and spent last year living in the Middle East and studying Arabic. When I started studying at politics and economics at university last September, I couldn’t resist doing a language course alongside. Even though I could’ve probably picked an easier language, I felt Russian would be the most rewarding. I was right! Despite the frequently confusing grammar, in particular the cases, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As I’ve finished university for the summer, I decided to come here to to Liden&Denz to improve my Russian, and learn more about Russian culture. This is only my first full day in Russia, and I’m really excited to write about my thoughts, insights, and experiences of Moscow and learning Russian.

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