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Fun and Games in Riga


Carnival at the cathedral.
Carnival at the cathedral.

Here's just a few  of the many ways to have a good time in Riga. See The Big Five Sights and Weird and Wonderful for less physical attractions.


ice

It's nice in - really...
It's nice in - really...

If you live in a cold climate, you might as well embrace it. That's the philosophy of the ice swimmers who dip every Sunday in winter at 11:00 at Lake Bābelīte (Bābelītes ezers) on Riga's eastern outskirts. All welcome. To go deeper into the freeze, check into a breathing class based on the wisdom of Ice Man Wim Hoff.

 

More info or call Māris on +371 27750180.


DANCING

Get down.
Get down.

To get hot and sweaty like a local, dive into the all-in folk dancing at Ala and other places organised by the Danču klubs folk dance outfit. For everything from Capoeira to African dance to contemporary jazz, take a class at I-dejas māja in the city centre.

 

Address: I-dejas māja: Lācplēša iela 60

More info: Dačū klubs and I-dejas māja


skiing

Biathlon.
Biathlon.

Riga is blessed with a couple of surreal cross country tracks. Swish around the Liberators' Monument in Āgenskalns or go for a round at Viesturi golf club. If you need help from gravity, head to the slopes at Sigulda.

 

 

More info: Soviet skiing and Viesturi.

steam

Latvian army camouflage.
Latvian army camouflage.

Latvians have loved the pirts or steam bath for millenia, and its still the perfect way to destress. To enjoy a fantastic pirts ritual in Riga, book a session with masseur Anna Želtkovska in her cozy studio near the city centre. And after the pirts, try her chocolate or honey massages...

 

Address: Katrīnas iela 2

More info or call Anna on +371 27022886.


GUNS

My rifle's name is Charlene.
My rifle's name is Charlene.

Get it out of your system at Walters shooting range, where Glocks, AKs and other big boy's toys are locked and loaded in Cobra, Rambo and Bond packages. Make sure you're over 18, sober and have ID with you.

 

Address: Meža iela 1a (Pārdaugava)

More info


skating

Puck off.
Puck off.

When the chill sets in, the liveliest skating rink is at the Lido Recreation Centre. If that 's too hard, go to Arena Riga to watch Riga Dinamo compete in the KHL.

 

Address: Arena Riga: Skanstes iela 21 (Riga city centre)

More info