SOPOT FOR KIDS
SOPOT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR CHILDREN
The clean sands on Sopot’s beaches and safe bathing in the sea are just a couple of the attractions available to our younger visitors. But there’s plenty more.
From year to year the number of beach playgrounds provided by the city’s bars, restaurants and cafes increases with some even offering the possibility of leaving your child under the supervision of qualified staff.
Older children will be delighted to have the opportunity to rent equipment to use on the water from the numerous points along the beach. You will find catamarans, kayaks and water skis or you can take a ride on the popular ‘banana’ inflatable or on a high-powered motorboat.
Sopot’s sailing clubs also offer you the opportunity to train and spend holidays sailing in Sopot **.
On the days the weather might not be suitable for sunbathing, there’s always the water attractions available at the Sopot Aquapark, the city’s swimming pool and the numerous spa centres found in Sopot’s hotels.
For children who love to be out and about and kept active, Sopot is the perfect place to visit – horse riding schools at the beautiful Sopot hippodrome; tennis courses on the city’s open courts and covered domes; bike paths along the coast; a rollerblade track or hilly, forested terrain fit for adventures are all at your fingertips.
Sopot’s fort offers you an extraordinary opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a place where you can learn about the lives of the early Slavs in a modern and interesting way and also meet real warriors.
Sopot’s theatre stages also offer many performances, including some in the open-air, which are aimed at younger audiences. Elsewhere, the State Art Gallery organises artistic workshops for young visitors. Many clubs have special sections for children, while many of Sopot’s cafes offer a literary atmosphere where you’re sure to find an interesting book which can be enjoyed by all the family.
ATTRACTIONS FOR CHILDREN
Sopot’s wide, sandy beaches, which stretch for 4.5 km are the biggest attraction for tourists during the summer. They attract water enthusiasts and sunbathers, and the restaurants dotted along the coastline attract those seeking peace and quiet with their unique atmosphere and delicious cuisine. These are some of the best-kept beaches on the Bay of Gdansk and rank very highly in national rankings for cleanliness, management and safety. The many beach rental companies can provide the equipment you need to spend your time actively on the sea.
Aquapark Sopot is one of the best-known places in the Tri-city for entertainment for the whole family. Not only can you take part in active relaxation throughout the year but there are many other options for taking care of your body too. In addition to the wonderful water park, you will also find the Sauna and Spa World, while on the lower floors you’ll find a six-lane bowling alley, a bar with snacks and drinks and a pool and snooker area. It is the perfect place to spend time with your family. The complex also offers a great menu at its restaurant which is regularly booked for special cultural and entertainment events. An added bonus of the restaurant is its outdoor seating area and terrace which offers direct access to the beach.
The fort is a remnant of a fortified settlement which existed from the 8th to the 10th centuries and is Sopot’s oldest artefact. Bordered by the Grodowy and Kamienny streams, the fort is located on a wooded hill, on top of which there is a courtyard with dimensions of 45 x 49.5 m, surrounded by ramparts. Since 1998, a small open-air Skansen has operated here under the supervision of the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk. Festivities and educational meetings are organized here, promoting the history and cultural artefacts of the early Medieval Pomeranians. In 2011, at the foot of the fortified hill, an exhibition and educational pavilion was opened. The museum is suitable for children of all ages and there are regular attractions such as archery, weapon and Celtic dancing displays.
Horse riding schools at the Sopot Hippodrome
The horse-riding schools found at the Sopot Hippodrome offer horse riding lessons for beginners through to more advanced riders and is a place which combines learning and fun. Not only can you can learn a beautiful sport but also how to care for and nurture horses. This is a great place for both children and adults.
Playgrounds, indoor and outdoor gyms and skateparks
In Sopot, you can find numerous playgrounds and other places for children in the open air.
- Playground on the beach, al. Franciszka Mamuszki 21;
- Playground in the North Park (near Sofitel Grand Sopot), al. Franciszka Mamuszki 1;
- Playground in the South Park, Park Marii i Lecha Kaczyńskich;
- Playground ul. Chopina 27 (corner of ulica Chopina z Grunwaldzką);
- Playground on Sopot Common, ul. Bitwy pod Płowcami
- Playground in the Przylesie district, ul. 23 March 91b;
- Playground in Karlikowo ul. King John Casimir 5;
- Playground in the Brodwino district, ul. Kolberg 12;
- Playground in Kamienny Potok, street Kraszewskiego 17;
- Playground on Michała Urbanka Square;
- Playground on ul. Obodrzyców 3;
- Playground next to the bus terminus ul. Reja 2;
- Playground next to school, ul. Jana z Kolna 35;
- Playground ul. Mierosławskiego 4;
- Playground ul. Czyżewskiego 12;
- Playground at Jordanowski Garden on ul. Armii Krajowej 76-82;
- Playground by Nowowiejski pond on ul. Moniuszki 9;
- Kids Club at the Sheraton Hotel
- Skatepark next to Ergo Arena, Plac Dwóch Miast 1;
- Skatepark in Brodwino district, ul. Kolberg 22;
- Line park ul. Bitwy pod Płowcami 51;
Miniteka - a library for children
Miniteka is a place created for the youngest book lovers. In addition to literature, there are also board games, computer games, audiobooks and an Xbox console.
Minitec also hosts creative workshops on various topics, book reading, cartoon showings, theatres and numerous special and educational events.
Sopoteka - multimedia culture gallery
Sopoteka is a branch of the Sopot Library. This newly created and very modern multimedia library consists of several zones, among which you can find a computer workshop, music stands, a reading room with beach baskets and quiet workplaces and a children's corner with consoles and colourful blocks. The heart of Sopoteka is the multifunctional hall that plays host to cinema, theatre, a meeting place for authors, poetry readings, music workshops and lectures on travel and history. Sopoteka, with its natural, light wood; beach baskets and cushions; e-books, audiobooks and traditional printed books; its technology and people provides visitors with culture, education and entertainment both in an everyday sense and with special occasions with exalted visitors. A place which does not overwhelm but inspires with its modernity is the perfect way to describe Sopoteka.
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, between 9.00 and 20.00.
Address: Sopot Centrum, poziom +2, Tadeusza Kościuszki 14, 81-704 Sopot
Phone: +48 58 551 27 06
A truly wonderful venue, Sopot’s covered amphitheatre, which is found in a hollow in the lush woodland surrounding the city, is widely recognised both at home and abroad as one of the most outstanding musical venues in Europe thanks in no small part to its superb acoustics. Now with seating for 5,000 people, over the years the audience of the Forest Opera have been entertained by some of the biggest names in music, including James Brown, Charles Aznavour, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams, Sting and Simply Red.
The Forest Opera is also the home of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, a string orchestra which has performed in the most important concert halls in Europe.
In addition to the exceptional concerts and cultural events it hosts, the Forest Opera also organises special events, workshops and shows for children. The Forest Opera is surrounded by forest, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It is an ideal place to awaken the creative activity of children.
Bowling at the Aquapark
Guests of the bowling alley have at their disposal 6 tracks and a bar with snacks and drinks. It is the perfect place to spend time with your family.
Address: ul. Zamkowa Góra 3
Phone: +48 58 555 85 60
Sopot Common (Sopockie Błonia) is a few hectares of recreational area that’s popular with children. You’ll find playgrounds equipped with swings, carousels, sandpits, tunnels, climbing rocks, etc.
In addition, there is also an area to play football, a barbecue area and a dog walking area.
Address: ul. Bitwy pod Płowcami
State Art Gallery
The State Art Gallery presents various artistic phenomena with around 25 exhibitions of contemporary and classical art each year in galleries covering a combined total space of over 1,200m2. The gallery cooperates with galleries and museums throughout Poland and the world and aims to demonstrate the most important phenomena of Polish and foreign art in order to reach the widest possible audience. Its success has been recognised with a top three ranking for contemporary art galleries in Poland from the Polityka magazine.
Previous exhibitions have included paintings by Jacek Malczewski from the collection of the Lviv National Gallery; works by Georges Braque and the work of Ivan Aivazovsky. Among the other artists who work can be seen at the gallery are those by Alina Szapocznikow, Artur Żmijewski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Robert Kuśmirowski.
The State Art Gallery organises art workshops for younger visitors. They are a great option for children to spend time, while developing creativity and manual skills.
Theatre on the Beach
The Theatre on the Beach (Teatr na Plaży) is a theatre stage combining the formula of a commercial theatre with that of a municipal theatre, which you will find located on the edge of the beach, in the Northern Park in Sopot. The theatre in its new form was created in 2013. During the summer months the Agnieszka Osiecka Atelier Theatre stages performances here.
The theatre itself is a stage with an auditorium for 90 seats, while the foyer houses the Atelier Club and a rehearsal room where art classes and workshops take place.
In the theatre apart from commercial performances, the company also stages its own cultural projects and stages performances, which are later included in the permanent repertoire. Despite the fact that the Theatre on the Beach does not have its own company of actors, the performances are staged with the participation of invited guests or in co-production with other theatres or NGOs.
KartCenter in Sopot is one of the largest and most modern carting tracks in Poland. It is great fun for anyone who is over 1.30 m tall and wants to feel like a F1 driver for a moment. Carting teaches strategy, mastery and precision at the wheel.
The Sopot facility brings completely new standards to Polish, amateur carting. The outdoor track guarantees unforgettable, adrenaline-filled and emotion-packed racing like in Formula One. The 500m long track has a width of 5 to 7 meters which allows up to 10 go-carts to race at any one time. Specially reinforced polyethylene barriers, modern computer timing and synchronized traffic lights ensure the safety of the drivers. It is the only track in Poland offering a 40-metre covered steel bridge and two 4-metre tunnels which offer a truly unique driving experience.
The city swimming pool is 25 meters by 12.5 meters and ranges from 60cm to 160cm in depth with 6 lanes. The depth of the pool allows for free swimming, turns and swimming lessons for children and adolescents.
Ice rink at the pier
The only ice rink in Poland with a view of the sea! The ice rink is located on the main square of Skwer Kuracyjny next to the pier. The 35 x 18m rink can accommodate over 100 people at any one time.
Address: Skwer Kuracyjny
Phone: +48 58 551 12 76
Ciuciu Sweet Factory & Workshop
The sweets and lollipops available here are all made by hand. Those who would like to can participate in the production process and make sweets themselves.
Address: ul. Boh. Monte Cassino 37
Phone: +48 500 700 954
Summer cinema on the pier
The Summer Cinema on the pier in Sopot operates from July 1 to August 31 with beach deckchairs replacing traditional cinema seating. All screenings are free and you just need to buy a ticket for the pier.
Showings: July - 22:00, August - 21:30
Łysa Góra (Skiing)
Łysa Góra (Bald Hill), found close to the centre of the city and on the edge of the Tri-City Landscape Park has a ski-lift which is nearly 300 metres in length and which takes you up to 110m above sea level where the slope offers you a drop of 39m. This is the one place from which you can enjoy views of the sea while skiing. Two ski runs, a toboggan run, a ski school, professional instructors and a well-stocked equipment rental and service await guests. It also caters for the increasing number of snowboarding enthusiasts and a new snow park has been created.
The Rope Park on ul. Bitwy pod Płowcami is divided into two parts. One is for adults, the other for younger children. The children’s obstacle course is at a low height, which allows parents to keep a close eye on their children. The park is only open in the summer season.
Address: ul. Bitwy pod Płowcami 51