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The national capital of Moscow is situated 390 miles southeast of St. Petersburg, while Koltushi lies 11 miles to the east.
Make sure the whole family has a good time by checking out some of the child-friendly attractions of the area. Good times and precious moments await at the Horrors of St. Petersburg Museum, Divo Ostrov and the St. Petersburg Wax Museum.
Snap a few photos, enjoy the interpretive displays and learn all about our fragile environment at the Leningradskiy Zoopark. If you are pressed for time, stop by the information counter and take a map so you don't miss out on any of the zoo highlights.
From amateur horticulturalists to weekend gardeners, everyone is sure to be inspired by the plants on display at the St. Petersburg Botanical Garden. Many travelers also like to take a leisurely stroll around the Tavrichesky Garden and the Botanical Gardens.
Pack a picnic basket and take five in the tranquil, green surroundings of Summer Garden and Peterhof Palace and Garden. There's also plenty of room to relax at New Holland Island and Petrovsky Park.
Looking to spend some time among nature? Kirov Park is just waiting for you.
See the world from a different perspective with some time at one of the area's well-curated cultural spaces. Meander through the hallways as you check out the different displays at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and the State Russian Museum. Planetarium and Menshikov Palace are also worthwhile.
Embark on a voyage to the C-189 Submarine Museum and the Icebreaker Krasin, a fun and engaging few hours for sea dogs and land dwellers alike.
Expand your mind by spending some time at Pulkovo Observatory, the Vasily Dokuchaev Museum of Soil Science or the LabyrinthUm. These inspiring museums showcase the most recent innovations and inventions in the field of science.
From the second you step through the doors, it's plain to see that the collections at the Arctic and Antarctic Museum and the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography are a labor of love. Gazing back from behind the glass, these fantastic specimens can't help but spark your curiosity. The Zoological Museum and the Russian Museum of Ethnography are also well worth checking out.
A haven for lovers of art, this area houses various gallery spaces in which artists and designers regularly showcase their wares. Start your tour of this creative paradise at the Hermitage Storage Facility and the Academy of Fine Arts Museum. The Museum of Applied Art and the Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art are also worth a look if you can fit them in before dinner.
Amateur historians can travel back through time at the Matyushin House and the Kirov Apartment Museum. The Kirovsky Zavod Museum of History and Technology and the State Museum of the Political History of Russia are also worthy options.
Wander back through the ages with a trip to Catherine Palace and Park in Tsarskoye Selo or Kazan Cathedral, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. More stories from a bygone era are waiting for you at Peter and Paul Fortress and Alexander Palace.
You can't miss Italian Bridge and Blagoveshchensky Bridge, two proud examples of civil engineering. We're sure you'll enjoy the view! Liteyny Bridge and Lions Bridge are a couple more impressive structures that you might like to add to your to-do list.
Kronstadt Fortress and Gosudarev Bastion are unique fortified positions that will delight military history enthusiasts. It's easy to see the significant role they played in the region's past.
Some of the region's most famed families have called Yusupov Palace and Tauride Palace "home" throughout the years. Be sure to take a few photos as you take in their impressive architectural features and plush interiors. Anichkov Palace and Yelagin Palace are two more stately homes that have their share of tales to tell.
Sometimes dramatic, sometimes romantic, St. Michael's Castle is an imposing architectural feat from the days of knights and nobility.
Experience the region's spiritual side and enjoy the serene atmosphere at Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral. Trinity Cathedral and the Grand Choral Synagogue are two more popular religious sites.
After you've experienced all of the major points of interest around St. Petersburg, take the time to see some of its lesser-known gems. Red Bridge and the Loft Project Etagi might be just what you're after. Also, think about seeing Palace Bridge and Birzhevoy Bridge if you have time.
If you are wondering where to stay in St. Petersburg, head to our St. Petersburg lodging options. There are no less than 410 different places to select from in this popular destination.
Two upmarket places in St. Petersburg are the Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel, which can be found at 39, Bolshaya Morskaya str, and the Trezzini Palace Hotel, located at 21 University Embankment. If you find that those don't quite match your taste and budget, the Art-House Guest House or the Rinaldi at Petrogradskaya are two cheaper options that may tick all your boxes.
Located in Admiralteyskiy, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Admiralty Building and Monument to Nicholas I. Mariinsky Palace and Blue Bridge are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Stockmann, Galeria and St. Petersburg Wax Museum. State Russian Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are also within 2 miles (3 km).
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Vorontsov Palace, Kazan Cathedral and State Russian Museum. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Summer Garden are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Nevsky Prospekt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall and Stockmann. Vosstaniya Square and Galeria are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Tsentralny, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Stockmann, State Russian Museum and Kazan Cathedral. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Summer Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).
This family-friendly St. Petersburg hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Anichkov Bridge, State Russian Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Kazan Cathedral and Summer Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Nevsky Prospekt, this hotel is steps away from Arkady Raykin Variety Theater, DLT and Saint Petersburg Printing Museum. Museum of Soviet Arcade Games and Kazan Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Admiralteyskiy, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mariinsky Theatre, Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and Yusupov Palace. Kazan Cathedral and New Holland Island are also within 1 mi (2 km).