Culture In Depth, 20/06/2017

Active Recovery in Kharkiv

Active recovery has many benefits over traditional forms of rest like lying on a sofa or going to cafes. Active recovery is always a mass of positive emotions, giving a feeling of fullness of life and harmony of the world.  Also, active recovery releases “Feel Good” hormones, distracts attention from pressing problems, and refreshes your brain. Many Kharkivites recognize all these advantages; active recovery becomes trendy in the city.

Kharkiv Observer recommends a list of places in the city to spend time outdoors actively, interestingly and productively.

Adventure Park

S-Park is an opportunity to get “thrill and adrenaline” with absolute safety for health and life. S-Park is believed to be the first adventure park on the trees in the east of Ukraine. Rope stages are placed at the height of 1-10 meters: suspension bridges, zip wires, and labyrinths. Here you can find rest for every taste: the largest rope park, pavilions with barbecue (large and small), attractions, climbing wall, shooting from a crossbow and bow, as well as quests and other entertainments for children and adults.

Address: Moskovsky Prospekt metro station, Mashinobudivnukiv Park


One of the most exciting and vivid recreations with friends can be paintball. There are several clubs in Kharkiv that offer games in paintball as well as airsoft, laser tag and quests in specially equipped squares with friends and with children. After the game, you can stay in comfortable gazebos, tents or under large umbrellas, and rent an outdoor grill and a bowler with firewood.

Flight on a plane and parachute jumping

Piloting lesson for those who want to fly or a romantic flight for lovers is not a cheap pleasure, but such a pastime will not leave anyone indifferent. Grizodubova Kharkiv Aeroclub offers to make an acquaintance flight on all types of planes they have. Photos and videos made from the wing of the aircraft will capture the best moments to show off on Instagram. And those who want more adrenaline can jump with a parachute, having previously completed training. A parachute jump is carried out on weekends.

Address: Kharkiv oblast, district of Communar village, Aerodrome Korotych


Have you always dreamed of becoming a driver? Then try karting. Kharkiv has some karting clubs both with a covered go-cart tracks and in the open air. The length of the tracks mainly varies from 400 to 600 meters. For security reasons, before the race listen to the instruction of the driving basics and use professional helmets.


This is a less extreme type of active recreation, but no less entertaining. The season of free dance on the embankment started in Kharkiv. Choreographers hold master classes in dancing every Wednesday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Strilka Square. Open-air activities are available for everyone, regardless of physical fitness and age. Just imagine the river, nature, new acquaintances and music in the rhythm of tango, waltz or foxtrot.

Address: Kharkiv, Bannyi Lane

Active leisure can be practiced at any age. Depending on the abilities and strength, you can choose a more extreme or quieter kind of outdoor activities. Kharkiv has something to offer guests with different tastes and different ages: from going to the theater to parachute jumping. Start to saturate life with unforgettable impressions.

Text: Anastasia Mitrofanova