Best summer out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to es­cape, or en­joy, the heat

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH CLARA MARCHAUD

As Kyiv basks in swel­ter­ing hot weather, with the tem­per­a­ture ris­ing to 30 de­grees, the city of­fers plenty of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to es­cape, or en­joy, the summer heat.

Go for a work­out

To get some fresh air, a sun­tan, and stay fit all at the same time, go for a work out in the odd­est gym in the city: Kachalka. This vast out­door gym cen­ter, lo­cated near the metro sta­tion Hy­dropark, was built in the 1970s by lo­cal fit­ness en­thu­si­asts. Most of the gym equip­ment is made from ma­chin­ery chains, scrap metal or even ve­hi­cle parts. It is free. And for those who want to ex­er­cise with friends, an open beach-vol­ley court is lo­cated on the beach nearby.

Kachalka Hy­dropark. At the exit of the metro sta­tion, turn right. Then cross the pedes­trian bridge and the gym is to the right. Open 24/7.

Play paint­ball

Play­ing paint­ball is a great way to have fun with friends. In Kyiv, there are sev­eral places to play, with a range of weapons and play­ing lo­ca­tions. Play­ers have to buy from 200 to 500 paint­balls. 200 paint­balls (Hr 190– 230) is enough for a bit more than an hour’s play, and 500 (Hr 385–425) will make the game last three to four hours.

Plan­eta. Hy­dropark. 1 Pered­mistna Slo­bidka Is­land. 10 a.m.— 7 p.m. +38044 599 5050

Ganz. 1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave. Pav­il­lon No. 21. 8 a.m.— 9 p.m. +38067 204 0707

Have a swim

For those who pre­fer less en­ergy-con­sum­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, Kyiv boasts a range of out­door pool clubs where res­i­dents and tourists can have a swim in clear wa­ter and es­cape the ur­ban crowds. From Hr 50 to Hr 350, vis­i­tors can rent a chaise-longue for a day and sun­bathe on a beach or be­side a pool.

San­dali. 3 Parkova Rd. MonThu. Sun 9 a.m.— 9 p.m. FriSat. 9 a.m.— 2 a.m. +38097 631 0000

Uzh­nyi Bereg Kyieva (UBK). 11–6 a. m. Trukhaniv

Is­land. +38098928 4913

City Beach Club. 17B Antonovy­cha St. 9 a.m.— 12 a.m. +38066 629 5555. On the 7th floor of Ocean Plaza Mall.

Cruise on the river

Those who would rather be on the wa­ter than in it can go to Kyiv’s River­side Sta­tion and take a cruise along the River Dnipro. “Kyiv Panorama,” one-hour trips to Pa­ton Bridge de­part from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. when the ship is full. A three­hour long party is also of­fered ev­ery evening for Hr 200. De­par­ture is at 8 p.m.

River­side Sta­tion. Near Posh­tova Square, along Naberezh­noKhreshch­atyt­ska St., 10th pier, +38044 227 6076, +38098 995 1399

Get on your bike

To see Kyiv’s beau­ti­ful build­ings, bik­ing is an ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tive to a cruise. Bi­cy­cles can be rented in many parks or the city cen­ter for Hr 75–150 per hour. It is cheaper to rent a bike for a day or a week­end. For a more un­usual ride, rent a Seg­way for Hr 50 per 5 min­utes or book a Seg­way tour in Mari­in­sky or VDNH Park. Renters may ask for an ID doc- ument as a de­posit.

Bike ren­tals. More in­for­ma­tion on­ or www.

Seg­way Tour Kyiv. Mari­in­skiy park, in front of the Summer theater, (+38067 795 1427) or 1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave. (+38063 157 7714). More in­for­ma­tion on seg­

Ride a quad bike

If Seg­way or bikes are not fast enough, all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATV, also known as quads) are the best op­tion for an amus­ing ride. In Kyiv, be­gin­ners or skill­ful driv­ers can rent and drive ATV, from Hr 400 per hour of ride.

Drive Cen­ter Dream Rent. 27 Bo­ryspilskay­a St. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.— 6 p.m. +38093 753 09 00

X- Park. Druzhby Nar­o­div Park. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.— 9 p.m. Vis­i­tors should take their ID. +38096 500 7384

Take to the sky

For special oc­ca­sions or to sim­ply get some nice view, there are a lot of dif­fer­ent op­tions for fly­ing in Kyiv and the sur­round­ing area. Hot air bal­loons are the best op­tions for couples or friends who wish to have a great view of the city and land­scape around. Prices de­pend on whether a cus­tomer is alone and joins strangers (Hr 2,000 per per­son), or if some­one books a bal­loon for them­selves (Hr 6,000 for a cou­ple, plus Hr 1,000 per per­son). For even more thrills, check out the parachute or paraglid­ing clubs less than two hours away from Kyiv. For paraglid­ing, be­gin­ners can find paraglid­ing clubs in the vil­lage of Kho­dosivka, 10 kilo­me­ters from the Piv­denny bridge. With a pi­lot, a flight will cost Hr 900–1,100. Vis­i­tors can ar­range travel to the field with the club or take bus No. 309 or No. 735 from Vy­duby­chi metro sta­tion.

Kyiv aero­nau­ti­cal so­ci­ety (hot air bal­loons). 1 Kos­mon­avta Ko­marova Ave. The main build­ing of Na­tional Avi­a­tion Uni­ver­sity. +38044 406 7700 as­pi­[email protected]­fly.

Kyiv Club of Aero­nau­ti­cal Sports Pi­lot (hot air bal­loons). 27 Vy­ach­eslava Chorno­vola St. Of­fice No. 227. +38044 227 7376. [email protected] bal­loon­

Kyiv Paraglid­ing Club AERO (paraglid­ing). Kho­dosivka vil­lage. +38050 330 0236

Sky­club ( paraglid­ing). Kho­dosivka vil­lage. +38067 954 1790

Peo­ple ride their bikes as they par­tic­i­pate in The Spring Fes­ti­val Retro Cruise 2018 in Kyiv on May 12. (Volodymyr Petrov)

Young peo­ple play in a pool of the San­dali beach club on Trukhaniv Is­land in Kyiv on June 9, 2017. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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