What to do and see in Ventspils, Latvia: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Ventspils (Latvian: [ˈvæntspils] ( listen); see other names) is a town in northwestern Latvia in the historical Courland region of Latvia, and is the sixth largest city in the country. At the beginning of 2017, Ventspils had a population of 39,286. It is situated on the Venta River and the Baltic Sea, and has an ice-free port. The city's name literally means "castle on the Venta", referring to the Livonian Order's castle built alongside the Venta River. Ventspils holds the national record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Latvia with 37.8 °C (100.0 °F) on 4 August 2014.
Restaurants in Ventspils

1. Ventspils Beach

Ventspils, Latvia
Excellent
73%
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25%
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Ventspils Beach

Reviewed By David L - Bergen, Norway

The Baltic sea can be a bit cold for swimming, but the beach itself is nice enough. Not nearly as crowded as, for instance, Palanga in Lithuania, and a lot less drinking on the beach. Ventspils seems to be mainly catering to families, and from the looks of it they will eventually succeed. At least if global warming kicks inn.

2. The Castle of the Livonian order

Jana iela 17, Ventspils 3601, Latvia +371 63 622 031
Excellent
57%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

The Castle of the Livonian order

Reviewed By Armands F - Riga, Latvia

It is unavoidably located, with easy access and parking. If you love history and architecture, you will enjoy the place. There is a small museum inside, it will not take a lot of your time, however you might want to some additional Reading yourself to make sure you are in loop what this place actually represents for historical heritage of region and country. As I told - it will not take too much of your time and later you can have a good meal in nearby restaurant.

3. Ventspils Children’s Town

Vasarnicu iela / Liela prospekta iela, Ventspils, Latvia +371 63 622 263
Excellent
83%
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5 based on 44 reviews

Ventspils Children’s Town

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Must have excitement for families with children for sure! You'll spend lots of hours there. Safe place for children to run, to play and to enjoy activities parents could just dream about in childhood.
Weakest point could be luck of a good public bistro there, but strongly recommended to visit Diana store by foot not far away from park, on second floor of store is great and cheap bistro with great meal variety.
Children are always happy visiting the Ventspils children town.

4. Ventspils Museum

Rinka iela 2, Ventspils 3601, Latvia +371(0)63624467
Excellent
65%
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Ventspils Museum

Reviewed By Maria_199018 - Nicosia, Cyprus

when you hear museum you think of serious stuff! this one was in the nature, with games that anyone at any age could enjoy! you could even have fun in the "things" (ex. houses, boats etc.) that were exhibited there!! I had great time and the fun of my life with everything there!! Even with the trees in the park!! :D the most exciting it was the mill.. and of course the train that get you around the park and the small forest!

5. Ventspils Creativity House Planetarium and Observatory

Maiznieku iela 11, Ventspils 3601, Latvia +371 63 622 805
Excellent
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Ventspils Creativity House Planetarium and Observatory

Planetarium dome's size is 8m in diameter, and it can accommodate up to 40 people. Planetarium projector gives the audience a chance to view unique and stunning star shows and films by using up-to-date software. The Observatory houses a high-quality telescope through which the Sun and different planets can be seen. The telescope is fitted with the best solar filters in Latvia.

Reviewed By lindawelsa - Latvia

Specially we went to Ventspils to visit Observatory and Planetarium - finally to see stars!
First we visit Planetarium in day time. Nice feeling to be under sky! During show we looked movie - it was pretty educational - child liked it as he is interested in cosmoss. Me either, but some places almost slept in, because movie voice was too monotonous;)
Observatory - we don't have luck as evening was cloudy and our show was canceled! But I quess there would be nice!

6. Ventspils Water Park

Lauku iela 5, Ventspils 3601, Latvia +371 63 623 974
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 25 reviews

Ventspils Water Park

Reviewed By Vilma B

When you don't know what to do with kids great place to relax or play with kids. We were statisfied of this place. Unfortunatly there is no coctails or icecream bar.

7. Children Park Fantaziya

Talsu St., Ventspils, Latvia
Excellent
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5 based on 11 reviews

Children Park Fantaziya

Reviewed By Marita K

Brilliant its more suitable for smaller children, but even my boys find thinks to do there, overall nice clean place

8. Piedzivojumu Parks

Str Saules 141, Ventspils, Latvia +371 28 611 333
Excellent
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Piedzivojumu Parks

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Absolutely amazing place to visit with children in Ventspils city!
Lots of attractions and fun for at least several hours. Not expensive at all considering the joy and feeling of your young family members.
It is definitely worth to enjoy the going up to the hill built and then going down by special equipment on the track! You'll do it many times in an hour of time.
Children like also water boats, but be ready they come out wet after attraction ;)
Disagree with remarks about poor lunch options there. There's bistro as well you can have a tasty meal for relatively cheap money always. Got never disappointed there!
Must visit place in Ventspils!
By the way recommend to go there by ancient train which will be fun, too!

9. Daba Laba - Day Adventures

Krastini | Ance Parish, Ventspils 3612, Latvia +371 26 826 839
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5 based on 9 reviews

Daba Laba - Day Adventures

Bow track- a track with animal targets for traditional longbow shooting. For families, friends, adventurous hike in wild nature with soup in final part of the attraction. Canoe boat rental- 1-2 day canoeing on Irbe river- beautiful wild nature, finish in spectacular place where river meets the Baltic sea. Jeep safari in wild nature Camping places

Reviewed By dumaislaacis - Bangkok, Thailand

If you are looking for good time shooting arrows in forest or want to take a canoe trip to the sea - look no further because this is the place.

10. Renka Garden

Ventspils, Latvia
Excellent
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5 based on 7 reviews

Renka Garden

Reviewed By irina0leg - Moscow, Russia

Парк гигантских вещей мы искали с прошлого года и вот, наконец нашли. Почему-то его не очень рекламируют, а нам он понравился. Огромный ботинок, шляпа, расчёска разбросанные по большой территории так и манят забраться на них. Оригинальные скульптуры из камня так же позволяют познакомиться с ними поближе. На просторных газонах кто-то лежит, читая книгу, кто-то занимается спортом - места хватает всем. Парк немного в стороне от центра, но если есть время, непременно прогуляйтесь по этому уютному местечку.

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