Rike Park, located in the Old Town near the Avlabari metro station, lies on the left bank of the Mtkvari River. It is a popular destination for local families living in the neighborhood and tourists who stroll around the area for the sights. It’s easy to access either by the glass pedestrian Peace Bridge from Erekle II Street, descending staircase from Avlabari, cobblestone street of Metekhi Church or via crossing the bridge from Maidan Square. Moreover, if you walked up the steep road to Narikala Fortress, you can take the cable car down to the park.
The National Botanical Garden, occupying 161 hectares of land, owns a collection of at least 4,500 taxonomic groups. The history of the garden crosses more than three centuries. The first mention of the garden was found in French traveler Jean Chardin’s writings in 1671; he called it a “royal garden,” which was most likely founded in 1625. During the Persian invasions in 1795, the garden was destroyed and revived only in the early 19th century.
The main entrance to the garden is at the foot of the Narikala Fortress. However, you can also access it via the narrow cobblestone street called Botanikuri.
The garden houses a rich collection of flora from both Georgia and the rest of the world. Besides walking and appreciating nature’s beautiful creations, there are several lovely bridges for you to explore. One of the most notable ones is an arched bridge built on the top of the waterfall in 1914.
National Botanical Garden, Tbilisi, Georgia, +995 322 72 43 06
Also in Vake district, Vake Park is the biggest and one of the most charming parks in Tbilisi. The green space occupies 200 hectares of land and features a large fountain in the center, bike lanes, and entertainment attractions for kids.
The park, which opened in 1946, is an excellent example of a Classical Socialist park with a mighty classical entrance and broad stairs leading to the World War II Memorial standing on top of the hill.
Kus Tba, or Turtle Lake in English, is a small lake located on the outskirts of Tbilisi. It’s one of the most famous areas visited by locals during the summer months to escape the evening heat.
You can circle the lake, do some activities on training equipment installed here, or just sit in a café with the view of the lake and enjoy your favorite beverage or meal.
The area is reachable by a taxi or a cable car from Chavchavadze Avenue. If you are determined enough, you can even hike up there, but it’s going to be a long hike on a slope.
Similar to Kus Tba, Lisi Lake is another popular recreational destination among Tbilisians. Located on the outskirts of Tbilisi, the area is accessible by a taxi. Here, you can ride a bike, jog, exercise, fish, have a picnic, or sit at one of the cafés and enjoy your spare time.