About Sights – 6 May Park, Batumi

“6 May Park” in Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast is one of the oldest public parks in Georgia and contains a beautiful lake, children’s rides, a Dolphinarium, a Zoo and an Aquarium.

Children's Train. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

Children’s Train. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

Construction of the park began in 1881 when the Prussian gardener Resler was engaged to design a garden. In 1888, the Russian Emperor Alexander III visited and planted Magnolia. To honor this event, the park was named “Alexander Garden”.

Old Picture of Nuri Geli Lake

The park has undergone several reconstructions, the latest in 2006 when it was renamed “6 May Park”.

Greek style colonnades were added to the entrance of the park in the 1930s and a statue added later to honor the first Ajarian female pilot Fadiko Gogitidze, who heroically died during World War II at the age of 24.

Statue of the first Ajarian female pilot Fadiko Gogitidze, who heroically died during World War II.

Statue of the first Ajarian female pilot Fadiko Gogitidze, who heroically died during World War II.

An oval shaped lake is located in the center of the park. Its name, “Nuri Geli”, is connected with a tragic story. According to legend, a baby boy named Nuri fell into the lake and drowned. The baby’s mother used to visit the lake everyday and called out to her baby, “Nuri geli” – Nuri I am waiting for you.

Nuri Geli Lake. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park

Nuri Geli Lake. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park

Boats can be hired at a cost of 5 Gel (30 minutes).

Boats on Nuri Geli Lake. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park

Boats on Nuri Geli Lake. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park

A zoo was established at the park in the 1930s and was extensively re-modeled in 2006. As well as primates, birds, marsupials and hoofed animals the zoo also has an area where children can meet horses, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Zoo Corner at 6 May Park. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

Zoo Corner at 6 May Park. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

Zoo Corner. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

Zoo Corner. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

The park’s dolphinarium opened in 1975. At the time it was the first dolphinarium in the whole of the Soviet Union. Find out more about the dolphinarium here.

Batumi Dolphinarium. Picture courtesy of 6 May Park.

Batumi Dolphinarium. Picture courtesy of 6 May Park.

The park’s aquarium was opened in 1966 and contains around 100 species of fish from the Black Sea, Georgian rivers and lakes as well as exotic species.

Aquarium Fish. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

Aquarium Fish. Photo courtesy of 6 May Park.

How to get there? The park is located in the center of Batumi at Rustaveli Str. 51. Telephone: +995 422 221730.

How much does it cost? Entrance to the park is free. There are modest ticket prices for the attractions: 2 GEL to visit the Aquarium, 1 GEL to visit the Zoo, 5 GEL to hire a boat.

Visit the park’s website for further information.

Map of 6 May Park

Map of 6 May Park

6 May Park is the perfect place to relax, learn and have fun!

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