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12 Fun Things to Do in Yerevan And Places to Visit

Embark on an exhilarating trip to Yerevan, the beating heart of Armenia!! As you may already know, Armenia is a country with captivating nature and unique culture. Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest cities, that has been continuously inhabited, showcases the rich history and traditions of the country. The city is a popular tourist destination offering an array of cultural and entertaining sites coupled with different activities for your pleasure.  If you want to have a memorable experience, we have compiled a selection of the top 5 fun things to do in Yerevan along with  7 must-see places to visit.

Top 5 activities to do in Yerevan

1. Explore Yerevan Park:

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Yerevan Park seems to be an ideal destination for you. As the biggest amusement park in the city, it offers a wide range of thrilling attractions including a Roller Coaster, Thrill Coaster, Rotating Ship, and much more. But If you are not into rides, fret not – Yerevan Park is also a fantastic place to socialize, enjoy special performances, grab a bite to eat at the food court, or simply relax in the leisure zone.  In a word, Yerevan Park has something for everyone of all ages looking for entrainment and fun things to do in Yerevan.

Yerevan Park

2. Experience Yerevan's Nightlife:

Exploring the nightlife in Yerevan offers a delightful opportunity to get new acquaintances while reveling in your favorite tunes.  There is a diverse selection of clubs in Yerevan meeting all music tastes. Whether you are a  jazz devotee, rock enthusiast, blues lover, or pop fan, you can have an unforgettable night out in the city. Malkhas Jazz Club is a perfect spot to enjoy jazz music. Meanwhile, dance lovers seeking live music can groove the night away at, Yerevan’s nightlife hotspots such as Mezzo Classic House Club, Kami Music Club, and Club 12, and more, promising an unforgettable experience.

3. Discover Zoopark and Botanic Garden:

 Looking for a fun-filled activity in Yerevan? Look no further than Yerevan Zoopark.   It offers an exciting opportunity to observe a variety of animal species from all over the world. If you’re traveling with children, the Zoopark is a must-see place. Kids love going to the Zoo and seeing diverse animals. If you are seeking a break from urban life and a closer connection to nature, the Botanic Garden is an excellent option. Located in the capital city, the Botanic Garden allows visitors to reconnect with nature and admire an extensive collection of both local and exotic plant species found in Armenia.

4. Cool off at Yerevan’s outdoor pools:

One of the best things to do in Yerevan during the summer is to cool off in the city’s open-air pools. Yerevan has scorching summers with temperatures potentially hitting 40°C in July and August. So, the city offers the best escape from the heat, providing plenty of amazing outdoor pools near hotels or sports complexes. The Swimming Pool of Congress Hotel, The Pool, and Hills Sports Complex stand out as one of the most favored options for enjoyable entertainment in Yerevan.

5. Stroll in Saryan Street:

 If you’re a wine lover or in search of a vibrant atmosphere, Saryan Street in Yerevan should be on your list. The street is famous for hosting the annual Yerevan Wine Days festival, which takes place in the months of  May and June, between Saryan and Tumanyan Streets. But If you happen to miss visiting Yerevan during the Wine Days, don’t worry. Saryan Street offers a charming experience year-round, with opportunities to try out wines and appreciate art. So, it is a fantastic place to experience the lively spirit of Yerevan.

7 must-visit places in Yerevan

1. The Cascade Complex:

Cascade Complex stands as one of Yerevan’s tourist attractions, located in the heart of the city. It surely holds the first position on your list of top things to do in Yerevan. With nearly 600 steps and various levels, the Cascade Complex is surrounded by fascinating sculptures and fountains. It houses the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, a venue that showcases a wide range of modern artworks and sculptures. If climbing 600 stairs doesn’t appeal to you, there are escalators for your convenience. Upon entering the complex, visitors are greeted by exhibits on both sides of the hall. The escalators lead to the top where one can relish a breathtaking view of the city and  Biblical Mount Ararat on clear days. The Cascade Complex is a popular and favorite destination among locals and tourists as it never fails to leave a lasting impression, even upon repeat visits. From early in the morning to late evening, people enjoy spending time at the Complex and its neighboring cafes and coffee shops offering tasty cuisine in a peaceful atmosphere.

2. Republic Square:

 Nestled in the heart of Yerevan, Republic Square will amaze you with its unique architectural ensemble that includes the Government House, the History Museum, and the National Gallery. In addition to these impressive structures, Republic Square is an excellent spot to enjoy pleasant evenings in Yerevan. The highlight of this location, attracting visitors from across the world, is the fascinating dancing fountains. They are delightful evening attractions that appear to gracefully dance to the rhythm of the music, creating a mesmerizing experience. 

3. Vernissage Market:

 A visit to Vernissage is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable things to do in Yerevan.  Situated near Republic Square, Vernissage is an open-air market that offers a deep dive into Armenian traditions. You will find local handicrafts, art, souvenirs, antiques, handmade carpets, traditional musical instruments, and more. Many artists are happy to interact with tourists, tell them stories about Armenian traditions, and offer insights into their creative t techniques and sources of inspiration.

4. Kond Neighborhood:

If you want to delve into the historical and cultural heritage of Yerevan, Kond should be an essential stop on your Yerevan tour. As one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Kond traces its origin back to the medieval era. It’s fascinating to see how people live there nowadays. The ancient-style homes, where multiple families share the same entrance, create a unique sense of community. The well-preserved modest houses, windows, and doors transport you back in time.  Kond’s most captivating dwellings are the ones that once served as mosques. You will notice them at first glimpse as the roofs and some parts have remained unchanged over the years.

5. Yerevan Brandy Factory:

 Armenia is renowned for its brandy production. If you are interested in brandy production, a  visit to the “Ararat”  local brandy factory in Yerevan is a must. Established in 1877, Ararat Brandy offers special tours for both locals and tourists providing an opportunity to explore the brandy-making process and sample a variety of brandies. An intriguing historical note about Ararat Brandy is that Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, held a strong affinity for it. Joseph Stalin once gifted Churchill a bottle of “Dvin” brandy, which he enjoyed so much that he requested more. As a result, 400 bottles of Dvin were sent to Churchill every year. 

Ararat Brandy Factory

6. Museums in Yerevan:

Exploring Yerevan’s cultural heritage, including its fascinating museums, is an essential point on your list of things to do in Yerevan. As a city with a rich cultural heritage, Yerevan is home to many museums: Matenadaran, which preserves ancient manuscripts and is named after Mespor Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian Alphabet, is particularly captivating.  One remarkable aspect about Matenadaran is that it houses the first-ever Armenian-published book. Another must-see place in Yerevan is the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, which holds great significance in Armenian history. Every year, on April 24th, thousands of Armenians gather there to pay tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. When you visit Republic Square, The National Art Gallery can be a great stop to add to your city center’s stroll. Being the largest art gallery in Yerevan, it houses an extensive collection of both Armenian and international art, showcasing works from various countries, including France, Italy, Germany, Russia, and more. But the list of museums doesn’t end here. In Yerevan, you can visit the Sergei Parajanov Museum, History Museum of Armenia, Museum of Folk Arts, Erebuni Museum, and many more.

7. Dazzling Restaurant and Cafes:

You’ve probably heard about Armenian delicious cuisine, and you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience it firsthand when you visit Yerevan. Sherep, Qamancha, Yerevan Tavern, and Lavash are among the most popular restaurants in the city where you can explore traditional Armenian dishes. And as you embark on your culinary journey in Yerevan, make sure to try some iconic classics like Khorovats (Armenian barbecue), Dolma, and Armenian bread lavash, all paired perfectly with a glass of locally produced Armenian wine.

Conclusion

Yerevan guarantees an unforgettable experience during your visit to Armenia.  In addition to delving into the history of the city and Armenian traditions, Yerevan is also a hub for an array of activities and entertainment, making it a must-visit destination for anyone looking for things to do in Yerevan. As you explore the city, you’ll admire the timeless beauty of the Cascade Complex, the captivating dancing fountains at Republic Square, and the unique character of the Kond neighborhood. Alongside the city’s must-visit museums,  Yerevan offers ample of opportunities for adventure-seekers. So, whether you visit Yerevan to explore the cultural heritage and create beautiful memories, Yerevan gives a warm welcome to everyone!

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About the author

Rima’s background is in intercultural communications and she was very quickly integrated into the tourism industry. She loves communication with travelers, and cultural interaction, where she learns much and shares a lot of knowledge about Armenia. She discovered her true passion in the world of tourism. She loves exploring new hidden corners of Armenia and Georgia and sharing those experiences with others. The best knowledge comes with experience and she is happy to continue her journey of exploration, learning, and sharing. During the quick times in the office when she doesn’t have groups, she writes articles that she believes help many travelers who are planning their trip to Armenia and Georgia.