What to do and see in Odessa, Ukraine: The Best Places and Tips

November 25, 2017 Yuk Petri

With just over a million people, Odessa is Ukraine’s fourth-largest city. Set in the country’s south along the Black Sea coast, Odessa was founded in the late 18th century as a Russian naval fortress. For many years in the mid-19th century, it was a free port, becoming home to a multinational populace. In 1905, it was the site of a major Russian Revolution uprising by crew members of the Battleship Potemkin. The nice old town area has a beautiful opera house, and the city has many great beaches.
Restaurants in Odessa

1. Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum

2nd Razumoskiy ln, 3, Odessa, Ukraine +380 50 316 2108
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5 based on 224 reviews

Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum

In the museum you will see the anti-nuclear bunker, walk through the waterflood part, visit the wild Catacombs. You can also visit the partisans station, the gangsters stash ,at other Exhibitions.The concept of the general nature of the museum is that - starting from the surface, then, with the deepening of the Catacombs, you sink further and further into the past of the city. Pre-call!

Reviewed By Terje L - Tallinn, Estonia

I liked the enthusiasm of the guide. He knows how to communicate with people. The tour was well planned, with tea and cake in the middle of the walk. I was in the Russian group with 20 people although my native language is not Russian. The English tours are more private and expensive and creepy I think, because there are just you and the guide.

2. Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Chaikovskogo Lane, 1, Odessa 65026, Ukraine +380 48 780 1509
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5 based on 723 reviews

Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Reviewed By Cornerturned

Truly a beautiful historical site to visit. The architecture is amazing with Gold guild and refined taste. Go see a show if only to see the building! The opera boxes are such a complement to the music. It really is a gem.

3. Insomnia- The Haunted House

Sadovaya St., 20, Odessa 65000, Ukraine +380 98 651 3913
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5 based on 113 reviews

Insomnia- The Haunted House

INSOMNIA is the place where your greatest fears turn into reality, and the instinct of self-preservation turns off common sense. Turning into the heroes of the horror film you need to go through all the rooms and save your life. Thrills, unforgettable emotions and adrenaline are provided to you.

Reviewed By Katarzyna K

Wow! One of the most frightening experience of my life. I didn't expect it to be that real. The whole idea of the rooms is great, time of the game is perfect - not too short, not too long, and it was even very scary...MoreThank you very much for your feedback. Your opinion is important to us)

4. Museum of Interesting Science

Shevchenka prosp. 4e, Odessa 65044, Ukraine +380 48 797 2111
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Museum of Interesting Science

Museum of Curious Science is the first interactive museum on the South of Ukraine that unites science and entertainment. It contains more than 100 unique showpieces that will demonstrate you that science can be really exciting! Kids and adults have never enjoyed physics, chemistry and other sciences like this before!

Reviewed By Borys B - Kiev, Ukraine

It is rather not a museum but center to popularize sciense among young people. Adults, however can have no less fun than children. You will not just read stickers about exponates under glass but rather touch and play with objects and it can entertain you for hour or two. English signage provided and has better-than-average translation quality.

5. Teatralnaya Square

Odessa, Ukraine +380 48 700 0000
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

Teatralnaya Square

Reviewed By ffrige - Shanghai

The building is gorgeous both outside and inside: it easily rivals the Semperopera in Dresden. We attended a ballet performance and our children highly enjoyed it. Tickets are so cheap you should definitely go.

6. Primorsky Boulevard

Primorsky Blvd, Odessa, Ukraine
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4.5 based on 665 reviews

Primorsky Boulevard

Reviewed By james470 - Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Really I enjoyed the lights in the Primorsky Boulevard area it is in front of Londonskaya hotel so I can enjoyed every day during my stay in Londonskaya hotel Odessa. Every evening lot of people coming in the Primorsky Boulevard area and lot of entertainment also we can see here but careful about your valet and bags. Lot of pick pocketers are here.

7. Deribasovskaya Street

Odessa, Ukraine +380 48 740 4545
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Deribasovskaya Street

Reviewed By AndersUA - Odessa, Ukraine

Great illumination and a lot of attracted crowds, variety of the food outlets of all kinds! Very nice this holidays season!

8. City Garden

De Ribas Street, Odessa, Ukraine
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City Garden

Reviewed By Travelwinter55 - Northern Ontario

This park is at the end of The Main Street which is full of restaurants and shopping. The street s restricted to car travel except for tour buses and local shops. The park has statues and Fountains and a small round stage for Concerts. A lovely park on a nice warm day.

9. Odessa Delphinarium Nemo

Langeron Beach, 25, Odessa, Ukraine +380 48 720 7070
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4.5 based on 482 reviews

Odessa Delphinarium Nemo

Reviewed By ffrige - Shanghai

Can't quite see how the previous reviewer can claim about the "terrible conditions" in which the animals are kept. We did not notice anything different than any other similar place around the world. The staff are actually very friendly and always smiling. They look like they care a lot about their animals and put up a great show for kids and adults alike. Performance lasts about 45mins, they have three per day at 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00. We could use credit cards to purchase tickets, which was great. We saw that some of the seats are not shaded, depending on the time of your visit, so bring hats and sunscreen!

10. Monument to Catherine the Great and Founders of Odessa

Ekaterininskaya Sq, Odessa, Ukraine
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Monument to Catherine the Great and Founders of Odessa

Reviewed By Billster66 - Batesville, Arkansas

The beautiful statue of Catherine the Great dominates the center of Ekaterininskaya Square and provides a stunning artistic representation of Russia's so-called "Enlightened Absolute" monarch. A roundabout surrounds the statue and the grounds are well kept and contain flowers and benches. This is an excellent place, only a few blocks from the Black Sea, to enjoy a rest while exploring or as a meeting place for a taxi or Uber.

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