Active holidays

If you’re seeking an active vacation, we have a variety of activities to offer: many hiking and recreational trails, surfing, disc golf, paintball, group activities, and other sports await!

70 kilometers of bike paths

Did you know that Pärnu has 70 kilometers of bike paths? This means that you can bike everywhere, which is why biking is very popular among the locals. Rent bikes for your whole family and explore Pärnu on wheels. Ride in the parks, old town or take the bike path along the beach to Pärnu Adventure Park where you can have fun on the attractions, then relax in the water park right next door!

Biking is also a good way to explore Kihnu Island, where you can find a designated (“Kihnu’s travel wheel”) route.

Bicycle rent in Kihnu (Photo: Romantiline Rannatee)

Activities in and on the water

Water sports have always been honored in Pärnu. Being both a river and a sea town, Pärnu offers various water activities:

  • cruises on the river and the bay
  • boat rides with an authentic fishing boat
  • joyrides on water bikes
  • water skiing
  • canoeing
  • surfing

Use the keyword “sports activities” in our search engine below to find suitable water activities.

SUP Aloha Surf. (Photo: Laura Rohtlaan)

Sailing on Pärnu Bay, where you can see Pärnu from a completely different angle, is a unique activity. The more adventurous can enjoy sea kayaking. You can rent surfing equipment from Pärnu beach and get instructions for both beginners and more advanced surfers.

Did you know that Pärnu Bay is one of the best places to surf in the Nordic countries? The shallow water that deepens very gradually, sandy bottom, favorable winds and warm water create good conditions for surfing. Of course you can swim in the sea and the river throughout the year!

Recreational paths

Pärnu’s recreational paths run along our waterfronts, so you can enjoy beautiful views while working out. The most popular recreational path in Pärnu is the fully paved Jaanson’s Path, which forms a 10 km loop around the Pärnu River and offers lovely views of the river, parks and local neighborhoods. On the Jaanson’s Path you can practice many sports, including cycling, Nordic walking, running, skateboarding or rollerblading. The town’s second most popular path is located at Pärnu Beach. You will see many people running or Nordic walking on our beach promenade in the summer. The beach promenade is a boardwalk, therefore skateboarding and rollerblading is not possible. 

Additionally, you can do short hikes on several hiking trails surrounded by the area’s beautiful nature.

Hiking trail at Pärnu beach (Photo: Mati Kose)

Activities for groups

Pärnu has a lot in store if you are looking for a gripping activity to take part in with your coworkers or friends. One of our most mysterious places is Pärnu Prison, which now hosts several escape rooms. 

In addition, you can take your group:


Out of town

Get an adrenaline rush at Valgeranna Adventure Park and Porsche Ring, which await the young and old alike. With Pärnu County’s experienced guides, you can snowshoe, canoe, kicksled or cross-country ski. Why not try out birdwatching or play disc golf on one of Pärnu County’s many courses? 

Head to the sea on a fishing trip with a local fisherman or rent a rowboat and fishing rods by yourself. Golf lovers will find excellent golf courses right outside of Pärnu.
The Jõulumäe Recreational Sports Center offers trails, courses and facilities to practice sports from running to curling and skiing. In addition, you can try riding a dog sled and a horse sleigh in the winter season.

Use our search engine below to find the most suitable activity for you.


Enjoying the autumn colours of Soomaa on a canoeing trip!

Riisa küla, Tori vald

Enjoying the autumn colours of Soomaa on a canoeing trip!

Riisa küla, Tori vald

Health Centre & Hotel Wasa – traditional spa treatment in Pärnu

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Eha tänav 2

RMK Tammiste forest trail and campfire site

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, UUEMETSA TEE

Canoe and kayak trip to Varbla Islets by Seikluspartner

Mereäärse küla, Lääneranna vald, SADAMA

Late evening beaver sighting canoe trip in Matsalu National Park

Kloostri küla, Lääneranna vald, KLOOSTRI LINNUTORNI

Seikluspartner canoe or kayak trip to Oosäär islet

Hõbesalu küla, Lääneranna vald, TAGALAHE

Seikluspartner rowing centre in Paatsalu

Hõbesalu küla, Lääneranna vald, TAGALAHE

Surfsport SUP adventure tours on the Pärnu River

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Rääma tänav 27

Põnka sauna

Rätsepa küla, Tori vald, PÕNKA

Sunset trip in Soomaa

Riisa küla, Tori vald, VIHUSAUNA

Pihlaka electric scooters in Kihnu

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, PIHLAKA

Sea kayaking trips in the Kihnu Strait

Sääre küla, Kihnu vald, REINU

Nature, dunes, and legends of Luitemaa – a ramble with nature guide Mati Kose

Rannametsa küla, Häädemeeste vald

Nature trips in the southern part of Pärnu County

Laiksaare küla, Saarde vald, VANGOTALU

Vango Vetevaim smoke sauna and hot tub

Laiksaare küla, Saarde vald, VANGOTALU

Lemme beach and RMK campsite

Orajõe küla, Häädemeeste vald, ORAJÕE METSKOND 45

Trip to Kesselaid islet

Virtsu alevik, Lääneranna vald, VIRTSU SADAM

Rendikaater.ee speedboat rental in Pärnu

Pärnu, Sadama tn 4

Indian Village tower sauna

Reinumurru küla, Põhja-Pärnumaa vald, Jõe Puhketalu OÜ
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