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 Audruring, 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.


Health track on the right bank of the River Pärnu, or Jaanson’s Track

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Suur-Jõekalda tänav 22/1

Pärnu coastal meadow hiking trail

Pärnu, Ranna puiestee, 9

Seikle Vabaks bog-shoe hike to Toonoja swamp island in the Soomaa National Park

Aesoo küla, Tori vald Poe

Kanuu.ee bog shoe hike in Rääma bog

Pärnu, Turba tänav

Fishing Village offers a fishing trip on the Pärnu Bay with a boat and equipment rental

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus-Sauga tänav 62

Hiking trail at Kõveri Holiday Centre

Kõveri küla, Saarde vald Seljaku

The largest bike rental of the island at the Kihnu harbour

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, SADAMAKÕRTSU

Cycle and pedestrian track on the Mai beach in Pärnu

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Papiniidu tänav 37f

Hike for discovering the cultural heritage of the Kurese ancient landscape

Kurese küla, Lääneranna vald

Mountain bike trails in the pine forests of Jõulumäe Sports and Recreation Centre

Leina küla, Häädemeeste vald, JÕULUMÄE TERVISEKESKUS

Go fishing with a bona fide Kihnu fisherman!

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald

Sadama Guesthouse bike hire on Kihnu

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, SUITSUTSEHHI

Bicycle rental at Pivarootsi Windmill

Pivarootsi küla, Lääneranna vald

Tõrukese bike hire

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Ranna puiestee, 2

Suuretamme stables

Kobra küla, Põhja-Pärnumaa vald, SUURETAMME

Tolli Tourist Farm fishing trips in Kihnu Strait

Lemsi küla, Kihnu vald, KIHNU TULEPAAK 841

Go fishing with the locals on Pärnu Bay

Liu küla, Pärnu, LIU SADAMA TEE

Meiekose study trail

Riisa küla, Tori vald

Baltreisen bike rental in the city centre of Pärnu

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, LÕUNA TÄNAV T2

Bogshoeing in Rääma bog by Seikle Vabaks

Sauga alevik, Tori vald, Hirvela põik, 17A
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