8. From Riga: Full Day in Jurmala and Kemeri National Park
Set out to Jurmala and explore the only official resort town in all of Latvia. Spend time swimming at Majori beach, walk the old streets, and browse the Open Air Museum. Take a stroll in Ragakapa Nature Park before heading to Kemeri National Park.
Depart from Riga and find yourself in Jurmala, a resort known for its natural curative mud, mineral waters, and pine forests. Relax first at Majori beach, a 25 kilometer white-sand beach perfect for undisturbed sunbathing and swimming. Walk down Jomas street, one of the oldest streets in all of Jurmala. Discover the heritage site of historical wooden architecture, with over 100 monuments of national significance.
Enter into the Jurmala Open Air Museum and find the fisherman's court. With over 2,000 exhibits, learn about the work and life of Latvian fishermen in the 19th and 20th century.
Try your hand at rope-making and net-matching with a workshop and admire the exhibition of anchors, fishing boats, and wooden motor vessels. Afterward, take a walk in Ragakapa Nature park, a natural dune formed just from the wind.
Arrive at Kemeri National Park and walk the swamp trails of this raised bog. Try and spot the carnivorous plant, Sundew, with its long tentacles and glistening drops designed to trap its prey. Spot many birds such as the wood sandpiper or a white wagtail.
Discover what makes this bog different, with sulphurous mineral waters that form underneath the surface and burst out of many open springs around the area. Choose to walk the short or long boardwalk and relax in a natural experience.