Nerpinary, Listvyanka

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At Nerpinary, see the rare freshwater seals of Lake Baikal. The timid seals are difficult to spot in their natural environment. Here you can watch the highly intelligent creatures sing, dance, play with balls, and count. After the performance you can also learn more about the world's largest freshwater lake. Visitors are not allowed to take photos or videos. Purchase tickets at the site immediately before the show. Add Nerpinary to your Listvyanka travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Listvyanka itinerary planner.
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  • Great place to visit. The show is 25-30 mins, so a perfect place to visit and doesn't take too much of our time. The show itself was very well thought and prepared. Really enjoyed it  more »
  • To take a line from the 1964 hit song by the Beach Boys, FUN FUN FUN .. And WE had fun, fun, fun with the Nerpa Seals here in Listvyanka, Russia, at the Lake Baikal Nerpa Seal (НЕРПИНАРИЙ...  more »
  • Strange looking building, but very clean and well kept. Seals are a delight and seem happy. Only presented in Russian, but that didn’t stop the enjoyment  more »
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  • The shows was very nicely done! Great place to visit. The show is 25-30 mins, so a perfect place to visit and doesn't take too much of our time. The show itself was very well thought and prepared. Really enjoyed it
  • Save your time and money and go to okhorn island instead. This grotty little seal show, like all of Listvyanka, feels like it was built and maintained by a high school wood shop class. Unhappy seals in a miserable little pool. And outside, chunks of the boardwalk falling into the lake, rusting hulks used as piers for boats that are aspiring to be rusting hulks in a year or two. Dance music played everywhere, all the time, by everybody. People smoking cigarettes while smoking meat and fish on dirty barbecues made of rusty barrels under sagging coca-cola umbrellas. This is the absolute worst of this beautiful country, and the worst of its people. Surly and unfriendly, leering men with open shirts and medallions. Bedazzled denim everywhere. This is what you were worried Russia would be like, but not at all what the majority of it is. Avoid and go to any other part of the lake. Any.
  • Great show with these unique cute and smart animals. I didn't feel like they're being treated badly or anything. Their intellect is really stunning.
  • After we learnt that the seals live the whole time in a small pool, it made us cry. The beginning of the show was cute but then it made us feel sick.
  • Freeze 🥶 Don’t stay on the lake long time.
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