What to do in Batumi with Kids

Blue building with white architectural details at the end of a park path lined with green trees.

Batumi sits on the coast of the Black Sea in the western part of Georgia. It is a great summer destination and feels very lush in comparison with Tbilisi. Going from Tbilisi to Batumi is easy, and makes a great additional stop when visiting Georgia. 

Batumi tourism is largely based on gambling and nightlife, but it can be a very fun family vacation as well. We have been to Batumi twice, once in March and once in August. While both were enjoyable, Batumi is best enjoyed in the summer. Here are our favorite ideas for what to do in Batumi with kids. 

Little boy and girl in white shirts running down a ramp in Batumi, Georgia.

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WHAT TO DO IN BATUMI

BATUMI BEACH

You can’t visit Batumi in the summer and not go to the beach! I was surprised by how pretty the water actually was. I think I was expecting gray but it was actually a pretty blue. The beach is rocky (as most in Europe are) but there were several paths down to the water that made the beach more accessible with a stroller. Don’t forget to bring your water shoes!

Little boy and girl walking down a blue and white striped path onto a rocky beach with blue water in the distance.

We didn’t go swimming in the sea because I was on my own with the 3 kids. and I didn’t feel comfortable watching my big kids in the waves while I still had to take care of the baby. So instead we just walked down the path and I let the big kids play in the rocks for a bit while the baby took a nap.

Little girl and boy playing in gray rocks on the beach with a tall white hotel behind them.

If you want to sunbathe here, you can rent chairs and umbrellas. There will be some guys posted along the beach who will ask you for money if you sit in a chair. Make sure to have some lari on you!

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BATUMI BOULEVARD

The boulevard in Batumi is full of entertainment! No matter which direction you walk, you can do the bulk of your Batumi sightseeing from here. We spent a whole day just walking up and down it exploring. We found playgrounds, pelicans, fountains, a Japanese garden, plenty of ice cream stands, and souvenir stalls. 

Large, colorful, mosaic sculpture of sea creatures in Batumi, Georgia.

The boulevard is very wide. You can rent family bikes and bike along the water. You will find restaurants and a lot of manicured green spaces! You can also find private pools where you can pay an entrance fee to access the pools and cabanas. 

One thing you won’t find much of is bathrooms. Make sure to take your little ones (and yourself) to the bathroom whenever you are leaving your hotel or a restaurant. We found one to use in a pinch, but it wasn’t a nice facility. It was the famous “squatty potty” AKA a hole in the ground. Worked fine for my son, but it would’ve been harder with my daughter. 

Little boy and girl looking into a pond in a Japanese garden with a red bridge and Japanese pagodas.

MAY 6 PARK

Set back behind the boulevard is May 6 Park. This little park has a lake in the middle and a nice walking path around it. You can rent small boats to take out on the water. There are also rides set up along one side. Buy tickets for rides from the ticket booths, not at the actual ride. Check height and age restrictions with the ride operator before buying your tickets. One ride operator was hesitant to let my 4-year-old on the carousel by himself but eventually gave in.

Little girl and boy riding in a teacup ride in winter coats.

This park is near the zoo, dolphinarium, and an aquarium. The zoo did not look up to modern standards. It looked like the enclosures were small and sparse. I have heard the aquarium is not very nice either. I would not put them on your list for places to visit in Batumi.

EAT AJARIAN KHACHAPURI

Georgia is famous for its khachapuri (baked cheesy bread) and the most recognizable variety comes from Adjara, the region Batumi is in. Make sure you try this local specialty before you leave Batumi. Cafe Retro is one of the best restaurants in Batumi to get it. 

White plate with Adjarian khachapuri, a boat shaped bread with cheese, egg yolk, and butter in the middle.

We went there and were lucky enough to snag a table. This is a popular spot, so expect it to be crowded. You can order different sizes of khachapuri. I recommend getting a medium-sized one to share. 

It will come with a raw egg yolk in the middle. You should break off the end of the bread and stir the egg into the hot cheese. Once the egg and cheese are mixed, use the bread to dip into the mixture and enjoy!

ENJOY THE POOL

When you visit Batumi in the summer, you will definitely want to enjoy an outdoor pool! The Sheraton has a pool that is free for guests and a small charge for non-guests. There are also some private pools along the beach. Each one has chairs, music, and a bar. So even if your hotel does not have a pool, you can still find a pool to enjoy. 

Little boy and girl swimming in a large swimming pool near the pool ladder with a skyscraper in the background.

The restaurant next to the Sheraton pool has delicious food. You can order it to your pool chair or eat in the restaurant.

VISIT EUROPE SQUARE

Europe Square is a beautiful plaza just off the waterfront boulevard. In the middle, you will see a statue of Medea holding a golden fleece. Also in the square is an astronomical clock that may remind you of Prague. The story we were told is that the architects tried to imitate architecture from all over the continent of Europe. So if some of the buildings look familiar or remind you of somewhere else, that may be why.

Europe Square in Batumi, Georgia. Statue of Medea holding the golden fleece with the astronomical clock in the background.

MEAL WITH A VIEW

Most of the big hotels have a rooftop restaurant where you can dine with a great view of Batumi. We ate at the Hilton a couple of years ago with the kids and thought the food was good. The Sheraton also has a rooftop restaurant. If visiting in the summer, you will want to make a reservation. 

View of Batumi with the boulevard, tall hotels, and the beach from rooftop restaurant.

If you are visiting with kids, make a lunch reservation instead of dinner. You won’t want to miss the view when you visit Batumi.

MORE BATUMI ATTRACTIONS

-Go to the top of the Alphabet Tower.

-Take a ride in the cable car and check out the view.

-Get outside the city and see the Botanical Gardens.

-If you are going without kids, there are plenty of casinos and clubs where you can hang out until the wee hours of the morning.

Alphabet tower in Batumi, Georgia. Metal tower with sphere on top. Tower is lined with the letters of the Georgian alphabet.

BATUMI HOTELS

Batumi has several recognizable hotel chains along the boulevard and more are being built! Here are some suggestions on Batumi Hotels:

Sheraton Batumi we stayed here this summer and loved the pool, location, buffet breakfast, and the delicious food at the restaurant. The hotel has an indoor pool and spa as well just in case the weather isn’t great during your visit.

Hilton Batumi we have personally stayed here and were very happy with the accommodations. The hotel is very near the boulevard and walkable to many places. Don’t forget to dine in the rooftop restaurant.

Paragraph Hotel is a highly recommended resort with everything on site. It has indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, a black sand beach, a small aquarium, and a kids’ club. It is a little outside of the city but it is supposed to be one of the best hotels in Batumi.

Astronomical clock from Batumi, Georgia.

Astronomical clock from Batumi, Georgia.

HOW TO GET FROM TBILISI TO BATUMI

There are several options to get from Tbilisi to Batumi. 

FLY

Batumi has an airport and would be a quick one hour flight from Tbilisi. Batumi Airport is about 2 km south of the city. There are also direct flights from Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Moscow, Kyiv, Warsaw, Amman, Baku, and more.

DRIVE

You can also rent a car and drive or hire a private driver. The drive will take about six hours. Driving in Georgia can be challenging if you are not comfortable driving in places where the driving rules are loosely followed, it’s best to leave the driving to someone else. You can easily book a private transfer.

Little girl and boy riding in toy cars on the boulevard in Batumi, Georgia.

Little girl and boy riding in toy cars on the boulevard in Batumi, Georgia.

TRAIN

The third option is to take the train from Tbilisi to Batumi. The train is very modern and up to Western European standards. The train ride takes about 5.5 hours. Bring snacks and some entertainment for the kids.

When you get to the Batumi train station, you will be greeted by a flood of taxi drivers eager for your business. Negotiate the price before you get in. We paid 25 lari for a van for the 5 of us, and we were probably getting overcharged. We liked the Tbilisi-Batumi train and would recommend it instead of driving.

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Rocky beach with people in sun chairs and blue water in the background.
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