Situated south of central Moscow, and popularized by Martin Cruz Smith's cold war novel of the same name, Gorky Park stretches three kilometres along the Moskva River (Moscow River). Gorky Park is Moscow's amusement park and draws in large numbers of visitors, both foreign and local. One of the main attractions is the slow moving Ferris wheel which provides excellent views out over the park and its surrounding area. During the winter months the lakes and paths are flooded to form a vast outdoor ice-skating rink. With its combination of ornamental gardens, funfair and entertainment zone, hosting everything from science lectures to rock concerts in its auditoria, Gorky Park is one district in Moscow not to be missed by any visitor.
There is a small charge to enter the park on Fridays and weekends.