Boryspil is a lively neighbourhood with excellent family-friendly attractions. Learn about local history and culture at a state-run museum and make friends with quirky characters at one of the only ostrich farms in Eastern Europe. Fast public transport links make Boryspil an ideal base for visiting big-ticket Kyiv attractions like Independence Square and St Sophia’s Cathedral.
Things to do in Boryspil’
Soviet-era guns, communist banknotes and colourful Ukrainian folk costumes are just some of the exhibits on show at the Boryspil State Historical Museum. The ancient Scythian artefacts on display will fascinate history buffs. Guided tours offer more information on the unique collection.
A scenic trail loops around Ozero Olesnytsʹke Lake and is a pleasant area to stretch your legs and enjoy the sunshine. In the spring and summer, the park is blanketed in cherry blossoms, dandelions and other flowers. If you want to swim, nearby Knyazhyts'ke Lake is a popular option. Sandy beaches and clean, shallow water make it a favourite with families.
Get up close with feathered friends at the family-friendly Chubinsky Ostrich Farm. In addition to dozens of ostriches, the park is home to goats, sheep, horses and other farm animals. Kids will love hand-feeding the animals and riding the pint-sized ponies. The on-site café serves tasty Ukrainian cuisine. Nearby is the sun-dappled Khutor Chubynskoho nature reserve, which protects a grove of centuries-old oak trees and is a lovely place for a walk.
Getting around Boryspil’
Taxis are a fast and comfortable way to get around Boryspil, while local buses offer an affordable option. The neighbourhood is a 30-minute drive from the Kyiv city centre. Trains run between Boryspil Station and Kyiv in around 40 minutes and Kyiv Boryspil International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.