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Your guide to outdoor activities in Stockholm

Outdoors is never too far away in Stockholm. City parks, greenhouses, and natural wilderness areas are always just a short hop away on the train. From late spring to fall, locals take advantage of the many natural areas around and just outside of town. At Tantolunden on Södermalm, visitors can try their hands at mini golf or sunbathe by lake Mälaren. Kungsträdgården in Norrmalm is ordinarily quiet except for the cafés, but this is where you’ll find the best food festivals in town. Rålambshovsparken on Kungsholmen is a popular summer park, where people gather to play beach volleyball, yoga, skate at the skatepark, or attend an outdoor theatrical performances and cinematic screenings on the green.

Places to swim can be found everywhere, and relaxing next to water is a favorite summer past time for many Stockholmers. Beaches are usually equipped with bathing jetties, diving towers, and sometimes ice cream kiosks. The city is known for clean water, from family-friendly Smedsuddsbadet to Brunnsvikens strandbad on Djurgården. Visitors looking for a quiet respite should head to Långholmens Strandbad or try their luck at the small and forested Lake Trekanten in Liljeholmen.

With an archipelago of 3,000 islands, Stockholm is the perfect base for a boat trip or kayaking adventure. Hop on a ferry for a carefree day exploring the town of Vaxholm or the islands Grinda, Sandhamn and countless others. Stockholm archipelago is at its most beautiful in the summertime when the days are longer and warmer, ferries are frequent and shops and galleries are open for summer guests.