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What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Banyas, travelling locally to smaller towns, such as the Golden Ring. - Oct 31, 2017
Russian art and festivals. Great concerts all the time. - Sep 26, 2016
This is one of the world's great cities, with a cultural, social and entertainment scene to match. From ballets at the Bolshoi to glitzy nightclubs, from jazz clubs and classical concerts to picnics at Gorky park, you can do pretty much anything you want in Moscow. - Sep 11, 2015
Eating out is a bit of an adventure - sometimes what you want and see on the menu will be gone for the day. Moscow has a bit of everything, especially in terms of Central Asian food. Ride the metro and check out the stations. Each is designed differently and be sure to do the "prairie dog pop up." Depending on which exit you take, you can find yourself in a completely different area than you originally intended to be. Best time to really explore the metro is on the weekends. It won't be as crowded. - Jun 30, 2015
As mentioned above, the Tatu Military band festival each September, the Festival of Lights at the end of September, skating in Gorky Park and Red Square, and New Years Eve. - Oct 14, 2014
The Golden Ring cities outside of Moscow are great to visit in the summertime as well as many of Moscow's parks (that goes for the winter as well). Gorky Park, Red Square, etc. all have great ice skating rinks in the winter. A visit to St. Petersburg is an absolute must for anyone based in Russia. - Nov 13, 2013
Sightseeing, museums, art events, going out. - Jul 28, 2013
Lots and lots. Concerts, ballet, opera, lots of theater (in Russian). Big-name bands come here and play at a variety of clubs and arenas in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Two movie theaters show movies in their original language, including American releases. The park system here is lovely and extensive. St. Petersburg is great for a weekend getaway as the fast trains run constantly and it's only a four-hour trip. There are lots of restaurants with every kind of cuisine imaginable, but be warned: they are expensive. You can take any kind of class or have lessons of any kind you want -- I have friends who have learned to play musical instruments here -- private lessons are very affordable. Cooking classes are available. If you're with the U.S. Embassy, a local tour agency offers lots and lots of tours and programs. The museums are wonderful, and the contemporary art scene is actually quite active as well. If you like to go to clubs, Moscow has a lot, but usually with face control. Lots of little cafes and bars, many with outdoor seating in the summertime. If you can dream it up, it's probably available here. - Jul 18, 2013
All the typical touristy things like Red Square, gum, etc. There are lots of good places to eat and you can actually find some good deals. - Jan 13, 2013
Guidebooks are best for this. - Mar 14, 2012
Just walking around and absorbing the culture is fun. But we also like the touristy things like Red Square, the Moscow river boat cruise, Ismailovo Market, etc. There are several circuses, lots of theaters, a Cat Circus. One movie theater that shows English-language movies. Parks, restaurants, malls. - May 29, 2011
Cultural attractions, historical attractions, and restaurants. - Jan 1, 2011
Sightseeing (Red Square/the Kremlin, the Bolshoi theater, the museums, etc.) abounds. Most guide books cover all the major and minor sites well. High culture (opera, ballet, classical music) is well represented here as well. Major pop music acts regularly visit Moscow, as do a number of other musicians from around the world. And as noted before, almost any kind of entertainment possibility can be found here. - Jul 31, 2010
Museums, ballet, opera. - May 22, 2010
Tons - even more if you can read Cyrillic and speak the language. I had next to no language training, and I did pretty well without it. The museums are plentiful, and many street vendors can speak a lick or two of English...although they may pretend not to understand you. - May 5, 2010
There is so much to do! The top-level club scene is limited, but good, and lesser known quirky clubs abound. Museums are good, and the theater/ballet (the latter is particularly good for those new to Moscow who do not speak Russian). I like the more random things, like ice skating in Gorky Park and learning to play polo. If you can stand the outrages prices, there is a helicopter school. - Feb 13, 2010
Catch a ballet performance at the Bolshoi or an opera at Stan&Dan theatre; go for walk on Sparrow hills for a panoramic view of the city; visit any one of the dozens of fine museums; take a day trip to Suzdal or one of the other Golden Ring cities nearby; travel to St. Petersburg and much more. - Jan 23, 2010
Whatever you could possibly imagine, and a few things you can't yet imagine. This city has it all. - Nov 6, 2009
It never stops: the Bolshoi Ballet, Tchikovski Conservatory, Symphony, opera, museums, parks, world class circus, the Kremlin, summer palaces galore, name Russian author/composer/ballerina, visit his or her gravestone/house/dacha. - Oct 24, 2009
Moscow is a huge city with lots going on; in summer there is an expat softball league, and in winter a broomball league. There are parks, concerts, museums, etc. - Aug 29, 2009
Lots of interesting tourist things to do. Red Square, Novodevitchy Convent, and some of the cities on the Golden Ring. There's lots of concerts, ballet and theater. Also, make a trip to St. Petersburg. To see the real Russia, GET OUT OF MOSCOW, though it can be difficult. - Aug 22, 2009
Moscow is chock-full of wonderful museums and amazing theaters (the Bolshoi presents some of the best opera and ballet performances in the world). Russians take great pride in their cultural achievements, and visitors to the country should take advantage of the high quality of the arts in the city. There are also many places of historical interest both in and around Moscow (churches, monasteries, homes of important historical figures, etc.) - Sep 12, 2008
Visiting the Kremlin and Red Square, nearby cities to see/buy Matroyshka dolls and porcelain, museums and parks, ice skating in the parks during the winter, taking a train trip to St. Petersburg. - Aug 25, 2008