As Lithuania's third largest city with a history influenced by many cultures, Klaipeda is much more than a seaport. While it is a modern city, its Old Town holds rebuilt quaint merchants' homes and warehouses with their original timber beams. Klaipeda State Seaport offers several interesting and exciting attractions that visitors of all ages will enjoy. It has long beaches of white sand, pine forests, and urban entertainment that will keep visitors busy and satisfied.
Lying on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, Klaipeda State Seaport has a cool climate where winds and storms are frequent, and weather can change quickly. Summers are warm but comfortable, with high temperatures averaging 20 °C (68 °F) in July and August. Winters in Klaipeda State Seaport can be cold, with average lows of -5 °C (23 °F) in January and February. Temperatures can reach as high as 30 °C (86 °F) in the summer or as low as -18 °C (0 °F) in the winter. The wettest month is November, and heavy rains also fall from August through October. This northern location gets plenty of snow, and snowstorms have been known to immobilize Klaipeda State Seaport.
Just 26 kilometers north of Klaipeda State Seaport is Palanga, the country's biggest resort. Each summer, throngs of tourists arrive to take advantage of its beaches and its maritime character. Palanga has many restaurants, bars, rides, and entertainment opportunities, including an Amber Museum with large and beautiful botanic gardens on the grounds of the Tiskeviciai Palace.
The Lithuanian Maritime Museum in the Klaipeda State Seaport is part of a complex that contains the Aquarium, Curonian Spit Nature Museum, and Dolphinarium. The museum focuses on the history of navigation and shipping and marine biology, and there are shows and educational activities for school children in the Dolphinarium. The 19th Century Nerija Fort is home to the Klaipeda State Seaport Aquarium, the history of navigation exhibit, and the exposition of marine creatures (local species, seabirds, and mammals). The Exposition of Marine Fauna holds a huge collection mollusk shells, one of the richest collections in Europe. At the Museum's outdoor pools, visitors will enjoy native seals, sea lions, and penguins. In the Nerija Fort, a historical monument on its own merits, is the exposition of navigation history that holds ship models, archeological artifacts, and documentary information about the history of navigation in Klaipeda State Seaport and Lithuania. The museum's Ethnographic Fisherman's Farmstead that contains a house, cellar, bathhouse, granary, cattle-shed, curing-house, and poles for drying fish and fishing nets. The farmstead represents the life of a middle class farm family in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, including a building devoted to the evolution of fishing in the era.
The Clock and Watch Museum is part of the Lithuanian Art Museum Department in Klaipeda State Seaport. It contains three exhibits: clock and watch construction, clock and watch-making styles, and a sundial park. Opened in 1994, the Clock and Watch Museum exhibits include clock-makers' studio equipment, clock and watch parts, and clocks and watches made in the beginning of the 20th Century. Exhibits include clockmaker's studio equipment, the parts of clocks and watches, and, of course clocks and watches, which were made at the beginning of that century. Lithuania's first clock-makers were members of the hammersmith, locksmith, and coppersmith guilds. They produced time-pieces equal to any made Europe.
The Botanical Garden of Klaipeda University is located in the northern section of Klaipeda State Seaport in the Dane River valley. It was here that Prussian and Russian monarchs met from the time of Frederic I and Peter the Great. A park was created to commemorate these meetings, and the Botanical Garden was established in 1993. The garden features trees and woody plants, medicinal and spice plants, and non-woody herbaceous ornamental plants. A rock garden was created for trees, shrubs, and flowers. While visiting the Botanic Garden, visitors can purchase (wholesale and retail) decorative plants, get advice about landscaping or medicinal plants, and take guided tours of the Garden.
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