Kretinga Manor Park
Even today, Kretinga Manor Park the foundations for which were laid by Vilnius bishop I. J. Masalskis in the 18th century and which later it was fostered by the counts Tiškevičius fascinates all guests of the town. There are three ponds, avenues of trees reminding of the majesty of the counts and centuries-old oaks in the park of even 23 hectares. More than one building of the manor, i.e. a mill, a housekeeper’s house, a distillery, a kindergarten and, of course, the palance and the Winter Garden, has survived in the territory of the park. One of the four fountains was restored in the summer guarded (as called by Tiškevičius family) several years ago, the Love Stone wrapped in legends is still standing. The Sun Dial and the astronomical calendar fit perfectly well with abundance of different types of trees, picturesque parterres and soft law. Although Kretinga Manor Park suffered from twists and turns of the history, today it is perfectly maintained and welcomes everyone seeking for romantic strolls and history.
People often call Kretinga the town of parks. And, indeed, trees sigh everywhere you see. Pastauninkas Park which is right near Kretinga centre is one of the largest green spaces in the town. The park is formed in the former lands of the Franciscan monastery and covers 18 ha area. During the pre-war period, two ponds were formed here by damming the rivulet Pastauninkas. Once monks bred fish in them. Today, fishermen are patiently waiting for a catch of fish on the coats of the ponds. The park is a perfect place for strolls: convenient paths, a lot of benches, beautiful views. There are a lot of wooden sculptures, information stands on flora and vegetation of the surrounding areas and even a insect hotel in Pastauninkas Park. More than one historical building, i.e. a mill, Lourdes Grotto, Saint Anthony Palace, old cemetery.
It is the most modern natural space in Kretinga town. Those who seek for a quiet shelter of nature and those who wish to have active time will live the park of even 10 hectares. Paths of more than 3 km length meander along the playfully murmuring rivulet Jaurykla. Bridges and footbridges over the rivulet meet each person walking along it and information stands attract every curious tourist. Those who get tired can sit down in one of five observation decks from which views pleasing to the eye open. Children will love the park; even several playgrounds are equipped for them. Health and educational paths in the park are adapted to the disabled, an amphitheatre is equipped for different events, bio-toilets are equipped for the convenience of everyone. This park is an ideal place for strolls, games and knowledge of nature. Information stands with picturesquely presented information on plants, bugs, birds are erected in each path.