Moscow, the country's capital, is situated 190 miles (306 kilometers) north of Novonikolskoye.
Investigate the various geographic and social personalities of Tambov Oblast, by taking a road trip through a couple of the other villages, cities and towns in and around Novonikolskoye. You'll find Baryatino, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the southeast, and Krasnoye 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the northeast.
About 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the southeast of Novonikolskoye is Lipetsk, a regional center where you can visit Heroes of Aviation Monument, Metallurg Stadium and Puppet Theatre. Godoskoy Beach and Bykhanov Garden are other good spots to visit.
A useful technique to develop an understanding for a place and its people is by understanding its history. While in Tambov Oblast, be sure to tour the area's historic fortresses. If the rain clouds roll in, don't worry, Tambov Oblast features plenty of indoor art museums, art galleries and history museums, that will keep you and your family busy.
Why not spend some time with passionate locals keen to share their backyard with you and join a special interest tour? City walking tours are popular here.
When you have to finish up and say "Poka!", you'll have plenty of memories you'll cherish forever.