Helsinki offers lots of interesting outdoor activities for families. Enjoy a day out in the city with the kids and visit places you have never been to before – or see them from a new perspective.
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- 1. Helsinki ZooHelsinki Zoo is home to more than 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that show the diversity of nature. Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos located on an island. The zoo was established in 1889 which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Helsinki Zoo also participates in the work to protect the habitats in the original homes of the various species. The rhino sign will take you to the animals that belong to the zoos' shared protection programme. On the island you'll also find a souvenir shop and cafés & restaurants.Sustainable service2. Linnanmäki Amusement ParkLinnanmäki Amusement Park has entertained fun loving people since 1950. The Amusement Park has a wide selection of fun rides, from ultra scary to more easy-going. The wooden rollercoaster from 1951 remains the most popular ride. Linnanmäki has also many arcade halls with the latest games as well as an outdoor stage presenting entertaining performances.3. SEA LIFE HelsinkiSEA LIFE Helsinki takes you on a voyage from the tropical oceans to the Arctic Sea. Discover fascinating underwater worlds, home to piranhas, crabs and starfish as well as sharks and rays. Visitors can step inside the ocean tank through a transparent tunnel. The exhibitions present many species whose environments are threatened by pollution and other environmental damage caused by humans. SEA LIFE Helsinki is part of the pan-European Sea Life aquarium chain. The aim is to enlighten visitors about the need for protecting the sea environment. SEA LIFE is located at Linnanmäki amusement park premises, and open daily, all year (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
- 4. Suomenlinna Sea FortressSuomenlinna sea fortress is a Unesco World Heritage Site located on the coast of Helsinki, and also a suburb of Helsinki with around 800 residents. The fortress was shaped by three historic eras when it helped to defend first Sweden, then Russia and ultimately Finland. There are six kilometres of walls, 100 cannons, exciting tunnels, and beautiful parks. There are also museums, guided tours, events and restaurants in Suomenlinna. Private guided tours of the fortress, in several languages, can be booked in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org). Public guided tours in English are announced in the events calendar on the Suomenlinna webpages. The fortress is easily accessed all year by public transport (HSL) ferry from the Market Square (daily) or the HSL maintenance ferry from Katajanokka (on weekdays). The travelling time is approx. 15minutes. From May to September, also JT-Line waterbuses operate to Suomenlinna from the Market Square.Sustainable service5. VallisaariThe island of Vallisaari between Santahamina and Suomenlinna opened up to the public in May 2016. Formerly used by the Finnish Defence Forces, the island offers visitors the chance to enjoy its diverse flora and spectacular views, as well as its well preserved historic fortifications. Visitors at Vallisaari can use the islands' water points, dry toilets and picnic tables. There is also an excursion harbour and café and restaurant services, as well as tour guide and programme services for groups. Accomodation is possible in Tentsiles by advance booking. Visitors are expected to stay on the marked trails, Alexander's tour (3km) and Kuninkaansaari Island tour (2,5km). The international contemporary art event, Helsinki Biennial, will be held in Vallisaari 12.6.-26.9.2021. Waterbus connections are available in summer season by Suomen Saaristokuljetus from the Market Square and JT-Line from Hakaniemi and Kruunuvuorenranta to Vallisaari.Sustainable service6. Sederholm House - Children's town at the Helsinki City MuseumBy the Senate Square, in the oldest quarters of the city, lies the Sederholm House, completed in 1757. It is the oldest house in Helsinki, now part of the Helsinki City Museum and belongs to the youngest in the city. The Children's Town is a family favourite where generations meet and learn about the past by doing things together. Play in an 18th century shop, write on a blackboard or examine everyday artefacts in the 1970s grandma's house. At the Helsinki City Museum you'll also find a museum shop and café El Fant.
- 7. Children's Traffic ParkThe Children's Traffic Park has organized traffic education for children since 1958. From autumn to spring the park organizes lessons for kindergarden-groups and for school children (1st-3rd grade). During the summer season the park is open free of charge for everyone over 5 years old.8. Natural History MuseumThe Finnish Natural History Museum's exhibitions show the diversity of nature. The "Finnish Nature" exhibition offers a fascinating journey through Finland from the southern coast to the northern fells.The "History of Life" exhibition presents the course of the evolution from the Big Bang to dinosaurs and larger mammals of the Ice Age. Through the exhibition "World Nature" the visitor is taken on an exploration excursion that begins from the polar areas and ends in the tropical warmth. The secrets of the bones are introduced in the exhibition "Story of the Bones". The "Change in the Air" exhibition presents the research on climate change conducted at the University of Helsinki. Museum shop and café. The free entrance days are canceled until further notice.9. SkyWheel HelsinkiSkyWheel Helsinki, located in Katajanokka, is a 40-meter high observation wheel that provides a 360° view of Helsinki and its most important surrounding attractions. Possible to also book a VIP-gondola or sauna-gondola.
- 10. Allas Sea PoolAllas Sea Pool is a marine spa and an oasis of urban culture right at the heart of the city. It offers new ways of enjoying the Baltic Sea, just a stone's throw away from the Market Square and other main attractions. Allas is open all year round, providing unique experiences and recreational activities for townies and travelers. The marine spa has three saunas, two warm water pools and one sea water pool, to which the water is pumped from nearby streams and filtered clean. In addition to these, an outdoor gym, restaurant, bar & café -services, guided wellness- & sports lessons and culture events are on offer.11. Oodi, Helsinki Central LibraryOodi is Helsinki's new Central Library and a living meeting place in the city centre on the Kansalaistori Square. Oodi is a venue for events, a house of reading and a diverse urban experience. It will provide its users with knowledge, new skills and stories, and will be an easy place to access for learning, story immersion, work and relaxation. Oodi is a library of a new era, a living and functional meeting place open for all.Sustainable service12. Haltiala farmThe Haltiala farm is like a piece of the Finnish countryside. The farm gives visitors an opportunity to acquaint themselves with domestic farm animals. In summer and autumn the animals are outside and can be seen from early morning until late in the evening, at other times they are inside. The sheds are then open mainly Mon-Fri 18-20, Sat-Sun 11-18 (please check opening hours in advance though). In addition to traditional grains, the Haltiala farm cultivates peas and flowers on some fields, and city residents are welcome to pick them for free in July-August. Events during Easter and Christmas. Restaurant-cafe Wanha Pehtoori is situated next to the farm.
- 13. Heureka, the Finnish Science CentreScience Centre Heureka is a lively exhibition centre for people of all ages. At Heureka you can experience and learn about science and technology in an exciting hands-on environment. Planetarium, Science restaurant and Heureka Shop. Heureka's exhibitions extend also outdoors in summer season. The Science Park Galilei, the bedrock exhibition, trail of useful plants and the Linnaeus gardens are also included in the general admission fee.Sustainable service14. Fallkulla Domestic Animal FarmAt Fallkulla farm, especially popular amongst families with children, it is possible to get aquainted with traditional farm animals: sheep, goats, cows, chicken, ducks, rabbits and horses. Many of the animals are of a traditional stock that is native to Finland. Fallkulla is a youth centre of City of Helsinki.
- 16. Annantalo Arts CentreAnnantalo is a building in the centre of Helsinki dedicated to art education and children's culture. Performances, exhibitions and events for children, young people and families together with a versitile course selection. Changing exhibitions take place in the gallery and often also in the glass gables on the second floor and in the café , where it is possible to have a snack or a light lunch.17. Tropicario - The tropical animal houseExperience the adventure in the world of snakes and lizards. See the worlds most poisonous snakes, look into the eyes of giant multimetre snakes. See the giant monitors basking or water turtles swimming and spiders waiting for next meal. Tropicario has the most giantsnake species than any other zoo in the Northern countries.18. Suomenlinna Toy MuseumThe Suomenlinna Toy Museum presents old toys, the oldest of which go back to the beginning of the 19th century. The newest toys are from the 1960's. The private collection features hundreds of old dolls, approximately one hundred antique teddy bears, and other toys full of history. The toys of the collection origin in Finland and they reflect the Finnish culture and game tradition. Café Samovarbar and museum shop.
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