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Visiting Finland is like stepping into an air-conditioned room on a hot day. It’s forests, lakes and rivers present incomparable surroundings in which to relax and enjoy the fresh air. The magnificent archipelago landscapes provide the backdrop in a country that abounds with places to visit that have been specially planned for families with children. Here the children can let their imaginations run wild, play in a fairytale world and experience various adventures, families will never be short of things to do in the amusement and theme parks, swimming pools, zoos and science and culture centres. The following are just a few examples of areas in Finland where both children and their parents can have a great time!

Helsinki is Finland’s capital city and offers numerous opportunities for families to enjoy themselves. The best attractions for kids include Linnanmaki Amusement Park and the connecting new Sealife Centre, Helsinki Zoo, and the Fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site were the kids can explore the exciting fortifications and visit the Doll and Toy Museum. Close to Helsinki in Heureka is the Finnish Science Centre, and Espoo, were kids will relish a visit to Serena Water Adventure Park with its indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, wave pool and waterfalls. The nearby hotel Serena Korpilampi is an ideal place to stay and they have all-inclusive packages for families that include free tickets to the water park.

North of Helsinki is the beautiful Lahti Region that offers an array of wondrous things to do for all the family. In the lakeside city of Lahti the kids will particularly enjoy visiting the many family attractions, especially on the City Train Puksu which travels through the streets taking you from one attraction to the other. For a great adventure take the chair lift to the base of the great ski jump and then the lift to the observation terrace at the top of the jump. Lookout for the open-air swimming pool at the base of the jumps. Also, for something more sedate, visit the Fishing Centre at Vonkale Lake. All the gear is provided and they even smoke the fish you catch on the site, an excellent lunch!! The Alex Park Hotel is ideally located in downtown Lahti and has excellent family facilities.

The Tampere Region also offers a wide range of interests for all the family. Tampere, the largest inland city in Scandinavia, is one of Finland’s most popular tourist destinations. Situated on an isthmus between two lakes, there’s plenty here for families to see and do. Especially recommended is the unique Sarkanniemi Adventure Park which consists of seven different areas where both children and parents can have lots of fun at the Dolphinarium, Aquarium, Planetarium and Finland’s tallest Observation Tower. Other places to visit include the Moominvalley Museum, Vapriikki Museum Centre and the Tallipiha Stable Yards with its many interesting workshops, of which watching Dammenberg chocolate being prepared is a particular favourite! If you want to stay in a traditional log cabin there’s an ideal lakeside property in nearby Lempaala. It has its own sauna and water-frontage with fishing, sailing, water skiing and jet-ski all available by arrangement with the owners who live onsite. Everything is provided and the owners will be there to make sure you have everything you need. (See contacts for details)

Naantali on the west coast of Finland is the home of the famous Moominworld, a happy theme park for whole family. A narrow bridge leads to the charming Kailo Island where Moominworld has been built, discreetly and with respect for the natural environment. Visiting Moominworld is like stepping into a fairytale and no matter how much you dislike children's theme parks, you will probably change you mind when you visit this magical land of make-believe. Nearby is Turku, the old capital of Finland. Children will especially enjoy visiting Turku Castle where they will be taken on the ‘Little Knight’s Tour’ which takes them into the world of secrets in a medieval castle. The tour culminates with an unforgettable ceremony in which each child is dubbed with the title of ‘Little Knight of Turku Castle’. Next to the castle is the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre where there’s a display of boats, scale models of ships and exhibitions.

Located between Turku and Helsinki is the Airisto holiday village, a quiet coastal resort with beaches, playgrounds and other facilities for children. The Airisto Strand Hotel is located close to the beach and is an ideal place to stay for families. They have minigolf, tennis, badminton and boats to hire.

Finland is one of most family-friendly locations to visit. Both Finnair and the Finnish Tourist Board make every effort to make sure that both you and the children enjoy your stay. English is widely spoken and most tourist information and many brochures are also available in English. The archives section of this website will give you information about Christmas in Finland and the useful contacts will give you all the information you require to arrange a visit to this beautiful country.




FINNAIR www.finnair.com Family friendly airline who do make a particular effort to look after the children during flights.

HELSINKI CITY TOURIST www.hel.fi/tourism & CONVENTION BUREAU Email: tourist.info@hel.fi
Tel: +358 (0)9 169 3757
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LAHTI TOURIST OFFICE www.lahtitravel.fi
Email: info@lahtitravel.fi
Tel: +358 (0)3 877 677
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Lahti tourism have a good selection of brochures and tourist information, including a brochure specifically for family attractions, ‘Top Fun for Families’.

Email: Tel: +358 (0)3 3146 6800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (0)3 3146 6800

TURKU CITY TOURIST OFFICE www.turkutouring.fi Email: turku.touring@turku.fi Tel: +358 (0)2 2627 444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(0)2 2627 444

NAANTALI TIC www.naantalinmatkailu.fi
Email: info@naantalinmatkailu.fi
Tel: +358 (0)2 435 9800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(0)2 435 9800


HELSINKI www.hel.fi/tourism
Email: tourist.info@hel.fi

Linnanmaki Amusement Park www.linnamaki.fi

Merimaailma Sealife Centre www.sealifehelsinki.fi

The Korkeasaari Island Zoo www.hel.fi/zoo

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress www.hel.fi/suomenlinna

Seurasaari Recreational Park And Open-Air Museum Heureka Science Centre (Vantaa) Water Park (Espoo) www.serena.fi
Serena is the largest water amusement park in Europe to offer a tropical climate throughout the year. This massive complex has water slides, whirlpools, wave pool, roaring rapids and much more to keep the whole family entertained.

LAHTI Known as the City of Sports and Culture.
Ski Museum and Lookout Tower www.lahti.fi/kulttuuri/museot/hiihto.html

Other places of interest include:
Laune Family Park
Yli-Marola and Orimattila Domestic Zoos
Tiina’s Country Zoo
Radio and TV Museum
Fishing Centre Vonkale – Lake Pikku-Vesijarvi
Canoeing and Kayaking near Niemi Harbour
The outdoor swimming pool located at the base of the ski jumps
Puppet Theatre Musta & Valkea Ratsu in Onkiniemi, Sysma

Beautifully located in the midst of a lake
labyrinth.Sarkanniemi Adventure Park, www.sarkanniemi.fi

Planetarium, Dolphinarium,
Email: palaute@sarkanniemi.fi

Aquarium, Children’s Zoo,Nasinneula Observation Tower Moominvalley Museum Email: muumi@tampere.fi
Lake Cruises to Viikinsaari Island
A fascinating combination of past and present.
Turku Castle www.turku.fi/museo
Forum Marinum(Maritime Museum)
Located close to Turku,
Nanntali is known as “The Sunshine Town”.

Moominworld The whole family will enjoy meeting the Moomins and their friends in this magical fairytale land.www.muumimaailma.fi
Email: markkinointi@muumimaailma.fi

HOTEL SERENA KORPILAMPI www.lomaliitto.fi/korpilampi
Email: myyntipalvelu@korpilampi.inet.fi
Tel: +358 (0)9 613 8411
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Family rooms, children’s facilities, activities and free access to Serena Water Park.

Email: Tel: +358 (0)3 52 511
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Ideally located in the heart of downtown Lahti with family rooms and leisure facilities

Email: lempesti@sci.fi
Tel: +358 (0)3 31553 260
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Beautifully located, fully appointed lakeside log cabin with sauna, fishing, sailing, water skiing and jet-ski by arrangement with the onsite owners Heikki and Kati Honkanen

AIRISTO STRAND HOTEL www.strandbogroup.fi
Tel: +358 (0)2 458 1300
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All the Strandbo Group Hotels are located by the sea.
They all have family rooms and are very child-friendly.

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