Places to Visit
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS IN HELSINKI
Helsinki Amusement Park
For a day of family fun, head to the Linnanmäki Amusement Park. Each year Linnanmäki adds something new to its park, which has over 40 rides for children and adults. The Vuoistorata, a wooden roller coaster, dates back to 1951. The historical Carousel is a great ride for the whole family. Built in 1896 in the Netherlands, it was imported in 1954. Other options for young children include the Ferris wheels and play areas with a glass maze and a fun house.
The park includes the Peacock Theatre as well as a 4-D cinema. Each season, Linnanmäki closes the park with its week-long Carnival of Light. Dazzling lights and live music performances make a memorable close to the summer. The carnival’s profits support the Children’s Day Foundation, a Finnish charity, so families can have fun and do good at the same time.
Not far from Linnanmäki Amusement Park, families can enjoy the area’s many restaurants and the attractions at Sea Life Helsinki.
A historical maritime fortress, Suomelinna is one of the most popular attractions in Finland. Every year it draws more than 700,000 visitors. The Swedes began construction on Suomelinna in 1748. It then fell to Russian hands in 1808 before being taken over by Finland in 1918. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suomelinna now belongs to the world.
Visitors to the site can take guided tours to learn more about life within its tunnels and walls or watch a short informative film at the Suomenlinna Museum. Five other museums, including a submarine, are open during the summer. Cafés and restaurants provide refreshment, or you can follow the local summer tradition of picnicking and games on the grounds. Round out your trip with a 15-minute ferry ride on the sea.