Shopping & Amusement
Founded in 1889, Helsinki Zoo is one of the world’s oldest zoos and has developed into an active and memorable nature center. The zoo is home to about 150 animal species, from Amur leopards to parakeets, and hundreds of plants. Over half a million visitors visit Helsinki Zoo annually.
Helsinki Zoo is located close to the Helsinki city center, and is easily accessible by public transport, bike or boat from Kauppatori Marketplace or Hakaniemi.
Helsinki Amusement Park
The Helsinki Amusement Park is home to over 40 rides for children and adults. The Linnanmäki Amusement Park offers fun for the whole family and some of the oldest rides in Linnanmäki, the Carousel and Vuoristorata. The Carousel has been at the park since 1896, and the Vuoristorata is a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1951.
Linnanmäki continues to improve their park by adding something new every year. Young children can enjoy carousels, Ferris wheels, play areas with a glass maze and a fun house.
The area is also home to the Peacock Theatre, Sea Life Helsinki and many restaurants. For its final week of operation, the amusement park stages the Carnival of Light, which includes performances and live music as a send off for the year. All profits go toward Finland’s Children Day Foundation, allowing families to have fun while contributing to a good cause.
The Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel is a great place to stay and relax near the sea. Its location in the Helsinki city center enables a short and easy journey to Linnanmäki. Guests staying at the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel can quickly reach Linnanmäki using public transportation.
The Hietaniemi Beach is a safe swimming area and is popular in the summer. Visitors can play beach volleyball or basketball there or eat at a café. Children can also take advantage of the play area.
Located close to downtown Helsinki, Seurasaari is an ideal spot for celebrations and outdoor recreation. At the open-air museum, visitors can admire 87 buildings built between the 17th and 19th centuries. The Karuna Church, built in 1686, is a popular wedding destination. Founders of the museum imported most of the buildings of Seurasaari, untouched, from other places throughout Finland.
In the summer, buy ice cream, go to a restaurant or café, enjoy a picnic or sunbathe and swim at the beach. Seurasaari also hosts a number of events throughout the year. The largest one is a mid-summer celebration when people come to the island for the lighting of a ceremonial bonfire.
Guests of all ages enjoy stays in Iso Omena. With restaurants, hyper-markets, over 100 shops, a chapel and a library to enjoy, days are full of activities and adventure.
Iso Omena is located in Matinkylä, Espoo and is close to the Helsinki city center. From the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, guests can easily reach Iso Omena by public transportation or by car. Parking is free and after shopping, the whole family can see a movie at the Finnkino Omena Theatre.
Sello is one of the largest shopping centers in the area with over 170 stores dedicated to fashion, décor, dining and more. Visit the library, see a movie or enjoy a concert in Sellosali. If you desire more, there is also a bowling alley, nightclub and pubs in which to spend time with family or friends.
Guests staying at the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki can take a bus or train from the city center to Sello, which is in Leppävaara, Espoo. You can also drive there and utilize the 5 hours of free parking available.