While Vantaa (Swedish: Vanda), a satellite suburb of Helsinki, is best known as the location of the airport, it's also home to this fantastic hands-on science centre, with a planetarium screening films (included in admission). Themed exhibitions (such as anatomy or modern city design) change regularly. Other kid-pleasing activities include igloo building and various science experiments. Interpretative information is available in English. From Helsinki's train station, it's a 15-minute journey to Tikkurila train station; Heureka is a 500m walk south.

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1. Alppiruusupuisto


Boardwalks lead you through one of Helsinki’s best-kept secrets. The Rhododendron Park is a wonderland of the eponymous bushes, trees and other flora…

2. Helsinki Distillery Company


At the former slaughterhouse Teurastamo, Helsinki Distillery Company produces unique spirits using Finnish ingredients, including single-malt and rye…

3. Työväenasuntomuseo

7.58 MILES

In a charming wooden house built in 1909, this delightful museum shows how industrial workers lived in the early 20th century, with nine rooms decorated…

4. Linnanmäki

7.74 MILES

Famous Linnanmäki is a real kid pleaser with rides (some free) including several roller coasters and a panoramic 75m free-fall tower, as well as nightly…

5. Sea Life

7.74 MILES

Close to Linnanmäki, Sea Life is an enjoyable aquarium complex with walk-through tunnels that let you spot sharks, rays, octopuses and myriad fish up…

6. Karhupuisto


In the heart of Kallio, this small park is lined by maple trees and has beautiful floral displays in spring and summer. Look out for the Bear on the…

7. Bear on the Anthill


Carved in red granite in 1931, this statue in the small park of Karhupuisto depicts Finland's national symbol, a bear, trying to prise open an anthill…

8. Kallion Kirkko

7.83 MILES

Designed by Lars Sonck and completed in 1912, this 65m-high Lutheran church is a Helsinki landmark and visible from all over the city. Built from grey…