Helsinki has a lot to offer kids, with summer boat trips, amusement parks and outdoor events year-round. Finland is a child-friendly society and just about every hotel and restaurant will be keen to help out with cots or high chairs. Family rooms are available even in business hotels.
Ferry Destinations & Cruises
Getting there is half the fun when it starts with a ferry ride.
- Helsinki Zoo
Encounter a host of animals at Helsinki's zoo, spread across the island of Korkeasaari.
- Royal Line
Kids under 12 cruise for free on Royal Line's sightseeing trips.
Most museums are free to under-18s.
The pick of the museums for kids is the hands-on Heureka science centre, near the airport at Vantaa.
Kiasma has loads of interaction, though check that special exhibits won’t raise any ‘adult themes’.
- Luonnontieteellinen Museo
Dinosaurs at Helsinki's Natural History Museum, the Luonnontieteellinen Museo, are a hit with youngsters.
Finland's national museum brings history to life, especially at its hands-on Workshop Vintti.
Opportunities to get into the water abound.
Kallio's Sea Life aquarium has walk-through tunnels for shark spotting.
- Allas Sea Pool
One of the superbly sited outdoor pools at Allas Sea Pool is dedicated for kids.
Hietaranta has golden sands for building castles and safe beach swimming.
This beautiful park has a great beach and good playground.
In the satellite city of Espoo, this water park is great splashy fun, with plenty of water slides.