Family Holidays in Finland
Those traveling with families are offered interesting destinations all over Finland, for example, visits to zoos, theme parks, science centres, ski resorts, spas and water parks. There are plenty of rental cottages in the immediate vicinity of popular destinations, providing a great setting for an enjoyable family holiday.
Zoos in Finland - Explore exotic animals
The range of Finnish zoos ranges from the most extensive ones - Korkeasaari, Ähtäri Wildlife Park, Ranua Zoo and Turku Zoolandia - to small and cozy farms. In the Zoos you can see traditional animals and species of the north as well as exotic creatures: for example, in Turku, you can run into lamas, Ranua is the home of polar bears, and Ähtäri is about to receive some pandas!
- Ranua Zoo: rental cottages in Ranua
- Ähtäri Zoo: rental cottages in Ähtäri
- Zoolandia: Turku area rental cottages
Amusement Parks in Finland – Fun times for the Entire Family
Vacationers interested in fast-paced activities should visit the amusement parks in Finland. There are many alternatives to the familiar classics, Linnanmäki in Helsinki and Särkänniemi in Tampere: learn more about PowerPark in Alahärma, Tykkimäki in Kouvola and Nokkakivi Park in Jyväskylä.
In addition to actual amusement or adventure parks, there are many other popular resorts in Finland. Children and adolescents fancy the adventures of the Angry Birds Activity Park in Vuokatti, for example, and the family’s youngest have a blast at Puuhamaa in Tervakoski and the Visulahti resort in Mikkeli, known for its versatility.
- Alahärmä PowerPark: Accommodation and rental cottages near Powerpark
- Angry Birds Activity Park: Vuokatti area rental cottages
- Tykkimäki in Kouvola: Accommodation and cottages near Tykkimäki
- Nokkakivi Amusement Park: Rental cottages and accommodation in Jyväskylä
- Puuhamaa: Accommodation and rental cottages near Puuhamaa
- Särkänniemi in Tampere: Tampere area rental cottages
- Visulahti: Accommodation and cottages in Visulahti
Moominworld at Naantali - an Adventure on a Fairy-tale Island
The Moomin characters familiar from television and movies are all present at Moominworld in Naantali. Located on a beautiful, natural island, Moominworld is one of Finland’s most popular family attractions, attracting a wealth of visitors all the way from countries in Asia. At Moominworld, if anywhere, children’s imagination can truly be unleashed.
Science centres in Finland – Satisfying a hunger for knowledge
The Science Centres in Finland satisfy the children’s endless need for information. The major centres, Heureka in Vantaa and Tietomaa in Oulu, both impress by their interesting thematic exhibitions. Arktikum in Rovaniemi focuses on the presentation of northern culture and at the Pilkkee science centre, in its immediate vicinity, visitors can access outdoor nature exhibitions.
- Science Centre Arktikum: Rovaniemi rental cottages
- Science Centre Heureka: Vantaa rental cottages
- Science Centre Pilke: Rovaniemi rental cottages
- Science Centre Tietomaa: Oulu area rental cottages
Santa’s Village and Santapark - Christmas Magic All Year Round
To the delight of all children and children at heart, one can meet Santa Claus in person every day of the year! At Santa’s Village, in Rovaniemi, you can visit Santa’s office, the main post office and numerous shops. Santapark, situated near Pajakylä, is a holiday resort built around Christmas themes, where you can visit the elves workshop, do some shopping, enjoy delicacies from the restaurant at the ice bar and attend elf training!
Ski Resorts in Finland - The Favourite Winter Destinations
The numerous ski resorts in Finland are usually open from November to December until May. In addition to northern Finland’s largest ski resorts, Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä and Ruka, there are also many popular destinations located in the south - including Vuokatti in Sotkamo, Tahko in Kuopio and Himos in Jämsä.
- Read more about the Finnish ski resorts here.
Spas and Water Parks - Enjoyable Holidays Regardless of the Weather
In spas and water parks you can enjoy the steam of saunas and whirlpools all year round. To the delight of the family’s youngest ones, there are always also children’s pools and slides. In addition to the largest water parks, Serena in Espoo, Tropiclandia in Vaasa and Jukupark in Kalajoki and Turku, there are cozy spas all across Finland.