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Helsinki for Families With Young Children

Visit a kid-friendly museum, run circles around a square, take a ferry ride, and explore an ancient fortress
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.6 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The weather may often be cold but the welcome is always warm for young ones in this child-friendly capital.

There are lots of... more »

Tips:  Helsinki is an extremely safe town with reliable public transportation. Just be sure to dress for the weather--days can get cold even ... more »

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Points of Interest

The Natural History Museum is located on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu in the center of Helsinki. The building is easily recognizable thanks to a statue of a moose near the main entrance. It's only about a ten minute walk north-west of Helsinki Central Railway Station, which is also a major hub for trams, buses and the metro.

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From the museum head east (toward the train station) on Arkadiagatan/Arkadiankatu for about 250 meters. Then turn right onto Mannerheimintie/Mannerheimvägen/E12 and walk for 400 meters. Turn left onto Aleksanterinkatu/Alexandersgatan and walk for 600 meters then turn left onto Unioninkatu/Unionsgatan.

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The market is just a five minute walk south from the square just past Esplanadi/Pohjoisesplanadi street.

This vibrant, bustling market will be a delightful eyeful for the whole family (and near where you catch the ferry to the fortress).

Spread along Helsinki's picturesque waterfront, this open-air market features food, baked goods, souvenirs... More

Suomenlinna is only accessible by water. There is a ferry that runs throughout the year leaving from Kauppatori to Suomenlinna (the ride takes about 15 minutes and offers great views of the city). Tickets can be bought from a machine or the Market Square ferry booth.

This UNESCO World Heritage site was built by the Swedish Empire in the 18th... More