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Our most recommended Helsinki Family-friendly Activities

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 22 stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

Central Helsinki Tour

2. Central Helsinki Tour

Meet your expert local guide at Helsinki Cathedral and join your small group walking tour to discover Finland's capital.   Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint canal side district. Hear about the varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights. Then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace. Then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Browse enticing food stalls at the Market Square and marvel at the gorgeous architectural offerings, which include fine examples of Modernism, Functionalism, and Art Nouveau. Conclude your tour at the market and bid your guide and group farewell.

Helsinki: Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

3. Helsinki: Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

Explore the National Nuuksio Reindeer Park in Helsinki of Finland where you can see and feed lovely reindeer, and learn about reindeer natural habitat. Experience Finnish campfire by grilling buns, and tasting tradition coffee or tea. Go to the woods in Nuuksio and marvel at Finnish pure nature. Get in touch with wild reindeer and rejuvenate from the bustle of life.

Helsinki: Sea Life Entrance Tickets

4. Helsinki: Sea Life Entrance Tickets

Walk under water, get up close to sharks, and touch a starfish as you dive into this adventure beneath the waves. Marvel at 50 aquariums, 100 species, and over 1500 sea creatures in their natural habitat. Watch their daily feedings and hear fascinating animal facts from your guides. Walk through an ocean tunnel and be wowed by panoramic views of the sea bed. See schools of colorful fish, and get to know a sea urchin. Reach out and touch starfish and crab at the touchpool. Learn about conservation and climate change at the laboratory and conservation cove.

From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

You'll meet your guide in Helsinki just before noon. From here, you'll head to Porvoo to marvel at the historic Old Town, with its well-preserved historical buildings as well as a 15th-century cathedral. The Old Town is a historically and culturally significant place and is recognized as one of the important National landscapes of Finland. During the tour, you will learn about Finnish history and culture, exploring the Red Riverside Warehouses, Porvoo Castle, Porvoo Old Town Hall, and the devil's stairs, as well as many other attractions. After your guide shows you around the top attractions in Porvoo you'll have about 40 minutes of free time to explore the many cafes, restaurants, and shops in Old Town. Then you'll head back to Helsinki where the bus will drop you off in Senate Square.

Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

6. Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

Spend a day with some locals at their summer cottage and enjoy the best that Finnish summers have to offer – barbecues, sauna time, and hiking in a beautiful natural setting. Meet the crew at Café Marina Bay, Kanavaranta 4, 00160 Helsinki 15 min before departure. After a short safety briefing, you'll be geared up and ready to go. Cruise through the archipelago on the west side of the city, passing summer cabins, boaters, and wildlife on the way to your destination. On the 45-minute cruise, chat with the guide about the history and traditions of the area. Your afternoon hosts will be waiting for you on their small private island, owned by their family for over 100 years. If you're lucky you may even bump into more than one generation of the family, as it is their place to escape the city and spend their long summer days. Learn how part of the islands was leased as a Soviet naval base following World War II and how it is today. Leave the language-learning app at home, as your local hosts can accommodate you in English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, or Swedish. Your hosts are happy to take a break from their everyday lives to welcome you and show you how their days are spent in the archipelago. Take a nature walk and learn about which berries to eat and which mushrooms to pick. Take in views of the surrounding water and imagine the moose that occasionally swim from one island to another. Enjoy the Scandinavian design cottage and, together with your hosts, light up the genuine wood-heated sauna. If you're feeling adventurous, you may even combine the sauna bath with a refreshing dip in the sea, just like the locals do. After the sauna, the hosts will prepare a homemade lunch which you can share in the warm summer sunshine. At the end of the 2-hour visit, it's time to head back to the city, either cruising back among the islands or checking out the open sea. Drop off port is the same one as the departure port.

Helsinki: Suomenlinna Self-Guided Fairytale Exploration Game

7. Helsinki: Suomenlinna Self-Guided Fairytale Exploration Game

You will start your adventure and walking trip after you arrive on the island. Our app in German language will guide you from there. It is a walking trip of about 3 kilometers. You will explore the area and find secret places. You will solve small tasks and challenges as a team and will collect points. You will discover places where exclusive and unpublished fairytales are hiding. You will belong to the small circle of human beings, who are allowed to listen to these great fairyales. This is no joke. These fairytales were never published by the brother Grimm. You will find them and listen to them. And we hope, you will keep the secret. Expect an interactive hiking adventure. You decide about the starting time and you do not have time pressure. This app-guided tour with plenty of interactive content is perfect for families with kids in the age of 6 to 12. Have fun!

Helsinki: 5-hour City and Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

8. Helsinki: 5-hour City and Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

Your Northern adventure will begin after you’re picked up from one of the meeting points by your expert guide, who'll share stories of the city’s history along the way. You’ll first stop off for photos at the Sibelius monument and Senate Square, among other cherished Helsinki landmarks. Then, after seeing all the main attractions, you’ll pause for a lunch break before continuing on to see the most beautiful part of Espoo in Reindeer Park. In this unique location you’ll get in touch with Northern wildlife, feeding the reindeers and experiencing Laplander life by enjoying an open Sami fire in a hut and drinking traditional beverages. When the tour is over, you’ll be dropped off back to your original meeting point at the harbor at around 3 PM.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

The three-hour tour with Joseline was fun and very informative. The accredited city guide is German, has lived in Finland for 20 years and was able to provide information on the history of Helsinki and the country as well as insider tips on restaurants, shopping opportunities and other worthwhile sightseeing. She was very considerate of me because I am currently disabled. There was also time together for an ice cream at Oodi and a final drink at the Ateljee Bar in Hotel Torni. A successful afternoon.

I have booked the Tour for me and my children. Es war sehr kindgerecht und die Kids Hatten Spaß dabei immer wieder Neue Koordinaten zu finden. Bei Manchen Rätseln mustes ich ein bisschen mit helfen.

Very interesting tour, with an audio guide you can really learn a lot here.

Perfect tour with lots of background information. Any time.

Great, thrilling and super-authentic experience. Must have