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This region of Southern Finland is home to 550,000 people.
An outing to Serena Water Park or Linnanmaki Amusement Park is a wonderful opportunity for some family bonding. If that isn't enough to wear the kids out, why not visit the Maxim Finnkino Cinema or the Kinopalatsi Finnkino Cinema as well?
Want to encourage your kids’ curiosity about the world of wildlife? Take them on an outing to the Helsinki Zoo, where inquisitive young minds will discover what an animal enjoys eating, the sounds it makes and a whole lot more!
The sparkling atmosphere of the Grand Casino Helsinki makes it excellent for an exciting night out. Grab a drink and go strolling or choose a game and take on the house!
For a calming morning out, make the trip to Winter Garden or the Kaisaniemen Kasvitieteellinen Puutarha. The roaming trails and creatively landscaped gardens are a delight to the senses. Another delightful place to spend time with nature is the Kaisaniemi Botanical Garden.
When you need a breather from the fast pace of the city, organise a visit to an oasis of greenery like Meilahden Arboretum or Sibelisu Park. You can also get outdoors and get active at Kaivopuisto Park or Viikinlahti park.
Begin your day serenely by observing the sun's rays gently twinkling on the motionless water at Kaitalampi Lake.
Glorious ocean views aren't the only things you can look forward to at Hietaniemi Beach. Keep an eye out for squawking seabirds as well as small creatures like sand crabs and clams.
You probably know about its must-see museums and malls, but don't forget that Helsinki has some remarkable nature reserves too. Nuuksio National Park and Laajalahti Nature Reserve are two to think about. For those who haven't yet fully recharged, Seurasaari Island and Kaunissaari Island are two more worth visiting.
Looking for eye-opening displays? Head straight for the Military Museum of Finland and the Finnish Aviation Museum. Remember to ask the friendly staff about group tours. If you've got the time, also check out the Submarine Vesikko and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.
Boat construction and navigation techniques have played a huge role in shaping many countries throughout the globe. To find out more about the seafaring history of the region, make your way to the Maritime Museum of Finland.
Stimulate your curiosity with a trip to the Heureka Finnish Science Centre, where you'll witness the latest and greatest in science discovery and innovation.
You don't need to be an explorer to appreciate all of the incredible wonders of the natural world, particularly when you've got the Natural History Museum of Helsinki. This place is bursting with fascinating specimens and interesting models.
Whichever type of art spins your wheels, there's a chance you'll find it in Helsinki. Why not begin your day of exhibition hopping at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ateneum Art Museum? If you're feeling inspired, also feast your eyes at the Design Museum and the Espoo Museum of Modern Art.
Find out about the impact that Helsinki's past people and events had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the National Museum and the Suomenlinna Museum. For an even deeper look into the days of old, also think about visiting the Lohja Museo and the Luonnontieteellinen Museo.
Time spent looking back through history is never wasted. Let Presidential Palace and Seurasaari Open Air Museum help you discover more about the area's past. If you're hungry for more, the University of Helsinki and Parliament Building should be next on the list.
Walk along the border walls and get to know the mighty history of Suomenlinna Fortress, a structure that was instrumental in defending the region.
Whatever your beliefs, you're sure to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral. Want to take a deeper look into Helsinki's spiritual identity? Continue on to St. John's Church and Kallio Church.
Don't grab your passport just yet, there's still lots to see and do! Have you seen the Helsinki City Library and the Helsinki Street yet? The Finnish Museum of Photography and Saimaa Canal also promise a great day out.
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Whether you're looking for the basics or the whole kit and caboodle, Helsinki has your back! For a place that won't break the bank, you can't go past the Hostel Domus Academica, located at Hietaniemenkatu 14, or the Eurohostel, at Linnankatu 9. But if a little luxury is more your thing, the Hotel Haven or the Hotel Kamp will fit the bill.
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