1Hovirinta Beach and Traffic Park
Hovirinta Beach is Kaarina’s most popular swimming beach, and with little wonder given it includes the traffic and play park as well as an outdoor exercise area. Summer days pass easily, running from the beach to the park and from the park for a swim. Even during winter at Hovirinta, you can still take a dip with some ice swimming.
If you prefer the lake to the sea, a short distance away you’ll find another beach at Littoinenjärvi. Both beaches have changing rooms and WCs.
2Kuusisto’s Castle Ruins
Kuusisto Castle was built as a stronghold for the Catholic Bishops of Finland on the shores of Piikkiönlahti between the 12th and 13th Centuries, when Turku was just a small village. The castle was destroyed on the orders of Gustav Vaasa in 1528, and nowadays the remains of the ground floor are all that is left from the original building. Not that it matters, as the picturesque ruins are still a splendid destination for a summer outing. At the site there are, among other things, a campfire spot, swimming pier and summer kiosk. Organised at the ruins during summer are cultural events such as the popular Bishop’s Days and concerts during the Kaarina Music Week.
You can reach the Kuusisto Bishop’s Castle both by bike or by car along an idyllic country road. On the journey you can visit the Kuusisto Art Manor, which presents various art exhibitions during summer. Together, Kuusisto’s Bishop’s Castle and Art Manor are recognised as one of Finland’s most important environments of cultural significance.
3Kaarina’s Hiking Trails
If the forest is where you want to be, then go to Kaarina! Turku’s beautiful neighbouring city is blessed with good hiking trails. For example, on St Catherine’s Paths you can enjoy beautiful nature just a few kilometres from the centres of Turku and Kaarina.
When hiking with the whole family, the Vaarniemi nature path is a particularly good destination, with lean-to shelters for building fires and cooking sausages. From Vaarniemi’s observation tower you can look out over the magnificent landscape of forests and fields. Also, the diverse Tammireitit route is full of different biking and hiking trails, and on the local kayaking routes you’ll only have more amazing vistas to enjoy.
4Tuorla Science Centre
If you have a thirst for understanding science, there’s no better place than the new science centre Tuorla. It’s where you’ll find answers to the mysteries of the universe, and where learning is an extraordinary experience.
Among other things, the science centre facilities holds Children’s University camps, public events as well as fun science evenings for the whole family. Also located in the science centre is the planetarium, which is open to the public on weekends (and more extended periods during vacations). Under the arching screen you can admire the magnitude of the cosmos – a universal recommendation!