Just on the edge of Kupittaa Park, the Adventure Park is the ideal environment for encouraging imagination and creative play, with plenty of action and fun for children and families. Adventure Park offers a variety of activities from art workshops, songs and music at the music playschool to an exhilarating theatrical performance for the whole the family. It's a happy place with plenty of activities!
Grab the kids and come to Turku!
THE OLDEST TOWN IN FINLAND IS FULL OF EXPERIENCES FOR THE SMALLER FAMILY MEMBERS: MUSEUM TOURS FOR KIDS, SPORTY ACTIVITY WORLDS AND PLACES TO GO OUTDOORS. COME AND TRY THEM OUT!
Escape the city into Ruissalo's nature and cultural exercise routes
If the shores of the river Aura are Turku's living room, then Ruissalo is surely the city's garden. Spring on the island is a delight, whilst nothing compares to its beauty in summer. Explore the nature trails or experience some culture – or do both on popular cultural exercise routes.
Founded in 2008, ArtTeatro is a circus and artistic variety services enterprise. Our company specialises in the production of high-quality entertainment experiences as well as the organisation of circus activities. ArtTeatro offers circus performances, circus activities, programme numbers such as acrobatics, juggling, art trapeze or string dancing, mystical black and magic theatre performances, as well as circus history lectures.
The Turku Biological Museum is a Diorama-Museum that resides in a beautiful Art Nouveau building. Thirteen nature scenes present natural landscapes in Finland, from Turku's archipelago all the way to the fjelds of Lapland. The museum is a great destination for all those interested in nature and cultural history.
This nice beach by the Kakskerta lake on the Kakskerta island used to belong to the nearby Brinkhall Manor. Sandy beach is family friendly and the lake warms up faster than the sea does (which is pretty important here in Nordic Countries!)
Ekvalla beach is situated on the Satava island. This sandy beach is a good choice for families and sun seekers as well as disabled. Whatever your physical impairment, you can have a dip as this swimming area has specially designed walkways and a wheelchair ramp into the water. Lifeguards are available during the school summer holiday period.
Come and challenge yourself in Finland's largest eco-adventure park! In Turku Flowpark, you'll find 19 tracks through the trees with more than 140 tasks that put both your balance and coordination to the ultimate test. Spend a great day having by yourself or with your nearest and dearest – you’ll find courses suitable for anyone and everyone who’s active and adventurous, whatever their age. Get high!
Located downstream of the River Aura is the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, a place of significant maritime heritage. The Suomen Joutsen (Finnish Swan) and other fascinating ships of the museum’s fleet are a unique experience, especially in summer. The exhibitions offer both in-depth information and an easy dive into maritime history. Relax in the historic wooden boats moored to the shore or be impressed by modern shipbuilding excellence. The Maritime Centre is a great place to visit for the whole family!
Holiday Club Caribia's elegant rooms as well as luxurious Villa apartments offer a variety of accommodation options close to the centre of Turku. The pools of the real Caribbean lagoon, the indulging treatments of the Harmony Spa and a wide range of restaurant services ensure an experience the whole family will enjoy.
Step aboard the steamship s/s Ukkopekka and enjoy the atmosphere on the memorable archipelago cruises! On summer nights, the ship heads to Loistokari Island for charming Entertainment and Evening cruises. On Loistokari sits an old lighthouse cottage, where Akka and Ukko live. Their smoked fish and flame-grilled delicacies are served to the guests of the s/s Ukkopekka. The cruises are suitable for individuals, couples, families and groups.
Ispoinen beach is located within easy reach from Turku Centre by bus number 9 or 13. Lifeguards are supervising swimming on the beach during the school summer holiday periods. Swimmers can even access the beach during the winter!
JukuPark is a paradise for the whole family just three kilometres from Turku centre! You're guaranteed a great day with many spectacular waterslides, large heated swimming pools, sunbathing areas together with saunas, shower rooms and the Pirate Island waterworld for the little ones. JukuPark’s grills, cafés, kiosk services and terraces are available all day.
Kaarina has numerous nature attractions, parks and beaches. At the newly renovated Hovirinta Beach Park, there is plenty to do by the sea, on the terrace, at the playgrounds, in the traffic park or in the sports zone. When visiting Kaarina outdoors, in addition to six beaches, there is the Linnavuori hill in Piikkiö, the Kuninkaantie road environment around Tuorla, or the rural landscapes along the outdoor trails of Lemunniemi. There are also SUP-boards or boats for hire, with kayaking trips and guided tours available as well."
In the middle of the Kupittaa Park – a family favorite – situates a place for a good splash, too. Here you will find an outdoor swimming pool ideal for families with children. Contained in the complex are three pools all heated to a nice temperature of 27°c.
Finland's largest and oldest city park is the place for recreation in Turku. Kupittaa Park is popular with fitness buffs come summer or winter. It's the destination of choice for ice skaters in the winter, in-line skaters in the summer, skateboarders, cyclists, ballplayers and petanque enthusiasts. Pump some iron at the gym or hit the lanes at the bowling hall. Kupittaa Park also offers families with kids the popular Traffic City, Adventure Park and the Kupittaa Outdoor Pool.
Kylämäki Village in Kurala is made up of four farms with buildings still standing at their original sites. The village has been inhabited since the 7th century. Nowadays, Kurala is a village of living history where visitors can travel back in time to a typical Southwest Finnish farm of the 1950s, complete with authentic scents and rural atmosphere.
In 1827 the Great Fire of Turku caused massive destruction, but Luostarinmäki was spared from the flames. Nowadays the old quarter and artisans of Luostarinmäki form a unique atmosphere, where time stands still. At the museum, journey in time to life of the common folk from the 1800's. The museum presents the professions of the pre-industrial era, with many different handicraft workshops located in the village.
Moominworld is an enchanting blend of authentic archipelago nature and the fairytale creations of Tove Jansson. All visitors are invited to come and embrace the magic, with the Moomins' island home offering enough activities, attractions and experiences for several days of adventure! The Moomin Shop in Naantali’s old town is also open during Moominworld’s opening times.
The swimming beach at Ruissalo is a popular place for many locals. Upon arrival at the tip of the peninsula, you really feel you have reached the archipelago. The beach at Ruissalo's campsite area is accessible from the city centre via the number 8 bus. Lifeguards operate at the beach during the summer holidays.
The happy atmosphere of the Samppalinna swimming stadium is a summer oasis for Turku residents at the city centre. The main attraction is the 50-metre pool and diving tower, overlooking the rooftops of the city. For little children, there’s even a separate shallow pool and small slide. Sun-seekers will find plenty of sunbathing areas around the stadium, as well as a café.
The Mylly Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in Southwest Finland. At Mylly you’ll find 150 shops and services just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Turku. Mylly is easily accessible. Either take the car and park for free or leave it at home and hop on a bus – they run every 15 minutes from the centre of Turku to the doors of Mylly. Mylly offers the most comprehensive selection of shops and businesses in the region. While shopping, you can also enjoy one or more of the 20 restaurants and cafés. Welcome to Mylly – we have it all!
Shopping Centre Skanssi is conveniently located just off the motorway towards Helsinki. Whether travelling by car and using the free parking hall, or arriving by foot, Föli bike or bus direct to the door, the city congestion is avoided. At Skanssi, you'll find everything from local specialities to international fashion from a selection of over 90 stores.
SuperPark Turku is an indoor sports activity park for the whole family. At SuperPark you'll find enthralling amusements and "moving" experiences all year round. The indoor activity park is located under the same roof as the Caribia Spa Hotel complex. SuperPark Turku invites you to play, adventure, test your skills or just relax with our diverse range of activities. With a wristband you can move about for the whole day.
Open all year round and completely free, the famous Pelle Hermanni Park is just a five-minute walk from Pori’s Market Square. Almost the size of five football pitches, it’s suitable for kids of any any age (even adults still young at heart)! In addition to the play-park, there you will also find a children's traffic park, a beach, a show garden, a frisbee golf course, animals and outdoor trails in the delta landscape of the city’s national urban park.
The fortress of Turku Castle has stood at the edge of the river Aura since the 1280's. During its history it has been a defensive bastion, a majestic court, an administrative centre, a prison, a storehouse and a barracks. Nowadays the castle is a must visit tourist attraction in Finland!
Turku City Library is an elegant building that combines modern and classic architecture offering culture in its many forms. The library is the perfect escape from the city rush into a intellectual and artistic haven. The architecturally distinguished building offers facilities for events and exhibitions as well as several reading nooks. In addition to the many computers available, laptop users can access the wireless network.
In a prime location rising above the shores of the River Aura, the city theatre house features fascinating performances and memorable moments performed across three stages. Turku City Theatre's repertoire offers something for audiences of every type, whether that's modern drama or popular classics – and with plenty of room left for comedy! The theatre is particularly known for its impressive productions and moving musicals.
Founded in 1916, Turku Open Air Theater is the oldest professional summer theater in Finland. Every summer, its 700-seat covered auditorium invites you to fun plays for the whole family in Vartiovuori park!
The professional youth theatre company is known for its high-class, wide-ranging repertoire. Each year, plays are produced for a variety of audiences, ranging from preschoolers to adults. The theatre is located in Turku City Centre, on the ground floor of the Old Kivipaino – the theatre house of Linnateatteri.
Located in the Airisto, Vepsä is Turku's very own recreational area. The island is a perfect day trip destination and is serviced by waterbuses from Turku on a daily basis. The island has a safe swimming beach, mini-golf course, a cafe-restaurant, as well as saunas, boats and canoes to hire. There are also plenty of charming lodgings available for those desiring a longer stay.