Situated on the popular island of Korkeasaari, the Helsinki Zoo is one of the best family attractions in Helsinki and can be reached by ferry or car. Home to more than 200 different animal species and five times that many varieties of plant life, the zoo makes a great stop for anyone travelling with children in Helsinki. The place is arranged in different habitats so that visitors move from one world to another through tundra, rainforest, mountains, wetlands, deserts and tropics. Visitors can see Finnish wildlife like musk ox, reindeer and snowy owls, or more exotic flora and fauna from all over the world, including really rare animals like the majestic snow leopard. As part of its mission to preserve and protect biodiversity the Helsinki zoo, which was founded 120 years ago, breeds and raises endangered animals. The zoo also offers rest areas, restaurants, and souvenir shops and you can bring your own picnic and enjoy it sitting on the cliff tops with lovely views.
Address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Korkeasaari
Telephone: (09) 310 1615
Transport: There is a bridge to Korkeasaari from Mustikkamaa, and ferries in the summer from Kauppatori and Hakaniemi.
Opening times: October through March 10am-4pm; April and September 10am-6pm; May to August 10am-8pm.
Admission: €10 adults, free for children under six. Combination zoo and ferry tickets are also available.