Kids' favourites in Åland
Families enjoy the Åland islands. These islands are relaxed and secure and there is lots to do and discover in Åland for the whole family. Children’s Åland is made of fun and educational activities such as amazing nature experiences, fishing trips, treasure hunting, beaches and bathhouses, interactive museum visits, unfogettable encounters with animals and much more. Read more about Children’s top ten activities in Åland.
1. Åland Maritime Museum and Pommern
Åland Maritime Museum. Both sea dogs and landlubbers have fun here! Climb up a real mast, see a genuine pirate’s flag, call at a harbour and go on a treasure hunt with the museum’s mascot, Ruby the ship’s rat. Did you know that the Åland Maritime Museum is the Museum of the Year in Finland 2016?
Pommern. Don’t miss to go onboard the large sailing vessel Pommern in connection with your visit to the maritime Museum. The four-masted steel-bark is moored just by the museum and is the only trade sailing ship of its type in the world that has been preserved in its original state.
2. Lilla Holmen
Simply step over the bridge to get to this genuine children’s island with a pirate ship, beach, playgrounds, a bird sanctuary and small animals like rabbits and hens. A true oasis for the whole family – right in the heart of Mariehamn.
The Mariebad swimming pools and spa centre has a superb position over the waters of the eastern harbour. With its bubble pool, giddying water slide and exciting fun pool – not to mention the 8-lane exercise pool – the centre is fun for the whole family. Outside the centre there is a sundeck and swimming jetty exclusively for Mariebad guests where the beach and café are open to everyone. Weary bodies can be soothed with some pampering in the Spa.
4. Smart Park
Ota suunnaksi Smart Park -perhepuisto, missä voit seikkailla illuusioradalla, silittää eläimiä, leikkiä vesisotaa, ohjata laivoja ja hypätä karusellin ja hydraulisen kaivinkoneen.
5. Åland's hunting and fishing museum
Åland’s hunting and fishing museum. Learn all about hunting, fishing and life in the archipelago. Play in the children’s herring market, search for pearls and amulets in the sand, paint plaster figures and go on a quiz round.
6. Käringsund Wildlife Safari
Käringsund Wildlife Safari. In Käringsund, next to the Åland Hunting and Fishing Museum and the Eckerö Linjen terminal, you will find the wildlife ‘savannah’ of Åland. Take a safari ride and see the ostriches, wild boars, lamas and other wild animals close up!
Trollstigen in Geta. The Trollstigen Gnome trail is a 1-kilometre-long tell-a-tale trail that starts from Getabergen hill in northern Åland. After the hike, we recommend a proper lunch or refreshments on restaurant Soltuna’s terrace.
8. Jan Karlsgården
Jan Karlsgården. Åland’s counterpart to Skansen in Stockholm or Seurasaari in Helsinki, an outdoor museum featuring a typical Åland farm house and other buildings. It’s especially lively here on Wednesdays in July, when you can try different traditions and crafts, for example, butter churning, spinning or dying yarn with natural colours.
9. Kastelholm Castle
Kastelholms slott. The medieval castle offers a setting for various activities from dressing up as a knight or lady of the castle to a treasure hunt. Check out restaurant Smakbyn next to the castle, try the Pirate Menu for children or Black Jenny’s quiz round, as well as pottery making at Mia’s pottery in Smakbyn.
Challenge yourself and your friends in the ecological adventure park at Sandösunds Camping on Vårdö. Flowpark in Åland has three levels of difficulty. The easiest one is suitable for anyone over the age of ten. Test your courage in different tasks like swaying paths, liane jumps, swings and cable slides.