For Families with Kids
To keep smiles on young faces when you’re visiting Tallinn, start off by taking the Hop-On Hop-Off Tallinn City Tour. Not only will you get to see the city from the top of a bright red, double-decker London bus, you’ll set your own pace, hopping off at the stops you choose. Another option is a guided tour of Tallinn's harbours and bay on the old-fashioned Kajsamoor gaff schooner, an excellent way to see the city and hear fascinating stories about its seafaring past. One of the tour's stops is the Maritime Museum's Seaplane Harbour, site of a thrilling, 7,000m2 museum (will be opened in 2012) where you can see ships, cannons, mines and even try out a flight simulator.
Once back in Old Town, catch a ride on Toomas the Train, the happy, electric vehicle that makes a 20-minute circuit through Tallinn’s medieval district.
In Old Town you can visit the Epping Tower - Interactive Museum and Estonian Museum of Natural History, drop into the Kalev Marzipan Room to see how marzipan is made, or explore the fascinating world of puppets at the extensive, modern NUKU Museum for Puppet Arts.
Science is made fun at the hands-on AHHAA Science Centre not far away on Freedom Square. Stroll a bit northwest of Old Town to find the Children's Museum.
After feeding the ducks and swans in Kadriorg Park, 3- to 11-year-olds can exercise their imaginations at the Miia-Milla-Manda Museum and take advantage of its adjacent play park.
If bowling and billiards are more your speed, visit the downtown Ku:lsa:l for a round or two.
For outdoor activity, there’s the Estonian Open Air Museum, where you’ll get a taste of old-fashioned Estonian village life, as well as the nearby Tallinn Zoo.
In the same part of town, older kids – and brave adults – can zip around on motorized go-carts at the FK Centre.
If you still have the energy, your family can go for a swim in one of Tallinn’s health spas and waterpark.
In the other side of the town you can visit the Viimsi go-karting or take a relaxing stroll through the Tallinn Botanic Garden.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Tallinn City Tour
Toomas the Train
Epping Tower - Interactive Museum
Estonian Museum of Natural History
Discovery Centre Energy
Estonian Open Air Museum
Tallinn Botanic Garden
Audioguide Old Town Tour
Audio Guide Tour on the iPod
KU:LSA:L Bowling & Billiards
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