WHAT TO SEE
For Families with Kids
Tallinn has plenty to offer to visitors of all ages, and with a bit of planning, families will have no trouble filling the day with exciting and rewarding activities.
To keep smiles on young faces when you’re visiting Tallinn, start off by taking the Tallinn City Tour or CitySightseeing Tallinn. 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: the old-fashioned Kajsamoor gaff schooner offers an excellent way to see the city and hear fascinating stories about its seafaring past, while the coastline cruise, Tallinn Old Town by Sea, also offers wonderful views of the city's panorama and shoreline. Both depart from the Maritime Museum's Seaplane Harbour, site of a thrilling, 7,000m2 museum where you can see ships, cannons, mines and even try out a flight simulator.
In Old Town, you can visit the Epping Tower and Estonian Museum of Natural History, drop into the Kalev Marzipan Museum Room to see how marzipan is made or explore the fascinating world of puppets at the extensive, modern NUKU Museum for Puppet Arts. The museum makes its home in the Puppet Theatre NUKU, where short shows and plays meant for young children, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, are staged.
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.
In the other side of the town you can visit the Viimsi go-karting or take a relaxing stroll through the Tallinn Botanic Garden. A visit to the garden can easily be combined with a trip to the adjacent Tallinn TV Tower, the tallest building in the country, which offers unforgettable views as well as interactive displays.
If you still have the energy, your family can go for a swim in one of Tallinn’s health spas and waterpark.
A convenient way to reach the city's outlying areas – and explore the countryside beyond – is to pick up your own set of wheels at Hansarent Car Rental.
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Kalev Marzipan Museum Room
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