What to do in Helsinki in summer

Swim and be active

The summer of Helsinki is enriched by the Swimming Stadium, the Kumpula outdoor pool and a large number of beaches. Tennis can be played on City-maintained courts. There is a great deal to do for young people. The activities search allows everybody to find their favourite things to do.

Outdoor pools and beaches

Tennis courts

Activities for young people


Public playgrounds offer summer meals

All open public playgrounds in Helsinki offer a lunch service until 4 August. Lunch is served at 12 noon on every weekday. Read more

Islands are an integral part of summer in Helsinki

The maritime character of Helsinki offers endless opportunities in summer. Helsinki has close to 100 kilometres of shoreline and more than 300 islands. Many of the islands are open to the public for recreational uses.




Harakka Nature Centre

Maritime destinations in Helsinki

Sea routes to islands

Outdoor markets and flea markets

Helsinki has eight outdoor markets, the biggest of which serve customers at the Helsinki Market Square and Hakaniemi Market Square. Helsinki’s three market halls also serve in summer.

Market squares and flea markets

Market halls

Zoo and amusement park as parts of summer

Helsinki Zoo was proud to announce the birth of three Amur tiger cubs in May. The zoo has not had tiger cubs in 18 years. The Linnanmäki amusement park features 44 rides and games, 13 restaurants, and a great deal more. More amusement is offered by SEA LIFE Helsinki, the Tropicario aquarium and the Fallkulla domestic animal farm.

Helsinki Zoo

Linnanmäki amusement park

SEA LIFE Helsinki


Haltiala farm

Fallkulla domestic animal farm

Cycling with bike share in the centre and on other bikes everywhere

Helsinki features 1,200 kilometres of cycling routes, so almost every part of the city can be reached by cycling.

Cycling routes

Bike-share programme

Home district cycling routes

Journey Planner for cycling and walking

Parks as urban oases

Green Hearts, Park Walks in Helsinki invite residents and others keen on parks to discover the magnificent and versatile parks of the city with the help of planned walking routes.

Green Hearts

Nature excursions

Winter Garden

Kaisaniemi and Kumpula botanical gardens

Summer fun

Changing of the Guard and MIL-Espa concerts on Friday

Summer Waterfront agile event-organizing concept expands

Hernesaari waterfront

Hernesaari Löyly

Helsinki Allas

Helsinki museums’ offerings

Helsinki City Museum is in the Tori Quarters at the Senate Square. The museum offers a comprehensive experience that tells stories of Helsinki’s past with the milieu, exhibits and interior. The Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki, which includes over 9,000 works of art. The Ateneum Art Museum exhibits the country’s most beloved classics in a new light.

Helsinki museums

Museum Guide Uusimaa

Public sculptures in Helsinki

Services in summer:

Summer in Helmet library

Social and Health Care Services in summer

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