Helsinki Zoo Korkeasaari

Helsinki Zoo is located on the island Korkeasaari close to the north of the city centre, I went in August and it was warm but there was plenty of shade around the zoo. The zoo was founded in 1889 which makes it the oldest in the world it has animals from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and America. From my visit I would class it as more of a wildlife park as there is loads of walking and fantastic views of the harbour as well as being all outdoors.

Getting to the zoo is easy and hassle free, In the morning I went to the main train station in Helsinki and waited for the 16 Zoo bus to come along which takes 25 minutes to get to the zoo taking you through cute neighborhoods and quiet roads. Tickets were 3 euros and the bus ran every 20 minutes.
Coming back I went for the ferry option the pier is located just behind the exit it ran every 40 minutes and tickets were 3 euros. It was a quick journey around 10 minutes and gave you a brilliant view of Helsinki.

Entrance to the zoo was easy to locate and they also had English speaking staff with easy to locate stickers on the windows, it cost 12 euros to enter annual tickets are 50 euros. Once entering you climb a hill till you reach all the animals then you are allowed to explore and see all the animals close up. The animals are behind glass and some are more freely behind fences, they have massive enclosures with plenty to do. The zoo has a nice outdoor cafe with plenty of tables and chairs as well as having toilets and a great gift shop.

The zoo is a great family day out as well as being great if your a solo traveler and want to explore, I would say it's suitable really for only summer as it is pretty much all outdoors but it's still a great place to visit.

Jess XoXoXo

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