The theme park “Särkänniemi” offers countless attractions. This place has anything it takes to spend some fun time.
Those looking for that extra bit of adrenalin, may jump into the speedboat to experience a hell of a ride. Built in New Zealand, that boat is powered by 2 propellers, one at each side. Due to the fact that each propeller can be operated separately, the boat can be instantly turned through 180 degrees at a speed of maximum 84 km/h (52 mph). Thanks to its unique engines, the boat is more environmentally friendly and so much quieter than other boats of comparable size. It has a capacity for 21 persons. You find the jetty located close to the Pizzeria Pelle.
At Särkänniemi, more than 30 attractions wait to take you to another level of thrill. Try out the wild Tornado rollercoaster and you'll see what we mean. The Double Looping is nothing for the faint-hearted. Other attractions will either make you wet or give you the chance to snowboard in a halfpipe or enjoy a ride on a motorbike.
As children are not allowed to access regular attractions, we have created the fabulous Angry Birds Land (which is by the way also fun for adults). The adventure track is the heart of the area. It's equipped with tunnels, stairs and secret passages. There's plenty to explore at any corner of the park. Can you find the eggs that were hidden by green pigs? As the name already implies, this particular section of the park is modelled on the famous game, all held in the style of red angry birds.
The Aquarium offers a kaleidoscope of maritime wonders, presenting more than 200 fish species and maritime creatures from all around the world. Of course, Finland's endemic fish species are shown here, too. Which one is your favourite? The highlight of the Aquarium can be found downstairs. This is where you find the Paludarium, marshland that is haunted by a storm every half an hour. During the simulation, the lights are switched off and a breathtaking natural spectacle will take place just in front of your eyes. You additionally find two new terrariums down here, presenting both a ball python and a chameleon.
Have you ever thought of dolphins to be special animals? Well, in that case you should check out the Dolphinarium and get to know our lovely dolphins Veera, Delfi, Näsi, Leevi and Eevertti.
The Planetarium offers a fantastic view and various perspectives on the universe we live in. The building is not merely used for exploring the stars, but also as venue for music events and theatre productions. In addition, you can rent the building for presentations, business meetings and seminars.
One of the major highlights at Särkänniemi is Doghill. This section of the theme park is modelled on the books of Finnish author Mauri Kunnas, creating a 19th century atmosphere with its town and farm. The town has a special flair thanks to all those beautiful houses one can look at. By exploring Doghill, you explore Kunnas. Alternatively, you may just take a seat in one of the cafés and relax before you continue discovering this particular area.
Apart from the shows delivered by the Paw Theatre, the Pawhill section offers Dracula's castle that will surely scare you to death. Promised!
At the farm of Doghill, you find a petting zoo, which is home to donkey ladies Mimmi, Sanni and Zikita. Also, get to know the horses Lissu, Wallu, Olle, Muffe, Pixie, Cindy and Ransu. Learn more about sheep, goats, alpacas and other animals. Or just fall in love with one of the puppies and take one of them back home with you.
In order to get a nice view over the park, the same-named island and the city, you should get on the Näsinneula Observation Tower. It is also the landmark of Tampere and the second-highest observation tower located in the northern European countries. You get straight to the top by taking the speed lift, which up to 15 people fit in at once. For the distance of 130 m (426 ft), the lift needs approximately 32 seconds. Once you're up there, mind that the tower sways and vibrates occasionally (in case of winds). After an exciting day, you can come up here to relax and have yourself culinary-wise indulged at Restaurant Näsinneula. The restaurant is in the tower and features a special highlight by constantly rotating so that visitors may enjoy a 360 degrees view. It has an ever-changing menu, offering seasonal specialities.
If you haven't had enough after all that action, go on and delve into the world of art by visiting the Sara Hildén Art Museum. Artworks exhibited widely range from classic work to contemporary art.
Before you leave the park again, you have the ultimate chance to buy some souvenirs. Come on, get yourself a nice one and never forget this place again.