Opening hours: May - September 10-20, October - February 10-16, March - April 10-18
The Helsinki Zoo is located at Korkesaari Island, not far from the city center. Founded in 1889 it is one of the oldest zoos in the world with over a half million visitors each year. The Helsinki Zoo is one of most popular places of family rest in Finland.
The Zoo is open the year around. Here one can meet animals of all the world, from tropical rainforest to arctic tundra. Almost 200 different animal species reside in the Zoo, and there are almost a 1000 different plant species. A great diversity of tropical fauna is presented in Amazonia and Africasia Houses: parrots, snakes, lizards, turtles, monkeys and even spiders and frogs. Northern fauna is exhibited in Borealia House. In summer and in winter you can see in Zoo inhabitants of Arctic, Northern and South America, Australia. Cat amateurs will surely enjoy Cat Valley where predator ancestors of their pets are living.
Visitors of the Zoo are welcome to a local cafe and a restaurant.
During the summer months, the best way to get to the Helsinki Zoo is by public transport: a fifteen-minute ferry journey from Kauppatori or Hakaniemi, or the Zoo Line Bus 11 from Herttoniemi metro station to the Zoo. At wintertime Bus 16 or the metro to Kulosaari take you closest: a 1.5-km walk to the Zoo. Zoo Line Bus 11 operates at weekends.