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Review of Korkeasaari Zoo

Korkeasaari Zoo
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City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour
Ranked #29 of 269 things to do in Helsinki
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Korkeasaari Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20 minute ferry (summer) or bus ride from Helsinki city centre will take you to a zoo where you can travel from cold mountain regions to dry steppes and from northern coniferous forests to the tropical rainforest. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. Korkeasaari Zoo is home to 150 animals and 1,000 plant species showcasing the diversity of nature. Korkeasaari Zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite the long history and historic surroundings, Korkeasaari Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. Korkeasaari Zoo breeds endangered species and participates in programs that aim to reintroduce animals to their natural habitats. Free map at the entrance. At least one restaurant open around the year, more services during summer. Outdoor and indoor picnic areas, hut with fireplace.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The zoo is located on an island a few kilometres from the city centre. Travel by zoo bus is easy and cheap, easily identified by the enormous animal pictures on the sides. Don't panic when the road signs point in a different direction the bus loops before driving down the forest track to the zoo entrance,
There are great views of the city from the bridge which leads from the shop/cafeteria/pay booth over to the island.
The zoo is well laid out and the animals appear well cared for. We chose to go on a hot day (very) and, in true feline tradition, a few of the cats were invisible, others were lumps of fur in hard to view places whilst others were active. Those who visit zoos regularly get used to timing visits to "unhelpful" species. Other species are almost hyperactive.
Two features which impressed me for historic reasons were the retention of the old polar bear pit (close to the ferry terminal) and the bear cage (on the hill near the zoo offices), now both unused for anything other than education.
Viewing windows were, in the main, smeary and difficult to photography through (or see).
I would like to go back at some point (on a sunny but cooler day !!)

Thank Randoman1
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The only zoo in the Helsinki metropolitan area. A fine location. Lots to see there, if you are lucky and all the animals arent sleeping! Journey to the site may be a small effort but it is part of the adventure! :)

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The place is pretty and I guess animals have it nice and they are taken good care of. But maybe just for that you don't see them much (bigger cages than perhaps in somewhere else and lots of stuff for hiding). It was a sunny day and over half of the animals must have been sleeping so it was just looking at "empty" cages. I do understand it's a two way thing though - if you have small cages animals will get depressed (like in Cairo zoo). Cloudy/rainy day would have been maybe better and time of day might count as well.

Went to some nice cafe in the area but service was too slow, only two girls serving and too many people waiting for their turn to order coffee etc.

1  Thank daniellax
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We visited the Zoo whilst on a Midsummer holiday to Helsinki and thoroughly enjoyed our time here despite the amount of critical reviews that it has received.

It was huge and had plenty of animals and plant life to see, the layout of it was great in the sense that everything was spaced out which allowed you to walk around the island in a relaxing manner without being cramped together in a small space like a lot of zoo's often tend to do.

The location itself was lovely being just a few minutes bus or boat ride from Helsinki but yet giving the feeling that you are miles away as you are on an island with stunning scenery.

All in all we really enjoyed our trip to the zoo and found it to be great value for money considering the prices of everything else in Scandinavia.

We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice day out.

1  Thank Preyom
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We live close by and could visit it weekly/monthly but I just don't like the fact that it's so "isolated" when you arrive with a car.
You have to park at a smallish parking lot, pack kids & stuff on the pram/buggy then walk through a park. You arrived to the ticket booths and then you still have to walk a long bridge over the water to the actual zoo island. To get to the first animals you've been walking for a good 20 minutes. That's why I recommend taking a extra buggy etc for the tired 2 year-old that just doesn't have the energy to walk back to the car at the end of the visit.
Animals at the zoo are ok and easily seen by little ones also so that's a major plus :)
Pack a windproof jacket and hat just in case because if it's a windy day it is cold !
We even used a pram raincower to give some protection from the wind to your small baby in the pram.

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