Top 5 tips for a family with children
1. Children’s events
Raaseborg hosts a wide range of events for children and young people throughout the year. You can find current events for children in our events calendar. There are also many educational activities on offer. Try a DIY workshop at the Fiskars Museum or go on a medieval trip to the ruins of Raaseborgs Castle. In Fiskars, a handicraftsman will be challenged by trying out activities offered by different craft workshops, such as glass blowing and candle making!
2. Nature trails
If you like the outdoors and beautiful nature, go on an exploration tour of the Troll Forest. Along the way you can pick blueberries, grill sausages at a rest stop and take a dip in the lake. The route is 5.5 kilometres long.
On the Öudden Fairytale Trail you will also see fairytale characters of all sorts. While you’re there, stop for a picnic lunch at Sommaröstrand’s cosy island café and admire the boats in the guest marina!
Also in Ramsholmen Park Forest you can walk along the paths and look for more than 20 species of birds and other forest animals, and almost 30 species of trees. There is a brochure about Ramsholmen Park Forest, which you can pick up at the Raaseborg’s Tourist Information Centre. The brochure contains a clear map of the nature trail and a comprehensive description of the flora and fauna of the area. Ramsholmen is also home to a swimming beach, where a dip will refresh the little ones.
3. Play and skate parks
The Lion Park in Ekenäs is an absolute favourite! The Lion Park is located by the sea in Stallören Park, right in the heart of Ekenäs, within walking distance of the market square. The park has swings and climbing frames for children of all ages. The giant ant is the largest climbing frame in the park. Also try the new playground at the edge of Skepparträdgården!
If you’re heading to Fiskars, visit the play park next to the market. It’s dominated by an exciting adventure ship, where children of all ages can climb aboard. The skate parks in Karis and Fiskars offer challenges for the slightly older kids. In Karis you can also try tricks in the parkour park.
4. The old water tower in Ekenäs
Climbing Ekenä’s old water tower is an adventure not to be missed on a trip to Ekenäs! Climbing to the top of the tower is rewarded with stunning 360-degree views – even if you don’t suffer from vertigo, you can feel the tiny butterflies in the pit of your stomach. You can pick up the key at the Raseborg’sTourist Information Centre in the Raseborg Museum, at Gustav Wasas gata 11.
5. Beaches and swimming pool
Raseborg is a paradise for water lovers with its numerous sandy and rocky beaches.
With a bit of luck, the whole beach is yours. A summer beach day will be remembered for the rest of the winter. Remember to pack your juice and sandwiches in your picnic basket! You can also play beach volleyball on Knipan beach in Ekenäs. The beach at Dagmar Park, just a short distance from Ekenäs towards Hangö, is also a great option, with fresh water available from the Dagmar fountain that bubbles right next door. Padva beach further away in Bromarf is also an absolute must-see: the water is amazingly clear, and the shallow, slowly deepening beach is among the most child-friendly in Raseborg. You can also paddle in the water in autumn, winter and spring at the Ekenäs swimming pool.
On most sandy beaches you will find a changing room, an outdoor toilet, a pier and a lifebuoy.
Bonus tip for rainy days
On a rainy day, head to the bowling alley for a game of bowling or to the library for a world of books and comics. At the end of the day, you can go to the cinema in Karis or the retro cinema in Ekenäs.
Accommodation tips for families with children
The cosy Villa Skogsbacka is located on an organic farm in Tenola’s heritage landscape. The villa is the farm’s sauna & baking house from the 1800s, fully renovated for 7 people.
The villa has all amenities such as a shower, washing machine, dishwasher, two bedrooms and free wifi. The house has a private courtyard with a wood-fired sauna. Walking in the nature is possible, as well as visiting the farm’s small animals. Villa Skogsbacka is open all year round. The Bofinken dog care is also nearby. The villa is 13 minutes’ drive from the centre of Ekenäs.
Lingonberry is located just a short walk from the centre of Eknäs, which is only about an hour’s drive from Helsinfors. The cottage is close to shops, sandy beaches, excellent restaurants and Ramsholmen Nature Park and includes a sauna, small hot tub, trampoline and a barbecue in summer. The cottage has 6 beds.
Bromarf Bed & Breakfast
A family room for four is available to rent in a 100-year-old atmospheric villa in Röda Villan, Tallmo. The villa is located in the beautifully scenic inner archipelago of Västnyland, in the church village of Bromarf, Raaseborg. The villa has a terrace, four boat places and its own beach, where even the little ones can easily swim.
Rilax Manor, a manor house of cultural and historical value located near the village of Bromarf, offers well-being for people and animals and great experiences. In addition to organic farming and livestock breeding, the farm offers cottage rental, horse riding, meeting and adventure services. The farm is known for a few special features, including a 19th century English park and the Rilax Naval Battle Memorial commemorating the 1614 battle.
Theatre Taiga-Matto and accommodation
The travelling puppet theatre Taiga-Matto has an idyllic accommodation and multi-purpose space in the village of Svartå. The house is a former railway station in Svartå. The space can host children’s theatre birthday parties, performances, workshops, courses, meetings and accommodation. At the station you can learn about the history of the station and see the puppets and sets of the Taiga-Mato theatre.
The two accommodation rooms at the station can accommodate up to 8 people.
Villa Solbacka is a charming Art Nouveau villa and artists’ home, ideal for families with children. The villa is surrounded by a large courtyard where children can play, and there is also a sauna in the outbuilding. Solbacka has 3 bedrooms, 5 beds, a sofa bed and a cot. Well-equipped kitchen.
Kisakeskus Sports Institute
If you’re looking for a sporty holiday and the peace and quiet of nature, head for the Kisa Centre! Kisis offers a wide range of accommodation and services, as well as leisure activities in the lap of nature. In Kisis, you can practice more than 30 different types of sports just outdoors. The varied terrain is perfect for leisurely hiking or fitness-boosting trekking.
You can take part in active family holidays or courses at the kisakeskus centre. There is also an 18-hole Frisbee golf course at the Finnish Frisbee Golf Center. In summer, Lake Kullasjön offers great opportunities for canoeing, fishing and swimming.
Family and animal-friendly Villa Dönsby is an idyllic guest house on an old farm. Just 3 km from the centre of Karis, guests will wake up to the sound of roosters and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. Grandma’s house offers four cosy bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchenette and an outdoor barbecue.
Calliola offers versatile facilities for family holidays. Calliola offers accommodation in island-style beach cottages, smaller apartments or a room with a terrace – depending on your needs. Calliola is a short distance from the tourist attractions of Ekenäs, Fagervik and Fiskars.
The Calliola yard and surrounding areas offer plenty to do and see for the whole family. Calliola has four lakeside saunas, its own idyllic little marina, three beaches, a Frisbee golf course, badminton and volleyball courts, an archery range, various outdoor games and swings for children. You can rent kayaks, SUP boats, yoga mats, hiking skates and snowshoes. In the beautiful archipelago you can also hike, bike, camp and jog on the nature trail.