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TOP 5 places to visit on a school holiday in Tallinn

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By  •  12.03.2019

If you want to strike the perfect balance between sightseeing and physical activity during your next family city break, then Tallinn is the destination for you. Thanks to the city’s abundance of landmarks and compact layout, you can discover museums, bicycle down the coastline and unwind in a spa all in one day! For families looking to take advantage of the most activities, the Tallinn Card is a must. It grants you access to top museums and attractions with bonuses like a free three-hour of bike rental from City Bike

Besides being world-class sights, our top five recommendations for families are also free of charge with the Tallinn Card, making visiting them even more enjoyable and wallet-friendly. With one adult card you can bring along two children under the age of seven for free, and special child discounts apply for kids up to 17 years of age. 
To follow this itinerary we recommend buying Tallinn Cards for at least 48 hours. You'll have enough time for the different activities, plus you'll save up to 75 euros on the ticket prices.* 

Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum

Kids who like medieval forts, climbing up towers or descending into underground tunnels will go wild for the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum. Exhibits in the medieval Kiek in de Kök tower show how Tallinn has been defended over the centuries. The towers and the passages are recommended for ages seven and up due to the steepness of the museum's stairs.

Energy Discovery Centre

The Energy Discovery Centre is a science centre based in a former Tallinn power plant that seeks to inspire children to learn about science. The centre has over one hundred exhibits which let children generate electricity, create different sounds, take part in a space adventure and more.

Seaplane Harbour

Seaplane Harbour offers a lot to discover for both adults and children. There are boats, yachts, a real-life submarine from the 1930s, a century-old, steam-driven icebreaker, a seaplane, mines, cannons and many other life-sized exhibits. Additionally, you’ll find a great playground for kids outside the museum.

Maarjamäe Palace – Estonian History Museum

Maarjamäe Palace's exhibition ‘My Free Country’ takes you on an interactive journey over the course of 100 years, from the birth of the Republic of Estonia to the present. Children can even build their own country in the educational and fun ‘Children’s Republic’ playroom. In Maarjamäe Palace’s park, you’ll find a playground and the Estonian Film Museum, where you can sneak a peek behind the scenes to see how movies are made.  

Tallinn TV Tower

The Tallinn TV Tower is the tallest building in Estonia, reaching 314 metres into the sky. In addition to amazing views of Tallinn, the TV Tower offers many exciting experiences. For example, on the 21st floor, you’ll find an interactive exhibition about the top achievements of famous Estonians. 

Bonus tips

Although all the places named above offer plenty of memorable experiences, we have a couple of extra tips that’ll make this city break a sure hit with your kids. On top of free entrance to museums and attractions, the Tallinn Card includes a variety of discounts on entertainment, including our following bonus tips. 

Aqua Spa aquatic centre

Aqua Spa has a variety of saunas, a large indoor pool, a children’s pool and an outdoor swimming pool that give you and your family an opportunity to relax. It’s the perfect way to end a day full of sightseeing!

Super Skypark

Super Skypark is an indoor family entertainment centre located in the T1 Mall of Tallinn. You’ll find a play centre with the largest trampoline area in Europe and climbing area with thrilling slides. There’s even a safe play area where smaller guests will feel at home. Next to Skypark is also the hands-on science centre SkyLab, where everyone can experience the magic of science and technology.

Tallinn City Tour

The brightly-coloured double-decker Tallinn City Tour buses are definitely eye-catching for children, but they’re also a comfortable and interesting way to get from place to place. Nearly all of the attractions named here are on the Tallinn City Tour route, so you can just hop off, visit the museum and hop back on the next bus to continue your journey. Along the way, you can listen to stories about Tallinn on an audio guide available in 10 different languages. Tip: For Tallinn Card PLUS holders, Tallinn City Tour is free! 

*Savings are calculated based on the normal prices of family tickets at the museums and attractions compared to prices of the 48 hour Tallinn Card PLUS tickets for 2 adults and 2 children over 7 years old (including the discount prices at entertainment establishments).