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Living up to its name, Central Park is situated in the middle of Helsinki, starting in the city centre from Töölönlahti and continuing all the way to Vantaankoski. Central Park features great natural diversity and it is even possible to be temporarily transported to a different world when surrounded by the tall, coniferous trees.

Central Park features great natural diversity and it is even possible to be temporarily transported to a different world when surrounded by the tall, coniferous trees. In the forest, beyond various types of birds, hares and squirrels we’ve even seen foxes. Central Park is also home to moose, badgers, weasels, raccoon dogs, muskrats and even the rare flying squirrel. The horse stables of Ruskeasuo can also be found in the forest and it is a common occurrence to be greeted on the trail by horses and even little ponies. You can also say hi to the horses at their enclosure.

The forest is filled with the birds’ singing and it is lovely to just walk and take in the wondrous nature. Beyond the general roads there are many paths to be followed, leading you to find interesting burrows and rocks for kids to play around.

You can also pick berries and mushrooms in the forest in summer and autumn.

The contrast between this pot and city life is what makes it so interesting. It’s unbelievable that only a few hundred metres away is the bustling main street of Mannerheimintie. With kids you’ll find lots of interesting things to explore from animals to plant life, but the atmosphere alone is reason enough to visit.

One of the ways to get to Central Park is to follow the road from Aurora Bridge. You can get around the forest on foot, by bike or cross-country skiing in the winter.

By: Minttu Storgårds
Instagram: @minttustorgards

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