Latvian students and schoolchildren will be going on autumn break this week. Estonia is a great destination for people seeking family fun. Modern interactive museums and science centres, thematic parks, exciting active leisure centres – all of it is mere hours away from Latvia.
Science, spies, mammoths and water games in Tartu
One destination that should not be overlooked when you leave Latvia for Estonia is Tartu. This beautiful student town is worth visiting for its entertainment and educational facilities. One of them is Ahhaa Science Centre. The centre’s exposition is made up of modern and interactive objects that tell visitors about different scientific laws in an exciting interactive way. The centre also has a planetarium and a 4D cinema. The centre currently hosts an exciting exhibition titled ‘Ahhaa, Top secret!’, which shows visitors the exciting world of spies. It is best to plan your time in Ahhaa centre – you can spend half a day in there without noticing how time flies. Nature and history lovers should visit the Ice Age Centre. There it is possible to have a look at animals of the Ice Age – mammoths and cave lions.
Tartu Adventure Park is a great place for active leisure. This park is filled with exciting attractions and is open all year round. In case of bad weather, it is a good idea to come to Aura aqua park.
Submarines, space ships and lightning spheres in Tallinn
If you want to travel farther, Estonia’s capital will not disappoint people who seek an opportunity to spend time with family. Rare animal and bird species in Tallinn Zoological Garden will definitely impress adults and children alike. In addition, there are a many smaller botanical and zoological gardens in Estonia, all offering unique sights.
People wanting educational entertainment should go to Energy Discovery Centre, which offers 130 interactive exhibits that depict the history of energy, discovery of electricity, lightning, renewable energy sources, nuclear energy, sound and optics.
Tallinn TV tower features a brand new exhibition dedicated to the Universe. This exhibition was created in cooperation with Estonia’s Space Centre and Tartu Observatory.
Find out what it feels like being a police officer or miner
Further up north in Estonia it is worth visiting Rakvere. It is there that the Estonian Police Museum is located. It is made as an interactive museum, which offers a look at the work of the police using interactive exhibits. Visitors can test their reaction behind a wheel of a car, try out police equipment, acquire valuable knowledge on behaving properly in a city during a riot, take fingerprints, solve crime-related puzzles and try out many different things.
One of the most interesting locations to visit is Kohta’s Mining Museum. Visitors are offered the opportunity to observe the life and work of miners underground. This museum also has an open Enrichment Plant, where it is possible to find out about shale oil, energy production and the future of energy.