After reading some of the reviews on Trip Advisor we were a bit hesitant to head out for a trip to Helsinki Zoo. Many of the reviews we read spoke of people not seeing many animals and generally not having a good time. What we found couldn't be more different from these reviews.
The zoo itself is on an island about 10 minutes by car from the main City Centre. It was pretty reasonable entry fees - once inside I could happily have just wandered around the lovely island for half a day even if there were no animals. Thankfully, there were plenty of animals to see - monkeys, bears, lions, tigers, camels, reptiles, horrible insects/spiders and fabulous mountain goats were just some of the animals to see - just like any normal zoo. Some animals were missing (Snow Leopard for one) but I think this may have been more to do with the time of year.
This isn't a full day out, but it is definitely worth half a day if you can manage it.
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