One of my favourite Finnish attractions for children is the Moomin World. If you love Moomins (and let's face it, who doesn't!) you will love the Moomin World. It is situated on a little island in Naantali, Finland, and it is one giant theme park dedicated wholly to the Moomins and their lifestyle.
We visited Moomin World last summer and we would love to go back again. We had a short but magical day experiencing the Moomin life, meeting the characters, visiting their living quarters and playing outdoors.
My daughter absolutely loved it. She was two and a bit, and had been a Moomin fan pretty much since birth (it may have something to do with mummy being a Finn and all...). As soon as she saw Moominmamma she started shouting "Mamma, mamma, mamma!", ran up to her for a hug and just would not let go. Nevermind the other kids, she would not let go. She must have hugged Moominmamma for five to ten minutes, before she spotted another Snorkmaiden, and jumped over to cuddle her. And as she spotted more characters, she went over, grabbed their hands and pulled them over to her for another hug. She really loved it, and she was in her element.
Moomin World is not really an amusement park, it doesn't have any rides or garish game halls. It is more like a lifestyle park, where you get to enjoy the Moomin lifestyle and meet the characters.
The main attraction is probably the Moominhouse, which is really like a tower with lots of things and other artefacts Moomins own. You can visit the houses of other characters too, like Snufkin's campsite, Hemulen's house, or Sniff's summer cottage. There are other attractions like this too such as Moominpappa's boat, Moomintroll's house or Snork's work shop, and there are shows, short musical stories and proper theatre too.
Mostly, there are lots of things to play with and many places to go explore outdoors. I loved the nature trail, where we could pop by the Hattivatten's cave and hear the Groke growl. There were also many places to play in, climb, and you could even doodle a bit with the characters sitting outside their cottages. I also loved the Whileaway park with lots of cushions and beanbags where you can have a nap, and the Barefoot Trail where you can kick off your shoes and let your feet explore the sensations. You can spend the whole day at the Moomin World, eat, go for a swim, have a chat with the characters, and just walk around and soak the atmosphere.
At the end of the day we stopped by the Moominhouse for another hug with the characters and a few more pictures. What a wonderful day!
- If you struggled to get good pictures of the Moomins or give them enough hugs, stay until the closing time. From 5:30PM onwards the Moomins are outside the Moomin House waving goodbyes, and most people have left. You get great photo/hug opportunities.
- The food is your average amusement park food. If that doesn't float your boat bring a picnic (plenty of beautiful places to eat out at the Moomin World), or pop in by Naantali Old Town.
- Moomin World is situated on an island, so can get windy and cold - bring a light jacket!
- There is a beach to swim so if it is sweltering, don't forget your swimming costume (or pop in by the shop and get a Moomin one!)
- Don't miss Old Town Naantali, and have a look around before or after the Moomin World adventure. Or maybe even stay for two days in Naantali, and pop in by Moomin World again or sail to the adventure island Väski (great for slightly older kids, 6-12 years old).
Have you ever been to the Moomin World and what did you think?