After spotting a few airplanes we headed for Marketta Park (Marketanpuisto) in Espoo. According to their website it “is the biggest permanent garden and landscape exposition in Finland”. The park is open daily 7am-9pm and their is no entrance cost. We decided to take a look at it as my daughter loves flowers, and her brother already got to see his favourites, airplanes, in the morning.
Even though I had heard about the park ages ago, I did not realise that it was a great place even for toddlers: their is a sculpture park where kids can “drive” wooden cars and climb on wooden animals and there is a little playground. The garden itself is beautiful, there is a lot of examples on different pavements, garden bridges and benches, fountains and of course flowers and plants. The place must be truly beautiful in the spring time!
On the area there is also a Hostel Margreteberg and a lunch café, which we did not take a better look at. But the café terrace looked cosy and the view to the garden certainly was awesome. Instead we went to the nearby Priimus stables to see a horses and to have a cuppa in their little café. That café does not have too much to choose from and the prices are normal to Helsinki but having a drink and a snack while watching horses worked well for my toddlers.