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Summer with kids at Nallikari in Oulu


Spend the summer with kids by the sea in Nallikari, Oulu, where a kilometer-long sandy beach awaits. With beach activities, an amusement park, nearby nature, and the city’s proximity, there’s plenty for both young children and teens to enjoy. Excellent accommodation options ensure you won’t have to look far for rest. Check out our tips and enjoy a summer with kids at Nallikari in Oulu!

Nallikari beach is a family favorite

Experience a relaxed holiday vibe with sandy toes. Every summer holiday needs at least one day at the beach!

Nallikari boasts a famous kilometer-long beach perfect for extended beach vacations. The gently sloping, fine sandy beach is a local favorite and ideal for a beach day with kids. Swim, relax, climb the play structures, or play beach games! The beach also features beach volleyball and soccer courts.

A stylish beach boulevard borders Nallikari Beach, lined with ice cream stands, Restaurant Nallikari, and the services of Nallikari Aalto, including Restaurant Bistoria Patio, Nallikari Safaris equipment rental and experience center, and Osfysio wellness services. Iconic blue bathing huts, a lifeguard tower, and the Nallikari lighthouse with its stunning views adorn the landscape.

Vauhtipuisto amusement park delights all ages

Vauhtipuisto is a charming amusement park that has been delighting families for three generations. For over 40 years, it has won local hearts with its carousels, bouncy castles, and miniature village. Vauhtipuisto offers snacks at its kiosks and a delicious buffet at Restaurant Huvilinna.

A wristband for Vauhtipuisto includes a free ride on the Potnapekka city train, a fun experience for both kids and adults. Potnapekka transports visitors between Nallikari, Vauhtipuisto, and the city center. Tickets for Potnapekka can also be purchased separately from the driver for city excursions.

Vauhtipuisto is open daily from June 1 to August 11, 2024, from 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information on services and prices, visit

Active fun with kids

Nallikari Safaris equipment rental and adventure center, located on the ground floor of Nallikari Aalto, offers gear for spontaneous active days with kids. Equipment includes a fat bike for cyclists at least 125cm tall and several bikes for those at least 155cm tall. You can also rent kayaks that fit a parent and child together. Nallikari Safaris rents out SUP boards and various beach gear. Guided tours with an instructor are also available.

Nallikari Safaris is open daily from June 1 to August 31, 2024, from 10 AM to 8 PM. Guided cycling and kayaking tours are offered several times a week. For more information on services and prices, visit

Pssst. Near Nallikari Holiday Village, you can also enjoy mini-golf and indoor activities at Nallisport!

Family-friendly accommodation in Nallikari

Stay with kids at the heart of Oulu’s summer in Nallikari! Nallikari Holiday Village is right next to Nallikari Beach, surrounded by area services, offering the peace you need when you need it most.

Nallikari Aalto features 21 high-quality hotel apartments with direct sea views, suitable for families. The Hiekka Standard and Kuura Superior hotel apartments have 2 separate beds next to each other and a sofabed. Aava Superior Plus hotel apartments with hot tubs include also a separate bedroom with two single beds.

Poiju Villas are modern, archipelago-style two-bedroom Villas with private saunas and large outdoor terraces. Traditional Holiday Cottages can accommodate up to five people, with loft areas particularly delightful for kids. The Nallikari camping area welcomes caravans and tents, and pets are allowed in the campsite, Holiday Cottages, and some Poiju Villas.

Day trips in Oulu and surrounding areas

Nallikari’s ideal location by the sea and close to downtown provides excellent opportunities for exploring other local attractions and making day trips around Oulu.

A 3.5 km day trip to Oulu’s city center is enjoyable for the whole family, rain or shine. The Toripolliisi statue at Oulu Market Square is a must-see. The nearby market hall offers the best travel tips, souvenirs, and local delicacies. Kids will love Hupisaaret, with its large outdoor playground Ainolanpuisto and free tropical greenhouses. You can reach Oulu’s city center from Nallikari by bus No. 15, Potnapekka city train, or rental bike via bike paths.

By car, you can easily reach many interesting destinations along the Pohjola Route in less than two hours. Family favorites include the Liminka Bay Visitor Centre with birdwatching towers, the roaring Koitelinkoski rapids with picnic spots, and Hailuoto, known for its long sandy beaches and island life.

Still looking for accommodations for your next trip to Oulu? Book your summer holiday at Nallikari by the sea now at

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