Discover the capital, Tallinn. Its UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, a maze of cobbled streets and tall medieval buildings, rises to the Toompea Hill with its great views over the new and old cities. In high summer the Toomas train trundles its way through the Old Town. The Kalev Waterpark (see also Where to Stay) and the hands-on Children's Museum are both popular with kids, or for outdoors fun, Stroomi beach has five playgrounds on the edge of a wood, and Harjumägi Hill in the heart of the Old Town is an ice-skating area in winter and a playground in summer. There’s also a city zoo.
Head to the Estonian Open Air Museum, 15 minutes from the centre of Tallinn, for a hands-on glimpse of local rural and village life through reconstructed buildings that include a school, farms, dwellings and small museum.
Take the train from Tallinn to the family adventure park at Vembu-Tembumaa 27km away, with go-karts, pools, waterslides, Tarzan trails, mini-golf, air-pads and bumper cars (it’s open June–Aug)
Venture to the wide open sandy beaches at the historical seaside resort of Pärnu on Estonia's west coast, just under 2hrs south of Tallinn, and on its many islands, including Saaremaa with its working windmills – perfect for family holidays. Don’t miss the chance to spend a few hours up in the trees at the region’s Valgeranna Adventure Park.
Explore the Museum of Toys in Estonia’s second city Tartu nearly 220km south-east of Tallinn, then head on to Otepää Seikluspark Adventure Park for high-ropes courses, a climbing wall, and a viewing point (with a catapult to propel participants up!).
Commune with nature as the Estonians themselves love to do in some of the country’s National Parks, including Karula in the south, Lahemaa 50km east of Tallinn, Matsalu about 100km west of Tallinn, Vilsandi, covering both land and sea and including the island of Saaremaa (see above), and Soomaa in the south-west. Swimming in clean bogs is a popular pastime here!
Ski – Otepää in the south attracts skiers (both downhill and cross-country) and snowmobile riders, as well as ice-fishers. In summer, these uplands host the Leigo Lake Music Festival, with lots of open-air concerts.