Very near the Ähtäri Zoo is the Par3 X Golf Course. This is a very nice place for families because it is a small court, with 6 holes. It is special because there is no need for green card, no need for equipment or experience. It is possible to get some quick lessons with an instructor and then go to the field right away and start playing.
Here people can also take longer courses, individual or with a group for a very convenient price.
Inside the building there is a Sport Coach Training GPS simulator, perfect for beginners and also more advanced players can get feedback and measure different characteristics of the hits, swing analyses and so on. Also people can test equipment if want to buy it from the Par3 X golf shop.
There is also a café where guests can enjoy fresh baked muffins, pies and coffee. It has internet free access, magazines, TV, a free children's playground with different toys as well as a terrace with views of the golf course and forests.
There is a clothing store also that offers summer clothes, golf clothing, jewelry, bags and scarves.
Ähtäri Zoo is the most important attraction of the area and for foreign visitors it is a delightful Finnish experience. With only 80 km east of Seinäjoki, this park among others in Finland is the first “wild life zoo”, specialized on Finnish animals. So for those who want to get familiar with Finland’s wild life in a short period of time, this is a great place to visit!
Ähtäri Zoo was established in 1973 and nowadays houses 65 animal species, most of which come from the coniferous forest zone.
The zoo is spread in 60 hectares, in a very nice natural environment, surrounded by different terrains and vegetation. There is a 3 km and a 1.5 km walking routes and approximately 300 animals. It is open throughout the year. Opening times vary depending on the season.
Any time can be a nice experience to explore the zoo. In this park, where nature is as authentic as possible it is likely to see the changes of nature from the first row. During spring is the time for reproduction and regeneration of many animals. In March the bear becomes a very active and more excited creature after waking up from its hibernation. The deer family increases in the spring. The birds start nesting and their eggs begin to hatch with the arrival of summer.
It is possible to arrange guided tours, as well. During summer there is a fixed schedule with guided explanation about the different animals. The times and places are all marked in the brochure with a map received in the entrance to the wildlife park.
The excursion around the zoo can take from 2-4 hours, depending on how deep visitors want to explore, see and read about the animals. Therefore it is recommendable to bring comfortable walking shoes.
Moreover, there are 2 cafeterias and other services inside the zoo where visitors can enjoy some snacks, drinks or ice cream while enjoying the circuit.
Where to sleep?
The Zoo also offers accommodation. There is a wide selection of cottages from 4, 6 and even 8 people as well as a camping site for campers and tents. The location is on the edge of the lake where guests can be delighted 24 hours with an amazing view, have a swim and even take a sun bath. There are also electrical outlets, lakeside sauna, water slide, miniature golf, a café and a shop. Nevertheless, right next to the camping area, on the lake, there is a free testing boat drive, so for those who want to experience the adrenalin of driving high speed boats, it is something worth to try!
VERY NICE BIG WILDPARK WHRE YOU CAN SEE ALL FINNISH AND OTHER NORDIC ANIMALS
REALLY WORTH THE ENTRANCE
An elk named Köpi was the first animal to arrive at Ähtäri Zoo. Wolves and lynx arrived a few years later. Nevertheless, the most famous residents of the Animal Park are Santeri the bear and his mate Santra, who have lived in the Park almost ever since its establishment. At present, Ähtäri Zoo houses 65 animal species, most of which come from the coniferous forest zone. The Park?s latest arrivals are the snow leopards, donated by the Korkeasaari Zoo in honour of the Animal Park?s 30th jubilee year.