ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN KYMENLAAKSO
The neighboring town of Mäntyharju, Kouvola, is the center of Kymenlaakso along the Kymijoki River with almost 90,000 inhabitants. Kouvola is located about 45 minutes from Korpijärvi.
The most famous sights in the area are Repovesi National Park, located in the Kouvola and Mäntyharju areas. In addition to Repovesi, there are also many other hiking trails in the Kouvola and Kymenlaakso areas. Also worth a visit is the Elving Tower, which is over 20 meters high and has great views of the Kymenlaakso wilderness areas.
For the whole family, we definitely recommend Tykkimäki Amusement Park and the Aquapark next to it. Both parks are also suitable for small children.
For those interested in culture and history, the Kymenlaakso area offers a unique attraction, the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Verla Factory Museum in Jaala. It is also suitable for school-age children. On the same trip you can also visit the Vuohijärvi Nature and Culture House.
More information and photos, maps and route information can be found at Visit Kouvola.
ATTRACTIONS IN THE REGION
VERLA FACTORY MUSEUM (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)
Address: Verlantie 295, 47850 Verla (Kouvola)
Tel.: +358 2041 52170
E-mail: museum.verla (at) upm.com
Open: From the beginning of May to the end of September
The Verla Factory Museum and the factory area are historically valuable attractions in Verla, Kouvola. Verla’s unique factory milieu was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
In Verla, you can learn about a significant phase of Finnish history, the early stages of industrialization, the mill’s milieu and the life of factory workers in the late 1800s and early 20th century. Verla’s factory area was in operation in 1872–1964.
In addition to factory buildings and old dwellings, the area has a number of facilities including: path of history, forest path, information point, museum shop and craftsmen’s shops, restaurant and wine shop selling local products. There is also a prehistoric rock painting in the area.
The factory area and its gardens and shops can also be accessed without a ticket. You must buy a ticket to visit the Factory Museum.
It is advisable to book several hours to explore the destination.
The property is suitable for families with children with school-age children.
Address: Hillosensalmentie, 47900 Valkeala (Kouvola)
Open: Open between May and the end of September
Located near Repovesi National Park, the Elving Tower is a over 20 meters high viewing tower built by Rudolf Elving, with great views of the Kymenlaakso countryside. The tower was built in the early 20th century to control the area’s forests.
There is a small entrance fee to the tower.
The crossroads leading to the tower is at Kasperintie 1, 47900 Valkeala (Kouvola). Find the address at Kouvola Map Service.
More information can be found on the Visit Kouvola website.
VUOHIJÄRVI NATURE AND CULTURE HOUSE
Address: Näkkimistöntie 1, 47900 Vuohijärvi (Kouvola)
Tel.: +358 50 3388 111
E-mail: info (at) kulttuurivuohijarvi.fi
Open: Kesäkuun alusta elokuun puoliväliin
Vuohijärvi Nature and Culture House is located in Kouvola, close to Verlaa and Repovesi National Park.
There are various changing exhibitions, a love park, a café, an art, craft and souvenir shop and tourist information.
Various events and concerts are also organized at Vuohijärvi.
TYKKIMÄKI AMUSEMENT PARK AND AQUAPARK
Address: Kanuunakuja 2, 45200 Kouvola (amusement park), Käyrälammentie 20, 45200 Kouvola (Aquapark)
Tel.: +358 5 778 700
E-mail: huvipuisto (at) tykkimaki.fi
Open: Amusement Park from mid-May to late August, Aquapark from early June to mid-August
Tykkimäki is Finland’s third largest amusement park in Kouvola, with nearly 40 devices and games and several different play areas. There are also plenty to do for smaller children and an outdoor play area for small children.
The access to the area is free and you can buy tickets at a discounted price during the evening.
There are various concerts in the area from 19:00 in the evenings.
The Aquapark is located right next to Tykkimäki, across the road. There are various water slides and water playgrounds in the area, as well as a standard 25-meter swimming pool. The Aquapark is also suitable for small children.
The Tykkimäki Leisure Center also includes a children’s Actionpark in Prisma in Kouvola (Tommolankatu 9, 45130 Kouvola) which is open all year.
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