Särkänniemi

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Särkänniemi
Logo Särkänniemi.jpg
Särkänniemi collage.jpg
Slogan "Lystiä ja lumoa ympäri vuoden"
(Fun and fascination throughout the year)
Location Tampere, Finland
Coordinates 61°30′19″N 023°44′38″E / 61.50528°N 23.74389°E / 61.50528; 23.74389Coordinates: 61°30′19″N 023°44′38″E / 61.50528°N 23.74389°E / 61.50528; 23.74389
Owner City of Tampere
Opened 1975
Previous names Neulan huvipuisto (different park at the same location 1973-74)
Operating season April to October (rides area) /
throughout the year
Area 50.000 m² (rides area)
Rides
Total 35[1]
Roller coasters 5
Water rides 3
Website www.sarkanniemi.fi/en

Särkänniemi is an amusement park in Tampere, Finland. The park features an aquarium, a planetarium, a children's zoo, an art museum, an observation tower (Näsinneula), an amusement park, and the world's northernmost dolphinarium. Särkänniemi is the second most popular amusement park in Finland, after Linnanmäki in Helsinki. Särkänniemi has five rollercoasters: inverted coaster Tornado, flying coaster Trombi, MotoGee, Half Pipe, and family coaster Vauhtimato ("Speedy Worm"). Särkänniemi is owned by the city of Tampere and attracts about 1.100.000 visitors per annum.

History[edit]

This multi-purpose park is owned by the city of Tampere and boasts a variety of rides as well as an Aquarium that was opened in 1969, a Planetarium that opened in 1969, a children´s zoo that opened in 1970, a 168m tall Observation Tower that opened in 1971, Sara Hilden Art Museum opened in 1979, the Dolphinarium opened in 1985.

The amusement part aspect of Särkänniemi started in 1973 with the opening of Neulan Huvipuisto (Neulan´s Amusement); in the beginning the park offered only a handful of children´s rides. In 1975 the city of Tampere took over the operations of the fun park and integrated it into other attractions on the peninsula.

Located on the peninsula, about a kilometer from the city center of Tampere, that juts out into the Black Gulf. The area used to house three different breweries in the 18th century onward and in the 20th century a huge warehouse serving the log industry was built on the peninsula of Särkänniemi. These buildings were demolished in the 1960´s.

The park is easily accessible by bus nr 4 and nr 16.

The 25-acre amusement park is not divided into specifically themed sections although one area is called Kiddie Land and in 2012 an Angry Birds Land was opened.

Roller Coasters[edit]

Operating[edit]

Ride Name Type Opened in Manufacturer Additional Informations
Half Pipe steel sit down 2003 Intamin Reaches a speed of 43 mph (69 km/h) and a height of 98 ft (30 m) on a 230 ft (70 m) long half pipe track. Height limit 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in). Half Pipe model, train 2x8.
Motogee flywheel launch sit down 2010 Zamperla Reaches a speed of 42 mph (68 km/h) in just 2 seconds on a 1,194 ft (364 m) long track. Height limit 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in). Motocoaster model, train 2x5.
Tornado steel inverted 2001 Intamin Reaches a speed of 46 mph (74 km/h) and a height of 82 ft (25 m) on a 2,296 ft (700 m) long track with 5 inversions (loop, tunnel, cobra roll, heartline roll, heartline roll). Height limit 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in). Suspended looping coaster, train 2x12.
Trombi steel flying 2005 Zamperla Reaches a speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) and a height of 50 ft (15 m) on a 1,283 ft (391 m) long track with 2 inversions (heartline roll, heartline roll). Height limit 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in). Spiral lift Volare model, car 4x1.
Vauhtimato (Whirley Worm) steel sit down 1984 Zierer Reaches a speed of 16 mph (26 km/h) and a height of 11 ft (3 m) on a 197 ft (60 m) long track (60m). Height limit 1 m (3 ft 3 in) / 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) alone. Small Tivoli model, train 2x5.

Defunct[edit]

Ride Name Type Opened Closed Manufacturer Additional Informations
Jet Star Steel 1980 2012 Anton Schwarzkopf Reaches a speed of 31 mph (50 km/h) and a height of 44 ft (13 m) on a 1,765 ft (538 m) track. Height limit 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in). Jet Star model, designed by Ing-Buro Stengel, car 1x4.

Water Rides[edit]

  • Koskiseikkailu - this Rapids Adventure ride was opened in 1999. Intamin; a 6-passenger boat journeys a 490 meters course with a tunnel and a waterfall.
  • Tukkijoki - a log flume ride that opened in 1982. Reverchon, Tamperer; a 400 meter long course with 3 drops, the highest of which is 13 m tall.
  • Magic River - leisurely canal boat ride that opened in 1979. Sarkanniemi Park.

Other Rides[edit]

  • Audi Racing - bumper cars that opened in 1986. Reverchon.
  • Funny House - walkthrough
  • Gazebo - swing ride that opened in 1996. Gestlauer.
  • Hurricane - giant swing that opened in 1991; height limit 1,2m. Mondial.
  • Planetarium - opened in 1969.
  • Take Off - breakdance spinner that opened in 2006; height limit 1,3m. Huss.
  • Time Carpet - magic carpet that opened in 1983; height limit 1,4m. Zierer.
  • Troika - troika spinner ride that opened in 1975; height limit 1m. Huss.
  • Tyrsky - diskO that opened in 2009; height limit 1,2m. Zamperla.
  • Viking Ship - swinging Viking ship that opened in 1988. Zierer.
  • Wave Swinger - wave swinger that opened in 1989. Zierer.

Kiddie Rides[edit]

  • Angry Birds - play area with kiddie rides that opened in 2012. Lappset / Rovio.
  • Angry Birds Obstacle Course - obstacle course that opened in 2012. Lappset.
  • Angry Birds Rides - kiddie rides that opened in 2012. Zamperla.
  • Bounce Castel - bouncy castle for kids only.
  • Candy Carousel - merry go round that opened in 1993. Bertazzon.
  • Coffee Cups - spinning cups for kids only. Soriani&Moser.
  • Convoy Truck Race - convoy trucks for kids only. Cosetto.
  • Crazy Bus - crazy bus ride. Zamperla.
  • Lady Bird - roundabout. Modern Products.
  • Little Ladybird - mini roundabout for young kids only. Modern Products.
  • Magic Bikes - magic bike ride that opened in 2008. Zamperla.
  • Mushroom Race roundabout ride. Modern Products.
  • Old Timers - on track cars that opened in 1981. Ihle.
  • Pavilion Carousel - carousel for kids. Modern Products.
  • Piggy Train - mini train for kids only that opened in 1994. Zamperla.
  • Pirate Ship - small swinging pirate ship. Modern Products.
  • Red Baron - airplanes. Soriani & Moser.
  • Regatta - roundabout boat ride. Soriani & Moser.
  • Rocking Tug - rocking tug ride that opened in 2004. Zamperla.
  • Turtle Train - mini train for kids only that opened in 1999. Zamperla.

Other Attractions[edit]

  • The Aquarium at Särkänniemi was opened in 1969. It has a total combined aquarium volume of 550,000 litres (150,000 US gal), and is home ot more than 3,000 animals representing 200 species. The lower floor of the aquarium includes a mangrove swamp habitat that is home to monos, archer fish, gourami fish, rainbow sharks and blowfish.[2]
  • The Children´s Zoo that opened in 1970 has over 30 different species of animals on show.
  • The Dolphinarium that opened in 1985 has 5 bottlenosed dolphins that perform all year around.
  • Näsinneula Observation Tower that opened in 1971 is 168 meters tall and it has a restaurant on the top floor.
  • Sara Hilden Art Museum opened in 1979 and has on display works from mostly contemporary Finnish artists.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rides". sarkanniemi.fi. Särkänniemi. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Beautiful and delightfully dreadful things swim in the Aquarium". sarkanniemi.fi. Särkänniemi. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 

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