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The nature close to the city, as well as the large parks and forests, are open to all and offer a great environment for a wide variety of recreational activities. In the core of the Helsinki city, the large Keskuspuisto Park opens up to the north.
Recreational areas

The City's Sports Services manage fantastic archipelago areas and maritime recreation parks close to the city and nearby areas. These areas are open to all, either freely or by reservation. Water traffic to the recreational islands is divided into line traffic and small cruise lines, which are managed by private operators.

The coastal location of Helsinki offers great opportunities for boating. Boat harbours are managed by Sports Services and several boat clubs and associations. The city's guest harbours are located in Katajanokka, Suomenlinna, the Pihlajasaari visiting harbour and Valkosaari.

The City of Helsinki owns a 14,600 hectare sea area near the city and in the nearby municipalities. These areas can be used for fishing by anyone with a valid fishing licence. Approximately 60 different species of fish are known to live in the Helsinki sea area, including sea trout, zander, and common whitefish. Salmon run to the Vantaanjoki river that flows to the middle of the city.