The seven attractions across Estonia to be granted support by Enterprise Estonia range from a space park in Põltsamaa to a seaside center in Dirham that will include a beach, an aquarium and a scuba diving center.
According to the foundation's estimates, the new attractions are expected to bring an additional 270,000 tourists to Estonia annually.
The projects receiving Enterprise Estonia support are to be open year-round and motivate tourists to visit Estonia. Grant-winners will be expected to contribute 50 percent of project costs on their own.
Põltsamaa Space Park — Põltsamaa, Jõgeva County
The space park, which is scheduled to open its doors next fall, has been described as Scandinavia's only year-round space-themed family center. Features of the center are to include Estonia's first indoor sky-diving wind tunnel and the world's first tubed-food café, inspired by the fact that tubed food designed for astronauts is produced in Põltsamaa.
Ülemiste Skypark — Tallinn
Ülemiste Skypark, likewise scheduled to open next fall, will be located on the roof of Ülemiste Shopping Center. Features will include a trampoline center, climbing towers, a 4-D movie theater and a Ferris wheel that, according to the project, "will add some spice" to the Tallinn skyline iconically pictured on cans of spiced sprats.
Noblessner Virtual Reality Experience Center — Tallinn
The virtual reality (VR) center to be built in the old foundry building at Noblessner is hoped to be opened by the end of 2018. Visitors will have the oppportunity to experience such things as a hot-air balloon flight in the 19th century and moving around and solving tasks in a different environment.
Fat Margaret Museum-Visitors Center —Tallinn
Tallinn's medieval Fat Margaret tower will be opened in spring 2019 as a museum and visitors center which will include an exposition on maritime history. The buildings wil be renovated and an extension will be added to the inner courtyard; a rooftop deck and café will be opened as well. A round glass elevator will likewise be added to the tower.
"Sea Star" Family Center — Dirham, Lääne County
The "Sea Star" family center, to be built in the Western Estonian coastal town of Dirham and scheduled to open in summer of 2019, will feature an aquarium, a water park, adventure park, science center, scuba diving center as well as an indoor beach.
WOW! Family Center — Kuressaare, Saaremaa
WOW! Family Center, which is expected to open in summer of 2019 and offer wow-experiences, noting illusion as a keyword, will include a planetarium, a 4-D movie theater and an event space which can be used for hosting seminars, receptions and concerts. Likewise in focus will be Saaremaa and Estonia, including their locales, customs, handicraft and food. The center will also feature a "Selfiedrome" in which visitors can take pictures of themselves participating in historical and other exciting scenes.
Tallinn Zoo — Tallinn
Tallinn Zoo plans on opening its new "Cloud Forest" attraction, a slice of cool Southeast Asian tropical rainforest to be built in order to help understand environmental issues, in 2020. The exhibit will also feature an insect terrarium as well as an interactive learning area.
Editor: Aili Vahtla