The predecessor of the national park, Matsalu Nature Reserve, was created to protect birds and their nesting, moulting and stopover sites. Matsalu National Park currently includes a variety of nature trails and 7 bird watching towers. There are only two higher areas of limestone on the flatlands – Kirbla mountain and the mountain called Salevere Salumägi. In addition to nature conservation, cultural heritage is also highly valued in Matsalu.
Knitting has regained popularity in recent years. In the olden days, sheep were grown in farms and yarn made of their wool, whereas, these days knitting fans get their materials from craft stores. Visitors of the Kabala wool mill can see how yearn was made back in the day. The machinery, which is over a 100 years old, is still operational in Kabala and used to spin yarn from wool.
The old Puraviku windmill has become a great smithy. Visitors can buy freshly made forgings made by the blacksmiths who work at the smithy. Despite the secrets of blacksmithing being slowly forgotten, it is still possible to learn about some of them here and even forge coins for fun.