You may think of Amsterdam as more of an adult getaway – whether that means civilised strolling around the art museums and enjoying coffee and waffles by the canal, or the raucous fun of a hen or stag do in lively bars and nightclubs that the city is also known for. If you have a family, Amsterdam also has a huge amount to offer for a break with the kids – from boat trips to bike rides, dive in and discover what family fun you can have in this quirky capital…
Stay and Play at Vondelpark
Amsterdam is peppered with beautiful green spaces, one of the factors which makes it ideal for a family break. And one of the biggest and most beautiful of these is Vondelpark, which is centrally located and well worth a visit to zoom around on hire bikes and burn off some energy on the play equipment. But there’s more to this park than picnics and pretty lawns – the on-site Kinderkookcafe not only offers a great cup of coffee and slice of cake, but also hosts children’s cookery classes. The park is also home to a paddling pool, so kids can have a splash around as well.
Hire Your ‘Bakfiets’
Well known as a city of bicycles, two wheels really is the best way to see this cycle friendly destination, and hiring bikes is so easy when you get there. When visiting with young children, you can hire a ‘bakfiets’, which looks like a low-slung bike with a wheelbarrow on the front – designed to pop your children in so they get a great view as you pedal the pretty canal lined streets. Amsterdam is one of the safest places to cycle with wide bike lanes and motorists aware that they need to defer to riders.
Visit The Zoo
ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo is well worth a visit as well, with shady, tree-lined groves and all manner of star animal residents and beautiful plants in one place. A beautiful, peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, the zoo was founded back in 1838 and houses over 700 species. Find Amsterdam Zoo tickets with discount and visit your new favourite animal friends with all the family.
Book a Boat Tour
One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is on the water, exploring the incredible canal network from a unique vantage point. There is lots of beautiful architecture to admire both on and off the water – some of the gorgeous houseboats need to be seen to be believed. It also avoids the problem of little legs getting tired out from a walking tour. Each boat tour of Amsterdam is hosted by a knowledgeable guide who delivers a running commentary of the city and its history in multiple languages and provides some colourful stories and anecdotes to take back from your travels.
There are so many magical aspects to discover to this vibrant city with your family. Amsterdam has so much to offer to create some truly special memories.
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.