Would you like to spend a day in Amsterdam? There is plenty to see and do in the city. But is Amsterdam fun for children? Sure it is! We give you tips for a fun day out in Amsterdam with the whole family
By car it's about 50 minutes drive from Duinrell to Amsterdam. Parking in Amsterdam is only quite expensive. There are several parking garages and streets where you can park your car. Rates vary per area. There are also different P+R parking locations. At these locations you can park and then switch to public transport. If you show your public transport chip card before you pay, you will get a special parking fee at these locations. Do not want to go to Amsterdam by car? Then you can also use public transport. The average travel time from Duinrell to Amsterdam is 1 hour and 25 minutes. From Duinrell take a bus to Leiden, The Hague or Voorschoten. Once you arrive at one of these nearby stations, you can catch a train to Amsterdam Central Station. Plan your trip in advance via 9292.
Transportation in Amsterdam
There are several possibilities to get from A to B in Amsterdam. Rent a bike for example. By bike you can easily go anywhere in the city. There are many places in the city where you can rent a bike. If you prefer to make use of public transport, you can do so too. In Amsterdam it is also easy to get around by public transport. Tip: do you want to use public transport a lot? You will save a lot of euros if you use a day pass.
You can admire Amsterdam from the water. With Amsterdam Canal Cruises you can book several canal cruises. For example, there is a city canal cruise with which you can take a trip along places of interest in 75 minutes. For the kids Amsterdam canal cruises has something special, namely "Wanted: Freshwater pirates". Parents can use audio commentary, while the children listen to an exciting children's story. The children also get an assignment booklet, pencils and a pirate viewer. In addition to these fun cruises, you can also explore the city with a hop-on-hop-off boat or in the evening with an evening cruise.
Practical information: The cruises vary in time and price. Visit the Amsterdam Canal Cruises website for more information. You can also buy tickets on the site.
Another way to discover Amsterdam on the water is by renting a paddle boat. You can explore the canals and the surrounding area at your own tempo. It is a fun outing for the whole family and it is sustainable too. Rent a pedal boat at one of the various locations. Click here to buy your tickets for the pedal boat.
Walk through the butterfly pavilion, see the tropical fish in the aquarium or visit the monkeys. You can do it all in ARTIS. ARTIS is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. The park is a combination of nature, culture and heritage. It is a fun outing for young and old.
Practical information: The park is open all year round. From 1 March to 31 October the park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 1 November to 28 January, the park also opens at 9 a.m. but closes at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office as well as online. Click here to buy your tickets online.
Address: Plantation Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ, Amsterdam
Discover the world of science and technology in NEMO. NEMO is a museum in which different aspects of technology and science come to the fore. There are several exhibitions and many fun experiments can be carried out. You can learn how to purify water or capture your own energy.
Practical information: NEMO is open almost every day from 10.00 to 17.30 hours. There are a few exceptions. On some Mondays and on King's Day the museum is closed. On the site of NEMO you can see on which Mondays the museum is closed. Click here to buy tickets online. NEMO does not have its own parking facilities, so if you come by car you have to park in the nearby garages.
Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX, Amsterdam
The Van Gogh Museum offers various fun family and children's activities. For example, follow a family tour during which you can learn all the fun facts about Vincent van Gogh and his works of art. There is also an interactive audio tour for families. In addition to these tours there are also fun activities for children. There is a free treasure hunt for toddlers, a treasure hunt for children between 6 and 12 years and a checklist for the youth.
Practical information: The museum is open daily. Opening hours vary depending on the period. For the current opening hours, please visit the website. Click here to buy tickets online. Park your car in the parking garage underneath Museumplein. This is also paid parking.
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam
Always wanted to take a picture with Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift Then be sure to visit Madame Tussauds. Madame Tussauds is a museum with all wax figures of world famous people as well as Dutch celebrities. In the museum you can take pictures with celebrities.
Practical information: The standard opening hours are from 10.00 to 21.30 hours. It is wise to check the opening hours in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be bought online or at the box office. Click here to buy tickets online. There are different types of tickets for sale.
Address: Dam 20, 1012 NP, Amsterdam
The Amsterdam’s Forest has something fun for everyone. From cuddling goats on the goat farm to a Segaway tour and from climbing between the trees to supping on the lake. Besides all these fun activities, the forest has a lot more to offer. On the website you can find more fun attractions. You can visit the forest for free. There are often costs associated with the activities. Click here for the activities overview and for the costs.
We wish you a lot of fun in Amsterdam!