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Best Family-Friendly Day Trips from Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a lovely city that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. With its world-renowned museums, picturesque canals, and marvelous architecture, the capital of the Netherlands offers plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities to enjoy.

 

However, there is more to this lovely country than its fabulous capital. From fascinating theme parks and museums designated especially for children to villages with Instagram-ready windmills, there is no shortage of fun day trips for the whole family from Amsterdam.


 

1. Children’s Book Museum, Hague 

Located right next to the Central Train Station in Hague, Children’s Book Muszeum is an ideal day trip from Amsterdam for parents with children. Kinderboekenmuseum is home to many book characters including Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Little Donkey, Frog, and many others. Whether you are traveling with a toddler or with an older child, this fabulous museum offers a variety of interactive exhibitions suitable for both the little ones and kids who are a bit older. The good news is that some of the exhibitions at the museum are bilingual.

 

2. Efteling Park, Kaatsheuvel

One of the oldest theme parks in the world and the most famous amusement park for kids in the Netherlands, Efteling Park in Kaatsheuvel should definitely be included on your list of places to visit outside of Amsterdam.  This lovely park covers around 500 acres of land and has over 30 attractions and dozens of shows. From the fata morgana the Arabian Nights boat ride to the corkscrew roller coaster Python, there are numerous activities to keep the children entertained throughout the day. Keep in mind that the park is usually very crowded and its best to visit it during low season.

 

3. Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum), Utrecht

There are many cool things to do in Amsterdam and a lot of excellent museums worth exploring, but one of the best family-friendly museums in the Netherlands can be found in the city of Utrecht. Welcome to Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum), a perfect place for mini-train lovers who wish to admire old trains and enjoy a variety of interactive displays and ride simulators. You will have an opportunity to see the Royal train compartments, as well as the original station hall. The easiest way to get here from Amsterdam is by train.

 

4. Keukenhof Gardens

Famous for their display of tulips in bloom, Keukenhof Gardens are one of the largest flower gardens on planet Earth. The gardens are located just outside of the small town of Lisse and the best time to visit this place is during the last two weeks of April when the tulips are in full bloom. Keukenhof is actually divided into several different gardens and my favorite ones are located next to the windmill and around the pond. What’s also great about this place is that there are plenty of activities for kids ranging from coloring sheets to treasure hunts.

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5. Gouda

Gouda is a famous Dutch cheese town and a must-visit day trip destination from Amsterdam. Less touristy than Edam, Gouda is home to dozens of picturesque cheese shops and attracts thousands of tourists on a daily basis. The best time to visit this lovely town is during the cheese market which occurs from April till the end of summer. It’s also worth mentioning that not everything here is about cheese. The popular Stroopwafel seems to be invented here and there is a small café where you can see how they actually make this Dutch delicacy. To keep your children entertained, make sure to visit the wonderful Lego shop in Gouda which also boasts a nice playground area.

 

6. Giethoorn

Often referred to as the Dutch Venice, Giethoorn is a picturesque village with a complex series of enchanting canals. A ride in a gondola is the best way to explore this charming village and admire its colorful farmhouses, meadows, and gardens. Giethoorn is also well-known for its museum that showcases a 19th-century farmhouse with costumed actors. The only downside of this place is that it tends to get overcrowded with tourists, especially during the summer season. 

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7. Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

Located just a 30-minute drive from Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans is a lovely neighborhood in the town of Zaandam. Here, it is all about picturesque windmills, green wooden houses, and local treats like stroopwafels. One of the main draws here is the child-friendly Zaans Museum that features interactive exhibits and the recreated chocolate and biscuit factory where you can design a chocolate wrapper. There are also two artisan workshops available. The first one is about different types of cheese, while the other demonstration focuses on making the clogs.

 



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40 thoughts on “Best Family-Friendly Day Trips from Amsterdam

  1. Knowing that tulip flowers are quite expensive, I would love to visit the Keukenhof Gardens. Oh it looks heavenly!

  2. Amsterdam looks like such a beautiful country! I love that your suggestions are family friendly, I’m always looking for traveling destinations that are also kiddo friendly.

  3. Amsterdam is beautiful, the whole of Netherlands is beautiful, especially the tulips in bloom and the nice windmills that can be found along the countryside, didn’t know about the Venice of Netherlands, but it looks amazing.

  4. I haven’t been to Amsterdam but I heard of Children’s Book Museum, I think it famous. I also would love to see the Railway Museum because I love trains!

  5. This looks so amazing! We always go somewhere south for vacation because I always feel it’s too hard to keep little ones entertained but this looks like it has so many great options for the kiddies and the adults. This may be the next one to look at for a family vaca!

  6. Amsterdam is definitely on my list of places to see. I may have to accelerate that to the top after reading this and seeing your photos. Thanks!! 🙂

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