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11 must-sees when in Amsterdam with kids

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Amsterdam! The very name conjures images of charming canals, world-class museums, and maybe not windmills for the kids. But fear not, intrepid family traveller! This vibrant city offers a surprising wealth of experiences that will leave both young and old wide-eyed with wonder.




Here is your travel guide to Amsterdam with kids: 11 must-sees and dos for an unforgettable Amsterdam family adventure:



Let your little Einsteins loose at NEMO, a wonderland of interactive exhibits covering everything from the human body to the mysteries of the deep sea. Prepare for hours of scientific exploration and discovery.








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Escape the urban buzz and unwind in the sprawling Vondelpark. Rent a pedal boat for a family adventure on the lake, picnic under the shade of towering trees, or let the kids loose on the expansive playgrounds.





Art Appreciation, Kid-Style

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While the Rijksmuseum might be overwhelming for younger children, consider the Van Gogh Museum. Its interactive exhibits and vibrant paintings can spark a child's imagination and introduce them to art appreciation.








A'dam Lookout: Reach for the Sky

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Ascend to the top of the A'dam Lookout Tower for breathtaking panoramic city views. Don't miss the thrilling "Europe's Highest Swing" – an exhilarating open-air swing set dangling 100 meters above the ground (adults only, please!)





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Artis, Amsterdam's oldest zoo, will enthral animal lovers of all ages. Housing a diverse range of creatures, from majestic lions to playful penguins, Artis offers a chance to learn about wildlife conservation in a beautiful setting. Explore the unseen universe at Micropia, a fascinating museum dedicated to the world of microbes. Interactive exhibits showcase the vital role these tiny organisms play in our lives.








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A poignant and powerful experience, a visit to the Anne Frank House allows families to learn about World War II history in a way that resonates with children and adults. Book your tickets well in advance!





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Ditch the ordinary sightseeing boat and opt for a pancake cruise! Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat pancake feast while gently gliding through the picturesque canals.







Family-Friendly Festival Fun

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Photo by Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam loves to celebrate! Various child-friendly festivals occur throughout the year, from the vibrant Bloemencorso (flower parade) to the spectacular Amsterdam Light Festival, which illuminates the canals with dazzling displays. Plan your trip to coincide with a festival for an extra dose of merriment.




Rent a Bike and Explore

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Cycling is a way of life in Amsterdam. Rent bikes for the whole family (with child seats for little ones) and explore the city at your own pace. Many routes offer dedicated cycling paths, making it a safe and enjoyable way to see the sights.


Puppet Show Shenanigans

Photo by Amsterdams Marionetten Theatre
Photo by Amsterdams Marionetten Theatre

Take your little ones to a magical performance at the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre! See wooden actors come alive in grand operas and musical fairytales, all performed with beautiful costumes and enchanting music. This unique experience is a delightful way to introduce children to the world of theatre.








Sail Away on the IJ

Escape the city centre and explore the hip and happening district of Noord (North) by ferry across the IJ river. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront, grab a bite at a trendy café, or visit the fascinating Eye Film Museum.





Getting Around Amsterdam with Kids: A Breeze!

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Navigating a new city with little ones can feel daunting. Amsterdam has a user-friendly public transport system that is perfect for getting around with your crew.


Tram Power!

Trams are the heart and soul of Amsterdam's public transport network. They're frequent, easy to understand, and offer a fun way to see the city. Most importantly for families, trams are spacious and comfortable, allowing you to spread out with strollers and bags.


Ticket Talk

Tickets for trams can be purchased directly on board. For shorter stays, disposable paper tickets are likely the most convenient option. These tickets are valid for a set amount of time (e.g., one hour, one day) and allow unlimited travel within that timeframe on trams, buses, and metros operated by GVB. Purchase a multi-day GVB ticket if you plan on using public transport extensively. It'll save you time and hassle.


Where Your Ticket Takes You:

A single GVB ticket purchased on a tram is valid for all trams, buses, and ferries operated by GVB within the designated time period. This means you can hop on and off trams as you please, exploring different neighborhoods and attractions at your own pace. Keep in mind that GVB tickets are not valid for regional trains or travel to Schiphol Airport. For those journeys, separate tickets are needed.


Extra Tips  on Public Transportation

Download the GVB app for real-time tram arrival information and route planning.


Be sure to validate your paper ticket upon boarding by tapping it on the yellow card readers near the tram doors.


Most tram stops have designated stroller areas for easier boarding.


Consider purchasing the I amsterdam City Card, which combines free public transport with free or discounted entry to many attractions - perfect for families!

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