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From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Skip-the-Line Ticket and Transfer

1. From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Skip-the-Line Ticket and Transfer

Enjoy hassle-free and efficient transportation from central Amsterdam to Keukenhof Gardens, and journey by comfortable bus at a time to suit you. Arrive at the world's largest spring garden in just 55 minutes, benefit from fast track entry on arrival, and stay for as long as you please. Buses to Keukenhof Gardens depart daily from the 'This is Holland' experience, opposite Central Station. Simply take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the opposite side of the IJ, where 'This is Holland' is a mere 2-minute walk away.   Board the bus, and then admire the Dutch landscape en route to Keukenhof Gardens. Watch a video presentation about Dutch history, the colorful landscape and interesting information on why Holland is so famous for its flowers. Upon arrival at Keukenhof Gardens, skip the long lines and explore the floral displays of the spring garden at your own pace. Marvel at up to 7 million bulbs in bloom, and see vibrant flower beds and fragrant floral displays. Enjoy the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure, and benefit from frequent departures with guaranteed seating on a luxury coach back to Amsterdam between 1 PM and 6:30 PM. Get a free copy of the Amsterdam city map to help you find your way around the city as a bonus.

Amsterdam: Luxury Open Boat City Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Luxury Open Boat City Canal Cruise

Admire Amsterdam’s picturesque waterside landmarks on a 100% electric, luxury cruise. Take in incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from an open boat and experience a relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic. Learn informative and entertaining insights about the sites along the route. See the 17th-century buildings lining the famous canals, as well new stylish buildings showcasing the influential 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become. Sail by the Hermitage Museum then glide past the Skinny Bridge, the posh Amstel Hotel and the charming neighbourhood of Grachtengordel. Enjoy an open-air boat experience on a sunny day or stay warm with a protective covering on cooler days. In the winter months, relax on an enclosed boat to keep you warm. Benefit from the flexibility of a one-use ticket that can be used on any one of the cruises departing within the hour you booked.

Amsterdam: Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour

3. Amsterdam: Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour

Experience the excitement of the Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium on a guided tour. During the tour, your enthusiastic guide will take you to see the dugout and also the holy pitch. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, with special access to areas that are normally reserved for only players and officials. Your guide will also take you into the official dressing room of Ajax, when it is not in use on match days or during training sessions. Don’t miss this chance to feel the thrill of the history of this iconic site.

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

4. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsmterdam.

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

5. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on a tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese producer, a clog factory, a fishing village, and see the iconic windmills. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and head in the company of your guide to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer, learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses, and try a cheese tasting. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village.

Amsterdam: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

6. Amsterdam: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

Play a 45-minute glow-in-the-dark mini-golf game in Amsterdam. Enter a pirates and villains themed course and discover how much fun it is to play golf in the dark. Experience an afternoon in the world of Michiel de Ruyter, the famous Dutch admiral, and pirates and villains as magical black lights provide an exciting effect.  Glow-in-the-dark mini golf is fun for everyone, whether you are young or old, or hosting a children’s party, company event, or bachelor’s party.

Amsterdam: 5D Flight Experience Entrance Ticket

7. Amsterdam: 5D Flight Experience Entrance Ticket

Visit This is Holland and learn the history of Holland while enjoying 4 entertaining shows and experiencing a 9-minute flight simulation over the country's must-see locations. Embark on a 5D flight over Holland and see the Kinderdijk windmills, the canals of Amsterdam, the flower fields, The Delta Works, the port of Rotterdam, and countless other Dutch landmarks from an entirely different perspective. During the 5D flight experience, you will be hanging inside a sphere-shaped screen with your hands and feet dangling free. Moving with the images, you’ll imagine yourself floating above Holland for a period of 9 minutes. Special effects like wind, mist, and scent complete this unique experience. After the 5D flight experience, you can learn more about the attractions that drew your attention during the flight. THIS IS HOLLAND devotes special attention to the 10 areas of Holland that are listed as official UNESCO World Heritage sites. You’ll find out a lot about Holland in a very short time.

Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

8. Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

The Amsterdam Dungeon is an uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back into the Netherlands’ most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear. Multiple different shows and a team of ten professional actors will give an unforgettable performance which will be terrifying and hilarious at the same time, depending on your tolerance for fear. Some of the attractions include figuring your way out of a dark labyrinth, witnessing a witch burn, encountering the ghost of a tortured woman and being tried by a Spanish Inquisitor. Discover the newest show 'The Flying Dutchman' in which a cursed legend comes to life. Will you survive his revenge? In 1651, you find yourself in a rough bar in the Amsterdam of old. 10 years after the legendary ship The Flying Dutchman disappeared, a sinister bar owner awaits the return of the cursed captain who is out for revenge.

Amsterdam: Madame Tussauds Ticket

9. Amsterdam: Madame Tussauds Ticket

Sparkle amid the stars with this ticket to Madame Tussauds in the heart of Amsterdam. Drink a cup of coffee with George Clooney, get your picture taken with members of the Dutch Royal family and pick up your paintbrush alongside world-famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. If you are you dreaming about a career as a real TV-host, come and discover your presentation skills at the new TV studio by reading the autocue. Or is music more your thing? How about recording a duet with Adele in the recording studio, or joining DJs Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell or Martin Garrix in the DJ booth. Immerse yourself into this amazing interactive world. You’ll never see as many stars in Amsterdam as at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

10. Amsterdam: Highlights Canal Cruise

Learn the vibrant history of Amsterdam from its historic waterways on a 1-hour canal cruise that takes in more than 100 highlights! Board the boat by the Stromma Central Station or the Rijksmuseum in the city center, and set sail from the IJ waterfront. The on board commentary will explain the city’s emergence in the 13th century, to the merchants of the Dutch East India Company that led to the so-called “Golden Age.” See some of today’s modern architecture as you cruise around the southernmost part of fashionable Amsterdam-Noord. Sail past old warehouses, dockyards, and boatyards. Cruise under enchanting bridges from the past and present. Watch the centuries merge as you experience Amsterdam in its purest form - as a seaport. Along the way, you will pass many of Amsterdam’s most famous monuments, and discover why UNESCO declared the city’s canals a World Heritage Site.

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Family-friendly things to do: Things to do in Amsterdam with kids

Wondering how many things there are to do in Amsterdam with kids? You might be surprised. Within the cobblestone streets and canals, there is plenty of family fun to be had. Inspire your aspiring artists with the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Show them the city from thrilling heights at A’dam Lookout or the THIS IS HOLLAND Flight Experience. Take your youngsters back in time at the Dutch Costume Museum or Castle Muiderslot. A trip to Amsterdam is full of things to do that can delight, inspire, and teach everyone in the family.

Visiting the Rijksmuseum

Turn a trip to the museum into a mystery. Even the most distracted child, or adult, will be enthralled by these puzzles. They also may learn a little about art and history. Families work together to uncover secrets at various locations to solve one of eight mysteries. Or, if you just want to wander, the museum offers family-friendly guides to highlight which of the 8,000 items you might want to visit. Perhaps it’s the dollhouses, or maybe the suits of armor. If you’re there on the weekend, your little artists may want to try their hands at the Rembrandt drawing lessons.

Strollers are probably a good idea for wandering the three floors and 80 galleries. They even have a few to rent. There’s a coat room to check larger bags, and there are baby changing facilities. The café has a children’s menu and, in the atrium, there is a dining area for those who bring their own food and drink.

Visiting THIS IS HOLLAND

Take the family on the ultimate scenic route through the skies. Fully 5D, you’ll feel like you’re flying through the skies over Amsterdam. Feet dangling down, wind whipping all around you, fresh air breezing by, this experience takes you over Dutch dikes, windmills, and landmarks. Fly on a thrilling ride while learning about how Holland came to be.

Note that there are lockers for small bags, but no storage for strollers. Children under 4 and anyone under 3 feet tall are not allowed on the ride. If you get hungry, you will find a concession area for snacks and drinks.

Visiting the National Maritime Museum

Make Amsterdam a true port of call for your family. Tour the Amsterdam (the ship) and shoot a cannon before going below to see how seamen lived. Let your sailors young and old see if they can make it at sea through the Life on Board exhibit. If they answer all the questions and don’t catch scurvy, they might make it to captain. Or visit Tales of the Whales and learn how these gigantic creatures became endangered (hint, it has to do with fat.).

There is a coat room for storage, although you might want to bring your stroller along as some baby carriers are not allowed. You can bring your own food and drink, but you can only eat outside the main building and exhibitions.

Visiting Muiderslot

Send the kids on a quest for fun and knowledge. Muiderslot is excellently preserved so they can imagine themselves back in medieval times. With a drawbridge and moat, find out how water can be a weapon. Exploring the castle and grounds, they can complete quests for a reward. And depending on the time of year, they can also see knights at battle or visit the Falconer. More than just falcons, learn about the different birds of prey that used to be kept in the castles.

There’s a coat room to store bags and carriers but keep a changing mat handy. You will also find a café and gift shop for snacks and souvenirs. The children’s activity is for kids 6 to 11 and requires adult supervision.

Visiting Tun Fun

Sometimes everyone needs a little break from sightseeing. Tun Fun is a fantastic option for a bit of jumping and playing. It’s underground, so it’s also an escape from any rain or cold outside. Babies and toddlers have soft mats and slides and cuddly toys. Older kids can hit the bounce house, trampolines, or climbing walls. Adults can relax and watch from the terraces with some coffee and snacks or plan the next stop with the free Wi-Fi.

To make it even easier for you, there’s a baby changing station and lots of food options for kids. Only outside food and drink for special dietary needs allowed. They only accept payment from debit cards with PINs, so you may want to check that your cards are compatible beforehand.


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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Fabulous experience, owner was terrific and very helpful. The tour itself was amazing and fun. Lots of tulip fields and fun drive!!! A definite to do while visiting the Netherlands.

Body Worlds is interesting, even for children. Biology differently. The canal cruise was nice. Good for children with a journey time of a good hour.

This tour was great. We got to see multiple Tulip fields ! You can get very close to the flowers to get pictures . Very easy to use and navigate

Defo worth going , would say go on a sunny hot day and u probs spend a 3rd of ur day there .

Loved it! Staff are all friendly and polite! Thankyou for a brilliant time!