Amsterdam Is Now The New Kid-Friendly Travel Destination
Amsterdam is home to many beautiful sights and hidden gems, and traveling to the Netherlands capital is always a feast for the eyes and the senses. The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s house, and its historic canals are just some of the must-see destinations in the capital.
In the recent years, however, Amsterdam has become famous for its red-light district and its many cannabis coffee shops, drawing millions of tourists annually into its bosom. This has painted Amsterdam in a different light, as a destination for teens and adventure seekers who want a taste of the city’s legal prostitution climate and marijuana-loving people.
But apart from its red-light image, Amsterdam is actually a haven for many families traveling with kids or looking for a luxurious vacation.
Traveling with kids can get a little complicated because there is so much more things to consider: better and kid-friendly food options, spacious and facility-complete accommodations, accessibility to travel destinations, and so much more. But surprisingly, Amsterdam has all your child-friendly needs ticked off—you just have to know where to look.
When it comes to kid-friendly destinations, theme parks are always family favorites. But theme parks can get really crowded and chaotic, especially if you’re lugging three small kids along. For an equally fun option—but minus the sea of people that might just gobble up your kids—Amsterdam has the Madame Tussauds, which houses wax semblances of modern-day celebrities and historical figures. The wax statues occupy three floors and not only offer a fun photographic opportunity, but a whole lot of Dutch history for your kids, too.
Biking is a huge culture in the Scandinavian countries and in Amsterdam, it’s a favored vehicle of transportation. As the adage goes, “When in Amsterdam, do as the Amsterdam people do.” Get on a bike and ride with you family through the quiet, beautiful countryside around Amsterdam in a four-hour private bike tour. We Bike Amsterdam offers a nice biking tour package for active families.
Kids would also love to go on a boat tour across the capital’s historic canals. The Stromma offers a variety of canal tours tailored fit to what you and your kids would love. There is a 100 highlights canal cruise which offers a 1-hour boat ride through the city’s highlights, the 1-hour 30-minute pizza cruise for the pizza lovers, and a 2-hour, 30-minute Amsterdam dinner cruise that brings you through the scenic night route complete with a four-course dinner.
Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and sees as much as 10 million visitors every year. The park has a nice playground and a pool for the children, free concerts, an open-air theatre, the historical Pavilion with its restaurant Vertigo, and the Kinderkookcafé where children can cook dishes while the parents can enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Not only is the park spacious and filled with activities, it is also a beautiful space to sit down and relax.
The most important of all, of course, is the accommodation. Where will you be staying when in Amsterdam?
When traveling with your family, a small hotel suite just won’t do. You need at least to be staying in a rental home complete with all your kiddy needs. Vacation rental site Kid & Coe attests to Amsterdam’s family friendly nature because of its pedestrian-friendly streets, its spacious parks, and very chill environment. In fact, out of the Top 10 rental homes by Kid & Coe, five of their homes from Amsterdam made it into the list. Tourists are rating the Amsterdam homes five stars because of the attention to detail of each room and its accessibility to the Vondelpark.