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June 17, 2010

Amsterdam: Things to do with the family

Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands which draws in millions of tourists a year. When you first think of Amsterdam, you might think that it’s more of an adult orientated city with its famous red light districts and funky things on sale but there’s a real sweet and friendly side of Amsterdam that’s just perfect for the venturing family who comes here.

When you get to Amsterdam or even if you research it on the internet, you’ll realize that their main tourist attractions are actually their various museums and art houses.
However, most museums won’t really hold the attention of kids for long, which is why the museum NEMO is just perfect for them. This is Netherlands largest science center with plenty of hands on experiences available.

Kids and adults alike will be wowed by the impressive architecture of the building from the moment they lay eyes on it, and when they enter, they have five floors to explore everything from flying cars and soap bubbles to the magic of metal and DNA experiments!

If you or your family members are fans of parks, then head for VondelPark, a garden with over 110acres of footpaths, waterways and entertainment that draw millions of tourists in each year. Watch fire eaters and jugglers relax by the lake or take the kids to one of the six big playgrounds available on ground. If you’re here during the months of June to August, catch one of their free open air concerts and many other performances that show at the park.

Give your feet a break next by taking an Amsterdam Canal Cruise. One of the most beautiful features of Amsterdam would be its canals and seeing the city and its alleyways by boat is both an exciting and memorable adventure that everyone can enjoy. If you’re not a fan of boats, try having a fun filled day of cycling around the city. Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world today with over 500,000 bicycles and hundreds of bicycle paths that can lead to you explore Amsterdam in your own time and leisure.

If the kids start to get bored of the people and the buildings, take them to Artis Zoo, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands that is more than just a Zoo. Artis is home to greenhouses, planetariums, and a zoological museum and home to over 700 animal species. This museum is so unique that you’ll spend hours just being fascinated by its perfect blending of culture, plant, stars and animal life all under one roof and how majestic and enchanting the whole place feels.

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