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Family and kids at Amsterdam Beach

Amsterdam Beach is perfect for a day trip with the whole family, whether you are looking for adventure, quality time by the sea or a spot for kids to play and run around in the sand.

Head to the beach

Family cycling through the dunes of Heemskerk Beach
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Only 35 minutes away by train or car, Heemskerk is the North Sea coastline’s best-kept secret. Sandwiched between the dunes and the sea, this historic town is known for its monuments, churches and castles, surrounded by lush green parks. Families looking for a coastal adventure can take an easy 20-minute cycle towards the beach, passing through stunning dunes and forested areas dotted with grazing sheep and Sottish highlanders. The kid-friendly beach is equipped with all conveniences including beach chairs, parasols and rentable windbreaks, with refreshments available from the beach pavilion. For more information visit the Heemskerk Zee van Tijd website

Spot incredible wildlife

Konik horses running through the dunes of Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland.
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If you're looking for more peace and quiet, Zandvoort offers access to two large nature parks, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park and the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen which guarantee the chance to spot Konik horses, fallow deer, Scottish Highland cattle and the impressive bison all year round. Every October, the famous sand dunes fill with the calls of male deer, noisily hunting for a mate. The park also offers many opportunities for children to climb, swim, and build huts. You can book treasure hunts to keep the kids entertained on a long walk, and there are multiple playgrounds across the park. Keep an eye on the website for activities throughout the year.

Discover washed-up stories

Juttersmuseum Zandvoort interior
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If you're in Zandvoort with kids you really should stop by the Juttersmu-ZEE-um. Admission is free and there is plenty to see. It's fun to fantasise about the stories behind the objects washed up on the beach: buoys, bones, shark teeth, letters in bottles and even part of a rocket. The Juttersmuseum has an educational side as well. Find the answers to all sorts of fascinating questions, like 'how long do things last before they perish?' There is also a pirate ship (with real treasure!) for children to play in.

Explore fascinating forts

People walking at the Amsterdam Beach Forteiland Ijmuiden -Bunker
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The fascinating Bunker Museum is housed in a German bunker from WWII and consists of six largely underground bunkers and a trench. A walk around the grounds is a true adventure, and kids and adults alike will be amazed by the unique artefacts, varying from a German soldier’s bottle to a submarine for two. At the mouth of the North Sea Canal you'll also find Forteiland IJmuiden, an impressive fortress dating back to 1880. This former military defense offers plenty of history, adventure and relaxation and is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit a castle

The ruins of Brederode are the remnants of castle Brederode near Santpoort-Zuid.
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An enjoyable cycle ride will bring you to the impressive Ruïne van Brederode in Santpoort-Zuid, a ruined medieval castle with a moat, dungeon and far-reaching views from its highest turret. Kids can dress up as a knight or damsel to explore the ruin’s many rooms and towers and play traditional wooden games at the ye very olde outdoor café. If you’re lucky enough to visit in June, you’ll have the chance to watch the Knight's Tournament whilst other events and concerts are held at the ruin throughout the year.

Find fabulous play areas

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Kraantje Lek is a historic and unique place between Zandvoort and Haarlem in the dunes. Located at the foot of a high dune near a hollow tree, children can play here for hours. Centuries ago, fisherwomen stopped here for a break on their walk to Haarlem to sell their catches at the market. This is also a nostalgic place for many locals who used to visit as a child.

Hang out in the dunes

Playground/ restaurant at Camping de Lakens
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Restaurant Gestrand in Bloemendaal is the perfect spot to hang out with your kids. Pick up food and drinks inside and settle on the large terrace, where you have a view of the adventure playground. Kids can play with water, climb in the observation tower or whizz along the zip line. An extra plus: there's a cosy fireplace to warm you up on colder days.  

Clean up the beach

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Beachcombing a fun activity? Absolutely! During a walk on the beach you will find all kinds of things that do not belong on a beach: fishing nets, plastic bottles, cigarette butts and lost toys. Join in with the kids to help clean the beaches and see who can find the weirdest things. Bloemendaal beach offers dedicated trays to hand in all the items you find during your walk. Juttersgeluk collects, recycles and turns them into beautiful objects. Juttersgeluk also organises paid group tours to clean up the beach.

Try paintballing, canoeing and more

Spaarnwoude recreation area kids adventure course
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The Spaarnwoude recreational area is located between Amsterdam, Haarlem and Velsen. At Spaarnwoude, you can walk, bike or skate while enjoying the characteristically Dutch landscape. There’s plenty of space to play and relax, as well as tons of activities like paintball, a climbing wall, a putting green, canoeing, swimming and more. The recreational area also hosts several large events every summer.

Enjoy indoor and outdoor adventures

kids looking at the exhibition
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The Pieter Vermeulen Museum in Driehuis is a popular spot for enquiring minds. In this museum, which is a centre for environmental education, you can playfully discover everything about the nature in Kennemerland. Get up close with animal exhibits, have fun with the ever-changing interactive exhibitions and get creative at the craft table. If you prefer an outdoor adventure, the museum offers assignments about trees, shrubs and birds in the park. Older children will enjoy the GPS tree route.

Burn off some steam

gym on the beach
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Kickboxing with a sea view. What started out as a joke between a bunch of friends turned into Buddha Gym, where old and young, sports enthusiasts and beginners train together on the beach at Zandvoort. The kickboxing lessons for kids are alternated with Krav Maga self-defense lessons. During the winter months classes continue at a warmer location.