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Amsterdam isn’t just for those who want to have a drink, get rowdy, and see a few sordid things in store windows. Staying away from the red light district of Amsterdam and having an amazing time with your family is totally possible. There are two completely different sides to Amsterdam. Putting the red light district aside, it’s actually a place full of beauty and culture. Here are a few things you could do with your family on your visit:
See The Tulips
Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful tulips, but you need to visit at the right time to make sure you see them. Travel to Holland in mid April to see the tulips at their best. Tulip season runs from the end of March until mid May, but the flowers are usually at their best midway through April. At the Keukenhof in Lisse, more than 7 million flower bulbs bloom. It’s an amazing sight!
Albert Cuyp Market
You’ll find this famous market on the Albert Cuypstraat between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat, in the De Pijp area of the Oud-Zuid district of the city. It’s the biggest and most famous market in Amsterdam, where you’ll find clothes, trinkets, souvenirs, food, and more.
The Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is definitely one of the best things to do in Amsterdam. You’ll be able to see where Anne Frank and her family hid during the war, and there’s an atmosphere you’ll notice there that you just can’t shake off.
The Body Worlds sounds creepy, but it’s actually super educational and not creepy at all. Here, you can see preserved bodies and skeletons and learn all about them, as well as what it takes for us to be happy.
You have to do a bike tour if you’re visiting Amsterdam. However, your kids should already be great on a bike. Be aware that pedestrians will often get in the way, so you’ll have to ring your bell and hope they move. Being aware of traffic is important, too. If your kids can’t ride bikes, you can have them in a seat or a sidecar.
Amsterdam is also famous for the vast canals, so why not go on a canal tour and see the city from this perspective? Many of the boats serve food and it’s a great experience for all.
Amsterdam has a Madame Tussauds – perfect for kids and a great way to spend a few hours with little ones.
There are plenty of places to shop in Amsterdam, whether you want unique market finds or some great stores.
This is the most famous park in Amsterdam; an expansive, 19th-century urban park with a playground, ponds & an open-air theater. Spending a few hours here or even a whole day isn’t unheard of. There’s often something going on!
Will you visit Amsterdam with your family? If you do, be prepared to want to go back! Leave your comments below.