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A Family Tour on Bicycles

Enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor culture with children
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.5 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview:  As a resident of Amsterdam, and a father of two children younger than 8, I wanted to create a guide to assist travelers visiting... more »

Tips:  I would suggest doing this tour by bicycle. The GPS location at the start of the tour is just outside the MacBike rental shop at... more »

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Points of Interest

We are using Amsterdam Central Station as a starting point for this family-friendly tour of Amsterdam. The GPS starting point is outside MacBike's Central Station office if you want to rent bicycles, which is the recommended mode of transportation.

On the short ride from Central Station to the next stop, NEMO, you will pass the under-construction... More

Science Center NEMO is the largest science center in the Netherlands and is designed specifically for children between the ages of 5-16. The exhibits promote hands-on learning of science and technology. The first thing you notice about NEMO is the unusual building itself, which resembles the prow of a large, green sinking ship. The building was... More

This new public library opened in 2007 and is the largest public library building in Europe with more than 28,000 square meters of space; it includes a theater, restaurant and an entire floor dedicated to children.

I suggest allowing some time for the kids to explore the lowest level, which has books and videos in many languages, child-friendly ... More

Amsterdam's Artis Zoo (short for "Natura Artis Magistra" or "Nature is the Teacher of Art") was originally opened in 1838. The zoo offers several play areas for kids, two cafeterias, a planetarium, an aquarium, a butterfly pavilion and, of course, lots and lots of animals. There are several free, child-friendly toilets throughout the grounds.
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TunFun is a fine example of urban recycling. It is a cavernous indoor playground that used to be an auto underpass. Spacious soft-play constructions provide endless joy for kids younger than 12 with choices ranging from ball pools and small climbing structures for toddlers to huge jungle gyms for older kids. Free toilets are located at the far end... More

6. Groot Melkhuis (Large Milkhouse Cafe) in Vondelpark

Vondelpark is the most central and most crowded of several large parks that ring Amsterdam's center. Opened in 1865, the park is named after 17th century author Joost van den Vondel. You will find a statue of Vondel near the first large pond you come to after entering the park. On nice days Vondelpark's 120 acres are a hub of social activity, and ... More

As the name suggests, this is a cafe where children can bake and cook for their parents. Everything is built to child height and there are hats and aprons to fit all sizes. The staff helps the kids prepare and cook/bake. Kids can make cakes, cookies, pizzas and use fresh vegetables. When the cooking and cleaning are done the kids can play in the... More