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Family holidays with children in Netherlands - attractions and entertainment

Koppelpoort The Netherlands is a country of freedom and free-thinking, bright nightlife and magnificent museums. However, having a rest with children here is no less interesting than with a company of friends. The country has a huge number of various parks with kids’ rides, water parks, and amazing museums. The Dutch are very fond of children, so the infrastructure of children's recreation is very developed there. Almost every hotel or supermarket has kids rooms with animators; restaurants offer a special children's menu. The only drawback is the rather high cost of entrance tickets. Discounts are provided only for children under 9-10 years.
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One of the most important places for children tourism is the Efteling park in Tilburg. Taking into account its numerous rides, it is also called the new Euro Disneyland. You can ride on an improvised bobsleigh track, fly over the cities of the elves, and visit a light show with knights. The park itself is located in the middle of a picturesque forest complemented with unimaginable elements of landscape design and realistic decorations. In this fabulous forest, the characters of the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers, Charles Perot and other storytellers come to life. Children will remain indescribably delighted with the visit to Efteling. There is a large number of various cafes and even a hotel for those who want to stay in a fairy forest for the night.
The Amsterdam Artis Zoo, which was built in the nineteenth century, will be very interesting for children. More than 700 different kinds of animals live there. The pride of the zoo are peacocks that are freely walking around its territory. Here, you can meet the animals from Africa, the rare Przewalski horses, bison, pink pelicans, and monkeys. You could look at the impressive collection of marine animals in the aquarium, get into the land of lemurs, and visit the farm for kids. Animals live in the environment that is as close to natural ones as possible. Rules of visitors’ safety are highly observed in the zoo. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Besides animal corners, an aquarium, a planetarium, a geological museum, and a botanical garden operate on the territory of the zoo in Amsterdam. They can be visited separately, so kids won’t get tired. At the NEMO Science Center in Amsterdam, you can see an interactive exhibition that will allow the child to find answers to all their questions. Animal lovers will also be interested in visiting the nursery of Apenheul monkeys located 90 km from Amsterdam. There you can chat with nimble monkeys. They wander through the park, pull passers-by by their pants and may even steal something, so you have to be careful. Children will be delighted with contact with funny animals.
Achmeatoren A fabulous place for children is the entertainment park in Enkhuizen - Sprookjeswonderland. It won’t leave indifferent even the youngest children. Despite the relatively small territory, it can be funny and exciting to spend the whole day there. The park is designed in a fairytale style. The place features a very beautiful scenery. In Rotterdam, it is worth to look into Plaswijckpark, a great place for the whole family. There are animal houses, a swimming pool and rides. Fans of water parks and dizzying rides should definitely look into Tikibad in Wassenaar. It is better to visit it in summer, when the water park is open. It will please guests with unique slides and water adventures.
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Map of all zoos
Zoos and gardens in Netherlands
♥   Zoo 'Apenheul' Apeldoorn. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Artis' Amsterdam. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'BestZoo' Best. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Burgers Zoo' Arnhem. On the map   Photos
♥   Zoo 'Castle Arcen' Arcen. On the map   Photos
Map of all aquaparks
Water attractions in Netherlands
♥   Water park 'Aqua Mexicana' Slagharen. On the map   Photos
♥   Water park 'Aquaventura' Hellendoorn. On the map   Photos
♥   Water park 'Dutch Water Dreams' Zoetermeer. On the map   Photos
♥   Water park 'Splash' hellevoetsluis. On the map   Photos
♥   Water park 'Splesj' Hoeven. On the map   Photos
Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks in Netherlands
♥   Amusement park 'Amsterdam Dungeon' Amsterdam. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Amusementspark Tivoli' Berg en Dal. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Attractiepark Slagharen' Slagharen. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'Avonturenpark Hellendoorn' Hellendoorn. On the map   Photos
♥   Amusement park 'De Valkenier' Valkenburg. On the map   Photos
Map of all oceanariums
Aquariums in Netherlands
♥   Aquarium 'Aqua Zoo Friesland' . On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'Burgers Zoo' Arnhem. On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'Diergaarde Blijdorp' . On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'Dolfinarium Harderwijk' . On the map   Photos
♥   Aquarium 'Sea Life Centre' Scheveningen. On the map   Photos

Pictureque places in Netherlands

Slauerhoff

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At first glance at the remarkable construction of Slauerhoff Bridge, one can hardly guess that it is a full and irreplaceable bridge. The unusual bridge is located in the city Leeuwarden and consists of a square platform 15 x 15 meters, which is equipped with the lifting mechanism. For the city dwellers, the unusual bridge is considered a true landmark. The lower part of the platform is colored yellow and blue. So are the colors of the flag and the coat of arms of the city.

The drawbridge was named in honor of the well-known poet Jan Jacob Slauerhoff, who was born in Leeuwarden and has made the tiny town famous all over the world. The people with the lush imagination compare the bridge construction with the dredger. The bridge built over the river Harlinger is lifted up to ten times a … Read all

Moses Bridge

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
In the Netherlands, in the town of Halsteren, the unusual bridge was built during the reconstruction of the old castle, which was later called 'Bridge Moses'. This beautiful wooden bridge does not extend across the river, but literally chipped its water. It is not surprising that the origin of the bridge was associated with the well-known biblical motif. It was decided to call the bridge to the honorary Prophet Moses, who once made the waters of the Red Sea sit before him.

The originality of the bridge, which is not far from Fort Fort de Roover, is that it was built deeper than water level. The designers of the project of the unusual bridge were the architects from known studios RO & AD. They have designed the design of the building so as to minimize the natural harmony in … Read all
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Top cities of Netherlands for children

Amsterdam
Artis Royal Zoo remains one of the most frequently visited landmarks of Amsterdam. The zoo is one of the largest and oldest in whole Europe. Founded yet in 1838, today the zoo occupies a large territory and is distinguished by beautiful design. The zoo has become home to more than 700 species of different animals. Travellers will also find numerous exotic plants that were brought to the zoo from different parts of the world. Some open air cages are free to visit, so small guests of the zoo can … Read more
Maastricht
City Park, which is located not far away from the old fortress, is a wonderful place to enjoy outdoor activities or just relax in the open air. This park is magnificent regardless of the season. In summer, special rides for small children are installed there. For older kids, there are playgrounds in City Park. The territory also has wonderful picnic areas. In summer, many wonderful cafes open there, and visitors are welcome to attend various performances and entertainments. In winter, the City … Read more
Rotterdam
Ballorig is a no less interesting entertainment center targeted at children of all ages. Curious kids will be fond of a great number of attractive play rooms. At Ballorig, there is a room with soft balls, various slides and playgrounds with ladders and labyrinths. The only drawback of this place is the absence of staff, so parents need to keep in mind that they will have to watch their children. Rotterdam is home to an internationally famous zoo, Diergaarde Blijdorp. This is the place where … Read more
The Hague
The Marine Life Center is one more great place for rest of the whole family. This is a high-class aquarium, which is distinguished by rich underwater life and fascinating design. Children will be thrilled to watch most dangerous predators of the deep sea or admire the look of exotic fish shoals. At this center, visitors will be able to see the most exotic inhabitants of the underwater world, the majority of which are little known to people. There are wonderful children museums in The Hague, … Read more
Delft
Escape quests, which have become quite popular in recent years, are sought after in Delft as well. A visit to such a quest room will be interesting for travelers with school kids. Escape Challenge is considered one of the most popular rooms of such type. During a stay there, visitors will have to solve many complicated puzzles. How to open a safe, find an exit out of a room and discover thoroughly hidden items – unforgettable memories and excitement of the whole family are guaranteed. When … Read more
Haarlem
Another attractive place that fans of nature will surely like is the Flevo Birdwatching Center. This is a large and beautiful park, which is perfect for both walking and cycling. There is a beautiful pond with ducks on its territory. The main inhabitants of the picturesque park are birds, the observation of which will give a lot of impressions. The park will be interesting to visit not only in the warm season, but also in winter, it is perfect for winter entertainment. Sports entertainment … Read more
Breda
Fans of rest in picturesque natural places will definitely like the Stadspark Valkenberg. In this large pictorial park, there is a pond with fountains. During walking tours, tourists can see a lot of interesting monuments and historical sites. The park is ideal for hiking and cycling. For many years, it remains a permanent venue for various cultural events. Children here are sure to like the spacious green lawns. There are plenty of places for active games in the park and playgrounds for kids. … Read more
Arnhem
For those who love animals, it is worth to include in the leisure program, a visit to the safari park Burgers' Zoo and Safari park. This is an excellent well-kept zoo in which rhinoceros, zebra tigers, lions, cheetahs and even penguins live in spacious enclosures. On the territory of the entertainment center, there is also an excellent aquarium where you can observe exotic fish and the most dangerous sea predators - sharks. In the territory of the safari park, there is a rest area with a cafe … Read more

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