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Amsterdam is probably not the first city that comes to mind when you’re thinking of family-friendly destinations. That’s understandable since the city’s red-light district is just as famous as its museums and luxurious private canal boat tours. 

Believe it or not, Amsterdam has plenty to offer for families who are looking to have some wholesome fun. There are exciting museums, kid-friendly restaurants, and many more.

Before flying to Amsterdam with your family, check out these helpful tips.

Enjoy Private Canal Boat Tours

A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without seeing its world-famous canals. The history may go over your kids’ heads, but they would surely enjoy the captivating sights during private canal boat tours. 

Private Canal Boat Tours Packages

Since it’s private, you can also rest assured that you and your family will be safe in a peaceful environment. Some packages include unlimited beverages onboard for your utmost enjoyment. If you’re travelling with a large group, don’t worry because the boats can accommodate up to 12 passengers.  

private canal cruise in Amsterdam
Private Canal Boat Tours Amsterdam

Choose the Right Hotel 

First things first: you have to make sure you book a room at the right hotel. Look up the hotel’s address and find out if the location is a quiet place for a good night’s sleep. To save time and energy, it would also be a good idea to get a hotel near famous attractions. 

If you want to keep your kids preoccupied during downtime, book at hotels that offer bike rentals and free tours. Two popular hotels that have this are Ecomama and Yays Zoutkeetsgracht.  

Book Ahead of Time 

There are now plenty of attractions that you can enjoy despite the presence of COVID-19. However, many of them require you to book well in advance. This is to make sure that guests can be accommodated properly at any given time. To avoid hassles and tantrums from your kids, make sure you have your tickets in order before leaving the hotel. 

Visit Museums and Zoos

It’s no secret that Amsterdam boasts many fascinating museums. There is, however, a couple that would be perfect specifically for kids. 

One of them is NEMO, the science museum. Let your kids roam free and explore the museum’s interactive exhibits. Another is the Anne Frank House. While the subject matter is heavy, a visit here can ease kids into learning about unsavoury historical events. For animal lovers, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Artis Zoo. Not only is it the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, but it is also home to a whopping 900 species of animals. 

Dine at Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Children can be picky when it comes to food, and that becomes a problem when travelling. Of course, when travelling, you would want to sample the local food. Kids being kids, they tend to stick to their comfort zones. 

To keep you and your kids happy, there are kid-friendly restaurants around Amsterdam that serve scrumptious adult dishes as well. 

If you ever find yourself in the mood for Indonesian food, Lunchroom Lastig is the place to go. If your kids get impatient before your meal ends, they can run off to the game room in the meantime. For local dishes, check out The Pool or Cafe-restaurant Amsterdam. Both have special kiddie menus that are as unique as their adult counterparts. 

With accommodations, activities, and dining laid out, you’ll surely have a memorable and seamless Amsterdam trip with the whole family.