From fairy tale forests and magic pancake houses to wildlife safaris and epic theme parks, we share the best attractions for kids in the Netherlands.
It is often said that the Netherlands is one of the best countries in the world to raise children. And with so many exciting attractions on offer in the low-lying nation, it's not hard to see why. From talking trees and floating pancakes houses to safaris that bring you face-to-face with wild animals, there's more than enough to entertain little ones. Just check out these fantastic things to do with kids in the Netherlands.
Madurodam. Little children will feel like giants when they enter the fantastic miniature world of Madurodam in Scheveningen. The popular park features small-scale replicas of the most famous landmarks, cities, and landscapes in the Netherlands. Since it opened in 1952, tens of millions of visitors have come to walk among the beautiful tulip fields, visit the famous landmarks, and spot miniature KLM airplanes at Schiphol Airport. Families can have loads of fun spotting the Rijksmuseum, Binnenhof, and other famous Dutch landmarks.
Efteling. Fewer places in the Netherlands are more magical than Efteling. Covering 180 acres, an area twice the size of the original Disneyland, the theme park is one of the oldest in the world. It is also the largest in the country. Since it opened in 1952, it has been bringing the world's favorite fairy tales to life, attracting a whopping five million visitors each year. Needless to say, Efteling is one of the most popular attractions for kids in the Netherlands. Visitors from throughout the land come to wander through the Fairytale Forest and spot their favorite characters. Here they can peek inside the house of Little Red Riding Hood, come face to face with fire-breathing dragons, and meet a magical talking tree! Not only that, but there are 36 rides to enjoy which are suitable for all ages.
Beekse Bergen Safari Park. Little animal lovers will have the time of their lives getting up close with their favorite animals at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park. Located near Hilvarenbeek in the south of the Netherlands, the park is home to approximately 1,250 animals from over 150 species. Just like during an African safari, visitors have the chance to spot zebras, giraffes, lions, leopards, and other creatures while driving along the 5-kilometer marked route by car. And if they want to know more about the animals, they can also hop on a bus safari with an experienced ranger.
Center Parcs. The Center Parcs franchise has earned a glowing reputation over the past fifty years for its fantastic range of sport and recreational facilities, swimming pools, and holiday villas for families. Often surrounded by tranquil natural landscapes like parks and forests, the centers provide a relaxing environment for families to enjoy some quality time together. There are nine Center Parcs resorts to choose from throughout the Netherlands, each of which offer a variety of fun activities for kids of all ages. These include everything from water sports and swimming to climbing and escape rooms.