Amsterdam might be known for its unusual nightlife and lenient laws, but it’s not all red lights and herbal coffee shops in this Dutch destination.

From a mecca of museums and historical gems to a variety of outdoor endeavours, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy – and they won’t cost a boatload either.

Here’s our list of the top 40 family friendly ideas to try in Amsterdam that won’t break the bank.

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam


1. Amsterdam Museum (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 – 1012 RM)
This museum tells of the city’s rich history featuring local art, archaeology and other artefacts – some of which date back to the 13th century.
Price: From € 5-10 (Children under 5 are free)

2. Anne Frank’s House (Prinsengracht 267 – 1016 GV)
See the historical papers, photos, films and knick knacks from where Jewish icon Anne Frank spent her days in hiding during World War II.
Price: From € 0.50-9.50

3. Het Scheepvaartmuseum/The National Maritime Museum (Kattenburgerplein 1 – 1018 KK)
This museum demonstrates the significance of the city’s coastline and the impact the sea has made on Dutch culture.
Price: From € 7.50-15 (Children under 5 are free)

4. Joods Historisch Museum/Jewish Historical Museum (Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 – 1011 PL)
Modern collection showing the deep historical and cultural roots of Jews in the Netherlands.
Price: From € 3-12 (Children under 6 are free)

5. Rijksmuseum (Jan Luijkenstraat 1 – 1071 CJ)
The largest museum in the country, this iconic building houses a wide range of Dutch history and art from the Middle Ages to modern day.
Price: From € 7.50-15 (Under 18s are free)

6. Van Gogh Museum (Paulus Potterstraat 7 – 1071 CX)
Founded in 1973, this museum is one of the world’s most popular and features more than 200 of the late artist’s paintings.
Price: From € 15 (Under 18s are free)

7. Verzetsmuseum/Dutch Resistance Museum (Plantage Kerklaan 61 – 1018 CX)
This museum holds all the details surrounding the country’s resistance to enter WWII from 1940 to 1945.
Price: From € 4.50-8 (Children under 7 are free)

8. Tropenmuseum Junior (Linnaeusstraat 2 – 1092 CK)
Located in the city’s Oosterpark, this children’s museum introduces the little ones to different cultures around the world via a range of displays and activities.
Price: From € 8-12 (Children under 4 are free)

9. De Kattenkabinet/The Cat Cabinet Museum (Herengracht 497 – 1017 BT)
Ideal for cat-lovers, this vast collection of works captures the significance of the felines in art and society throughout the centuries.
Price: From € 3-6 (Children under 4 are free)

10. Stedelijk Museum/Modern Art Museum (Museumplein 10 – 1071 DJ)
One of the country’s most prominent places for contemporary art, the Stedelijk houses a range of both national and international works.
Price: From € 2.50-15

Vondelpark in Amsterdam


Green spaces

11. Hortus Botanicus/Botanical Gardens (Plantage Middenlaan 2A – 1018 DD)
The city’s largest botanical gardens, originally established in 1638.
Price: €4.50-8.50 (Children under 5 are free)

12. Rembrandtpark (Orteliuskade 57 – 1057 AL)
A park towards the west of the city, which is home to Amsterdam’s oldest petting zoo.
Price: Free entry

13. Sarphatipark (Sarphatipark – 1072 PB)
A park in the heart of the city near Amsterdam’s biggest market Albert Cuyp, which features a playground, fountain and pond.
Price: Free entry

14. Vondelpark (Vondelpark – 1071 AA)
The city’s most popular park, which includes a number of restaurants and cafés, a skate hire shop, an open-air theatre and an extensive rose garden.
Price: Free entry

15. Amstelpark (Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1 – 1082 LT)
A large park situated towards the south of the city, which also has a gallery and petting zoo.
Price: Free entry

16. Flevopark (Kramatweg – 1095 KD)
A large park on Amsterdam’s east side, which has a spacious outdoor swimming area.
Price: Free entry

17. Gaasperplas Park (Amsteldijk Noord 55 – 1183 TE Amstelveen)
A large nature reserve with a campsite in Amstelveen (a nearby suburb of Amsterdam) which offers canoeing, towing, sailing and windsurfing in its watersports centre.
Price: Free entry

18. Oosterpark (Oosterpark – 1092 AT)
A spacious park in Amsterdam Oost (East) with walking trails, ponds and streams.
Price: Free entry

19. Keukenhof Gardens (Stationsweg 166-A, 2161 AM Lisse)
Located in nearby Lisse, this lush space is home to the world’s largest flower gardens.
Price: €5.50-15 (Children under 4 are free)

20. Westerpark (Westerpark – 1014 DA)
A scenic park in the heart of Amsterdam West.
Price: Free entry

21. Park Frankendael (Middenweg 72 – 1097 BS)
The only remaining 17th-century country estate in Amsterdam.
Price: Free

flower market in Amsterdam



22. Albert Cuypmarkt (Albert Cuypstraat/Ferdinand Bolstraat – 1072 LL)
The city’s biggest and busiest street market.
Price: Free entry

23. Antiekmarkt Amsterdam (Elandsgracht 109 – 1016 TT)
The city’s largest antique market.
Price: Free entry

24. Art Plein Spui (Spui Plein, 1012 WZ)
The city’s largest art market.
Price: Free entry

25. Bloemenmarkt (Singel, 1071 AZ)
Amsterdam’s biggest flower market.
Price: Free entry

26. Boekenmarkt (Oudemanhuispoort)
The city’s largest market for books from encyclopaedias to nonfiction literature.
Price: Free entry

27. Noordermarkt (Noordermarkt, 1015 MV)
An organic farmer’s market.
Price: Free entry

28. Dappermarkt (Dapperstraat, 1093 BK)
The city’s cheapest market displaying a range of goods from food to clothes.
Price: Free entry

29. Marqt – (Overtoom 21-25, 1054 HD)
Amsterdam’s largest farmer’s market.
Price: Free entry

30. Postzegelmarkt (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 280, 1012 RL)
A collectors’ market featuring collectable items from stamps to old coins.
Price: Free entry

31. Waterlooplein (Waterlooplein, 1011 PG)
A daily flea market near the Amstel River.
Price: Free entry

32. Westerstraat market (Westerstraat, 1015 ML)
The best market to go to for textiles and clothes.
Price: Free entry

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Other attractions:

33. The Amsterdam Dungeon (Rokin 78 – 1012 KW)
Great for kids, this venue tells of the city’s gruesome history through a number of skits and special effects.
Price: From €12.50-15.50 (Children under 4 are free)

34. Artis Royal Zoo (Plantage Kerklaan 38-40 – 1018 CZ)
The country’s first and largest zoo, the Aquarium, Bird House and Butterfly Pavilion are amongst some of the main attractions.
Price: From €3-14.50

35. Science Centre NEMO (Oosterdok 2 – 1011 VX)
The largest science centre in the Netherlands, this children’s museum aims to teach kids about both science and technology via a number of fun activities and displays.
Price: € 13.50 (Children under 4 are free)

36. Pannenkoekenboot/Pancake Boat Dinner Cruise (ms. van Riemsdijkweg t/o 38 – 1033 RC)
A two-and-a-half hour evening cruise along the coastline, there’s also an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, which includes as many authentic Dutch pancakes as you’d like!
Price: From €18.50-23.50 (Children under 3 are free)

37. Koninklijk Paleis/Royal Palace (Dam – 1012 JS)
Amsterdam’s main palace, which dates back to the Dutch Golden Age in the 1600s.
Price: €10 (Children under 18 are free)

38. Madame Tussaud Amsterdam (Dam 20 – 1012 NP)
Amsterdam’s only wax museum showcasing a range of celebs from around the world.
Price: From €13-22 (Children under 5 are free)

39. Friday Night Skate (Tolstraat 190 – 1074 VN)
A 20km free rollerblading tour of Amsterdam, which takes place every Friday.
Price: Free

40. TunFun Indoor Playground (Mr. Visserplein 7 – 1011 RD)
An indoor playground for children featuring a range of activities including trampolines, a bowling alley and other child-friendly obstacles.
Price: €8.50 (Under 1s and adults are free)

What’s your family friendly recommendation?

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