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Top Things to Do with Family in Amsterdam

Wondering about the top things to do in Amsterdam with family? Read on to get the answer.

By Cruise Booking Team

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Popular for its iconic canals, authentic Dutch architecture, tulips, bicycles, and friendly locals, Amsterdam is one of the most visited ports by river cruises and ocean cruise ships in Europe. This capital city of the Netherlands, surrounded by water, has berths located in the heart of the action. That makes some of the most amazing and iconic tourist spots accessible by foot, making it a hassle-free and leisurely outing place. Here, we bring you the best attractions and top things to do with the family in Amsterdam on your cruise.

Best Things to Do in Amsterdam with Family

Amsterdam port has two terminals – Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA located near the city centre) and Felison Cruise Terminal (located in the town of Ijmuiden, about 30 km from Amsterdam). Most cruise ships dock at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, conveniently located in the city centre within walking distance from the city attractions and the central station. The PTA has 2 berths that can accommodate ships up to 630m combined length and has a reception hall, café shops, and tourist information centre. Take a look at all the fun things to do with the family in Amsterdam.

1. Anne Frank House

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam. The historic building has been preserved carefully to allow millions of visitors every year. You can visit the Anne Frank House and the Secret Annex, which served as a hiding spot for Anne, the author of the famous diary.

2. Canal Tour

Amsterdam is rightly known as the "Venice of the North" as it has around 165 canals that connect the city. The impressive engineering projects display the true character of Amsterdam in all its glory. Take a relaxing ride in one of the canal boats that can take you under pedestrian bridges, various districts, houseboats, and quaint homes. Canal rides also give you a spectacular view of this picturesque city.

3. Museum Quarter

A one-stop destination for many city highlights, the sprawling museum quarter comprises the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and the Royal Concert Hall. Rijksmuseum houses famous works such as Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", Vermeer's "The Milkmaid", Van Gogh's "Self Portrait," and many more. While the Van Gogh Museum is loaded with works of the Dutch master, Stedelijk showcases contemporary, modern designs. The museum quarter is a huge neighbourhood with a sprawling lawn and a great place to sit back and enjoy coffee or waffles.

4. Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower marketplace, is a feast for all your senses. Vendors sell hundreds of colourful, fresh tulips and an array of items that can make ideal gifts and souvenirs to celebrate your trip to Amsterdam. This market operates through a series of connected floating stalls wobbling on the Singel Canal, between Koningsplein and Muntplein.

5. Heineken Experience

If you are a beer lover, then this is the place for you. You will get an opportunity to learn about the history of one of Amsterdam's famous and oldest exports. Set up in its original brewing facility that dates back to 1867, the Heineken experience is one of the top tourist attractions around Amsterdam port. You can learn the process of brewing the famous Heineken pilsner beer. This tour also offers interactive exhibits, historical facts and samples.

6. Vondelpark

Vondelpark is right in the heart of Amsterdam, adjacent to the museum quarter. It is a great place for walking, jogging, or biking. This park has winding paths and roads alongside canals. It is beautified with flowers, interesting sculptures, and small forested areas.

7. NEMO Science Museum

You can spot this unique ship-shaped green structure right from the cruise pier. The NEMO Science Museum is right at the Amsterdam harbour at the city's edge, where the children can have fun and learn at the same time. There are interactive exhibits on science, space, energy, construction, and chemistry that can intrigue visitors of all ages. The rooftop terrace of this museum offers a panoramic view of the city, harbour and café.


There is something in Amsterdam for all–nature lovers, art and history enthusiasts, travel nomads, and party animals! Hop on an Amsterdam cruise and explore the top things to do with the family in Amsterdam.

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