AMUSEMENT PARKS AND MUSEUMS
The Netherlands has some great amusement parks and museums, such as:
A huge park offering several days’ worth of entertainment in fantasyland, with fairytale woods, wild rides on rollercoasters, castles, fairytale figures and more.
Europalaan 1, Kaatsheuvel (near Tilburg)
A ‘journey through the human body’ during which the visitor can see, feel and hear how the human body works and what roles healthy food, a healthy life and exercise play. It offers education and entertainment, as well as a vast number of permanent and variable exhibitions.
Willem Einthovenstraat 1, Oegstgeest
Daily life in the Netherlands between 1600 and 1970
Schelmseweg 89, Arnhem
Orientalis Open Air Museum
For a glimpse of the world 2,000 years ago in the Middle East, focusing on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Profetenlaan 2, Heilig Landstichting
Life in a fishing village around 1900.
Wierdijk 12-22, Enkhuizen
NEMO Science Museum
A scientifically oriented play / educational center; offering a discovery trip through fantasy and reality.
Oosterdok 2, Amsterdam
Safari Park Beekse Bergen
A place where you can take a drive (or walk) among more than 100 wild animals, a trip that could take more than a day!
Beekse Bergen 1, Hilvarenbeek (near Tilburg)
A fantastic water festival, with attractions, a ski valley, a wild pool and lots of entertainment.
Duinrell 1, Wassenaar
Pony Park Slagharen
A place where you can experience life in the Wild West, with an amusement park, a shopping street, Wigwam World, Colorado City and lots of entertainment.
Zwarte Dijk 37, Slagharen
Where, more than 200 years ago, Eise Eisinga made a scale model of the solar system in his living room, with a mechanism that keeps planets and pointers in motion and that works to this day.
Eise Eisingastraat 3, Franeker
Children’s Museum at The Tropical Institute (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)
Where contemporary non-Western cultures are brought to life for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Also available for children’s parties.
Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam
A huge outdoor swimming and water paradise, with more than 50 attractions and shows, offering entertainment and adventure.
Spijkweg 30, Biddinghuizen
The national automobile museum. For anyone who is car crazy and interested in the history of automobiles from the first horseless carriages through subsequent models of motorized, steam and electric vehicles.
Leidsestraatweg 57, The Hague
A miniature version of the Netherlands, including Schiphol airport, the Delta works, the center of Amsterdam and more.
George Maduroplein 1, The Hague
Animals are always a great success with children and what makes the Netherlands such a wonderful ‘zoo country’ is that there are so many of them, and that a lot of effort is put into recreating the natural habitats of the animals – so that both we and they can enjoy their stay here. The zoos all have extensive playgrounds, for when your kids need to blow off steam, as well as indoor facilities for rainy days, and child-friendly cafeterias.
This large zoo near Amersfoort has provided its animals with increasingly spacious and comfortable habitats over the last two decades, bringing it on a par with all the other large zoos in the Netherlands. It has a Savannah, encircled all the way around, allowing you to circumnavigate the area and enjoy the animals as they graze and drink peacefully; a Japanese Garden; and lots of daytime activities.
DierenPark Amersfoort, Barchman Wuytierslaan 224, Amersfoort
Has 30 species of apes, monkeys and prosimians – some of which are allowed to roam free! Their group areas are extensive and imaginative, providing them with familiar surroundings and all manner of activities to keep them occupied. But monkeys and apes are not the only animals you will meet at Apenheul. The ‘zoo’ also provides a home to macaws, pudus, anteaters, gundis, tortoises, and many other creatures. Note: Apenheul closes for the winter.
Apenheul, J.C. Wilslaan 21, Apeldoorn
Artis was founded more than 175 years ago, and its winding paths, majestic trees and the monumental historical buildings still give it a special, 19th-century atmosphere. There are more than 8,000 animals in the zoo, as well as the Geological Museum, a very sophisticated Planetarium, a magnificent, recently renovated Aquarium, and Micropia: the only microbe-museum in the world.
Artis, Plantage Kerklaan 38, Amsterdam
is one of the largest bird parks in the world. The birds come from the tropics to the cold Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 450 species of birds, in beautiful settings, which are expertly and lovingly taken care of. Avifauna is not only a bird ‘zoo’, it is actively involved in endangered species breeding programs and bird protection activities, and educates children on nature protection programs. It also has a special Cuba section and Asia bird cages.
Vogelpark Hotel Rederij Avifauna, Hoorn 65, Alphen aan den Rijn
At Rotterdam Zoo you can walk from continent to continent, meeting fascinating animals that feel perfectly at home in the surroundings that emulate their natural habitat. The covered facilities, in case of rain, include Taman Indah, Oceanium, with sharks, king penguins, sea lions and and jellyfish, while you can also visit Gorilla Island, travel up Crocodile River and visit the African Vulture Rock.
Rotterdam Zoo / Blijdorp, Blijdorplaan 8, Rotterdam
is a modern, but genuine jungle! This zoo, located near Arnhem, covers more than 45 hectares and houses more than 3,000 animals. It has a spectacular tropical rain forest, a living desert and a large animal population, such as bighorns and red lynxes, to be admired in their natural surroundings. Furthermore, a large number of hoofed animals and birds live with the lions in the ‘Safari Park’ and there is a wonderful indoor water world.
Burgers’ Zoo, Antoon van Hooffplein 1, Arnhem
At Dolfinarium, you can visit the Lagoon, a biotope with dolphins, fish, seals and sea lions all living together. The Lagoon is a 15 million-liter closed saltwater ecosystem. Also, you can visit Aqua Bella, the dolphin show, as well as visit the modern rescue and research center for sick or injured dolphins or see the walrus and seal shows. Weather permitting, you can sunbathe, swim or ride in a paddle boat near the Park Beach. Dolfinarium’s program is continually changing, so be sure to check the website to see what’s going on.
Dolfinarium Harderwijk, the World of the Sea, Strandboulevard Oost 1, Harderwijk
is famous for the manner in which the park’s habitats reflect the continents of the world. The animals reside in that part of the world where they belong. The zoo has a very spacious feel about it and all the animals enjoy a great amount of freedom in their enclosures, allowing them to behave as naturally as possible. You can spend hours enjoying the Jungola jungle, the Serenga Savannah, or to the cold rocks of Nortica.
Noorder Dierenpark Emmen, Hoofdstraat 18, Emmen
At Naruralis, nature is exhibited in all its colors and diversity. The museum is a combination of natural history and high-tech multi-media in a modern, artistic and technologically advanced setting, representing but a selection of two centuries’ worth of collecting animal and plant specimens, fossils, stones and minerals. Exhibition rooms have seven permanent displays (including a walk through the Ice Age, with dinosaurs), while Naturalis hosts many fascinating temporary displays as well. There is also a Nature Information Center where amateur researchers can search through a wide range of books, magazines, slides, photographs, videotapes, computer files and reference collections.
Naturalis, Darwinweg 2, Leiden.
Museum entrance: Pesthuislaan 7, Leiden
This is a wonderful family zoo, close to Arnhem, but off the beaten track. It was established more than 75 years ago and has retained that early-20th century cozy feel. It has a huge bear habitat with rescued circus bears, and a gorgeous polar bear pool, where kids can press their noses up against the glass and be inches away from these huge white animals, a seal show, and much more. Extra-special is its huge, indoor, all-wood-mulch-and-sand playground for children (RavotAapia), with rope-bridges, sand games, waterplay, huts, caves and slides – at no extra charge. Even if the weather doesn’t clear up all day, making it impossible to see the animals, you can still spend a full day in this indoor children’s habitat and have the children begging you to go back soon!
Ouwehands Dierenpark, Grebbeweg 111, Rhenen
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