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Our most recommended Zaandam Family-friendly Activities

  • Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

    1. Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

    Sail out of Amsterdam and towards the Dutch polder. Enjoy the unique landscape and stroll around a living village filled with operational wooden windmills. Sit back, relax and take in Holland's unique scenery as you leave the port of Amsterdam. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's sun terrace as you glide through a landscape dotted with pumping stations, dikes, and, of course, windmills. Pass huge container cargo ships and through a traditional lock as you leave the city behind and make your way to the village. Disembark and take in a photogenic array of historic windmills, some of them over 350 years old. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the clog warehouse or the cheese factory. Enjoy a last look at picturesque historic wooden houses and factories, before boarding your boat back to Amsterdam.

  • Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

    2. Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

    Get ready for a fascinating insight into Holland's hard-working industrial history with this Zaans Museum ticket. Learn about the history of working mills, and see the churning machinery of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory.  Step inside The Zaans Museum and enter the world of Holland's past and present. Get to know all about Zaanstreek, the very first industrialized region of Europe, which shot the country to fame and fortune in the Dutch Golden Age. Breeze through the history of Holland's landmark windmills, learn about the various industries that thrived among the green wooden houses and find out more about Dutch icons, Albert Heijn, Honig, Verkade, and more. Discover the Verkade Experience, which takes sweet-toothed visitors back to the working, churning innards of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory. The Zaans Museum serves up everything you nee...

  • Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

    3. Amsterdam: Keukenhof, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

    Experience the fantastic Keukenhof Tulips Gardens up close. Keukenhof is the place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This most beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, with over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lies the famous bulb fields and from the windmill you will enjoy spectacular views of some of the bulb fields. There are activities for all ages allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family where children can enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Follow the stepping stones on the lake, meander in the maze, and eat delicious poffertjes (mini pancakes) at the Miffy playground. Your trip ...

  • Zaanse Schans: Wooden Shoe Painting Workshop

    4. Zaanse Schans: Wooden Shoe Painting Workshop

    Arrive at the wooden shoe workshop in Zaanse Schans. You'll be greeted by your host, who will take you to a private workshop space on the first floor. Choose from 3 types of wooden shoe souvenirs to paint. Your host will explain to you the basic rules of painting a wooden shoe. During the workshop you will get some more insights and information about the history and practical use of wooden shoe painting. Enjoy your drinks, Dutch cookies and candies during the workshop. Special quick-drying paint is used to paint your own wooden shoe. This means that you can take your wooden shoe home half an hour after the workshop is finished.

  • Private Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills

    5. Private Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills

    Enjoy an unforgettable tour of one of the biggest flower gardens in the world. Besides visiting the spacious 32 hectares of flowers, you can enjoy spectacular flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art, and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. Christen your own tulip, see how the tulips are cultivated, and get advice and tips from experts about the use of flower bulbs in your own garden. This Keukenhof flower garden tour is also fun for children, as they can enjoy treasure hunts, a petting farm, a maze, and the playground. Afterwards, you will visit the Zaanse Schans, a residential area in which the 18th and 19th-centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the va...

  • Zaanse Schans: World of Windmills Museum Ticket with Greeter

    6. Zaanse Schans: World of Windmills Museum Ticket with Greeter

    Get your entry ticket for World of Windmills, an interactive museum on the site of the home to more than 1100 windmills in the 17th-century Netherlands.  Chat to your greeter upon entry and have any questions answered before delving into the history of this dutch icon. Learn the history of the materials used, runnings of the windmill, how they powered the country during the Industrial Revolution and after, and the people that made the windmills a success.  Even visit a windmill yourself to get a feel for the real thing. If you’re lucky, chat to a miller who will be happy to answer any questions if there.  Experience the rich history of the mills, listen to the stories of the people who lived and worked here, and enjoy the technology, craftsmanship, and nature.

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