Family friendly Holland
When you think of Holland your first thought is probably stag or hen nights in Amsterdam, however, there is more to Holland than meets the eye and it is a fabulous place to take children on holiday. Not only does Holland have some great beaches, such as at Noordwijk ann Zee which is a beautiful stretch of coast, there is also a giant water park, a model village and the chance to see traditional clogs being made.
Car hire will make getting around so much easier and you never have to worry about the kids in the back getting bored. The sights from the window as you travel along the flat lands will keep them entertained. They will see windmills dotted along the horizon and if you pass by Schiphol airport on the A4 there is a very good chance a plane will be taxiing right in front of you on the purpose build bridge over the road. This can be a nerve wracking sight the first time you see it, but definitely fun for the children.
Visiting Madurodam may not help to take away the memory of having an airplane just feet above your head, because at this delightful model village there is a scaled down version of this event. The airport is just one part of the attractions at the model village that include a model train that makes its way around the parts of the village, passing many famous Dutch sights. There is a scale model of the Euromast at Rotterdam, and the Parliament buildings at The Hague. Coastguards put out real fires on boats on the water and there is even a tiny nudist beach. Overall it is a great place for children, there are refreshments available and a little gift shop too.
The waterpark can be found at Duinrell. It is possible to spend a whole holiday there as there is a camp site and holiday accommodation for rent, but if you just want to drive down for the day that is also possible. Depending on the time of year the parks opening hours will vary, but the Tikipool is available no matter what time of year you visit. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, rollercoaster rides, and smaller less intense funfair rides for the younger children.
Car rental is a great idea for seeing sights in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague and travel time between the cities is relatively short. Kinderdijk is a must see location. The kids will love to see the windmills up close and it is such an amazing place it now has UNESCO World Heritage status. Amsterdam has amongst others the home of Anne Frank which is another attraction that should not be missed. Go inside the actual rooms where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for many years before capture. It is also very education for the children.
The Zaanse Schans us a popular tourist hotspot where it is possible to see amazing windmills dotted along the waterline, which in itself is an amazing photo opportunity. It is also where you can see clogs being made. From a lump of wood to the finished article, and if you want to treat yourself to a pair they have them on sale at the end of the factory tour.
Visit Holland, it is more than just windmills and tulips!