Month Visited: November
Our family enjoys luxury and comfort when we travel, and we like to explore new cities and learn about the history and culture of an area. We like museums, visiting historical places and attractions, and learning about new things. Our days are full but not to the point that we rush and miss anything. We include educational stops along with fun things, and we normally prefer comfortable lodgings that offer some luxury although we are willing to go off the beaten path once in a while in order to see more remote places and cultures. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 4 children- Boy age 16 years, Girl age 12 years. Girl age 9 years, Boy age 6 years.
Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 531 3233
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults and children aged 4 and older 15 Euro, Children under 4 are free.
Description: The Nemo Science Center in Amsterdam is an interactive and hands on science center that is fun and exciting for kids of all ages. There are many interactive exhibits that help kids understand science on a much deeper level, by including them and engaging them with a hands on approach. There are exhibits for younger children, teens, and every age in between. There are many different science related displays and every child is sure to find some that they love.
Our Experiences: This was one of the highlights of our trip, and the kids all had a blast at this stop. They enjoyed going from one area to the next, and the museum encourages learning with interactive exhibits. There is a laboratory where we performed experiments, which was a lot of fun, and everyone had a great time while we were here. The Nemo Science Center was a big hit with kids and adults alike, and our family loved it.
Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 674 7000
Hours: 9am-5pm daily
Admission: Adults 15 Euro, Children under 18 are free
Description: The Rijks Art Museum contains an incredible collection of art by some of the most famous masters through history. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, Hendrick Goltzius, Van der Schardt, and many others are represented by their works on display. Visitors will find paintings, sculptures, furnishings, weapons, ship models, even fashion and works on paper. Any family that enjoys art will enjoy some time spent at this museum.
Our Experiences: We spent some time going through the Rijks Art Museum in Amsterdam, and there were a lot of different art and artists on display here. There were many interesting areas, and a lot of the art on display was fascinating to look at. We recognized some of the artist names but not all of them. Everyone found at least one area that they liked quite a bit, and this was a really nice place to spend a few hours.
Description: A cruise of the canals in Amsterdam offers some incredible sights. As you float along the canals you can relax and take in all of the surrounding scenery. Many visitors to the city of Amsterdam make it a point to experience the famous canals here.
Our Experiences: The Amsterdam canal cruise that we took was at night, and this may have been a better experience if we had taken the cruise during the day. The darkness made it difficult to see all of the surroundings as we floated along the canals, although riding in the boat was fun and the kids liked this activity.