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Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour

1. Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour

Experience the excitement of the Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium on a 75-minute guided tour that can be conducted in either Dutch or English. During the tour, your enthusiastic guide will take you to see the dugout and also the holy pitch. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, with special access to areas that are normally reserved for only players and officials. Your guide will also take you into the official dressing room of Ajax, when it is not in use on match days or during training sessions. Don’t miss this chance to feel the thrill of the history of this iconic site.

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Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Ticket

2. Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Ticket

At Madame Tussauds Amsterdam you can sparkle among the stars. Right in the heart of Amsterdam you can drink a cup of coffee with George Clooney, get your picture taken with members of the Dutch Royal family and pick up your paintbrush alongside world-famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. If you are you dreaming about a career as a real TV-host, come and discover your presentation skills at the new TV studio by reading the autocue. Or is music more your thing? How about recording a duet with Adele in the recording studio, or joining DJs Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell or Martin Garrix in the DJ booth. Immerse yourself into this amazing interactive world. You’ll never see as many stars in Amsterdam as at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

3. Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

The Amsterdam Dungeon is an uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back into the Netherlands’ most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear. Multiple different shows and a team of ten professional actors will give an unforgettable performance which will be terrifying and hilarious at the same time, depending on your tolerance for fear. Some of the attractions include figuring your way out of a dark labyrinth, witnessing a witch burn, encountering the ghost of a tortured woman and being tried by a Spanish Inquisitor. Discover the newest show 'The Flying Dutchman' in which a cursed legend comes to life. Will you survive his revenge? In 1651, you find yourself in a rough bar in the Amsterdam of old. 10 years after the legendary ship The Flying Dutchman disappeared, a sinister bar owner awaits the return of the cursed captain who is out for revenge.

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Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

4. Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

At the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, nature, culture, and heritage come together. Every tree, creature, building, microbe, and planet has its own story. ARTIS has been telling these stories since 1838, and each day they are born anew. Experience it all for yourself with your entry ticket. Stroll through the historical city park with its centuries-old trees and wealth of plants. Delight your taste buds at de Plantage, a café-restaurant. Relax in a chair near the fountain on Artisplein. Experience nature and discover its significance for civilization, because a better understanding of nature fosters a greater respect for all the life around you.

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Amsterdam: 5D Flight Experience Entrance Ticket

5. Amsterdam: 5D Flight Experience Entrance Ticket

Visit This is Holland and learn the history of Holland while enjoying 4 entertaining shows and experiencing a 9-minute flight simulation over the country's must-see locations. Embark on a 5D flight over Holland and see the Kinderdijk windmills, the canals of Amsterdam, the flower fields, The Delta Works, the port of Rotterdam, and countless other Dutch landmarks from an entirely different perspective. During the 5D flight experience, you will be hanging inside a sphere-shaped screen with your hands and feet dangling free. Moving with the images, you’ll imagine yourself floating above Holland for a period of 9 minutes. Special effects like wind, mist, and scent complete this unique experience. After the 5D flight experience, you can learn more about the attractions that drew your attention during the flight. THIS IS HOLLAND devotes special attention to the 10 areas of Holland that are listed as official UNESCO World Heritage sites. You’ll find out a lot about Holland in a very short time.

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Amsterdam: 1 Hour Pedal Boat Rental

6. Amsterdam: 1 Hour Pedal Boat Rental

Canal biking has been a top Amsterdam attraction since 1984. Paddle your way through the canals at your leisure and take the kids along for some great fun. They’re sure to enjoy the ride more than a standard Amsterdam canal cruise. Discover Amsterdam’s main attractions at your own pace, passing by many of the city’s historic buildings along the way. Choose a 1 or 1.5-hour rental and customize the route to your interests. See the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the Skinny Bridge, and the Amstel River, as well as other attractions such as the Mint Tower, St. Nicholas Church, the Golden Bend, the Royal Palace, the National Monument, Albert Cuyp Market, and the old city gates. On a sunny day, nothing’s more fun than taking a pedal boat through Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

7. Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

Explore the extraordinary phenomenon of Keukenhof from up close. Keukenhof is a place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lie the famous bulb fields. From the windmill you take in spectacular views of some of the bulb fields, with a visit to Keukenhof guaranteeing beautiful photographs. 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 with children being able to enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Your tour will continue to visit the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore the fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Experience the scenery on a leisurely trip through the canals. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.

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Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

8. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

Experience the enchanting and iconic tulip fields at their purest. You will enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the famous flower bulb region, taking in the colors and smells, and stopping as often as you want for a selfie among the tulip and flower fields. You will drive in a tough open-cab Twizy over a 20-kilometer rout among the colorful tulip and flower fields. The road will lead you through the the famous flower bulb region and through to an authentic flower bulb nursery. Throughout your tour, your audio guide will inform you of all the ins and outs of the area, whilst also sharing with you some cool tulip facts. You will cruise down country roads through the flowering tulips and park your Twizy beside the road to admire the sea of flowers up close. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road you will be sure to attract a lot of attention.

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Skip-The-Line Ticket National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

9. Skip-The-Line Ticket National Maritime Museum Amsterdam

Do you know how the Netherlands became such a powerful nation in the 17th century? The Golden Age – the time of flourishing arts and adventurous journeys – started with the curiosity of the Dutch: what is there behind the dikes? They discovered new lands and made the first descriptions of unknown territories. Look at old atlases: they are full of exciting details! Your skip-the-line ticket provides access to the story of the Dutch and what lies behind their dikes. Discover how Amsterdam became the greatest harbor on mainland Europe and how the system of canals was conceived and built. Excitement, thirst for adventure and the courage the of sailors made it all possible. Become one of them by climbing aboard a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship. Experience the real sailor’s life and start your own adventures. Have a great journey with the National Maritime Museum!

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Amsterdam: Youseum Entrance Ticket

10. Amsterdam: Youseum Entrance Ticket

At Youseum you’re the artist, artwork, and critic. Explore 15 stunningly curated rooms with over 25 interactive elements. Dive into a "sea of likes" and be reflective in the largest infinity room in The Netherlands. Splash around in a gigantic ball-pit, get married in an LGBTQ wedding chapel, and sleep on piles of cash in the International Bank of You. In every shot and during every experience you can uncover something new. Let your creativity run wild while engaging your brain. Go on a journey of discovery through the worlds of art, social media, and identity.

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Family-friendly things to do: Things to do in Amsterdam with kids

Wondering how many things there are to do in Amsterdam with kids? You might be surprised. Within the cobblestone streets and canals, there is plenty of family fun to be had. Inspire your aspiring artists with the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Show them the city from thrilling heights at A’dam Lookout or the THIS IS HOLLAND Flight Experience. Take your youngsters back in time at the Dutch Costume Museum or Castle Muiderslot. A trip to Amsterdam is full of things to do that can delight, inspire, and teach everyone in the family.

Visiting the Rijksmuseum

Turn a trip to the museum into a mystery. Even the most distracted child, or adult, will be enthralled by these puzzles. They also may learn a little about art and history. Families work together to uncover secrets at various locations to solve one of eight mysteries. Or, if you just want to wander, the museum offers family-friendly guides to highlight which of the 8,000 items you might want to visit. Perhaps it’s the dollhouses, or maybe the suits of armor. If you’re there on the weekend, your little artists may want to try their hands at the Rembrandt drawing lessons.

Strollers are probably a good idea for wandering the three floors and 80 galleries. They even have a few to rent. There’s a coat room to check larger bags, and there are baby changing facilities. The café has a children’s menu and, in the atrium, there is a dining area for those who bring their own food and drink.

Visiting THIS IS HOLLAND

Take the family on the ultimate scenic route through the skies. Fully 5D, you’ll feel like you’re flying through the skies over Amsterdam. Feet dangling down, wind whipping all around you, fresh air breezing by, this experience takes you over Dutch dikes, windmills, and landmarks. Fly on a thrilling ride while learning about how Holland came to be.

Note that there are lockers for small bags, but no storage for strollers. Children under 4 and anyone under 3 feet tall are not allowed on the ride. If you get hungry, you will find a concession area for snacks and drinks.

Visiting the National Maritime Museum

Make Amsterdam a true port of call for your family. Tour the Amsterdam (the ship) and shoot a cannon before going below to see how seamen lived. Let your sailors young and old see if they can make it at sea through the Life on Board exhibit. If they answer all the questions and don’t catch scurvy, they might make it to captain. Or visit Tales of the Whales and learn how these gigantic creatures became endangered (hint, it has to do with fat.).

There is a coat room for storage, although you might want to bring your stroller along as some baby carriers are not allowed. You can bring your own food and drink, but you can only eat outside the main building and exhibitions.

Visiting Muiderslot

Send the kids on a quest for fun and knowledge. Muiderslot is excellently preserved so they can imagine themselves back in medieval times. With a drawbridge and moat, find out how water can be a weapon. Exploring the castle and grounds, they can complete quests for a reward. And depending on the time of year, they can also see knights at battle or visit the Falconer. More than just falcons, learn about the different birds of prey that used to be kept in the castles.

There’s a coat room to store bags and carriers but keep a changing mat handy. You will also find a café and gift shop for snacks and souvenirs. The children’s activity is for kids 6 to 11 and requires adult supervision.

Visiting Tun Fun

Sometimes everyone needs a little break from sightseeing. Tun Fun is a fantastic option for a bit of jumping and playing. It’s underground, so it’s also an escape from any rain or cold outside. Babies and toddlers have soft mats and slides and cuddly toys. Older kids can hit the bounce house, trampolines, or climbing walls. Adults can relax and watch from the terraces with some coffee and snacks or plan the next stop with the free Wi-Fi.

To make it even easier for you, there’s a baby changing station and lots of food options for kids. Only outside food and drink for special dietary needs allowed. They only accept payment from debit cards with PINs, so you may want to check that your cards are compatible beforehand.


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What people are saying about Amsterdam

We both thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and had an amazing time! Would highly recommend a visit, and look forward to going back ourselves one day soon!

Great experience, really enjoyed the interaction with the characters I the attraction!

I can only recommend. Great setting and very good actors. Is worth every penny.

A really great experience. Madame Tussaud is really a fun place to visit.

A lot of fun and very interesting. Amazing stadium.