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3-4 days itinerary for netherlands

I am looking for some great suggestions that i always get from exp people on this forum.
I will be reaching Amsterdam on 10th May afternoon. Roam around in evening and take rest.
11th May : Visit keukenhof : tulip garden and visit to Leiden
12th May : Visit Van Gogh museum, Anne frank house, Heineken tour, canal ride etc ..
13th May : Visit Harleem and visit museums there
In afternoon/evening, leave for Paris

Is the above plan sounds reasonable or am i missing some must-visit places there.
Traveling with 3 year old.

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I have no suggestions as we are planning our trip for mid-June so details aren't nailed down yet, but will be traveling with our almost 2.75 year old so following for any tips. How are you adjusting travel with a toddler?

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I think the 12th is a bit unrealistic with a 3 year old. I would skip a day trip with only three days, why add travel time when there is more than you can see in Amsterdam? If the weather is good Vondelpark. I don't think your child will enjoy Van Gogh, Anne Frank or Heineken.

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Hi there! You will love the Netherlands! I lived there in 2010 for 5 months but missed tulip season so I went back in 2015 specifically to see the tulips and I will never forget the beauty! For Kukenhof: My suggestion is to get there right when it opens (I believe 8AM) and you will have the place to yourself for 20-30 minutes until the tour buses arrive. Bring your camera! 2-3 hours there is probably enough. If you have a rental car, drive around the bulb region and just allow yourself to get lost. This was my favorite part of my trip...it's beautiful! You can pull over and get out and see the flowers at your leisure.

If you're going to be in Amsterdam, the Van Gough Museum and Rijksmuseum are my favorite! Your son will love the canal ride as well! The Anne Frank House is a bit crowded and dark inside so if he's able to do all of these activities, great, but you may want to miss one of the museums and just go for a walk in Dam Square or Vondel Park to let him wander around :) Don't forget to get a Dutch pancake (your son will love it!).

Harleem is a big city that I didn't spend too much time in, but if you have time and are traveling by car (or train but I'm not sure how close the station is) I would suggest visiting Zaanse Schans. It's touristy, but it's fun to see the working windmills and the little city. They have windmills that you can go inside and see how they work and shops where you can taste some wonderful gouda cheese. Hope this helps! The Netherlands is one of my favorite places in the world!

If you happen to go south...stop in 's-Hertogenbosch for a bosch bollen - you will NOT be disappointed :) p.s. plan on rain...it always rains!

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Thanks mnicolai for such a useful information.
I agree that my little one will get bored with the museums so i will try to keep the museum list less only.
I also explored the Zaanse Schans option and found it very interesting and looking forward to it instead of Leiden ..
I heard that there are good castles also on the north side ..

My daughter loves to play in the garden so definitely would spend time in parks, canal ride etc ..

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As i am traveling to at least 3 cities out of Keukenhof/Leiden/Haarlem/Zaanse Schans .. do can you please consider buying a holland pass vs Iamsterdam pass or some other pass so that my train travel will cost less ..

Assuming that Tulip garden/ Anne frank house/ Rijk museum/canal ride is the places to visit..