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Amsterdam: May 24-28, departing 29th.

My husband and I are looking for the some help on how to use our time wisely. We are mid 40’s, good shape, foodies, and enjoy partaking in evening
drinks in fun places. This is my first trip and his second.
We arrive at 7:00 Am on the 24th and will be staying at Ink. We want to spend one day outside of Amsterdam seeing maybe two cities in one day, leaving early that day and staying until after dinner and a night cap before returning to Amsterdam.
We’ve planned on several museums, canal trip.. how would you lay this all out? We’re planning on utilizing the trains for our day trip.
If you could recommend local places to eat, drink w/ great ambiance and or music (no night clubs), we would be very appreciative! Please and thank you in advance. We want to stay away
From tourist traps as much as possible (besides museums).

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There is a great walking food tour we found on TripAdvisor. It was one of many highlights for us

Also, the Anne Frank House is one of the best things I have ever done in ALL OF EUROPE. I'd definitely recommend it if it's not too late - get your tickets online ASAP or you won't get in - the line wraps around the building and not everyone gets in without a preTicket online from home. Pick up a USA brochure as you enter the house and take the self guided tour - the brochure explains each room VERY well. It is truly fantastic. I even bought her book in the gift shop.

Also, do a Gouda and Wine tasting at one of the MANY Cheese shops - we pre-booked this as well - found one on TripAdvisor.

The canal cruise is also great.

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For a day trip you can easily combine Haarlem, Leiden and/or The Hague (Den Haag). They are all on the same railway line with connecting trains running several times per hour.
Haarlem has the wonderful Frans Hals Museum and The Hague the superb Mauritshuis. The municipal museum De Lakenhal in Leiden is still closed for renovation, but the Museum of Antiquities (Museum van Oudheden) has a good collection.
In Haarlem you can have your lunch on the Market Square and in The Hague on the square (Plein) a few steps from the Mauritshuis.