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side trip?


We have 2.5 days in Amsterdam in August... husband, me, boys 10 and 12 (who like doing things vs. "looking at things" - little one pretty into all things WWII at the moment). Last stop of 19 day trip. Traveled Europe last summer, did well.

Day 1 (Tues) - Arrive around 12ish I think (on train from Paris) - go to Dutch Resistance museum, maybe Albert Kuyp market before close, hopefully night canal tour with our vrbo hosts (if they are available...)

Day 2 (Wed) - Anne Frank house early, bike tour around city 12-4ish, dinner (maybe Indonesian?)

Day 3 (Thurs) - ??? was thinking day trip to Haarlem for Corrie Ten Boom and ???... afternoon/evening in Amsterdam (kind of want to do traditional Dutch meal)... but now wondering if we should do some day trip - one of the many listed in Rick's book, something small village-ish, windmills, wooden shoes... you know, that kind of stuff.

We could also switch Wed/Thurs, haven't booked anything yet....

Thoughts? Haarlem and more Amsterdam on day 3, or a day trip out somewhere (or secret 3rd option, Haarlem AM and then somewhere else PM). Would love to do biking if we could work that in, the boys loved our biking around Neuschwanstein last year!

Thanks for any ideas! There are so many day trips listed in the books I am having trouble figuring out what we want! We could do a tour or just go it alone on public transport, open to either!

Thank you!!

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Your family might enjoy one of the "open air" museums listed in the travel articles for the Netherlands under the "watch, read, listen" section of this very website.

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Try out Zaanse Schans in Zaanstad: windmills, wooden shoes, cheese, souvenirs - you name it.
Or try the medieval cities Muiden with Muiderslot castle, and if you wish a boat trip and tour on the Pampus fortified island in the IJsselmeer (the former South Sea).
Another recommendation is the Efteling, a great themepark in the South of the Netherlands.
Rides and stuff in an awesome atmosphere. Ask any Dutchman: best park ever!