Is your family looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for a little rest and relaxation? Zandvoort just may be the place for you. Only 30 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station by train, Zandvoort makes a fantastic family day trip.
Zandvoort is one of the major beach resorts in the Netherlands. Here you can find long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes. Families looking to spend some time playing on the beach or in the sand should check this place out. We took our baby along and made it into a short family day trip from Amsterdam. However, Zandvoort also has a few hotels and rooms for rent if you're looking to make it more of a longer family vacation.
Bringing your dog to Zandvoort? October 1- 15 dogs are permitted during the entire day on the beach!
Family Restaurants in Zandvoort
We traveled by train from Amsterdam to Zandvoort and then walked from the train station to the beach. By the time we arrived it was lunchtime. So we stopped in to Thalassa for a bite to eat. This restaurant was right on the beach and offered a nice selection of food for lunch. Lee had a ham and cheese sandwich while I opted for Gamba.
With so many restaurants on the beach to choose from, you're sure to find something to suit every appetite. Plus, the few that we went to all had high chairs available and baby changing areas in the restrooms. Zandvoort is very popular with families so don't hesitate to bring the children along with you on your day out to the beach. It's a very safe environment for children to play in the sand, play in the water, or even fly a kite!
Besides being able to enjoy playing on the beach or eating with the family seaside, there is also a museum in Zandvoort!
The "Jutters Mu-Zee-um" is a small museum filled with many curiosities of things that have washed up on shore from the sea, among other things. Here you can find: perfume, lighters, a mammoth tooth, whole and half dolls, shoes, toys, glasses, bottles station, remains of ships or aircraft, a piece of metal from a NASA rocket; If you can imagine it, they probably have it. The museum is a great stop to have an educational moment for the children and someplace that the adults can enjoy as well!
Jutters Museum (Website in Dutch)
No family day trip to the beach would be complete without seafood! For our final meal in Zandvoort, we stopped into another beachfront restaurant and had a light meal of oysters and sangria before heading home to Amsterdam.
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