Play the tourist in your own country with these fun summer outings

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These places are perfect for a day out with your family. Enjoy being a tourist. And you can order that ice cream in Dutch.

On, the inspirational website for family outings, you will find many more great outing tips for these summer months.


Haarlem owes its nickname Spaarnestad to the Spaarne that meanders right through the city. Rent a boat at Luxe Sloepen Haarlem and discover the city from the water. Or go shopping with your kids. When you need a break, it’s time for an ice cream from Chocolaterie Pierre. Here they have the most delicious fair trade chocolate ice cream. Do you want to let the kids run wild? Then go to Playground Haarlem. With miniature golf, skippy ball course, Twister, hula hoops, skipping ropes or a dance in the silent disco.

Pearl of the South

After a day in Breda you understand that this city is called the pearl of the south. Stroll through the old center and be sure to stop at the Grote Kerk. Speaking of stopping, you also want that at Frezzo. This ice cream parlor has surprising new flavors every month. Own recipe and homemade. If you want to chill, city beach Belcrum Beach is great with children.

Delfts blue

Just start strolling around this beautiful city. With Gouke’s free walk on your phone, you can experience the city center as if you were walking around in a movie. A visit to Royal Delft should not be missed. Discover Delft Blue with a children’s audio tour or join the children’s workshop. In need of nature? Just outside the city lies Delftse Hout: a green area full of fun addresses with children’s activities, such as Stadsboerderij BuytenDelft.

Bring your own monkeys

Want to be assured of a successful family outing? Just visit Apeldoorn. The combination of city and nature makes this city and its surroundings so much fun. Take a dip in Boschbad Apeldoorn, the largest outdoor swimming pool in the Netherlands. Or take your monkeys to the Apenheul for Expeditie Na-aap. With special workshops, dazzling shows and face painting for children. Also nice: a walk through the city and a visit to the ice cream parlor Brouwer. They have several locations in the city and you have been getting super tasty ice cream here for over 60 years. If you have all day, the Veluwsche Stoomtrein is also special in the summer. With the Summer Night Express you can experience the evening sun on the Veluwe.

Those six long weeks of summer vacation will fly by as you go slide-rolling, bushwalking, tractor racing or visiting the Romans. Or one of the other fun outings that has collected for you. The site is conveniently divided by region, so you can easily discover which outings are available in the area.

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