Amsterdam 4-5 days with teens?


Jun 9th, 2012, 02:01 PM
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Amsterdam 4-5 days with teens?

We will be in amsterdam 4-5 days precruise! We have never been before lots of help needed! Where is the best place to stay? What attractions are not to miss? What are 2 day trips we could take if we are there 5 days we will do 3 days in the city and 2 day trips.; Thanks! Boys are 14 and 17!
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Jun 16th, 2012, 10:09 AM
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I think there's lots of information online for you to find. Can I just suggest one thing? Don't base yourself in downtown Amsterdam, but look for something in South, near Museumplein. Downtown Amsterdam an the Red Light District are cesspits that families better stay away from. I've never understood how families actually want to visit it when it's "in action". Are your sons skaters? In that case Amsterdam has a spectacular indoor skatepark at NDSM in north, a (free) ferry ride from Central Station. The old dockyard itself is nice to explore too (while you wait as it were) and has 3 brilliant lunch spots where you can hang out while they're on the ramp. A canal tour is cheesy but nice and there's biking to be done along Amstel river if you like that sort of thing.

It's fun riding the trams and checking out markets for instance, like Albert Cuyp market, in the Pijp area, also an interesting area to explore.

Day trips from Amsterdam can be Haarlem or Den Haag, even Delft (although all Vermeer paintings are in Amsterdam and The Hague) Or you can join a biking tour around Waterland, the beautiful rural area just north of Amsterdam. If the weather is really nice, check out the Blijburg beach! Also something hip and groovy going on there.
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Jun 16th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Our kids were a little younger but I think this will still be helpful (skip past the Bruges bits):

We stayed in the Jordaan and found it very family friendly.

Reserve Anne Frank museum tickets online ahead of time. NEMO science museum was a big hit but perhaps yours will have grown out of that (though my wife and I both liked it too).

We enjoyed the free 3-hr city walk as well.
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