7 days Family Vacation in The Netherlands

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Day 1 – Arriving and Settling In The Holiday Park

The first day usually has less time since you fly in, have to check in to your accommodation, and might be a bit tired from the trip. I always like to take flights that arrive early morning, so I’ll have enough time to enjoy the day.
We choose to stay at Holiday Park Heihaas by Landal (about one hour drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport). It’s perfect for families and has a great location, ideal for a star trip in the area. Holidays park usually allows renting a room for the weekend, mid-week, or both. Therefore this itinerary is for a one-week family trip.

Landal-Heihaas cabin in the woods
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Step 1 – Holiday Park Heihaas

My family loves holiday parks on our trips, and Landal Heihaas was pure fun. We love the facilities and the location, which enable us to make a “star trip” in the area.

We spent the entire first day enjoying the park facilities and the cabin in the woods. You can find many activities such as swimming, golfing, bowling, and many other activities to choose from. See the details on the Landal website and choose what fits your family.

Day 2 – Dolphinarium

Day 2 you’ll spend most of the day in the Dolphinarium.

two dolphins jump
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Step 2 – Dolfinarium

We’ll visit the largest marine mammal park in Europe, located in Harderwijk, the Netherlands. You’ll see many marine life, shows, playgrounds, and water park.

playground
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Step 3 – Activities in the holiday park

You’ll find many activities for the whole family. You can walk around nature, enjoy the different playgrounds, bowling, pool and much more.

Day 3 – Flowers Day

Today you’ll enjoy endless flowers, both in Ampies Berg and Giethoorn. We’ll start with a trip to Ampies Berg gardens and then ride to one of the most breathtaking and peaceful places I’ve seen, the village and national park at Giethoorn. Finally, if you have time left, visit old ships and do some shopping in Lelystad on the way back.

flowers garden
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Step 4 – Ampies Berg

1 – 2 Hours
€ 5.00

A small, yet beautiful garden, located on the Veluwe Ampies Berg. You’ll see gorgeous, colorful flowers and waterfalls.

view from a small yellow boat to the canal and some houses
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Step 5 – Giethoorn: The Dutch Venice

Half – Full day
Free

Also known as “Dutch Venice”, Giethoorn is a beautiful village in The Netherlands. Traveling in the village will make you feel like you’re in a movie scene.

old ship
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Step 6 – Batavialand

2 – 3 Hours
From: 16 Euros

Batavialand is a historical visitor attraction in The Netherlands. You’ll learn history, see old ships, an interactive museum, and more.

Shop Reebok Online
Batavia fashion outlet
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Step 7 – Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet

2 – 3 Hours
Free

Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet offers over 250 international fashion brands and great discounts, along with cafes and restaurants. The outlet is close to Amsterdam and other tourist attractions and provides an excellent opportunity for shopping lovers.

Day 4 – Open Air Museum

Today we’ll drive to Arnhem to visit an Open Air Museum and experience The Netherland as it was 100 years ago. The entire family will learn a lot and enjoy many interesting and fun activities.

kid milking a game cow model
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Step 8 – Netherlands Open Air Museum

Half Day
From: € 6.50

The Netherlands Open Air Museum features eight historic houses, farms, windmills, and factories from different parts of the Netherlands. Visiting the museum takes you back to the past of everyday life of the ordinary Dutch people.

Landal-Heihaas cabin in the woods
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Step 9 – Activities in the holiday park

As in most evenings in this itinerary, it’s time to enjoy the park facilities and activities.

Day 5 – Burgers’ Zoo

Today we’ll drive to Arnhem again, but this time to visit Burgers’ Zoo.

Flamingo, giraffe and elephant
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Step 10 – Burgers’ Zoo

5 – 6 Hours
From: € 22.00

Burgers’ Zoo is known for its natural habitats where animals are given as much freedom as possible in carefully created large wildlife areas. Visitors explore deserts, rainforests, oceans, and the world’s biggest indoor mangrove forest while learning about a wide variety of creatures from around the world.

Landal-Heihaas cabin in the woods
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Step 11 – Activities in the holiday park

As in most evenings in this itinerary, it’s time to enjoy the park facilities and activities.

Day 6 – Utrecht

Utrecht has a lot to offer, and as you can see in our Utrecht travel guide, you can easily spend 2 to 3 days traveling in Utrech. However, we focused on a few activities we found especially great when traveling with kids on this trip. You won’t need your car in Utrecht, so if you arrive by car, I suggest parking it as soon as you arrive, close to the Dom Tower, and make the rest of the tour on foot. Part of the fun in Utrecht is to browse around the streets and canals, so remember to look around as you go from one stop to the other and stop if you see something you like.

Dom Tower
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Step 12 – Dom Tower

1 – 2 Hours
From: € 5.00

The Dom Tower of Utrecht is the tallest and oldest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112 meters in height. It’s a place you must visit when in Utrecht and is considered the symbol of Utrecht. The tower was built between 1321 and 1382 as part of St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Museum Speelklok, Utrecht
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Step 13 – Museum Speelklok

2 – 3 Hours
From: € 7.50

Are you looking for the most fun and cheerful cultural activity in the center of Utrecht? Museum Speelklok is undoubtedly the most cheerful musical museum you’ll visit and a must-see when traveling with children. It is home to the world’s most extensive collection of mechanical musical instruments, with over 600 instruments from all over the world.

Old railways
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Step 14 – Railway Museum (Spoorwegmuseum)

2 – 4 Hours
From: € 16.00

The Railway Museum at Utrecht is one of the city’s most renowned museums and makes for a great day out – especially for kids and any rail enthusiasts. It takes you on an exciting journey through two centuries of railway history with train stations and trains from different areas. There’s even an old fashion barbershop. Visitors go on a journey through the history of the railway network in Holland.

Landal-Heihaas cabin in the woods
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Step 15 – Activities in the holiday park

Enjoy some family time in one of the park activities.

Day 7 – Around the Holiday Park

We’ve reached the last day of our trip. Depending on your flight home boarding time, I recommend enjoying the park facilities and activities on a leisurely day. If you have enough time, rent bikes from the Holiday Park and drive in the park and the city of Putten outside the park. It’s an effortless ride, suitable for all ages.

Have a safe trip and don’t forget to give us feedback so we’ll be able to improve the itinerary for future travelers.

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