Amsterdam is an amazing city to visit. As the capital of the Netherlands, there are many fun things to do in Amsterdam with teenagers. Amsterdam has a population of a little over 850,000 people. 3.5 million people visit Amsterdam every year.
Amsterdam is a city rich in history, art, culture, fun and is home to two of the most famous museums in the world. The Rijksmuseum Museum and the Van Gough Museum. This makes finding things to do in Amsterdam with teenagers and families easy.
As family travellers, we like to find a mixture of experiences for everyone. It’s important for us to learn about culture and history as an educational experience for the kids.
Fun things to do in Amsterdam with teenagers
Amsterdam is a beautiful city and you will find yourself mesmerised by the streets that are so easy to walk. Getting around Amsterdam with teens is easy. You can walk or even hire a bike for the day, it’s totally up to you and how you want to experience the beautiful Amsterdam with kids in tow. Here are our top places to visit in Amsterdam with teens.
Vondel Park Amsterdam
Vondel Park is Amsterdam’s main city green space. It’s located just over the bridge in a west direction from the Leidseplein. Vondel Park covers an impressive 47 Hectares of land. Vondel Park Amsterdam is a great place to enjoy the slower pace of Amsterdam. Take a frisbee or football.
Spend some time chasing the frisbee on the green wide open spaces of Vondel Park. Kids and teenagers in Amsterdam will like hiring a bike in Vondel Park. The paths in the park are well signposted and wide for bike riding.
The park and its paths are used by cyclists getting from one part of Amsterdam city to the other. The paths in the park are not as crowded as the city centre. Its a more relaxed environment as you pass the ponds and sites of Vondel Park
How to get to Vondel Park Amsterdam
To reach the park from Dam Square, take tram line 1 and get off at J.P. Heijestraat. Alternatively, it is a half-hour walk from Dam Square if you fancy the fresh air. If you are near the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum then the Vondelpark is just a few minutes’ walks away.
Amsterdam Sightseeing – The Heineken Experience
The Heineken Experience might sound like a strange choice for a teenager in Amsterdam to do. We think it’s never to early to expose kids to responsible drinking practices. Children are welcome at the Heineken experience and there is an aspect during the tour where they are taught about responsible drinking.
The Heineken Experience is an interactive fun tour for all. Along the way, you will learn about the history of Amsterdam and Heineken.
Some of the interactive rides include the bottling line where you experience the beer from brewing to unboxing. All this is done in a 360-degree virtual cinema. No alcohol is served to teenagers and kids though but soft drinks are another matter. All these and more teaches you about the brewing process and industry in Amsterdam.
How to get to the Heineken Experience
Walking: from the Rijksmuseum, ca. 10 minutes walk along Stadhouderskade West, from the Munt Tower and the Flower Market – 15 minutes walk South along Vijzelgracht
Public transport: from Central Station tram 16, 24, 25: get out at Stadhouderskade; from Leidseplein tram 7, 10, exit at stop Weteringcircuit.
Consider the buying the I Amsterdam card for free public transport in Amsterdam. Save time and buy the card >HERE<
By car: from the Amsterdam ring A10 take an exit S110, follow the boards ‘Centrum’ and ‘Stadhouderskade’; Indoor parking in the Heinekenplein garage and several other parking possibilities in the area.
By boat: several boat tours offer Amsterdam Heineken Experience combined with their canal tour, the boat stops in front of the brewery.
Cool things to do in Amsterdam with teens
While there are things in Amsterdam to do with kids that we think they will love these are the ones that are totally cool and have to be one your Amsterdam Itinerary when you are visiting Amsterdam with teens.
The Albert Cuyp Market
What to see in Amsterdam for teenagers that love food and shopping? The Albert Cuyp market is the place to go. The Albert Cuyp Market has been running in Amsterdam since 1905. The Market is the biggest day market in all of Europe with over 260 stands.
When in Amsterdam with teens a visit to the market will find the latest fashions and foods from all over the world to sample. The market is known for its trendy clothing and jewellery.
Be prepared for teenagers to want this, that and everything. Sticky sugary Dutch sweets are everywhere. Waffles, smoothies and snacks abound all along the street.
How to get to Albert Cuyp Market
Amsterdam public transport on tram numbers 4, 16, 24, 3 and 12 will deliver you within easy walking distance to the Market.
If driving to the Market on Albert Cuyp Street parking is available in the Van Woustraat for only 10 euro cents an hour between 9 am and 4 pm
Shopping Malls in Amsterdam
For more shopping with a teen in Amsterdam, you may want to visit one of the shopping malls located around the city. A typical Amsterdam teenager activity is visiting malls.
- Magna Plaza – four floors, with fashion, beauty and cosmetics stores. Definitely a must for teen girls visiting Amsterdam
- Kalvertoren – A modern stylish centre with 4 floors featuring
H&M, HEMA, Guess, Swatch, Dixons and more
- Gelderlandplein – Is a hidden gem outside of the city centre. Featuring some great Dutch stores and
a iceskating rink for kids in the winter.
We know you will something that you love in one of these shopping centres. If not there is always great food on offer when shopping in Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Torture Museum
The Amsterdam Torture Museum could be one of the top things to do with teenagers in Amsterdam. It might show the kids of today how easy they get it punishment wise. The museum will give your teenagers in Amsterdam an overview of what punishment was like in the middle ages. There is a collection of over 40 different instruments to views with explanations as to how they were used.
Our teens were both interested and horrified at some of these tortures. You will see how people were stretched, Shackled, confined and tortured. It highlights what a gruesome past we have had and how willing we are to inflict punishment on each other. Keep your expectations low and you may be surprised. It’s a good deviation from normal activities.
Places to visit in Amsterdam The Rijksmuseum
You will be encouraged to draw a shell, a countryside, cityscape or sketch an animal in one minute. Learn to draw really well just like Rembrandt did, by looking and doing. We love attractions like this that include things for kids to do. This is one of the must things to do in Amsterdam with kids.
Another activity is the Digital Family Game. This activity is an engrossing family game where you will need to solve eight fascinating Rijksmuseum mysteries. It takes about 1 hour and if you succeed, there’s another surprise waiting at the end of the tour. The game is for two to four persons with a device hired from the museum.
How to get to the Rijksmuseum
– By tram (from Central Station) – lines 2 or 5 (exit on stop Hobbemastraat); from elsewhere in the city – tram 6, 7 or 10 (stop Spiegelgracht).
– By bus: 145, 170, 172 (stop Hobbemastraat). Please note that the bus stop Museumplein is far from the city museums.
Consider the I Amsterdam card for free public transport
By car: leave the city ring A10 on exit S108 (Amstelveen) and drive direction Centrum via Amstelveenseweg and De Lairessestraat. Turn left on the crossing at the Concertgebouw and try to park your car in the underground Q-park car park, under the Museumplein. The entrance to the car park is directly in front of the Concertgebouw, at the Albert Heijn supermarket entry. You have to drive through the sidewalk to enter it.
Best areas to stay in Amsterdam
Grachtengordel (Amsterdam canal ring) – This is the best place to stay in Amsterdam. This area makes the city centre highly accessible to families. Accommodation on one of the amazing canals is very picturesque. You find boats and bikes passing along the canals. We stayed on the Singel Canal when we visited.
Museum Plein – This area as the name suggests this area is close to the world-famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum. Its also easy walking distance to Vondel Park, Albert Cuyp Market and the Heineken Experience. You will have a nice and quiet, authentic stay as this area reaches out of the city centre into the Suburbs of Amsterdam.
Centrum – Centrum is aptly named because it is the centre of the old town of Amsterdam. You will find a great mix of luxury and budget hotels in this area. It can also be very noisy as Amsterdam is a city that does not sleep, it rages on well into the night
Other notable attractions for teens in Amsterdam
There are so many places to consider when you visit Amsterdam. These are some that many travelling teenagers will enjoy but it does really depend on your child.
Places to see in Amsterdam – Anne Frank House
The writer’s wartime house where she wrote the ever-popular Anne Frank diary is now a biographical museum. You can visit the museum and learn about what Anne and her family went through as they hid inside.
Anne and all of her family except her father dies while in a concentration camp before the war was over. Her father Otto Frank returned to Amsterdam, where he found Anne’s diary still hidden.
There are many ways you can learn about Amsterdam in World War 2 with Anne Frank’s life being an ever-present story from that time. Click here to find the best Anne Frank tour for your family
Where to go in Amsterdam – I am Amsterdam sign
More for us parents than teenagers visiting Amsterdam. A family picture in front of this famous sign makes a great memento. The sign is one of the most famous Amsterdam attractions.
As of early 2019, the sign has been moved from its location near the Rijks Museum and is now on a rotating basis around different spots in the city. Best bet would be to ask in the tourist office for its whereabouts.
Fun things to do in Amsterdam with Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
See popular figures from sports, entertainment and politics sculptured out of wax. Your kids can get pictures taken with there favourites. I have a picture with James Bond.
The Amsterdam Dungeons
The Amsterdam Dungeons follows the successful formula of the other Dungeon sites across Europe and the UK. The concept is half history and half horror as you are taken through the gory history of Amsterdam on a 1-hour experience with actors, lighting displays, props and much more
Escape Rooms in Amsterdam
For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Amsterdam with teenagers.
Sherlocked is ranked the number 1 escape room in Amsterdam by Trip Advisor. Boasting the most breathtaking escape rooms in the city.
Address: Beurs van Berlage
Amsterdam Catacombs Escape Room is for those that like a bit of horror and scare in the puzzle solving. This is only for teen 16+ years old.
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 124-126 Amsterdam.
A day trip from Amsterdam – Efteling Amusement Park
Efteling is a themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. The attractions are based on elements from ancient myths and legends. Efteling is the largest theme park in the Netherlands. It is also one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Efteling is huge being twice as large as the original Disneyland park in California. For our tween in Amsterdam, theme parks are a must.
The park has more than 5 million visitors. In 2017, it was the third most visited theme park in Europe, behind Disneyland Paris and Europa-Park. The park is divided into five themed areas. In 2017, the Efteling Park was given the award as’Best Themepark’ in the world by Theme Park Insider.
How to get to Efteling from Amsterdam
Car from Amsterdam: From Amsterdam
Maintain in the direction of Utrecht (A2). Follow E25 to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Take exit Waalwijk (A59), followed by exit Waalwijk/Kaatsheuvel (N261). Follow the signs ‘Efteling’.
Public transport from Amsterdam:
Take the train to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch). There are bus connections that go to Efteling from here (bus lines 300, 301, 136 and 800). Get off at the Efteling bus stop.
You can also travel directly to Efteling from Amsterdam Bijlmer/Arena and Almere on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with the Flixbus (bus line 811).
Places to eat in Amsterdam with teenagers
- Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam – Fun American burger joint themed with Music memorabilia. The Rock shop at the Amsterdam Hard Rock cafe sells t-shirts and themed souvenirs. You might be lucky enough to catch a tribute night.
- Tonton Club West – TonTon Club West’s upper-level features around 20 coin-op arcade machines. Teenagers love arcade machines. This joint serves up Japanese inspired meals, noodles, ramen, Angus beef burgers and more.
- Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise – What Teenager does not like Pizza. This evening cruise through Amsterdam features freshly cooked Pizza, unlimited soft drink (beer and wine for us parents) and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
How to get around Amsterdam on Public Transport:
If you’re using public transport in Amsterdam and beyond, the public transport chip card is used for travel on trams, buses and metros. As from March 2018 cash is no longer accepted as a form of payment on the Amsterdam Public transport Network. As of January 2020, a two-day pass for adults which includes the metro, trams and buses was 13.40 Euros. Kids over 11 are classed as adults.
- The Tram Network: Trams run from the central station throughout the city centre and into outlying Amsterdam neighbourhoods.
- Amsterdam Metro: The Amsterdam Metro has 4 lines that run out from a central station. Amsterdam Metro stations do not have maned information booths, so be prepared.
- The Amsterdam Bus Network: The most extensive and far-reaching of the three networks. The bus will deliver you to all suburbs and even as far the main historic towns and villages north of Amsterdam.
- Consider the I Amsterdam card for free public transport
How to get to Amsterdam
Plane – Amsterdam Schipol Airport is located 9.5 Kilometers from the city centre. Amsterdam Schiphol is Europe’s 3rd busiest airport and the world s 11th busiest. A quick and easy way to get into the city is an airport transfer. Take the hassle out of getting into the city with these amazing Amsterdam airport transfer deals.
Weather in Amsterdam
The weather in Amsterdam can change dramatically over a few days. It pays when visiting Amsterdam to follow the weather forecast is definitely a good idea. Average daily temperatures reach approximately 2.5°C (37°F) in the coldest month of January, swinging to an average of 17°C (62°F) in the warmest month of August.
Amsterdam is one of the wettest cities in Europe. During the 365 days of the year, an average of 185 will see some rain and/or snow depending on the season. Just remember to bring an umbrella and a rain jacket to Amsterdam.
What to pack for a trip to Amsterdam
I could have gone on forever here recommending different things for different seasons. What you will find on my packing list for Amsterdam will be useful in all seasons. Its practical thing that you can take with you all year round when visiting Amsterdam
|Amsterdam Packing |
|Description||Browse the Product|
|Light Scarf||For cool summer days||Click here|
|Long Sleeve T-shirts||For both summer and |
|Rain Ready Shoes||Keep your toes dry||Click here|
|Travel Umbrella||Stay dry during the|
|Rain Coat||Rain is ever-present in|
|Guide Book||See the sights of town||Click here|
|Day pack||For clothes, guide books,|
power bank & more
|Power Cube||Hotels never have|
|Power Adaptor||Different countries|
|Re-charge on the|
go for all your devices
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Finally, just enjoy yourself. You will find plenty of fun things to do in Amsterdam with teens. It is a great city to get out and explore by foot or tram. Amsterdam with teenagers is real life experience in Culture, food, history and most importantly life experience.
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