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.
Know before you go. Our top Amsterdam planning tips
Before we get started on all the amazing things to do and see with teenagers we some essential Amsterdam information for you. The how to get there, where to stay and how to get around Amsterdam. We hope this helps you with planning your Amsterdam trip.
Where to stay in Amsterdam
You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit your budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Booking.com to find the best prices in Amsterdam.
- Luxury: Located on the water, within easy walking distance of the city centre is Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam by WestCord. Prices start from $250 a night with an indoor pool and Indonesian style
- Mid-Range: Stay in the heart of the old historical city.The 3* XO Hotels City Centre for between $150-$200 a night.
- Budget: Located a short distance from the city centre is Ibis Budget Amsterdam South City. Comfortable rooms for up to 4 people with breakfast. Rooms between $100-$150 per night
- Backpacker: With an accessible location and great facilities, is Via Amsterdam. It has family rooms with ensuite starting from $100 a night.
Amsterdam apartment alternative for your stay
If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Amsterdam then an apartment is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Search Airbnb or check out the map below to find the perfect Amsterdam apartment
How to get to Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is just 9km from the city centre. Schiphol is the 3rd busiest airport in Europe with connections from all major cities. Search Amsterdam flights with Kiwi Flights
- Trains run to Amsterdam Centraal from Brussels, Paris, Cologne, London and more. Book your trains to Amsterdam with Omio
- National Express, Megabus, Eurolines and Flixbus all service Amsterdam from destinations all over Europe. Book your bus tickets with Busbud
How to get around Amsterdam
Amsterdam has an extensive 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
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 world-famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum. It’s 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
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.
Take a Canal Cruise
One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is by the water. The canal area of Amsterdam features fascinating houses, some straight and some learning these days. You cruise past the 17th-Century canal house where Anne Frank lived, you can admire the historic canal boats. The picturesque canals, Dutch houseboats and life in Amsterdam slowly disappear as you head out into Amsterdam Harbour to see some of the newer areas of the city. This a great learning experience for teenagers as the history of the city is explained during the cruise.
Vondel Park Amsterdam
Vondel Park is Amsterdam’s main city green space. It’s located just over the bridge in the 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 in the city centre. It’s 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 too 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 teach 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.
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 Amsterdam tours by boat offer the Amsterdam Heineken Experience combined with their canal tour, the boat stops in front of the brewery.
Top travel to Amsterdam tip: Consider the buying the I Amsterdam card for free public transport in Amsterdam. Save time and buy the card >HERE<
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
Other markets in Amsterdam: In the Jordaan, the Noordermarkt is a farmer’s market on Saturdays, Museum Market near the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum on the third Sunday of the month and Waterlooplein flea market near the Rembrandt House.
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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.
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. Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam is the original wax museum before the brand was franchised all around the world. This would have to be one of the most fun things to do in Amsterdam with kids.
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. The Dungeons are a highly popular attraction in cities worldwide.
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. You should consider the I Amsterdam card for free public transport to make your stay in Amsterdam easy!
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.
Van Gogh Museum
Having a museum for just one artist shows the importance of van Gogh’s contribution to the art world. This Amsterdam museum is home to many of artis Van Gogh’s best works. The museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in any one place. You can also find works by his contemporaries Monet and Gauguin who were influences on Van Gough.
The museum chronicles the works in a number of different galleries, so you can see Van Gogh’s progression of works. The museum is one of the most crowded of Amsterdams many attractions. If you have a teenager interested in art them a visit to the van Gogh museum is a must. Open Sunday–Thursday from 9 am–7 pm and Friday—Saturday from 9 am–9 pm. We suggest pre-booking tickets online so you don’t miss out. You can book your tickets here.
How to get to the Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is located at Museumplein 6, +31 20 570 5200. Tram number 3 stops just near the Museum.
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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.
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 from the Nazis. Anne Frank Haus is one of the most popular places to see in Amsterdam so you must book in advance.
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. You will visit the secret annexe/attic where the family hideout.
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.
The Artis, or the Natura Artis Magistra, is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos in mainland Europe. The zoo is a one-stop-shop for families looking for things to do. Besides the animals, the zoo features an aquarium, a planetarium, an arboretum, and a large art and sculpture collection.
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 to Efteling
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)
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.
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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.
Going to the gym in Amsterdam
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out.
In Amsterdam, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 15 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of Gyms in Amsterdam at the Trainaway fit website
Bike riding in Amsterdam
Bike riding in Amsterdam is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go. You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow.
The cycle tours will and take you on a 2 wheeled adventure through Amsterdam on your family vacation. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own. Amsterdam is a city built for bike riding, Amsterdam’ has 400 km (249 miles) of bike lanes and paths
Book your Bike tours in Amsterdam today!
Places to eat in Amsterdam with teenagers
Located just a few hundreg meters from Amsterdam Central Station on Damrak is Mannekenpis french fries. The Mannekenpis french fries have become the darlings of social media in the last few years with their amazing fries and abundance of topping you can get on their fries. The fun comes when you have to choose from the 20 different topping that comes with your order of fries. You can have multiple topping on your fries
You will such topping as Flemish Mayo, Cocktail sauce, Curry sauce, Cheese sauce, Satay sauce, Green pepper sauce and more. Your fries come served in a cone with large dollops of sauce on top. Luckily they provide you with a small fork and serviette to wipe your mouth. This place is so popular you may find yourself in a lengthy line waiting for your serve of fries. Eating Manneken pis french fries is one the best things to do in Amsterdam
- 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.
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 a real-life experience in Culture, food, history and most importantly life experience.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Amsterdam with teenagers. Amsterdam is an amazing city full of history and culture as well as amazing sites. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in the Netherlands click through to our Netherlands Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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Father, husband, traveller and chief destination manager here at Wyld Family Travel. When Mark is not talking travel or planning travel you will find him working in disability support. Mark is a family travel advocate having travelled to over 45 countries with his kids from 10 months old, through to their teenage years. You will find his work here and on other popular websites.