Keukenhof#9 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
Originally used by Dutch royalty to grow fruits and vegetables, Keukenhof now welcomes travelers in search of Holland's famous tulips. Every year between late March and mid-May, the 79-acre park – which sits about 25 miles southwest of Amsterdam in Lisse – turns vivid shades of pink, red, purple, yellow, white and orange as more than 7 million tulip bulbs bloom. The park also offers kid-friendly amenities like a playground, a maze and a petting zoo.
Travelers use words like "amazing," "fantastic" and "beautiful" to describe the park and its blooming flowers. To do the property due diligence, plan on spending at least a few hours here. Several past travelers suggest arriving early for more elbow room, while others recommend paying extra for a boat ride through the tulip fields that surround the park. Boat ride tickets cost 4 to 8 euros (about $4.50 to $9) per person and can be purchased at the on-site windmill.
Admission to Keukenhof costs 18 euros (roughly $20) for adults and 8 euros (approximately $9) for children ages 7 to 17. There is no charge for kids 3 and younger, and reduced rates are available for those who buy tickets online in advance. Combo tickets that include transfers to and from the airport or downtown Amsterdam are available as well. Or, travelers can drive and park on-site for 6 euros (less than $7) per vehicle. Visitors can purchase a pamphlet with more information about the park for 5 euros (about $5.50) at the ticket office and in the gift shop.
All ticketholders have access to the park's gardens, plus several eateries serving Dutch, Italian and Asian dishes. The property is open seasonally from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For additional details, visit Keukenhof's website.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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