The National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum)

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Whether you're a boat enthusiast or want to learn more about Dutch maritime history, Amsterdam's National Maritime Museum is worth a visit. Located about halfway between the Verzetsmuseum and the NEMO Science Museum, The National Maritime Museum houses one of the world's largest maritime collections, with roughly 400,000 different items. Artifacts you'll find here include navigation instruments like compasses, the Royal Barge (an intricate royal vessel commissioned for King William I in the early 19th century) and a life-size replica of the Amsterdam (a ship that wrecked during its maiden voyage to Asia in 1749).

Several visitors raved about the exhibits, especially the one focusing on navigation. Although, a few past travelers warned the museum offers a gimmicky atmosphere, could use additional information and interactive displays, and charges high entrance fees. Many previous museumgoers recommended the virtual reality experience on the Amsterdam ship, which shows you how the city's historic harbor grew to become a bustling port.

Admission is 16.50 euros (about $18) for adults, 8 euros (less than $9) for students and children ages 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and younger. Discounts are also available if you purchase in advance through the online ticket portal. If you have an I amsterdam City Card, that pass gets you in for free. Tickets cover access to all museum exhibits, including the VR experience, as well as a restaurant and a gift shop. Your entrance fee also includes use of an audio guide.

The property welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily (excluding select national holidays). Three fee-based parking garages sit close to the museum, though the easiest way to reach it is to walk from the city center or take the No. 22 bus to the Kadijksplein/Scheepvaartmuseum stop. Learn more by checking out The National Maritime Museum 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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