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If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday destination, De Haan in Belgium is the perfect place for you. This charming beach resort is a great option for a family getaway with tons of kid-friendly hotels and restaurants – and some great activities!
Read on for practical tips on how to visit De Haan with kids, where to have fun, kid-friendly restaurants and hotels.
In a Nutshell
⭐ Best hotel: Center Parcs De Haan
- In a Nutshell
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- Romantik B&B Zonnehuis has a heated outdoor pool. It is just a few minutes from the beach and near all restaurants and shops.
- Ibis De Haan has a heated outdoor pool. It is located just a few steps from the beach.
- Exploring De Haan
- Fun for Kids
- Kid-Friendly Cafés and Restaurants
- Practical stuff
- More on the Belgian coast
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Best Hotels for Families
Exploring De Haan
The beaches in De Haan are ideal for kids, with plenty of shallow water for them to play in and plenty of sand for them to build sand castles. There are also plenty of activities for kids to enjoy, from a pirate ship playground to go-carts and mini-golf.
De Haan is also a great place for families to relax and unwind. The town’s historic centre is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. You can also take a stroll along the seafront promenade, which has a playground. The nearby towns of Blankenberge and Bruges are also worth visiting, as they offer plenty of cultural attractions, such as museums, galleries, and churches.
De Haan is an ideal destination for families looking for a fun and relaxing holiday. With its beautiful beaches and abundance of activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Kids will love the sea, the beach, and all the activities available in this charming Belgian town.
This is one of the nicest Belgian coast towns, as there are no tall buildings right next to the beach. De Haan is one of our most favorite ones along with De Panne for this reason!
Fun for Kids
Don’t miss the pirate playground on the beach!
Here’s the exact spot:
Speelboot strand De Haan8420 De Haan
Park La Potinière
You can rent go-carts at Park La Potinière, a few minutes away from the beach.
There is a brasserie with a playground.
There’s also mini golf nearby.
Read more: Park La Potinière
De Sierk is a circus-themed playground for kids of all ages. It is a great option for rainy days, because there are many covered areas.
Read more: De Sierk
Very close to Center Parcs in De Haan you can find the play area Wonderbos in the forest. There are several activities for kids that will keep them happy.
Read more: Wonderbos
Giant Slide: Slierberg
The huge slide in Slierberg is worth trying at least once! The rest of the play area in the forest is very small, but the slide is amazing!
Read more: Slierberg
Kid-Friendly Cafés and Restaurants
*There are several cafés and restaurants along the beach. These don’t have a playground, but they are on the boardwalk, so there are no cars passing by.
*There is a brasserie with a playground, a tennis court and mini golf at Park La Potinière (see linked post for more details)
Read more: La Potinière
*A bit further away from the beach is Brasserie Duinenhof. There is a terrasse with a playground and a jumping castle at the back garden
Eet- en Koffiehuis Duinenhof
Vosseslag 118, 8420 De Haan
*Frituur Frietvosje, there is a tiny playground with a slide next to the terrasse and a pony right next to it (both by the street)
Vosseslag 134, 8420 De Haan
*While this is more of an outdoor playground, De Sierk is a great choice to enjoy your coffee while the kids are having fun
De Haan: Wheelchair and Stroller Friendly
The beach is stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly. There is a paved path on the beach and a ramp to get to the path. Here is the exact point of access:
Zeedijk-De Haan 37, 8421 De Haan
There are also wheelchairs for the beach available. See details on the photo.
*There are public toilets and tap water next to the playground
Zeedijk-De Haan 14-18, 8420 De Haan
*Dogs are allowed on a leash – but not allowed at all on the beach in the summer (01.06-15.09 between 10.00-19.00)
*There is a paid outdoor parking very close to the beach:
Koninklijke Baan 62, 8420 De Haan
De Haan Map
About 1 hour 15 minutes from Schuman, Brussels (or 2 hours 15 minutes by public transport)
(paid outdoor parking place near the beach)
Koninklijke Baan 62, 8420 De Haan
Walk to Park La Potinière in De Haan, there is a playground, a brasserie with a terrasse right next to it and you can rent bikes and go carts for the kids and the family
The small playzone in the forest of Slierberg is worth it for the huuuge slide!! It’s 7 minutes away by car from the center of De Haan
A speelbos with wooden friendly forest spirits and forest men with several games for kids in the dune forests of De Haan
A circus themed outdoor playground with tons of things for kids of all ages – also good for rainy days due to the covered terrasses and the many covered activities
More on the Belgian coast
Knokke is one of the poshest parts of the Belgian coast and it offers lots of things for families: private playgrounds on the beach with jumping castles, go carts and much more
Ride a go-cart, have some ice-cream and enjoy the jumping castles! With an amusement park, a small provincial domain, a farm for kids and more, you will not get bored in De Panne
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From playgrounds and ice cream to playgrounds and a dedicated beach area for dogs, Middelkerke has something for everyone in the family.
Here are our practical tips on how to plan your family visit, the best things to do and where to stay.
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