Keukenhof

The “Garden of Europe” is one of the largest and most impressive flower gardens in the world with over 7 million tulips spanning over the 32-acre park. It’s also fun for kids with a small playground and some farm animals. Open between March and May every year

Overview
When to visit Keukenhof
What to see
Fun for kids
Boat tours and cycling
Practical stuff
Address
Nearby
Tulip fields
Flower parade
Amsterdam tulip festival
Amsterdam
Linnaeushof
Duinrell
Hague
Corpus
Kinderdijk
Map

Overview

When to visit Keukenhof

If you want to enjoy tulips in full bloom, aim to visit Keukenhof around the last week of April or the first week of May. These are photos from a few years ago during the period that the tulips were in full bloom

What to see

There are tons of flowers, as expected

We spent a lot of time at the stepping stones, our 5 year old thought it’s the best part of Keukenhof!

There is also a windmill. You can also go upstairs and enjoy the view of the bloomed tulip fields

There are many beautiful spots all around Keukenhof

There are also tulips which are ironically made of other flowers

Fun for kids

There are two small playgrounds, one for toddlers and one for older kids. These are not impressive by any means, but they are perfect for a break with little ones that get easily bored

Plus there is a café right next to the playground, so it makes for a nice little break for parents as well 😉

There are also a few farm animals next to the playground

You can pick a scavenger hunt at the entrance, great way for kids to enjoy the park. You can download it also here. Bring a pen with you!

There are several restaurants and canteens in the park. Cash is not accepted!

Boat tours and cycling

You can have a tour around Keukenhof with a whisper boat, see more details here. These are called whisper boats because they are electrically powered, thus mostly silent

You can also rent a bike at Keukenhof (but you cannot cycle in the park, you can only cycle in the area around it). The renting place is at the parking and the staff can provide you with different cycling routes around Keukenhof depending on your needs. On top of the usual bikes, there are tandem bikes and cargo bikes for hauling your kids
Rent-a-Bike van Dam – Keukenhof
Stationsweg 166A, Parking main entrance, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
https://goo.gl/maps/jbEj77KYCrYKYAHE8

Practical stuff

*Open: March to May every year, see exact opening times here
*Cost: approximately EUR 20 per adult and EUR 10 per kid (4-17 years old)
*You can buy your tickets here
*If you want to enjoy tulips in full bloom, aim to visit Keukenhof around the last week of April or the first week of May
*There are also guided visits for big groups, see more details here
*Lockers are available at the main entrance
*Stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly
*Dogs are allowed on a leash
*Parking: there is private parking at Keukenhof. You can buy a parking ticket here

Here is the map of Keukenhof

Address

About half an hour drive from Amsterdam (or 50 minutes by public transport, see here for details). About 2 hours 20 minutes from Brussels by car (or the same by public transport)

Keukenhof
https://keukenhof.nl/en/
Keukenhofdreef, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
https://goo.gl/maps/i2xXPNsjDXev1YUa9

Nearby

Tulip fields

There are lots of tulip fields around Keukenhof. In general you are not allowed to enter the fields, but you can stop and admire them without entering

At Tulip Barn you can enter the fields and there are activities for kids during the weekend and school holidays, like face painting or bulb planting. There is also a slide, a swing and a mini tractor. You can find more details here

At Fam Flower you can visit the tulip fields for a fee, which includes coffee and waffle. You can find more details here

Kasteel Keukenhof

Kasteel Keukenhof is a kids friendly farm, where kids can pet the animals, pretend they are riding a tractor and the rest can enjoy themselves at the restaurant of the domain. There is also a gnome walk and a scavenger hunt. This is right next to Keukenhof
Keukenhof 7, 2161 AN Lisse, Netherlands
https://goo.gl/maps/WigaiQ1BFsptfBhj6

Flower parade

The largest spring festival in the Netherlands with luxury vehicles decorated with lots of flowers. The parade is the highlight of the festival and it travels from Noordwijk to Haarlem. See more details here

Amsterdam tulip festival

Amsterdam has its own tulip festival with locations around the city decorated with tulips. See more details here

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is just half an hour drive away and you can easily spend the day with kids at Nemo Science Museum, a fun and interactive science center, perfect for kids of all ages – adults too! A boat tour is always a good idea to see the city from a different perspective. There are several playgrounds at the parks, for example at Vondelpark. Check on the map for lots more kids friendly recommendations around Amsterdam!
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

Linnaeushof

Linnaeushof is the biggest playground in Europe and is certainly worth a visit! There are both indoor and outdoor play areas, and a water play area for warm days. This is just 15 minutes drive from Keukenhof

Duinrell

Duinrell is an amusement park with indoor and outdoor attractions, a water park and a variety of accomodation. It is 25 minutes drive from Keukenhof

Hague

Hague is a great place to visit with kids! Walk at Scheveningen, the beach of Hague. Visit the Lego Discovery Center and Sea Life there. Madurodam is an interactive miniature museum (think like Mini Europe but with miniature buildings of the Netherlands). About 40 minutes drive from Keukenhof

Corpus

Corpus is a unique museum where you can visit the human body. Only kids 6+ years old are allowed in the first part of the museum. This is about 15 minutes drive from Keukenhof

Kinderdijk

The first time we went to Keukenhof from Brussels with friends, we stopped at Kinderdijk, a village famous for its 18th-century windmills. You can walk around or cycle (you are in the Netherlands after all!). You can also visit the museum mills and sail along the iconic windmills. Kinderdijk is about 1.5 hour drive from Brussels and then Keukenhof is one more hour away. Brussels – Kinderdijk – Keukenhof is 2 hours 50 minutes by car (Brussels – Keyukenhof is 2 hours 20 minutes without Kinderdijk)

Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is a village in South Holland, which is famous for its 18th-century windmills. You can walk around or cycle (you are in the Netherlands after all!). You can also visit the museum mills and sail along the iconic windmills

Map

All places mentioned above are also gathered on the map: outdoor and indoor activities, kids friendly cafés/ restaurants and hotels under separate layers
*Tip: if you want to see a specific layer, you need to tap the upper left corner of the map and unselect the other layers
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

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