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Ter Heide: imagine a sandy beach hugging a shallow lake, with a lovely terrace and playground nearby – a dream for families! Plus, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can spot deer on the other side of the lake.
At Nature Preserve Ter Heide, you’ll discover a delightfully sandy beach bordered by a gently shallow lake.
The best part? There are plenty of shaded spots under the trees by the beach, ensuring you can stay cool on those sunny days.
Don’t forget the fun activities available! You can enjoy beach volleyball or challenge someone to a ping pong match.
Now, of course you’re itching to take a dip in the lake. Just remember, swimming is only allowed when the green flag is up. But no worries – you can still enjoy the beach even when swimming isn’t permitted.
Spot Deer at the Other Side of the Lake
Nature lovers will adore the 2km walk around the lake, and if you venture to the other end, you might spot some graceful deer. Here’s the exact spot.
Restaurant and Playground
Feeling hungry after all the fun? Head over to the Café Squash Center Meander, just a short two-minute walk from the beach. They serve food, ice cream, and refreshing drinks.
Plus, the terrace is perfectly positioned with a view of the playground – so you can sit back and relax while the little ones play. The exact spot is here.
For those interested in the practical details, here are the opening hours and entrance fees during the swimming season:
- May, June: Wednesdays and Fridays 13.00-19.00, weekends and public holidays 10.00-19.00
- July and August: open daily 10.00-20.00
Admission costs during summer are as follows: EUR 5 for adults, kids under 110cm get in for free, there’s an option for a EUR 40 10-times pass, and cyclists pay EUR 2.5 (only when swimming is allowed).
For those looking to extend their stay, there’s a camping site, Kampterrein De Waterhoek, right there – so you can fully immerse yourself in nature. You can find the exact spot here.
For all the water sports enthusiasts, windsurfing is a possibility. Check out the details here.
And if you have teenagers with a passion for skateboarding, they’ll be delighted to know that there’s a skatepark nearby – Skatepark Rotselaar. The exact spot is here.
Ter Heide is a popular spot for swimming near Brussels. Often it reaches its capacity and then no more people are allowed to enter. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
A big plus for families with young ones – the area is stroller and wheelchair friendly (as much as a sandy beach can be!).
Do keep your furry friends on a leash while exploring the domain. Unfortunately they’re not allowed on the beach. But don’t worry, there’s a designated dogs area nearby here.
When nature calls (literally), you’ll find toilets at the café, and during swimming hours, additional toilets are available with the lifeguards.
Lastly, there’s free outdoor parking – always a relief when going on a family adventure!
So, for those in and around Brussels, Nature preserve Ter Heide is just a little over half an hour’s drive from Schuman or an hour and 20 minutes by public transport.
Parking Ter heide (next to the beach, terrasse and playground)
Plan your visit, soak up the beauty of this nature preserve, and create cherished memories with your loved ones.
Enjoy your time at Ter Heide! 🌿🏖️
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