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You and your family have been yearning for a refreshing, fun-filled escapade away from the bustling city life? What if I told you, just about an hour and a half away from Brussels, lies the charming seaside city of Nieuwpoort in Belgium with a nature reserve?
Here are the best things to do in Nieuwpoort, where to stay and tips to plan your visit.
In a Nutshell
Family Hotels in Nieuwpoort
€€ Sunparks: Slide into fun at Sunparks, where you can either opt for a stay or grab a day pass to enjoy their pool with waterslides. There’s also a spa and mini golf.
€€ Holiday Suites Nieuwpoort: Unwind at Holiday Suites Nieuwpoort, fully equipped apartments with an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, and a little outdoor playground to keep the kids entertained.
€ Domein Westhoek: Ideal for families, Domein Westhoek offers an indoor pool, a spa and a playground.
€ Apartment Duinengolf 5: Feel right at home in the spacious 80m2 Apartment Duinengolf 5. With two bedrooms and a playground right next door, it’s a perfect family-friendly retreat.
Nieuwpoort teems with bountiful beachside bliss, where you can spend time simply running on the dunes and playing on the sandy stretches. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of sand trickling through your fingers and toes!
Need some tools for your beach escapades? No worries, you can easily buy shovels for the kids here at Zeedijk 14.
You’ll also find kites to fly at that shop!
Nieuwpoort Ferry Ride to Nature Reserve
For those keen on an outdoor adventure, the city’s ferry ride is your ticket to a serene nature reserve. It’s absolutely free and incredibly regular, with both your furry friends and your bicycles being welcome guests. Check out the exact spot where to get the ferry here, with a small playground and public toilets right opposite of it.
Nieuwpoort Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve is worth seeing once. It’s a serene place with a lighthouse and a long sandy beach.
If you’re lucky, you can spot seals here!
This is the only place that is not stroller-friendly, as there are several steps to get to the beach.
Go-Carts in Nieuwpoort
For the thrill-seekers, don’t miss out on renting carts at Happy Gocarts on Zeedijk 10. Both kids and adults will have a blast zooming about, feeling the sea breeze in your hair. You can find the exact spot here.
Playgrounds in Nieuwpoort
If your little ones crave some time on a playground, Nieuwpoort has you covered. There’s a small climbing structure on the beach.
There’s a small playground with a sandpit and a ship with a slide on Paul Orbanpromenade 112. Peek at it here. Not far away on the same promenade, you’ll also find the Sea Scouts’ small playground here.
Lenspolder Kids Farm in Nieuwpoort
Lenspolder is a charming little farm for kids in Nieuwpoort, that’s perfect for a family outing!
Lenspolder offers a range of workshops (reserve in advance), a café with a convenient playground right next to it, and even wooden dairy cows in the yard that will surely bring a smile to your kids’ faces.
But wait, there’s more! As soon as you step in, you’ll find a barefoot path with an obstacle course at the entrance.
For some outdoor fun, head to the meadow, where slides and a climbing tower await your little adventurers. Let them run wild, climb, and slide while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings. It’s pure joy and freedom in the open air!
Lenspolder also understands that furry friends are part of the family. That’s why dogs are welcome on a leash. And don’t worry, there’s a smoking corner available for those who need it, while the farm remains a smoke-free zone.
While you can’t feed the farm animals yourself, rest assured it’s for their own health and well-being.
There’s also mini-golf in Nieuwpoort! You can find the exact location here.
As you meander through the city, you’re likely to stumble upon the Golden Turtle sculpture – a statue nestled in the city. Find its exact location here.
Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Nieuwpoort
Brasserie Carrousel in Nieuwpoort has a play corner and a mini cinema. It’s the perfect place for little ones to have a blast while you enjoy a meal.
And let’s not forget about dessert! There’s always room for some ice cream, waffles, or a hot drink, right? Find these treats here at Zeedijk 10.
Your four-legged companions aren’t forgotten here either, with a designated dogs’ area here next to the parking.
Explore Nieuwpoort with a Walk
To further your explorations, we recommend two great walks we’ve done. One is an 8km walk starting from the first parking place mentioned below, including a ferry ride. You can download it here.
The other is a shorter 6.2km version if you park at the second place. You would miss the small playground with the ship and the park. You can download it here.
These walks are wheelchair-accessible and stroller-friendly, except for the stairs to get to the beach at the nature reserve.
Where to Park in Nieuwpoort
So pack your bags, dear explorers, for Nieuwpoort is ready to treat you with an adventure you will cherish!
About 1.5 hour drive from Schuman, Brussels
Outdoor parking place (paid)
Louisweg 2, 8620 Nieuwpoort
Underground parking (paid)
Dienstweg Havengeul 12a, 8620 Nieuwpoort
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