Dino Experience Park Gouda: all the information
The Dino Experience Park Gouda was part of our weekend getaway with our daughter to the city of Gouda! We stayed two full days in this city world-famous for its cheese and we had a great time here! We meanwhile wrote the blog Gouda with kids about the city and all its children’s activities. The first activity we did in town was the “Dinopark Gouda,” which was super fun. Following our visit, we list all of our findings in this blog!
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Dino Experience Park Gouda is located on the outskirts of Gouda and you can park your car in front of the door (paid). By the way, it is also possible to visit the dinopark by public transport, as you will first travel by train to the station in Gouda and from there take bus number 190 towards Rotterdam Alexander.
You can buy tickets in advance online for this dino park in Gouda. Children up to three years old have free admission to the park, and for kids four years old and up you pay admission. Of course, it is also possible to buy tickets at the park’s ticket office. By the way, tickets online are slightly cheaper than buying tickets at the box office.
With a stroller, you can enter the park just fine. There are some dirt roads though, but we saw plenty of families with kids walking through the park with a stroller. The park is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and every day during the vacations. Do check the website in advance to be sure if the park is open that day you want to visit.
The Dino Park
The Dinopark in Gouda describes itself on its website as a playground with a good story. Yet the park certainly has more to offer than just a playground with dinosaurs. So the first thing we do when we arrive at the park in the early morning is a scavenger hunt about dinosaurs. Because we are there when the park opens, we still have the entire park almost to ourselves.
Actually, it’s two scavenger hunts, because we are given a list of questions about different dinosaurs and we also have to find eggs hidden with the different dinosaurs. Having found it, we should note the dino where the egg was located. By the way, we are also lucky with the weather, as the day we visit the park the weather is brilliant. During this scavenger hunt, we walk a route past all kinds of dinosaurs, and along the way there are also several pieces of playground equipment where we stop from time to time.
After we solve both scavenger hunts, it’s time for Jurassic Mining. Here kids can look for gold and gems they can find with a gold pan. Our daughter absolutely loves this and so quickly finds several beautiful stones. That she also gets to take this one home makes it even more wonderful for her.
After this, we will play Jurassic Golf. This is an 18-hole miniature golf course. A very nice and beautifully landscaped course. We spend another hour or so on this. After we had lunch at the park’s restaurant, Sophie went to play at the playground. This playground consists of several bouncy castles, playground equipment, a cable car, several swings and much more. Occasionally, Sophie also gets on the electric dinosaurs to take them for a spin.
In addition to these activities we did in the park, there is also a Dino Excavation Site, Dinoscope (where they run a movie), Dino Maze (maze), Paleo Lab, a place where you can paddle boats and a water playground. We ended up spending almost all day in the park.
Food and drink
Of course, you can also get something to eat and drink at Dino Experience Park Gouda. The park has a restaurant where you can sit inside or outside. At the restaurant, they have a variety of sandwiches, snacks and also whole menus, including children’s menus. Our daughter had this kids menu with fries and a snack and we had a nice sandwich. Because the weather was nice, we had lunch at the playground while our daughter played here after she finished eating.
It is also possible to bring your own food and drink and eat it on the picnic benches located in the park. It is also possible to have alcoholic drinks in the park if you have needs.
We enjoyed our visit to the Dinopark in Gouda. We were there right when the park opened and did not leave the park until late afternoon. You have several things you can do here, and kids can also learn all kinds of things about dinosaurs in addition. We were very lucky with the weather though, as it is obviously just a bit nicer when the weather is beautiful. For more information on tickets, the various activities and the restaurant, check out the Dinopark Experience Park website.
Family-friendly accommodation in Gouda
There is plenty to do in Gouda for families with kids to make a weekend of it. We ourselves went for a whole weekend. You don’t have super many accommodations where you can sleep a family of four. The following two options are then most appropriate in Gouda.
Best Western Plus City Hotel Gouda: We slept in this hotel during our weekend trip to Gouda. We found this a very nice hotel, with a very nice spacious family room for four with a large bathtub in the bathroom. In the morning we used the breakfast and it was very extensive and delicious. For more information about this hotel, take a look here.
Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis Gouda: This is another slightly more expensive and luxurious option to stay in Gouda. Located downtown, this hotel also offers wonderful rooms for families of four. We did not stay overnight here ourselves, but for more information about this hotel in Gouda, take a look here.