Zandvoort with kids

Zandvoort with kids: great beach for families!

Visiting Zandvoort with kids is fun! We visited the beach when we were on a city trip to Amsterdam with our daughter during the summer vacation and when it was very hot. From Amsterdam it is about three-quarters of an hour away by car and by public transportation you will be there in half an hour. Following our visit to this beach, we list all the information you need for a day out to Zandvoort beach.

Zandvoort with kids
Zandvoort with kids

general information

So you can reach Zandvoort beach in different ways. Because there is a train station near the beach, it is possible to get to the beach by train. It’s also fine by car. We had read once that Zandvoort could be difficult to reach by car during the summer months and that there can be long traffic jams, but when we visited the beach we could drive right through.

It is even possible to bike to the beach from Haarlem, for example. We did this ourselves once, during a city trip to this city. After parking the car in one of the parking lots, we first take a tour of the village.

There is actually one street with several catering establishments. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat or an ice cream. We also came across a game arcade, but that didn’t amount to much. There is also an Albert Heyn supermarket in the village if you want to make some purchases to eat on the beach with the family, for example.

Zandvoort with kids
Zandvoort with kids

the beach of Zandvoort

Zandvoort’s beach is comparable to most seaside resorts in the Netherlands. You have fine soft sand here and the closer you get to the sea the firmer the sand becomes. When the tide is out, several little lakes form, where kids can play in the water and catch fish. Our daughter spent quite some time building sandcastles on the beach.

You can take surf lessons in Zandvoort with kids. So you have surf school Surfana Noosa, where kids as young as six (who have diplomas A and B) can take surfing lessons. When we were at the beach, there was also a whole group of kids being taught on the beach by an instructor.

The beach has all the facilities you need with kids. Thus, it is possible to rent a beach bed with umbrella on the beach and there are plenty of toilets on the beach. Since it can be quite windy at the beach, it can also be nice to rent a windbreak. When we were there it was quite windy and then when you are out of the wind it is a lot less chilly.

Family Hotel Zandvoort
Family Hotel Zandvoort

Family-friendly restaurants sandvoort

At Zandvoort beach, you have perhaps twenty different beach clubs where you can get something to eat and drink. Beforehand, we had checked which beach club was also fun for kids. At beach tent Thalassa, a large climbing apparatus sits near the terrace. Here we had a delicious lunch at noon and our daughter had a great time playing with the other kids here.

From the terrace we also had a good view of the playground, which allowed us to enjoy another drink after lunch while our daughter was playing. In addition, this beach club has a somewhat smaller playground for the smaller kids. So a very family-friendly beach club.

Thalassa is certainly not the only beach club you can go to in Zandvoort with kids. For example, there are several beach bars with a playground. The beach bars are close together, so it’s fine to walk past a number of beach bars and see what each beach bar has to offer. In general, most beach bars do have the regular menu and often have a children’s menu as well.

Zandvoort with kids
Family Hotel Zandvoort

Children’s activities Zandvoort

In addition to the beach, you also have several children’s activities in Zandvoort. We list some of these activities for kids below.

Playground Groenendaal: this playground is for kids up to nine years old and is a 15-minute drive from Zandvoort beach. You can park your car for free at the playground and this playground has been around for more than 100 years. Therefore, there is still nostalgic playground equipment, but in the meantime the playground has also been largely modernized. You pay a few euros entrance fee for this playground, but in return you get a large playground, where your kids can have a great time for a few hours. 

Beachcombers Mu-ZEE-um: This museum near the beach is free to enter and has a collection of items found on the beach. There is a story behind many of the items found on the beach. In addition to these items you can check out, there is also an aquarium with fish from the North Sea. 

Nature around Zandvoort: You have beautiful natural areas you can visit near Zandvoort. From Haarlem we have visited the national park Zuid-Kennemerland with our daughter and it is a beautiful area, where kids can play in the dunes and climb in the trees. 

Another nature reserve located near Zandvoort is the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes. We also visited this nature reserve once with our daughter and here it is very nice to spot deer, which roam around here plenty. These are free children’s activities in Zandvoort. 

Zandvoort with kids: conclusion

We spent a whole afternoon in Zandvoort during our city break in Amsterdam and as far as we are concerned, it really comes highly recommended. The beach has fine beach sand and is spacious, giving you space on the beach. In the center and at the various beach bars there are plenty of options for a bite to eat and a drink, and most of these beach bars are also very family-friendly with children’s menus, high chairs and various play equipment. All in all, a great resort to go to when the weather is nice and you want to spend a day at the beach with your family. 

Family Hotel Zandvoort
Zandvoort with kids

Zandvoort with kids: where to stay?

You can stay in Zandvoort with kids just fine. There are several hotels where families with kids can stay in family rooms. We list the best options below.

Budget hotel: Hotel Paradis

Mid-range hotel: Amsterdam Beach hotel

Luxury hotel: Boutique Hotel Margretha

For a list of all accommodations in Zandvoort, take a look here.

Zandvoort with kids
Zandvoort with kids

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