With its placid canals, narrow cobblestone streets, and diminutive canal houses, Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It also holds a special place in my heart, as I lived there throughout my twenties. But during a recent family trip to Amsterdam with my wife and 8-year-old daughter, I was also pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it is to experience Amsterdam with kids. Playgrounds are plentiful, restaurants are welcoming (national dishes include pancakes and French fries), and museums are geared towards children. Plus, every Dutch person learns English at a young age, so language isn't a barrier.
Here are 30 of the best things to do in Amsterdam with kids, including great Amsterdam hotels for families and the best restaurants in Amsterdam for kids. Discover more family travel destinations in our European Travel Guide for Families, which features other kid-friendly cities in Europe such as London and Paris.