Amsterdam Outdoors Overview

Bloemendaal aan Zee - Beach | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity in Amsterdam

Stereotypes abound in Amsterdam whether it’s spending too much time in coffeeshops or hanging out in the dark corners of the Red Light District. However, there are so many things to do outdoors in Amsterdam that you’d be hard pressed to find time to waste just smoking and ogling.

You may not realize this, but there are actually beaches in and around the city and a whole slew of Amsterdam outdoor activities as a result. Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee are two great beaches just outside Amsterdam where surfers, sunbathers, and sand lovers all come together during warm summer days.

Vondelpark, meanwhile, is the biggest and most popular park in the city with 120 acres of green space for picnicking, lying in the sun, rollerblading, bike riding, and any number of outdoor activities. During warm summer months, the park also hosts an open-air theater lineup.

If you’re looking for outdoor events in Amsterdam, there is nothing quite like Queen’s Day. Every year on April 30th, the entire city dresses up in orange and/or crazy costumes, and takes to the streets and canals to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

One stereotype about the denizens of the city however is true; Amsterdammers love being outdoors and prove it on a daily basis by riding their bikes everywhere no matter the weather.

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