Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review After being destroyed in World War II, the lazy beach town of Zandvoort aan Zee slowly rose in both population and popularity to eventually become a favorite spot for Amsterdammers searching for the closest beach getaway. A quick 25-minute train ride from Amsterdam Centraal lands beachgoers just a short flip-flop ... more
Culture / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Vondelpark is a 120-acre park offering a pleasant change of scenery from the coffeeshops and canals and a chance to enjoy the sun reflecting off the tiny scattered ponds. Designed in the mid-1800s by the same architect who created the world’s largest tulip field, the Keukenhof, Vondelpark features lakes, rose ... more
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Party Earth Review Westergasfabriek is a former gas plant outside the city center whose old towers, warehouses, storage buildings, and grounds now house a collection of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and a vibrant cultural park. During the day, the lovely terrain – known as Westerpark – offers plenty of green space for ... more
Party Earth Review When people think of the great beach towns of the world, Amsterdam probably doesn’t pop into their minds – but time spent at Bloemendaal aan Zee just might change that. Rolling dunes covered in lush vegetation lead to a miles-long stretch of sandy beach popular for surfing and volleyball. Given its ... more
Party Earth Review Named after a leading Dutch landscape painter of the 17th century, the Albert Cuyp Markt contains over three hundred booths that line the street and make up the country’s largest outdoor market. The hundreds of merchants offer excellent deals on everything from fresh produce to clothing to housing accessories, as well as ... more
Party Earth Review Possibly the most popular spot in Bloemendaal aan Zee, Woodstock 69 is a picturesque party house overlooking the beach, and has a casual, island-style lounge. Colorful mosaics decorate portions of the outer walls by the sun deck, where patrons can lounge on a bed to soak up the rays or sink into a couch or bean bag ... more
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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.