The Amstelpark was created in the early 1970s in occasion of a big fair of garden installations, the Floriade. The city of Amsterdam has decided to keep this area as a park, and the attention is still focused on flowers.
There is a splendid Rose Garden, a Rododendrum Valley, a Japanese Garden, areas dedicated to Dahlia's, medical plants, and an Orangerie. Some sculpture exhibitions can be hosted in open air, or into the Glass House. There is a (wine) bar and a restaurant near the main entrance of the park. For kids there is a petty farm and a play ground.
What's great about the Amstelpark
Amstelpark is particularly nice for children, as there is now a huge play area with climbing frames which are quite challenging and good fun for older children. For the smaller children there is an enclosed playing zone with a sand pit and toys fitted for a younger age. All round, wide green grass with some trees which, in the really warm days, are just perfect for a nice picnic in the shade!
Nearby there is petty farm where you can find rabbits, hens, lambs, pigs and donkeys. Every wednesday afternoon there are activities for the children who can get to touch the animals.
Near the Cafeteria yo can find some electric games as some diggers, the child can operate with levers to dig holes in the sand. Finally you can keep children busy with a tour in the Amstel train and at the Midget Golf area.
Amstelpark & kids parties
Party arrangements for children are also possible, check the website.
When to visit
Spring & Summer, a sunny day would be really the best ! Open every day from 8 am until half an hour before the sunset.
How to get there
There are more entrances to the Amstelpark, the main one is on the Europa Boulevard, in front of the Ernststraat. Other entrances are where the red bridge is, near De Borcht, and by the Amstel, near the Rozenoord bridge and Park.
Playground Amstelpark and Amsterdam South
This park is fun for...
Having walk or bike ride with babies and toddlers, but this park is much more fun for pre-schoolers and older kid. Why not rent a bakfiets and bike via the river Amstel to the park? (see photo)