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How to spend a weekend getaway to Rotterdam with family

Rotterdam is a city filled with fun, culture and history and a city that everyone can enjoy; That includes families! While many families choose to visit nearby Amsterdam, there is just as much for families to do in Rotterdam without the crowds and less family-friendly parts of the city to avoid with little eyes. There is lots to do from outdoor adventures to museums and educational activities. Before you add to your ‘things to do in Rotterdam’ list, first book your ideal family accommodation. PREMIER SUITES offers spacious, one or two-bedroom suites ideal for families of all shapes and sizes. Here are some things to look forward to with your family in Rotterdam.

Family Things to Do in Rotterdam

The Spido Harbour Tour is a great thing to do with kids to start your trip as it gives you a quick introduction to the city. It tells the story of the city, its harbour, and many other interesting stories to educate and entertain the whole family. Your little ones will love watching the container ships being loaded and unloaded and learning more about how the port works day-to-day. The narration comes in four languages, Dutch, English, German, and French, ideal for families from all over Europe.

A cool museum that kids would enjoy visiting in Rotterdam is the Dutch Pinball Museum. It is interesting for kids and adults of all ages who may not have had the experience of playing pinball since their younger years. It’s more suited to older and dexterous children, not so much infants.

Rotterdam Maritime Museum is a really interesting place to visit even for those with limited interest in Maritime history. Little ones will love Professor Splash area which is a soft play meets interactive playground both indoors and outside. They can play at loading and unloading containers, climb on old ships and learn more about shipping knots. There is a great interactive section about sea monsters and older kids might be interested in learning how the industry works. It’s a very interesting space for all ages and worth a visit when you’re in Rotterdam.

Tips for Family Visits to Rotterdam

Museums and many attractions are closed on Mondays. If you’re planning a trip with family and want to pack your days with museums and other educational fun, plan carefully. If you have the option to stay past the weekend, try to extend your stay from Wednesday or Thursday instead of staying until Monday.

Unlike other Dutch cities, shops are open in Rotterdam are open 7 days a week. Other cities are notorious for ghost towns on a Sunday, but you can pick up essentials like toys, souvenirs and treats on Sundays in the busy city centre.

Most of Rotterdam is very flat and therefore easy to navigate with a pushchair. However, you’ll need to check accessibility for each venue you plan to visit. If you’re planning on walking over the Erasmusbrug expect it to be quite a bit of effort with some elevation and a total length of over 800 metres.

There are a lot of unrestricted waterways in Rotterdam. As one of the most popular ports in Europe it’s not surprising there is so much water but keep in mind there are no chains or fences between you and the water in a lot of cases. Something to watch out for with extra-active children!

Getting around Rotterdam is easy on foot but be prepared for long walks. Cycling is a great option and there are plenty of bike hire spots if you’re travelling light. The Metro is very well connected, and trams are spread out all over the city. Tickets are reasonably priced, and you can buy 24 or 48-hour passes to make it easier.

Family Accommodation in Rotterdam.

If you want a seamless, enjoyable trip to Rotterdam, you must choose your accommodation carefully. PREMIER SUITES offers spacious and comfortable family accommodation with all of the facilities you’d expect from a home-from-home. The family-sized kitchen and bathroom, separate living space and unlimited free Wi-Fi will ensure your stay is as easy as possible. Our location is close to the central station and within walking distance of many of the main attractions in the city is ideal for families young and old.

Book our best available rates on our website, guaranteed. We look forward to welcoming your whole family for a stay in Rotterdam you won’t forget.

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