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Embark on a journey through the enchanting region of South Holland, where vibrant cities, historic charm, and coastal beauty converge to create the perfect canvas for an unforgettable family adventure. Nestled in the heart of the Netherlands, South Holland offers a unique blend of cultural richness, outdoor escapades, and a warm embrace of the Dutch way of life. In this Mini-Guide, we unveil the secrets to making your family trip to South Holland a magical experience filled with laughter, exploration, and cherished moments.

South Holland With Kids – My Mini Guide

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How to Get There 🚗✈️

By Air:

South Holland is well-connected internationally through Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS). Considered one of the world’s busiest airports, it serves as a gateway to the region.

By Train:

The Netherlands has an efficient railway system, and major cities in South Holland, including Rotterdam and The Hague, are easily accessible by train.

By Car:

For those seeking flexibility, renting a car provides the freedom to explore South Holland’s hidden gems at your own pace. You can also get a ferry from a number of locations in the UK to Holland. We travelled from Hull to Rotterdam. However, you can also catch a ferry from Newcastle too!

bikes at the wassenaar beach in Holland

Getting around

Public Transportation:

South Holland boasts a reliable and extensive public transportation network. Trains, trams, and buses make it easy to navigate between cities and attractions.


Embrace the Dutch way of life and explore South Holland on two wheels. Rental bikes are readily available, and the region’s flat terrain makes it family-friendly.

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Duinrell Theme Park

Where to stay

We stayed at Duinrell near Wassenaar. However, there are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and other campsites in different locations in the surrounding area which you will find.


For a modern and vibrant atmosphere, consider staying in Rotterdam. Family-friendly hotels like the nhow Rotterdam provide stunning views of the city skyline.

The Hague:

Opt for The Hague if you prefer a mix of culture and seaside relaxation. The Kurhaus Hotel on Scheveningen Beach offers a luxurious yet family-friendly experience.


For a charming and historical setting, Leiden is a fantastic choice. Boutique hotels like the Huys van Leyden provide a cozy atmosphere for families.

Duinrell Theme Park

Where to eat

 Jo from Kiddie Holidays suggested if you love Ice Cream then to check out Lucianos which is only 5 mins from Duinrell. It has many awards for its homemade ice cream.

Pancake Houses:

Indulge in Dutch delights at pancake houses like Pannekoekenrestaurant Oudt Leyden, offering a variety of sweet and savory pancakes. Pannenkoekenhuis is also another Pancake house which is just outside the Duinrell entrance.

Seafood by the Beach:

Savor fresh seafood at beachside restaurants in Scheveningen, such as Catch by Simonis, where kids can enjoy the sea breeze.

Food Markets:

Explore local food markets like Markthal in Rotterdam, offering a diverse range of culinary delights and snacks.

Rotterdam Zoo with Kids

What to Do

There are plenty of things to do in South Holland with kids. We visited a number of places and we still have so much more to see when we go back again! Below I have listed the top things to do if you are going to Holland. Check out my Holland section as well to have a read of what we got up to while in Holland for more suggestions.


Amsterdam is not too far to travel from Duinrell. You could drive or take the train. Unfortunately, we never made it to Amsterdam on our recent trip to Holland. However, when we go back in the future we are planning to try and fit it in. It looks a beautiful city to explore and there seem to be lots of things to do. Travel With Bender has a great article for their top 10 things to do in Amsterdam with Kids. Alternatively, if you are staying in Amsterdam and looking for a day trip from the capital then you could check out a day trip to Haarlem as a possible adventure.

Schiedam Windmills


If you are going to Holland, then you have to go to at least one windmill! If you want to lots all in one go then head to Kinderdijk where you will see 19 windmills!

child in a trailer in Holland


Everyone seems to cycle in Holland, so why not join them? There were lots of bike rental places around or you could even bring your own. You never really have to cycle on the roads as there are cycle paths and lanes. Great for cycling with kids as you know they will be safe.

wassenaar beach


Some great beaches in South Holland. If staying at Duinrell then there is Wassenaar Beach, you can easily cycle there. There is even a beach at Scheveningen which has a big promenade that is great for walking up and down and exploring.

Duinrell Theme Park

Is Holland Family Friendly?

Absolutely! South Holland is a haven for families, offering a perfect blend of cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, and seaside relaxation. From interactive museums to iconic windmills and family bike rides, there’s something for every age group.

Whether you’re exploring vibrant cities, cycling through scenic landscapes, or building sandcastles on the beach, South Holland promises a memorable family vacation. Embrace the Dutch hospitality, immerse yourself in the rich culture, and create lasting memories with your loved ones in this enchanting region. 🇳🇱🚲 #FamilyTravel #SouthHolland #DutchAdventure

Have you been to South Holland? Let me know your thoughts!

Our Mini Guide to Holland With Kids

About Author

I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. Had a great time in Holland this summer travelling by train. Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Amsterdam and Haarlem were all hits which I’ve blogged about on my website.

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