Amusement parks in the Netherlands
Land of amusement parks
A brief history
The history of amusement parks in the Netherlands begins in 1935, the year that a local priest and a chaplain opened the Efteling. At that time, the park merely consisted of a walking trail, a rowing lake and a tearoom. In 1952, the famous fairytale forest, designed by Dutch painter and graphic designer Anton Pieck, was opened and more attractions were gradually added.
In 1979, Ponypark Slagharen was the first theme park to open a rollercoaster, which even included an inversion. Shortly thereafter, the Efteling followed suit with the Python rollercoaster. Today, there are all kinds of amusement parks for every age category. Plopsaland, Plaswijckpark and Julianatoren are perfect for small children. Older children and adults will enjoy the many thrill rides in Walibi Holland or the Tiki Pool in Duinrell.
The most popular parks in the Netherlands
Duinrell is located in Wassenaar, near the city of The Hague. This green park is somewhat smaller, but that makes it easier to navigate. This park offers visitors a bit of everything: rollercoasters and a splash coaster for thrill seekers, playgrounds and carousels for the little ones, and of course the unmatched Tiki Pool, an adventure pool with plenty of slides. The pool alone is worth a day’s visit!
Slagharen Amusement Park
If you are seeking an amusement park for the entire family, be sure to visit Drievliet in the city of The Hague. The park, which was founded in 1938, is filled with all sorts of cool rollercoasters, family attractions and magic shows, allowing you to make your visit as exciting or adventurous as you like!
To this end, Drievliet has arranged its park into four categories: familiy, children, shows and 'thrills', a set of attractions aimed at the real thrillseekers.
Thrill-seekers look no further: Walibi is the place to be! This is home to the highest and fastest rollercoasters that will give you a serious adrenaline rush. The Goliath is the fastest, highest and longest rollercoaster in Europe! But there is more to Walibi than just rollercoasters: there are various water rides, smaller rollercoasters and bumper cars for the smaller children. Moreover, you can spend the night at Walibi.
Our tips How to get the most out of your visit?
The biggest drawback to visiting an amusement park is standing in line for attractions. But plan wisely and you may very well be able to avoid this problem. Amusement parks are busiest during the weekends and school holidays, so it’s a good idea to visit during the week if possible. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days (Friday is already a bit busy), so take a day off from work on a day that the kids have a free day from school.
Plan your visit for a less sunny day. Just like the beach, amusement parks are busiest when the weather is good. But you will enjoy the amusement park just as much on a cooler, gray day - and you'll probably spend less time waiting in line.
It is always smart to bring your own food and beverages. Food in amusement parks is notoriously expensive, so be sure to pack your sandwiches!
Last but not least, the most important thing is that you and your family or friends enjoy a wonderful day out together. Have fun!