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Marveling at the Street Art, Take a Boat Tour, Cruise through the canals, Get drunk at a Pub Crawl, Spend a day in Haarlem, Join a Fun Bike Tour, Do a city-wide scavenger hunt, Explore Escape Room, Stroll through the Vondelpark and Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Elevate your adventure and explore more enthralling destinations with the seamless charm of Europe travel for a comprehensive and memorable journey.

Visit Europe’s most enthralling destinations and make your experiences even more memorable by trying some of the best fun things to do in Amsterdam. Set on an adventure by joining a fun bike tour and exploring the beautiful geographical location of Amsterdam comprising the most picturesque canals, gardens, and natural landscapes. Take day trips and visit places like exquisite 17th century houses, museums, markets, restaurants, bars, and much more.

You can go on a walking tour through its narrow alleyways and quaint neighborhoods looking for exquisite street art that are a distinct feature here. Cruise through the canals and watch the city from a whole new perspective. Spend a rejuvenating afternoon at the Vondelpark enjoying local concerts and live music. You can also explore this exciting city by going on a unique citywide scavenger hunt which is interesting yet cheap fun things to do in Amsterdam.

Here are some of the best Fun Activities to Do in Amsterdam:

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Marveling at the Street Art

  • Wallow in the awe-inspiring street art that this creative city displays especially in the Spuistraat areas.
  • Marvel at the most interesting yet cheap fun things to do in Amsterdam by witnessing the works by hundreds of local artists. These art are not limited to graffiti but also involve bike decorations, decorations on the walls of local libraries, and myriad other tiny objects.
  • Delight in the sights of the happily colored buildings particularly the famous Vrankrijk, with fun artwork brilliantly splashed all over it.

Location: NDSM Werf, Spuistraat, Zuiderzeeweg, and more

Also Checkout: Amsterdam Walking Tour

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02

Take a Boat Tour

  • Hop on a boat or cruise down the serene waterways that crisscross the entire city, if you are looking for the best fun things to do in Amsterdam.
  •  Choose from one of the most exciting boat cruises on offer such as a cruise with dinner, sightseeing cruises, romantic cruises, or a luxury cruise, among others.
  • Learn some of the most interesting facts about the most iconic landmarks of the city you pass them by from the audio guides that feature on the boats.

Location: Amsterdam, North-Holland, Netherlands

Also Checkout: Places To Visit In Amsterdam

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03

Cruise through the canals

  • Embark on a journey which is perhaps the best fun thing to do in Amsterdam by taking a cruise along the canals, one of the greatest attractions of the city.
  • Enjoy watching the city’s exquisite skyline from the surface of the water, learn interesting facts about it and explore Amsterdam's UNESCO protected canal ring as well.
  • Explore the history and culture apart from the landscape of the city which seems even more magical when seen from a boat, on these tours that usually last about an hour.

Location: Amsterdam, North-Holland, Netherlands

Also Checkout: Things To Do In Amsterdam

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04

Get drunk at a Pub Crawl

  • Party hard with the mad crowd of Amsterdam and feel the vibrant energy of pubs up and close which is the fun things to do in Amsterdam at night.
  • Set foot in some of the coolest clubs in the city to explore their exotic nightlife and party scene in either the Leidseplein Square route or De Wallen area and enjoy free vodka shots during the happy hours.
  • Wallow in the local experience as you explore Amsterdam’s party spirit and get a chance to meet like-minded people especially if you are a solo traveler.

Location: Leidseplein Square route, De Wallen area, or the Red Light District

Also Checkout: Museums In Amsterdam

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05

Spend a day in Haarlem

  • Visit the scenic village of Haarlem that lies on the city’s western edge near the coastline which is one of the cheap fun things to do in Amsterdam.
  • Head to the cozy beach bars nearby and unwind in the cool atmosphere with a refreshing drink or explore the numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants in the area.
  • Enjoy a trip to the oldest museum in the Netherlands and witness the various historic buildings at the Grote Markt located in the heart of Haarlem.
  • Take a tour of a 19th century concert hall and a guided visit of the Molen de Adriaan, a windmill which is quite close to the town center.

Location:
Located outside of Amsterdam in the northwest Netherlands.

Also Checkout: Amsterdam Nightlife

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06

Join a Fun Bike Tour

  • Joining a bike tour is one of the best ways to explore the city, which is also among the most cheap fun things to do in Amsterdam.
  • Join the hourly bike tours with a local guide and go around the highlights of the city like the canals, markets, church, the famous Jordaan District, and much more.
  • Learn much about this historic city as well as fascinating facts about some of its iconic sites like the Anne Frank House from your guide accompanying you.
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07

Do a city-wide scavenger hunt

  • Venture out on a scavenger hunt which is not only one of the most ideal ways to explore the city but also the best fun things to do in Amsterdam.
  • Traverse through the famous locales in the city including its most renowned museums and other historical sites in an unconventional manner.
  • See the highlights of the city in a unique way that combines a walking tour and a scavenger hunt at your own pace in the interactive and self-guided tour.
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08

Explore Escape Room

  • Enjoy this interesting activity in which you get to solve exciting riddles and puzzles and ranks top among the fun things to do in Amsterdam at night.
  • Exhilarate in the thrill of solving puzzles that will get you your key to a unique escape room such as Sherlocked and Aftermath or Locked in Amsterdam.
  • Make the most of your time here irrespective of your role you are given and follow your goal which is to get out as quick as you can! Try different roles such as a wizard trying to get their wands back, a detective looking for the missing bride, or even a Dutchman trying to steal Captain Davy Jones’ treasure.

Location: Houtkopersdwarsstraat 31011 NK Amsterdam

Also Checkout: Amsterdam Walking Tour

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09

Stroll through the Vondelpark

  • Spend time relaxing and rejuvenating in the cool shaded park right in the heart of the city that offers the best cheap fun things to do in Amsterdam.
  • Spend quality time with your loved ones by going for a picnic on a warm afternoon to the expansive park and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.
  •  Enjoy cycling through the lush green pathways or have fun watching an open air theater, comedy show, musical performance, or any other special event that is organized here from time to time.

Location: located in the city center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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10

Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not

  • Enter the world of the bizarre and the unbelievable, and witness a mind-boggling collection of scientific, artistic, natural, and human oddities.
  • Take this opportunity to explore the one and only space tunnel in the Netherlands, housed in this imposing five-story building.
  • Witness the amazing way the museum blends the essence of ancient civilizations and modern day art in order to safeguard them for future generations.
  • Learn interesting stories about extraordinary people, world travelers, and curious explorers who collected these rare art pieces.

Location: Dam 21, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands

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People Also Ask About Amsterdam

  1. Which are the best things to do in Amsterdam this weekend?

    • Visit the Anne Frank House: Explore this inspiring site that relays the tragic tale of a young Jewish girl and her positivity through the most difficult time in history.
    • Go on a cruise down the Canal: Take a boat tour and glide along the waters of the famous canals of the city witnessing its most famous landmarks and asking about its rich history and culture.
    • Wade through the Flower Market: Enjoy the spectacularly vibrant sights and fragrances of colorful flowers on a calm weekend by taking a tour of this exotic market.
    • Take the Gassan Diamonds Tour: bedazzle yourself on a fine weekend by taking this one of a kind tour where you witness deft diamond polishers busy at their craft.
  2. What are the popular museums in Amsterdam?

    • Rijksmuseum
    If you are an art and history enthusiast, you should definitely visit this museum which is one of the best fun things to do in Amsterdam. Witness hand crafted furniture, ancient sculpture, as well as a real life propeller plane on display here.

    • Van Gogh Museum
    Witness over 1,400 pieces of art created by the world renowned master at this famous museum in the city. The ‘Sunflowers’ painting is particularly noteworthy and draws millions of visitors from across the globe.

    • Stedelijk Museum
    Visit this modern art museum, which houses over 90,000 distinct pieces and spectacular rotating exhibitions. Do not miss out the unique bathtub shaped exterior of the building which is an attraction in itself.

    • Hermitage Amsterdam
    Discover the intricacies of Dutch art and history as well as the richness of Russian culture in this famous museum in Amsterdam.
  3. How to reach Amsterdam?

    • By Air: 
    The Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam is its biggest airport and it lies just 11 km away from the city center. It is well connected by regular flights from various cities across Europe.

    • By Rail:
    You can also reach Amsterdam from various other European cities by train as they are connected by a robust rail network. The Amsterdam Central Station is the biggest station here and it runs frequent fast moving trains from cities like Brussels, London, Frankfurt, among others

    • By Road:
    You can travel to Amsterdam by road from cities such as Frankfurt and London, by either hiring a car or taking a bus service.
  4. What is Amsterdam famous for?

    Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and is famous for its rich history, culture, picturesque locales, and some of the most famous museums with an enviable collection of artwork. It is also well known for its beautiful waterways, architectural splendor, exquisite gardens, and much more.
  5. What are the famous attractions to visit in Netherlands that you can book via Thrillophilia?

    Following are the famous attractions to visit in the Netherlands that you can book via Thrillophilia:
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Europe is a good destination place where you can spend your honeymoon or a family vacation abroad, and it was truly fantastic. Thrillophilia greatly organized this tour accordingly to the needs of the travelers, Also appreciated the fast response times towards our queries, We enjoyed the hotel choices as we leave it to Thrillophilia to arranged everything for us and its turns out that all selection of hotels was excellent, Foods were surprisingly so delicious, We had a great time and good memories at each place we visited. All sightseeing was incredible and super beautiful with their views, architecture, culture, art, etc... We really enjoyed the Cologne Boat Ride and never forget the excursion to Mt Titlis. Our tour guide in Amsterdam was very informative, friendly, and experienced shared with us a great history of the place in a very interesting way. This is the tour that you won't regret.
31 January 2020
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Must visit places for every art lover.
31 January 2020
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Best museum I have ever seen! We got a direct entry and had a great experience.
31 January 2020
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Amazing place! My children loved it. The rides were very good and we enjoyed a lot.
31 January 2020
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Best day out of our Amsterdam Tour. Everything was so good. The transfer was very comfortable.
05 May 2020
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Visiting Giethoorn was one in a kind experience and a memorable one too. The guide that accompanied us was very informative and friendly. I and my children personally liked the Boat tour in Giethoorn which came included in the package
05 May 2020
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The guide we had while availing the tour was very knowledgeable. he informed us all about the place. He was friendly enough to answer all our questions and the stories he had for all of us made the walking tour interesting. We shared a laugh or two as well.
05 May 2020
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A perfect Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour. everyone should look forward to availing while in amsterdam. We went past all the places including Oude Kerk which made the tour perfect one. Having small group size made the tour personalised.
05 May 2020
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A perfect Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour. everyone should look forward to availing while in amsterdam. We went past all the places including Oude Kerk which made the tour perfect one. Having small group size made the tour personalised.
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From the begining of the tour from the airport we received with a warm welcome, the tour start and we are very excited, the tour manager was very communicative and informative plus helpful, The accommodations were amazing with nice service and hospitalities, the foods were good qualities, sightseeing was incredible, breathtaking and unforgettable. The activities were fun and exciting... The entire experience worth the money we spend... Wow... this is what we are expecting and it satisfying us with everything.

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