Utrecht Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Utrecht Family-friendly activities

Utrecht: National Railway Museum Admission Ticket

1. Utrecht: National Railway Museum Admission Ticket

The Dutch Railway Museum, also known as the Het Spoorwegmuseum, is your chance to explore the wonderful world of trains. Explore the museum's extensive collection of locomotives, carriages, scale models, steam engines, paintings, and railway material and objects. Visitors to the Railway Museum enter through the fully restored historic Maliebaan Station built-in 1874. While in the museum, you can see the impressive SS 13, also known as De Bril. While you're at the Railway Museum, visit its 3 saloon coaches and the authentic Royal waiting room. Take a behind-the-scenes look at a railway yard throughout the age of steam. Walk along with the Maliebaan Station platform and visit the Model Stockroom, which is filled with a collection of railway models. Take a ride on the Steel Monster and explore under, between, and above steam engines. Visit the Techlab while at the Railway Museum and learn everything there is to know about electric trains.

Rhenen: Ouwehands Zoo Entry Ticket

2. Rhenen: Ouwehands Zoo Entry Ticket

Come face to face with the magical creatures of our natural world with your entry ticket to the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. Bring the whole family along to meet the giant pandas named Xing Ya and Wu Wen and learn about protecting natural habitats. Make your way to the zoo entrance and step into a world of wonder as you check the map and decide who you want to visit first. Take the chance to discover one of the most beautiful panda enclosures in the world, the only one in the Netherlands, and watch them chomping on bamboo. Make sure you say hello to the African elephant named Bumi too. Watch the monkeys swinging around and let young children play in the indoor jungle playground while you enjoy refreshments at the Maki lounge. Observe the majestic polar bears and learn about their natural habitat, including what they eat and how they hunt. See if you can spot the leapords before you leave the zoo.

Utrecht: Centraal Museum Entrance Ticket

3. Utrecht: Centraal Museum Entrance Ticket

Discover art, design, fashion, and city history in the Centraal Museum Utrecht, the oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands. The museum aims to expand your mind by offering different perspectives on the present and the past and through special events and activities. Immerse yourself in fashion as you walk through exhibits that display important garments from the last hundred years. There are famous items on display by world-renowned designers such as Jan Taminiau and Iris van Herpen. Get a real feel for the graphic designer, visual artist, and children’s book author Dick Bruna and see his faithfully reconstructed studio inside the museum. His best-known creation is Miffy (or, in Dutch: nijntje).  Marvel at the skillful use of color and the intriguing themes of the internationally renowned Caravaggisti painters of Utrecht, including Dirck van Baburen, Gerard van Honthorst, and Hendrick ter Brugghen. Visit the contemporary art stages inside and outside the museum displaying contemporary artists and their artwork on topical issues in today’s society. The Expo 10, named ‘Utrecht Lokaal’, is devoted to presenting both exciting new talents and established artists from the city of Utrecht. The design collection includes the renowned (and the world’s largest) Rietveld collection. In addition to the world-famous Red and Blue Chair, you can view a diverse selection of works by this versatile designer and architect. Centraal Museum also has an impressive collection of modern art from 1850 - 1950, with works by famous artists such as Gustave Courbet, along with Utrecht artists including the surrealist Joop Moesman and magic realist Pyke Koch.  Learn more about the city of Utrecht, with its rich history and varied population. There are portraits of Utrecht’s citizenry throughout the ages and also the remnants of a huge medieval barge.

Small Group Tour to Castle De Haar from Amsterdam

4. Small Group Tour to Castle De Haar from Amsterdam

Let us take you to the most beautiful castle in the Netherlands. We will leave Amsterdam at 10:15 in the morning. Kasteel de Haar is only a 45 minutes’ drive away from Amsterdam and takes you back in time. In a small group tour we have about 3.5 hours to visit the castle with its stunning rooms, its gardens, and the beautiful, landscaped park around it. Kasteel de Haar is characterized by its rich and extravagant history and the many special stories hidden behind the castle walls. During the transportation our local guide will tell you something about the Netherlands and answer all the questions you might have.

Utrecht: Secrets of the City In-App Exploration Game

5. Utrecht: Secrets of the City In-App Exploration Game

Find the best-kept secrets of Utrecht with the help of an interactive smartphone app. Bring your friends along to take part in a fun game that will bring you to iconic sites. Solve challenges in order to unlock clues and learn more about the city's incredible landmarks. Download the app and start the game at Stadhuisbrug, right in the middle of the city. Be led around to different locations as you play and work as a team to solve puzzles. Explore Utrecht in a unique way, by discovering lesser-known, but greatly significant, sites. Come across the famous Dom Tower and the City Hall along the way. Pause the game at any time to wander around the area and get to know each site or finish your adventure all at once.

Utrecht: Museum Speelklok Entry Ticket

6. Utrecht: Museum Speelklok Entry Ticket

Discover the whimsical world of self-playing instruments with this entry ticket to the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht. Listen to instruments that are over a century old. Join the free hourly tour and dive into the history of these instruments. Experience the creative music that comes from the smallest music box and the largest barrel organ. See old musical clocks, musical boxes, orchestrions (self-playing orchestras), and traditional Dutch street organs. Admire the famous street organ named Arabier and the so-called 8th world wonder, the Violina. Marvel at the skill of the those the restore these precious items and keep them playing for generation after generation to enjoy. Visit the Museum Expedition to hear about the magical stories, technical craftsmanship, and remarkable music of the different musical instruments. Spend the day listening and learning with the whole family.

Utrecht: Hoge Woerd Museum Entry Ticket with Audio Tour

7. Utrecht: Hoge Woerd Museum Entry Ticket with Audio Tour

Make the most of your visit to Utrecht with a ticket to the Hoge Woerd Museum and treat yourself to an audio tour of all the museum's treasures. Liven your experience with a choice between the ship, ramparts, or expo-wing auido tour.  Discover an ancient Roman ship with its complete furnishing, climb up the walls of the towering fort. The museum offers three thematic tours covering all the treasures of the museum. Select the ship tour to learn everything there is to know about the unique Roman ship which is the crown jewel of the museum’s collection. Find out how did the ship sank, who was on board, and what treasures were found around the ship. Pick the ramparts tour to enter the ramparts of the imposing fortress and immerse yourself in the life of a garrison town on the edge of the Roman world in 200 CE. Enjoy the views and hear about what happened in and around the fortress at this time. Take the expo wing audio tour to become an archaeologist and follow the trail of 3000-years of living and working history. This exhibition highlights the most striking moments and findings from 25 years of excavations in this part of Utrecht. 

Utrecht: In-App Sherlock Holmes City Game

8. Utrecht: In-App Sherlock Holmes City Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Utrecht along the way. Make your way through the city by downloading the game app that will lead you around with specific directions. Take part in a unique adventure, full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this crime case, stopping to explore the area whenever you wish to. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast while you come across iconic sites, such as Dom Tower and Janskerk.

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What people are saying about Utrecht

There is a lot to see, many great attractions. Something for everyone from 0 to 100 years.

Far exceeded our expectations. Very interactive and engaging for kids.

Zoo was great and everything worked out great with the tickets

For railway enthusiasts it is a must. Maybe not on Sunday