Amsterdam: Outdoor fun (and fitness) in Amsterdam

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Outdoor fun at Amsterdam Bos. Photo by Edwin Nollen.
Outdoor fun at Amsterdam Bos. Photo by Edwin Nollen.

While some folks relax by taking a leisurely stroll in the park, others unwind by sweating it out in the gym or going for a soothing swim in the pool. Accordingly, there are plenty of options for staying active when visiting Amsterdam. From golf to swimming, here are some ideas for recreation in the city.

Canoes and water bikes at Amsterdam Bos
Speelweide 5
1182AD Amstelveen
Open daily from 10:30 AM-7:00 PM (1 April to 1 Oct)

Be it a quiet day on the water or an adventurous tour of the banks, water sports can appeal to everyone. Interested parties can hop over to Amsterdam Bos, an expansive wooded area that offers a number of exciting activities. Among the attractions on offer is the rowing area on the lake.

A day on the lake is a great way to take in the serene surroundings. Visitors can choose between two water-bound options. For something laid-back, check out the canoes, which can be rented for €6 per hour (per person). Couples who want a romantic outing should check out the water bikes, which can be nabbed at €10 per hour.

Mini golf at Amstelpark
Amstelpark 2b
1083 HZ Amsterdam
Open daily from 10 AM-6 PM (July-Aug)
Wed- Sun: 10 AM-6 PM (April-Sept)
Wed, Sun & Sat: 11 AM-5 PM (Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov)

If you are looking for a bit of fun in the sun—minus a strenuous workout, head for one of the city’s mini golf spots. There are a few locations in Amsterdam, but none are as popular as the one in Amstelpark.

Amstelpark’s 18-hole championship course caters to the whole family. The variety of  obstacles means that there’s something for everybody.  If you’re up for more of a challenge, check out the Putting Greens. This recently-constructed course is for the golf fans who want a touch of the real deal.

The Championship course is available for €5 per person and admission to the Putting Greens is €8 per person.

Swimming at Het Marnix
Marnixplein 1
1015 ZN Amsterdam
Check swimming pool schedule on website for times

For a refreshing swim, check out the huge pool at Het Marnix. This is a busy sports center that offers a number of recreational activities.  Since there are a lot of activities going on at the center, it is recommended that you check the schedule on their website ahead of time.

At Het Marnix, you can dive in and go for a good old swim, or even sign up for swimming lessons. For something more vigorous, check out the different “aquasport options.” The entrance fee is €4. (Participating in extra events and classes costs extra.)

About the author

About the author: Amy K Goemans is a writer and web developer based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her travel experiences include Europe and Southern Africa with occasional visits to Asia. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Durban are currently her top favorite cities.

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