Should you crave a brief respite while at Albert Cuypmarkt or are simply looking for a place to relax in the sun, this small, beautiful park makes a great destination. Named after the doctor who conceived of the area, the park lies amid 19th-century homes in a city suburb. The park offers, among other features, a fountain and grassy lawns, perfect for lazing the day away.

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Better block out enough time in your schedule when you visit Amstelpark. With so many attractions and things to do, the park has enough to keep you occupied and having fun the whole day. No matter what you fancy – play structures, slides, bumper boats, mini cars, trains, carousels, rides, miniature golf or petting zoos – you and your family will never want to leave. In between playtime, take a walk and admire the nature. Perhaps you packed a picnic to enjoy in the grass. If not, you can always grab a bite to eat at the snack bar. The park is open year round. Family fun is guaranteed.

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Year round at Flevopark, breathe in the fresh air and take in your surroundings. Situated on the east side of Amsterdam near the Indische Buurt, Flevopark is a beautiful blend of city park and nature reserve. Contemplate life as you sit along the shores of the Nieuwe Diep. Observe plants and animals that you would not usually find in other city parks, such as Vondelpark or Oosterpark. For bird watchers, the area is a must visit. From a distance, take a peek at the Jewish Cemetery; unfortunately, you cannot enter. If weather permits, swim in the outdoor pool area or play on one of the children's structures. Additionally, with the many paths available, walking and biking are popular activities. End the day with a visit to 't Nieuwe Diep. The distillery, once a former pump station, brews its own gin, vodka and liquor, well worth a taste.

Local Expert tip: For bird watchers, the area is a must visit.

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Frankendael Park
Photo courtesy of Huize Frankendael

Stop by Frankendael Park, situated in Watersgraafsmeer, and discover the fun and relaxation that awaits you. From sunrise to sunset, your day will be filled. Start with a visit to the only remaining country estate in Amsterdam, the Frankendael House. Admire its beauty: stroll through the stylish gardens or have a coffee on the terrace. Join a tour on Sundays at 14:00; art historians will guide you through the house and the property. Then, for lunch or dinner, make your way to Restaurant de Kas for a fabulous meal. You cannot miss it; the restaurant is housed in a greenhouse nursery. De Kas grows and harvests its own ingredients daily, such as vegetables and herbs, therefore ensuring the freshest produce possible. Throughout the day, make sure to take a moment to sit in the grass and soak up some sun. The park is perfect for a leisurely walk.

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Further Afield

This expansive city park, begun in 1934, offers a wide variety of wildlife and is an ideal place to get away from the city proper and enjoy its leisure facilities. A rowing course was the park's first attraction and still serves as a popular pastime. You'll also find a pond on which to cruise in small, rented vessels and a museum whose exhibits detail area flora and fauna. Biking, walking and jogging paths are also available, as are an open-air theater, children's playgrounds and a marvelous organic goat farm. Hop on the Museum Tram which runs along the park in the summer months and orientate yourself at the Visitor's Center by the main entrance.

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Amsterdam provides many places to escape busy city life. Whether you need a quiet afternoon to yourself or want to play with your children, Amsterdam offers many green spaces to get away. Vondelpark is one of the city's many parks to help you do just that. It's perfect for a long walk or bike ride. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, lie on the grass or read a book. Stop by the Blauwe Theehuis, tucked away in the center of the park, and have a drink on one of the largest outdoor terraces in Amsterdam. In the summer months, attend one of the open-air concerts. When you're about to leave the park, use a side exit and admire the gorgeous houses; it's one of the richest areas of Amsterdam. Take a break from all the sightseeing and busy street corners and enjoy a moment to yourself in the Vondelpark.

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