When visiting Amsterdam for the first time you will notice that the locals are generally involved in outdoor activities. Because of the proximity to coastal line and forest, the canals and gardens of the city provide many opportunities for water sports, cycling, hiking and trekking activities. Hence, many Amsterdam private tours focus on adventure packages for tourists. These packages are tailor-made according to the seasons and summertime is the more preferred by tourists. The following are some of the popular recreational adventure activities in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is known as the bicycle capital of the world and it is the most popular outdoor activity for the locals. Because cycling is part of the local lifestyle; natives commonly cycle to their work and other commuting purposes. The cobbled bumpy busy city streets are a challenge for those used to smooth and even bicycle paths that are found in other European towns and cities. However, bicycling to the south along the 40Km stretch of the picturesque Flower Strip especially during the spring is highly recommended. The other alternative is bicycling up north to the harbour towns such as Volendam or Marken. Therefore, there are many Amsterdam private bike tours.
The other popular activity among tourists is canal tours or private boat tours. But, for those who are looking for an adventure they can explore the city of canals by kayak and there are some guided tour operators that offer kayaking tours. However, you also have the option to rent a kayak and explore the world heritage site yourself if you are up for it. But, for those who wanted a quieter kayaking experience can head south to the forests where you can kayak along the tree-covered waterways and ponds. Hence, it can be a delight for nature lovers.
Roller Skating in and Around Amsterdam
Skating is an outdoor activity that you find almost everywhere in Amsterdam like cycling. For avid roller skaters, there is Friday Night Skate in Amsterdam, where groups of skaters go for a 20km skating around Amsterdam every Friday night starting at Vondelpark.
Similar to roller skating, ice skating is a popular winter activity. Because during winter the canals freeze and offer ample opportunities for the adventure. Besides, there are ice rinks like the Jaap Eden Ice Rink that is open between October and March.
Located to the north of Amsterdamse Bos, it offers a family-friendly opportunity to climbing trees, hiking and such adventures at one of the best Amsterdam nature spots.
Therefore, Amsterdam not only offers regular tourists attraction but adventure activities as well. So, if you are planning to part take in any of these activities it is better to plan ahead.