The most heavily populated city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is known (or notorious) for its adult attractions. Its coffee shops alone — where marijuana rather than caffeine is the drug of choice — draw more than 3 million annual visitors, and the city’s red-light district is certainly a lure for a particular kind of tourist.
But families with children can take heart that some events are specifically geared toward kids, such as this week’s Cinekid Festival, which includes screenings in English (Oct. 16-25; look for a special Halloween event on Oct. 26).
Some of the city’s attractions are great for families at any time of the year. They center around Amsterdam’s world-class museums (the Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage and the Anne Frank House among them) and simply enjoying the canals and rings of the city via ferry. The I Amsterdam card is a must, as it offers free and discounted fees on museums, public transportation, a canal cruise and meals at participating eateries.