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At first glance, Amsterdam is not a great family destination. Who wants to be taking the kids into a hash-smoking den, or traipsing around the Red Light District? Or to a country that permits children from age 12 to have "non-exploitative" sexual relationships? To boot, a legal political party, the Brotherly Love, Freedom, and Diversity Party (PNVD), openly advocates pedophilia and child pornography.

A second glance is likely to be more promising. This the capital of a country in which kids are relatively highly regarded. There's also plenty of wholesome stuff for them to do.

Let's see now: Pedaling a rented bicycle around town, or a water-bike around the canals; riding trams, harbor ferries, and canal boats; visiting Artis Zoo, the Anne Frank House, and one of several children's farms; exploring the beach at Zandvoort; swimming in the IJsselmeer; working off steam at adventure parks. And lots more.

Some of the city's more expensive hotels offer kids' suites, and you might even find that a suite is cheaper than booking two rooms. Many hotels allow children up to a certain age to sleep free or for a reduced rate in their parent's room, and may provide an extra bed.

Arrange ahead of time for such necessities as a crib, bottle warmer, and car seat (in the Netherlands, small children are not allowed to ride in the front seat).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.