The Netherlands is the world’s largest producer of tulip bulbs and every spring Keukenhof celebrates with more than a million flowers on display in the park. The Keukenhof Tulip Festival is a gorgeous display that spans nearly 80 acres and is well worth the visit to Lisse, Holland.
Keukenhof is open to visitors only 8 weeks and the opening date is based on when the flowers are expected to bloom that year. We visited toward the end of the season about 7 years ago so I was anxious to return to see the park in full bloom. My family’s visit from the States overlapped perfectly with the tulip season so we made it part of our week-long travels.
I’ll admit I was worried about
dragging strolling with four kids under the age of 7 through the large park to…. look at flowers, but there were a few activities scattered throughout that kept their interest. The main attraction for the kids was definitely the playground area with several different structures geared toward different abilities. There is also a petting zoo, but it wasn’t open to go in and feed the animals while we were there. All the stuff geared towards kids is in one area with a small cafe so you can plan for a snack break in between taking pictures of your kids near the tulips. There is also a scavenger hunt that uses a series of questions to guide your children around the whole park. On the way, they find out all kinds of things about flowers and plants. Pick it up at the Information Desk or download from the Keukenhof website before you visit.
There are restaurants throughout the park so we didn’t have to leave to have a decent lunch. It was also nice to get inside to sit down for a bit because it was quite cold while we visited!
Keukenhof is kind of in the middle of nowhere so we stayed at a great hotel about 20 minutes away on the North Sea. The tulip season doesn’t correspond with North Sea beach weather, but it was still neat to walk on the sand and see the ocean. As you drive to and from Keukenhof, make sure to admire the view as there are tulip fields as far as the eye can see.
Let’s let the photos do the talking so here are some of my favorite photos from Keukenhof.
Stay tuned for more travel adventures in Europe with kids.