Antwerp with children

Antwerp is a great place to visit with your children, with no shortage of fun and relaxing activities. Here are nine activities for you and your kids that you shouldn’t miss.

1. Boat trips

Experience the activity in the port from close up, enjoy a unique view of the docks and locks or discover the Antwerp skyline on the Scheldt. A boat trip is always fun and relaxing.

2. See the animals in the city

Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest in the world, and the most popular attraction in the country. Guaranteed fun!

2. Chocolate Nation

Chocolate Nation, the brand-new experience museum in Antwerp lies opposite the Central Station. It is the largest Belgian chocolate museum in the world and entirely devoted to Belgian chocolate.  You will start your experience in the jungle, to then end up in the Port of Antwerp. You will see how a life-size, mobile, imaginary machine makes Belgian chocolate and discover why Belgian chocolate is so famous. Needless to say, there are lots of opportunities for tasting too. In short, not to be missed if you love chocolate.

4. To the market

Antwerp has a rich tradition of markets stretching back many centuries. Many of them are still operating today, with various specialisations. A must for those who want to taste the real Antwerp. Het Geluk is a child-friendly bar where mothers with pushchairs, fathers with toddlers on balance bikes, grandparents with their grandkids and teenagers (with or without significant other) are all welcome. Perfect to combine with a visit to the Foreigners Market (on Saturdays) or the Bird Market (on Sundays).

5. Museums

Antwerp has numerous museums where children can also have a great time.
MAS | Museum aan de Stroom
Red Star Line Museum
FOMU | Fotomuseum
Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Vleeshuis

6. Parks

Antwerp is a city with plenty of green and quiet spots. The parks are an ideal place to stroll among the greenery, to read a book, let your children and grandchildren enjoy the playground, look at art or enjoy a picnic.

7. Swimming

You can have a lot of fun swimming in Antwerp. There’s an ecological swimming lake, an Olympic swimming pool, an art-deco bath and much more.

8. Tour of the city

What could be better than an original tour for getting to know the city? Discover Antwerp, by tourist tram, on a sightseeing bus or on a hop on/hop off shuttle bus. Discover all the tours. 

9. Film

There is no shortage of cinemas in Antwerp. Lots of old, impressive picture palaces have disappeared, but there is still a very large and varied selection today, including for real film buffs. On the outskirts of the city, Kinepolis Antwerpen with its 24 screens is the largest cinema complex in the Low Countries, but in the city too there are opportunities to catch a film at the UGC complex or in smaller cinemas such as Cartoons or Cinema Zuid.


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