South Holland somewhat confusingly sits along the North Sea! The area is full of sights and attractions, with beautiful historic villages, pretty islands and lovely coastline. Holland is an incredibly cycle-friendly country, with miles of safe cycle paths that are ideal for the whole family to explore.
You can spend time relaxing on the beach, or exploring the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague. Make sure to visit Gouda as well – famous for its cheese, but also its syrup waffles (stroopwafels), which are sure to be a hit with the younger members of the family! South Holland offers the perfect mix for a fantastic family camping holiday.
Kids will adore the beaches of the region and the most popular is Scheveningen – perfect for sun lovers and active families alike. The long sandy beach is the best place for surfing in Holland, and you can try your hand at it with one of the surf schools in the area. The amazing pier juts out 984ft into the sea and has a covered lower level and open upper level. Take a visit to the beautiful sculpture gardens of Beelden aan Zee in the dunes, or visit the Sea Life Centre where kids can walk through an underwater tunnel, touch a starfish and crabs at the rock pool and meet the big sea turtles Bert and Ernie.
Rotterdam is a great city to visit with the family. The enormous Maritime Museum is full of interactive experiences and kids aged 4-10 will love the world of Professor Splash. Visit Blijdorp Zoo, home to a variety of animals including giraffes, gorillas and polar bears – each with their own unique habitat. Make sure to take a walk through the beautiful butterfly garden.
Just on the outskirts of Rotterdam, you’ll find Plaswijck Park. This giant kids playground has a water park, a fair, a petting zoo and indoor and outdoor playgrounds. You could easily spend several days here!
In The Hague, Madurodam is a ‘must do’! This is a miniature city with scenery from all over the country and finely detailed buildings, complete with moving cars, barges, airplanes and boats. Just northwest of the city is Duinrell, a large amusement and water park. There are hot whirlpools, lazy rivers and more long and twisting water slides than you can shake a stick at. It’s also located in the picturesque Wassenaar woods. Whatever you choose to do, there’s plenty in South Holland to keep the whole family happy.
Holland is extremely easy to get to from the UK, with a whole host of options for travel. You can take a ferry with P&O Ferries, Stena Line or DFDS to either the Hook of Holland or Rotterdam. Eurostar runs to Amsterdam via Brussels, or take a flight to either Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Maastricht airports with airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe and British Airways. Public transport within Holland is excellent, with an extensive train and bus network as well as trams in major cities.
Family friendly campsites