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Local Tips

Enjoy some helpful tips from Sean and Allison at Joy Ride Tours on all things Amsterdam & beyond.

Pilot Your Own Boat!

Pilot Your Own Boat!

With Boaty rental boats you can sail your own boat through the canals and off down the Amstel River. Boat instructions, maps, life vests and seat cushions are provided before you depart. A trip down to Oudekerk aan de Amstel is our favorite ride.

Springtime Tulip Fields

Springtime Tulip Fields

Take bus 858 from Schiphol or 854 from Leiden Central Station. Mother Nature decides when the tulips are blooming! We skip the Keukenhof crowds and rent bikes right outside the entrance gates (maps provided) to ride through the tulip fields.

More Windmills?

More Windmills?

Only 40 minutes from Amsterdam's Central Station, the Sprinter train to Zaanse Schans departs every 15 minutes. Ten windmills continue to turn; sawing wood and grinding oil, flower, spices and colourings.

Flower Auction for Early Birds

Flower Auction for Early Birds

Weekdays from 7am to 9am you can wander the catwalk above the Flora Holland flower auction in Aalsmeer. It is quite a production! The journey is about an hour or so outside of Amsterdam. Take bus 172 from Amsterdam's Central Station.

"Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls." - Bob Weir, Grateful Dead