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Bij de arcade hal POING in Rotterdam speel je spelletjes zoals Airhockey, Pacman en Dance Dance Revolution.

11 Fun activities in Rotterdam with your friends

By Lisanne van Beurden
December 16, 2019

Are you going to explore Rotterdam with a group of friends? Then check out these 11 fun activities in Rotterdam! Visit a 90s arcade hall, enjoy a high wine, visit a museum or play a game of lawn bowling… With these 11 ideas for fun activities in Rotterdam you are guaranteed to have a good time in Rotterdam with your friends. Have fun!

Need more inspiration? Check out these 52 Things to do in Rotterdam.  

11 Activities in Rotterdam for a fun time with your friends

1. Play all kinds of games at POING

POING is an arcade hall with classic pinball machines, a karaoke room and a classic dance machine! If you are more in the vibe for board games, not a problem! Take a seat at one of the tables and play a game of Jenga, the Tower of Pisa or (for a long evening) Risk. Order a drink and something delicious from their menu and you will definitely have a great evening with your friends!

Does the karaoke room sound like something for you and your friends? Then be sure to make a reservation! 


2. A game of lawn bowling at Mooie Boules

Het is een tof concept, met een fijne sfeer, genoeg plek en lekker eten. Mooie Boule staat zeker op de lijst van leuke borrelplekken in Rotterdam!

You can find Mooie Boules in a characteristic metal factory in the emerging ZOHO area. The factory has been completely transformed into a French village square. Local restaurants serve signature dishes and the bar serves a wide range of wine, specialty and local beer. And of course you can play a game of lawn bowling here. And just like at POING you can also play all sort of (board) games. 

Mooie Boules is a perfect spot for fun with friends!


3. Exciting times at one of the Escape Rooms in Rotterdam

Foto door Live Escape in Rotterdam

Do you and your friends love adventure? Then a visit to one of the Escape Rooms in Rotterdam is a great idea. For instance, you can visit Live Escape. Here you have three rooms: The Safe House, Lab13 and The Boiler Room.

At The Safe House, you and your friends unexpectedly witnessed a murder in the Rotterdam Underworld. In anticipation of the court case, in which you are the most important witnesses, you will be placed in a Safe House. But is it really safe?

In LAB13, horrible experiments were done by Russians. According to local residents, the lab is still being used. You must do the first exploration…

In The Boilerroom, your group enters a largely burned-down apartment to find Sophie. Once inside you will find out what has happened in the apartment and that Sophie is not the only one who has disappeared without a trace. Will you be able to find Sophie before you get caught?

Read Mathilde’s article for more fun Escape Rooms in Rotterdam!


4. Experience virtual reality at Zero Latency VR

Experience virtual reality in Rotterdam! For instance, you can do this at Zero Latency VR. Here you can experience the most advanced free-roam virtual reality with two to eight people at the same time. Free-roam VR means that you can move and walk around freely, in this case in a gigantic hall of 200 square meters.

Together with your team, you fight against zombies, space robots or discover a fantasy world. A fun and exciting way to work on team building!


5. Team building during a pub quiz

How well is your general knowledge? Time to test it during a pub quiz! Grab a drink and make sure to work together as a team. Where can you take a pub quiz in Rotterdam? One hotspot where you can enjoy a pub quiz with friends is Weena Rotterdam. Here they organise a pub quiz every Tuesday night from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

Check these 3 nice places for a pub quiz in Rotterdam.


6. Exploring arts and culture in Rotterdam 

Want to enjoy a day of arts and culture? Fortunately, Rotterdam has many great museums. For example, pay a visit to the Kunsthal or the Wereld Museum. Are you with a larger group than 10 people? Then it’s recommended to let the museum know before you go. 


7. Enjoy the view from the Euromast

If you and your friends have never been to Rotterdam before, then a visit to the Euromast is definitely a must-do.

With its 185 meters, the Euromast is the tallest building in the Netherlands. It is part of the World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT): the 37 most beautiful and tallest towers in the world, such as the Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.

It is possible to book a tour with large groups at the Euromast. Here you can not only enjoy the beautiful view over Rotterdam, it is also possible to reserve a table and have a nice dinner or you can just have a drink. With a view of our city of course!


8. A day of shopping in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a great city for shopping. There are many great shops in our city, from boutiques and vintage stores to internationally known stores.

Do you and your friends love vintage items? There are enough stores in our city that sell beautiful second-hand items. Check out these 12 vintage stores for inspiration for your day of shopping in Rotterdam. Or use this shopping route for a successful day of shopping in our city!


9. Ice skating at the ice rink in Rotterdam

In December, January and February you can visit the Rotterdam Schaatsbaan (ice rink) in Kralingen. Chocolate milk, mulled wine, a Unox sandwich and wrapped in a thick coat. That is the real winter feeling! A super fun (winter) outing in Rotterdam with your friends.


10. Enjoy a high tea, high wine or beer tasting

Liters thee, hartige sandwiches, scones, de lekkerste taarten... Wie houdt er niet van? High tea's zijn enorm populair en wij snappen wel waarom. Leuk als moederdag cadeau, als uitje met je vriendinnen of voor wat quality time met je partner. Maar buiten het feit dat het heel lekker is, zit het vaak boordevol suikers en dierlijke producten, die je misschien juist wilt ontwijken.?Gelukkig zijn er tegenwoordig ook zowel vegan als healthy high tea's te vinden in Rotterdam, met niet alleen vegan, maar ook gluten-, lactose- en suikervrije opties. Hieronder delen we de vijf plekken waar je kunt genieten van een heerlijke vegan high tea in Rotterdam!?

There is nothing that can bring people together as well as food! And there is the perfect food related activity for every kind of occasion. Are you going for a tasty high tea with unlimited cups of tea and sweet treats such as scones, pies and chocolate? Or for a high wine with tasty savory snacks and delicious wines?

Another possibility is a beer tasting in Rotterdam. Something different than a simple beer in the local pub. During a beer tasting you can taste special beers and enjoy snacks.

All three are perfect activities to chat with your friends while enjoying a drink and some good food!


11. Watching a classic movie at one of the cinema’s in Rotterdam

Rotterdam has a lot of cool cinemas, such as Cinema, Lantaren Venster and KINO. At these three cinemas you can watch classics and watch art house films. So pick out a movie, buy a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy the warm, cozy cinema (ideal during the rainy days in our city).

Combine your visit to the movies with a nice dinner and drinks. KINO is the perfect spot for this, because they have a great restaurant where you can eat before or after the movie and have a bar where you can have a drink.


With these 11 ideas for fun activities in Rotterdam you’ll have plenty of inspiration for a fun time in Rotterdam. Have fun!


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