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17 Activities for a summer day in Rotterdam

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Those beautiful summer days in the Netherlands, when the temperature rises, the birds chirp, you regret that you had not bought that fan earlier, and when staying indoors is a great sin. Gather your friends and go out, because with these summer activities you will get the most out of this good weather!

Please note: Some (or all) of the activities below may not be possible during the current crisis. Always follow the RIVM guidelines and keep one and a half meters distance of other people. Stay indoors if you have a cold or the flu. Save this article for when we can do lots of fun things again!

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17 Activities for a summer day in Rotterdam

 

1. Rent a sloop on the Kralingse Plas

Omringd door het Kralingse bos, is deze plas dé plek waar de Rotterdammer heengaat tijdens een zomerse dag. Als de zon schijnt staat het vol met barbecuende mensen, spelende kinderen en vrienden die genieten van een drankje.

Surrounded by the Kralingse Bos, this lake is the place where the Rotterdammer goes during a summer day. When the sun shines it is full of people barbecuing, children playing and friends enjoying a drink. Our tip is to rent a boat and float around on the Kralingse Plas. A quick Google search and you will find several places where you can rent a boat!

 

2. Enjoy the sun at Parqiet 

De zon schijnt en gelukkig zijn er in Rotterdam genoeg plekken om ervan te genieten! Wij delen daarom de beste terrassen - m?t een goed uitzicht - in Rotterdam om een hapje te eten of een drankje te drinken.

When the sun shines, Parqiet, located in the former coach house in the Park, is the ideal place to enjoy the sun. The front yard of this beautiful building is the park next to the Euromast, where they have placed beach chairs and tables on the grass. Take off your shoes, put on sunglasses and order a nice drink and snack!

Address

Baden Powellaan 20, 3016 GJ Rotterdam

 

3. Eat an ice cream at the best ice cream parlours in Rotterdam

Ben je op zoek naar een ijssalon in Rotterdam? Lees dan dit artikel met 16 plekken voor een heerlijk ijsje in Rotterdam! Onlangs is de nieuwe Ben & Jerry's scoop shop geopend aan de Witte de Withstraat, maar er zijn echt nog veel meer hotspots in Rotterdam die lekkere ijsjes verkopen, van classic schepijs tot cheat proof creaties! #Rotterdam #IJssalons #IJsRotterdam #Nederland #IjssalonsRotterdam

The perfect way to cool down is of course with a nice ice cream! Are you going for a classic scoop of vanilla? Or do you treat yourself to a more deluxe version?

We always find the ice cream at De IJssalon very tasty. And we are not alone, because the De IJssalon has already won several prizes with their traditional, fresh ice cream. Are you a fan of Ben & Jerry ice cream? Then visit the Ben & Jerry Scoop Shop on the Witte de Withstraat, where you can choose from more than 15 flavors.

Read our article about the best places for a nice ice cream in Rotterdam for more inspiration!

 

4. Cool off with the Splash tour 

Het lijkt misschien op een normale bustour, die je langs de meest bijzondere plekjes van Rotterdam brengt, maar dat is niet het enige! Tijdens de tour neemt de bus letterlijk een duik in de Maas. De bus vaart verder en laat je de stad vanaf het water zien. Je kan hier een kaartje kopen om mee te gaan met de deze knalgele varende bus. 

If you need to cool down, a logical step is seeking water activities. As a city that has a big river, Rotterdam has plenty of fun options for that! For example, this bus tour may seem normal, but nothing could be further from the truth. During the tour, the bus literally takes a dip in the Maas. The bus sails on and shows you the city from the water. Buy a ticket here to join the bright yellow sailing bus.

 

5. Have a picnic in the park

Een dagje naar de Kralingse Plas is helemaal gratis!

Plenty of parks in Rotterdam! For example, choose the Vroesenpark in Rotterdam-Noord, where there is enough space for picnics, barbecues or playing around with football. Other parks that are ideal for this are Het Park, the Kralingse Plas and -Bos and the Zuiderpark. Also keep an eye on the Rotterdam calendar for all the fun festivals that take place in the parks during the summer months!

 

6. Have a refreshing drink on one of Rotterdam’s nicest terraces

De zon schijnt en gelukkig zijn er in Rotterdam genoeg plekken om ervan te genieten! Wij delen daarom de beste terrassen - m?t een goed uitzicht - in Rotterdam om een hapje te eten of een drankje te drinken.

Put on your sunglasses, take off your coat and take a seat on a sunny terrace with a beer, wine or an ice-cold coke. Because luckily, Rotterdam has a lot of beautiful terraces in the center. And that’s for a good reason, because as soon as the sun shines, they are packed! Read our article here with the sunniest terraces in Rotterdam, such as Aloha or the Gele Kanarie.

 

7. Get a breath of fresh air on the Euromast

Genieten van het uitzicht op het terras van de Euromast is ideaal als de zon schijnt. Vanwege de heldere lucht kan je namelijk kilometers in de verte kijken! Wij raden aan om tijdens zonsondergang te gaan, om te zien hoe de gouden zonnestralen de stad verlichten.

Enjoying the view on the Euromast’s terrace is a great way to spend your summer day. Because of the clear sky, you’ll be able to see for miles in the distance! We recommend going during sunset to see how the golden rays of sunlight illuminate the city. Also: don’t forget to bring your camera!

TIP: Buy your ticket for the Euromast here

 

8. Float around in a HotTug

Een varende hot tub: hoe leuk is dat?! De HotTug is een elektrisch aangedreven boot waarin je tijdens je boottocht warm wordt gehouden door een hout gestookte kachel. Hiermee vaar je voor minimaal twee uur door de kanalen van Rotterdam en een vaarbewijs is niet nodig. Super leuk om met je vrienden te doen!

We already talked about renting a boat on the Kralingse Plas, but this is also a great idea for a warm summer day. A HotTug is an electrically powered sailing hot tub that takes you through the canals of Rotterdam. Put on your swimsuit, have a drink, put on some music and enjoy!

For even more activities to cool off, read our article with the best water activities in Rotterdam!

 

9. Discover Rotterdam with a Segway tour

Imagine: you are visiting Rotterdam for a few days, but it’ way too hot to be active (have you ever cycled on the Erasmus Bridge with 30 degrees?). However, missing out on all the beautiful things Rotterdam has to offer would be a shame! The solution: a Segway tour! With this tour you will go through Rotterdam in 75 minutes and see the most beautiful places that the city has to offer, without a drop of sweat. That is not only fun, but also very smart.

Buy your ticket for a Seyway tour in Rotterdam here

 

10. Watch a movie at the open-air cinema ‘Pleinbioscoop’

In August, Museumplein transforms into a cozy open-air cinema, where they screen special films during nineteen summer evenings. You simply buy a ticket, grab a chair, find a nice spot with your loved one or friends and you are ready for a beautiful summer evening.

 

11. Go wakeboarding in Nesselande

For the sports enthusiasts or adventurers among us, there is a very nice water ski cable car in Nesselande where you can wakeboard on the Zeverhuizerplas with the help of a zipline. Fun to do as a day out with a group, but as an experienced wakeboarder or water skier it’s also great, as there are challenging obstacles in the water.

Address

Kosboulevard 35, 3059 XZ Rotterdam

 

12. Walk across the Erasmus Bridge and view the sunset

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A classic in Rotterdam, but for a good reason! The bridge is beautiful from whichever side you look at it. Walk along the river towards the bridge, cross it and walk to the Kop van Zuid. That way you can see the bridge from all sides, you can see the Maaskade, Wilhelminakade, the skyline of Rotterdam and the Kop van Zuid. Beautiful with sunset!

Curious about the other gems in the city where you can watch the sunset? Read the article with beautiful sunset spots in Rotterdam

 

13. Visit Hoek van Holland and the beach club Pele Surfshack

Have you already heard of Pele Surf Shack? This is the first plant-based beach club in the Netherlands. Although it is not in the center of our city, it is definitely worth traveling to Hoek van Holland and trying one of their plant-based dishes. And while you’re there, you can make it a fun day at the beach!

Pele Surf Shack is open all summer, seven days a week. Unfortunately they are closed during the winter, but the doors open again in March.

Address

Rechtestraat 24, 3151 HN Hoek van Holland

 

14. Spend a night at the unique Culture Campsite

Kamperen in eigen stad? Dat kan gewoon in Rotterdam! Bij de Culture Campsite in Delfshaven, slaap je in kunstobjecten gemaakt van al bestaand materiaal. De 12 objecten bieden plaats voor 24 gasten die op zoek zijn naar een unieke ervaring. Net als de slaapplekken, vind je de wc en douche in een duurzaam kunstobject. Verder biedt de Campsite een jacuzzi en een plek voor eten, namelijk de Food Club Rotterdam. Echt een unieke beleving, waarin bezoeker, kunst, architectuur en duurzaamheid samenkomen. 

Camping in your own city? That’s definitely possible in Rotterdam! At the Culture Campsite in Delfshaven, you sleep in art objects made from already existing material. The 12 objects can accommodate 24 guests who are looking for a unique experience. Just like the ‘rooms’, you will find the toilet and shower in a sustainable art object. The Campsite also offers a jacuzzi and a place for food, namely the Food Club Rotterdam. A truly unique experience, in which visitors, art, architecture and sustainability come together.

Address

Schiehavenweg 12, 3024 ED Rotterdam

 

15. Visit the botanical garden Trompenburg

Dit pareltje van Rotterdam is een botanische tuin gelegen in Kralingen. Het is prachtig aangelegd en gevuld met bomen, struiken en de meest unieke bloemen. Of je nu van flora houdt of gewoon wat rust en stilte wilt, je bent welkom om alleen of met een gids langs te komen en rond te lopen.

This gem of Rotterdam is a botanical garden located in Kralingen. It is beautifully landscaped and filled with trees, shrubs and the most unique flowers. Whether you like flora or just want some peace and quiet, you are welcome to drop by and walk alone or with a guide. You can simply buy a ticket at the entrance.

Address

Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX

 

16. Have a drink at the Rotterdam DakAkker

There are a number of beautiful hidden roof terraces in Rotterdam. One of these is the DakAkker. It looks like a green courtyard, but located 20 meters up in the air. It is also the first green roof in the Netherlands where fruit and vegetables are grown and honey bees are kept.

Enjoy a drink, a snack and the view while you visit the restaurant next to it called Op Het Dak.

Address

Schiekade 189, 3013 BR Rotterdam

 

17. Join the Wednesday Night Skate 

One of the nicest and sportiest events in Rotterdam is the Wednesday Night Skate. Every summer, thousands of people put on their (roller) skates and roll through the famous streets of Rotterdam on five Wednesday evenings. The trail is about 12.5 km and everyone can participate, whether you are a beginner or experienced. Also great: participation is free! Before and after, the city is filled with festive activities and there’s a cozy atmosphere all around. Are you participating this year?

 

We are excited for summer! Will we see you at one of the options above? Share your summer experiences with us by tagging us in your photos with #WeekendsinRotterdam!

 

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  • Wow that’s a wonderful list.i would love to take Segway tour and visit Botanical garden

  • This is Beautiful ! so many good recommendations!

  • rotterdam looks like a stunning city with lots to discover! I am excited to visit and use your tips for what to do 💛

    • Thanks Madi! Hope you can visit Rotterdam soon 🙂

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