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Swimming Pool de Waterakkers

"De Waterakkers" in Heemskerk is not just a by-word for a unique swim paradise. Many other ways to unwind also exist, such Sauna & Thermen "De Waterakkers".

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Beach finds Museum

The Beach finds Museum is located directly behind the railway station in Castricum. 

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Linnaeushof: Europe’s largest playground

The Pirate’s Nest is for real daredevils, as it can only be reached via long, hanging bridges, high above the water.

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Canoe Rental De Aker

Canoe Rental De Aker was established in 1972 and has gained a national reputation among canoe enthusiasts, not least because of the stunning routes it offers and the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

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Ruiterhuys offers a rustic restaurant, terrace, a playing field with safe play equipment, a children's farm, an indoor riding arena and small-scale bed & breakfast facilities as well as stabling.

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Restaurant Johanna's Hof

Restaurant Johanna's Hof is the ideal place to visit after an enjoyable time in the dunes and woods of Castricum. It's located opposite the camping.

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Monkey Town

Enormous climbing and scrambling equipment, challenging tunnels, secret alleyways and not to forget the ball pits, super lego, trampolines and bouncy castles.

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Gasterij de Kruisberg

The quality of the food is as important as good service at Gasterij de Kruisberg. We welcome you six days a week and cater for one, two or groups of any size. 

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Zoo Hoenderdaell

The Lion Foundation is a rescue centre for feline predators, located at Hoenderdaell Estate. The foundation's aim is to provide shelter for these animals when in need.

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Huis van hilde

Het Huis van Hilde

They were the same as we are, and yet their life looked very different... Come and get to know Hilde from Castricum, Cees the Stone Age man, the Alkmaar woman Brecht, and many others. Archaeologists retrieved skeletons and reconstructed their faces so life-like that they seem effortless time travellers who have come to visit us in the here and now!

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Bakery Museum

The scent of freshly baked Dutch cake makes you taste the good old days. Our bakers show you all aspects of their trade, while children can practise old baking techniques throughout the day. 

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Amusement Park De Goudvis

A gigantic outdoor playground, over 2200 m2 covered play paradise plus a cafe with terrace, make Amusement Park De Goudvis a great destination whatever the weather. It is also a great place for a children's party or school trip.

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Forteiland IJmuiden

With the help of over 90 volunteers, association Forteiland IJmuiden organises visiting days for the general public to Forteiland. Forteiland is not normally accessible. A fun and educational day out for all ages! 

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Bij de Deijning eten en drinken in de strand tent

Beach pavilion

A bite to eat, a drink and a walk along the beach? There is plenty to do on Castricum beach! Club Zand, Zoomers, Zeezicht and Deining are all beach tents well worth your time.

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Whether you are looking for a group or family day out, or just want to come on your own to admire the butterflies: you are very welcome in Butterfly Garden Vlindorado.

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Bezoekerscentrum De Hoep

Visitor Centre De Hoep

In Castricum, close to the beach, you will find visitor centre De Hoep. It offers absorbing expositions on the natural environment in the Noord-Holland dune reserve and on the importance of the dunes in the drinking water supply, suitable for all ages.

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Zaanse Schans

In this typically Dutch, historical area there is lots to see and do.

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Cheesemarket Alkmaar

The cheesemarket Alkmaar will take place from March untill September, every friday on the Waagplein.

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Lake Alkmaar

Alkmaardermeer, a large lake near Castricum, offers a wide choice of facilities for those who like water sports, while stunning cycle and walking routes run along its banks. 

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Sea Aquarium Bergen aan Zee

The sea aquarium in Bergen aan Zee is well worth a visit. Renewed since 2016, it boasts over 300 different species of fish.

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De Oude Keuken

De Oude Keuken (Het Oude Theehuys Foundation) is a social enterprise located on the premises of mental health institution Dijk en Duin in Castricum. Gorgeous food, enjoyable music and the delights that the forest and the dune landscape offer.

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Weekly Markets

Many great weekly markets are held in Alkmaar, Uitgeest, Bergen, Egmond aan Zee, Castricum, Heiloo and Heemskerk. If you want to know when exactly, read on!

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This trail is only possible between April and October because of the timetable of one of the ferries. As the name suggests, the cyclist will come across several ferries on this trail around the Alkmaarder and Uitgeester lake. 

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