A new ranking has placed the Dutch theme park Efteling in the top three for family-friendly destinations in Europe, beating out other theme parks, aquariums, national parks, and zoos across the continent. 

Fun for the whole family, right here in the Netherlands

It can be tricky finding places to visit and things to do that appeal to the whole family. The 2021 summer holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t already start planning what you and your family will get up to next summer

Looking for some inspiration? You don’t have to go too far, as there’s plenty to do right here in Europe – but according to parenting and lifestyle magazine FatherMag, one of the best spots to go as a family is right here in the Netherlands

Unsurprisingly, Disneyland Paris was named the number one bucket list destination for families, but Efteling took a very respectable third place out of the 50 attractions included in the ranking. “Efteling is one of the most fun theme parks in Europe,” FatherMag writes of the fantasy and fairytale-themed amusement park. Promising visitors a “world of wonders,” the park has been praised for having something for all ages, such as carousels for the little ones and rollercoasters for the daredevils.

Top attractions for kids and families in Europe

According to the FatherMag ranking, these are the top 10 bucket list attractions for kids and families in Europe:

  1. Disneyland Paris, France
  2. Europa Park, Germany
  3. Efteling, The Netherlands
  4. Plitvice National Park, Croatia
  5. Gardaland, Italy
  6. Prater, Austria
  7. Oceanario de Lisboa, Portugal 
  8. Puy de Fou-Les Epesses, France
  9. Portaventura World, Spain
  10. Loro Park, Spain

To see the full ranking, visit the FatherMag website.

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