Mini Captain is one of the Amsterdamse Bos’s newest attractions. Mini Captain is a small harbour for children aged four and up in the Grote Vijver near the Grote Speelweide play area where children can choose and steer their own boat on the lake. Will it be the cool-looking police boat, tough lifeboat or perhaps the sleek cruise ship? There are no fewer than five different boats in the harbour to choose from.
Steer your own boat
At Mini Captain you get to steer your own boat, by yourself! All you have to do is hold on to the wheel and keep an eye on your compass and the other boats. Would like your father, sister or friend to hop on board? No problem! There’s plenty of room for a few extra sailors.
Learn about shipping
On shore you will learn more about ships, the sea and harbour life. Learn how hydropower works or how to operate a crane or tie knots. All sailors receive a certificate of competence at the end of their adventures.
Prices and opening hours
15 minutes of sailing is €10
30 minutes of sailing is €15
If you opt for 30 minutes of sailing, you can sail all the way to the Kleine Vijver and back. Mini Captain is open from the end of March until autumn (closed in winter). Opening hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During school holidays, Mini Captain is open on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Opening times may vary depending upon weather conditions. Visit Mini Captain’s website for up-to-date information and reservations.