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Mini Captain

Mini Captain is a small harbour for children aged 4 and up, situated in the Grote Vijver (The Big Pond) near the Grote Speelweide (The Big Playground). The attraction can be found at the Grote Vijver. Choose your favorite ship and sail all by yourself. Will it be the police? Or the fire brigade? Or would you rather sail on a cruise ship? A real children's adventure!

Mini Port Amsterdam Forest

Steer your own boat

At Mini Captain you get to steer your own boat, by yourself, like a real captain! All you have to do is hold on to the wheel and keep an eye on your compass and the other boats. Would you like your father, sister or friend to hop on board? No problem! There’s plenty of room for a few extra sailors.

Take guidance with you if you are under 12 years old. A maximum of 4 people can travel on the boat. If you sail well and enter the harbor calmly, you will earn a 'real' captain's diploma.

New: Mini Captain SUP Experience!

Discover the Amsterdamse Bos on one of the SUP boards. There are stable boards for any weight up to 150 kilos. There's a stamp card for the real fanatic!

Also new: Sit On Canoes

Take a wonderful trip through the Amsterdamse Bos on a 'Sit On Canoe'. This is a single canoe, in which you can enjoy the 'Amsterdam Amazone' in a stable way.


For prices check Important to know: it is not possible to book in advance at Mini Captain. The waiting times are manageable, so come on by!

Mini Port Amsterdam Forest

Children's Parties

Mini Captain has an arrangement with the Amsterdamse Bos canoe rental this season. For more information check

Opening hours

The standard opening hours are from early April to autumn: Wednesday, Friday to Sunday: from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

During school holidays, Mini Captain is open every day from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The opening times depend on the weather. When in doubt, check the Mini Captain's facebookpage for the current situation, or send a WhatsApp if you have any questions: 06 3837 8494. In case of poor mobile phone coverage in the forest, we recommend sending a WhatsApp message or an e-mail:


Visitors arriving by car can use the parking facilities at the Bostheater. For travel advice for public transport, visit Mini Captain can be reached on foot (in about 30 minutes) or by bike (in about 10 minutes) from De Boswinkel. For more information:

Mini Captain

The Thousand Meter Road 4
1182 DC Amstelveen
06 3837 8494