With kids (ages 10). Absolutely mind blown looking at trip advisor - not sure a trip to the Dali Museum for kids that have no idea who is is is going to cut it. Has anyone been and can suggest some "must dos"/"must visits"/ places to eat? Thanks very much.
Antwerp is easy - there is a brilliant zoo and the sealife centre. You can get a dual ticket and both are right by the train station. Bruges has Historium and a canal boat ride would probably be fun for that age. There is also the Boudewijn park just outside the city. Ghent, I can't think of any specific child friendly activites. Its nice for a wander but it very like Bruges, just less crowded. I'd skip it and spend the day at the coast instead - Blankenberg or De Haan. It depends when you are going of course....
We did a boat holiday visiting Bruges and Ghent. We had a fabulous time with 10 teens between two families. For one day in each they can just potter and explore. Ours were 13 years and up so old enough to let loose. We had another friend join us on board in the evening with two more for a shared supper. We all have very fond memories. Bruges they found the best chips and lots of chocolate and visited a few historic buildings. Ghent they drank in cafes in the square and then we went to a fabulous Art Deco swimming pool - the oldest in Belgium that that been renovated.
So I an getting the sense that it is more of an experience then things to see - sounds good but I am just worried my two 10 year olds will find this a bit dull - bit young for coffeee culture and they love waffles but not too many. Oh well we shall see as leaving soon. Thanks for the suggestions.
My slightly grumpy 16 year old DS loved the printing museum in Antwerp..... there is also a tunnel that goes under the river which he thought was quite cool. We also consumed huge amounts of waffles and crepes!!!
Chocolate museum in Bruges. You get to sample at the end. Canal trip or frite (yes chip!!) museum again in Bruges. All loved by my 7,9&10 year olds. We also did a tourist (self) walk to see the windmills.
Carriage ride round Bruges - quite pricey but our then 7 year old really liked it. She found the Historium weird (but remembers a lot about it so it made an impression!). The canal trip & chocolate museum were also good. Most of all she just liked walking around & going into virtually every chocolate shop to pick up a free sample. Virtually all restaurants we ate at offered chicken nuggets & chips as the kids option which she was bored with by day 3.