This is exactly the type of place that makes Belgium such a special destination for families: castle, playground, animals–all within easy driving distance of the major cities. You won’t find a lot of tourists here since it doesn’t appear in guidebooks (except ours, of course!)
We went on a winter day so we had the run of the place. I expect it gets quite a bit more crowded in the summer when the water features are open.
Huizengen Park is a fantastic outing for the family and you could easily spend an entire day here. With a castle, gardens, amazing playgrounds for toddlers right up to teens–yes, teens!– a train, pedal cars, swimming pools, trails, and four eating options, there is truly something for everyone here.
In summer, enjoy the open-air pools, mini-golf, and pedal carts. Get around the grounds via motorized train (1.20€ per person). Or enjoy a boat ride via pedal- or row-boat.
For the smallest visitors, stop by the animal park/mini farm with sheep, goats, and a variety of birds.
Note: You’ll need to rent a car for this outing but we think it’s worth it if you’re in town for a week or so and need a fun day of frolic. It’s not a touristy spot so you’ll be surrounded by local kids. The park is just outside of Brussels in Flanders, and most signs and information are in Dutch.
Hours: Oct–Mar 9am – sundown; Apr–Sept 9am – 8pm; individual attractions have different opening hours.
With two year-round restaurants onsite, and two summer snack bars, Huizengen has something for everyone, from hot dogs and frites by the pool, to full meals at the brasserie in the castle.