Celebrate the summer in FutureLand
Enjoy delicious products from the North Sea during a boat trip through the ports of Maasvlakte 2, or go on a fossil hunt with the entire family. Children can participate in a fun and informative tour and various craft workshops. There is also a new exhibition about the Deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg. In the summer, combine a visit to FutureLand with a treasure hunt on Maasvlakte beach.
Fish & Ships
Enjoy delicious products from the North Sea during a boat trip through the ports of Maasvlakte 2 on Saturday 4 August, prepared by New Fork restaurant. Sail through Europe’s most modern port, while enjoying a fresh fish lunch or dinner with oysters, herring and mackerel. The largest container ships berth here. On board, an expert guide will tell you the complete story of Maasvlakte 2.
Programme 4 August
Lunch trip from 12.00 noon to 1.30 pm.
Dinner trip from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
The lunch including 1.5 hour boat trip costs € 32.50 per person and € 15.00 for children up to 12 years. Children up to 3 years may travel free. The dinner trip costs € 47.50 per person and € 20.00 for children up to 12 years. Children up to 3 years may travel free. Book via www.futureland.nl
Beach excursions are being organised in the summer holidays, led by experienced fossil explorer Walter Langendoen. On the Maasvlakte beach, Walter provides an explanation on searching for archaeological and palaeontological treasures. Walter searches for fossils daily on Maasvlakte beach. His collection of thousands of finds now comprises fossilised hyena droppings, mammoth bones, vole teeth and much more.
7/7 - 2/9
|Beach treasure hunt
|Wednesday||11 am to 4 pm||2 pm||11.30 am*|
|Saturday||11 am to 4 pm||2 pm||11.30 am*|
|Sunday||2 pm||1.15 pm|
*book via the website
Visual artist and art teacher, Joanna Smolarz (Kunstatelier het Kruithuis) will be offering various workshops for children during the summer holidays. She will be using various techniques including watercolour, acrylic, pencil and felt tips to paint stones that she collected on Maasvlakte beach. She’ll also teach the young ones to make clay marine animals and there’s an opportunity to paint on canvas.
The workshop costs € 2.00 per workshop. Equipment and supervision are included. The workshops are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm It’s possible to join the workshops at any time.
Young visitors and their parents/guardians can join in a fun and active kids’ tour every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The tours start at 2.00 pm with a short, funny film. Then the children and parents/guardians can get started with a treasure hunt to discover FutureLand. The treasure hunt is offered at two levels: for children aged between 6 and 9 years and for children from 10 years. It’s free to join the kids’ tours and there is no need to book.
Travel with the FutureLand Express to Maasvlakte beach and join a treasure hunt with the whole family. Go on expedition to the beach and dunes with explorer Walter Langendoen. Discover the animals in the port and learn about the companies that operate in the area. Maybe you’ll even see a seal or traces of a sand lizard!
The expedition including treasure hunt and bus transport costs € 6.95 per person. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Nieuwe Waterweg exhibition - from deep to deeper
The official go-ahead for the deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Botlek was given in March. Rijkswaterstaat and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have joined forces to ensure that sea-going vessels with a draught of 15 metres can also reach the Botlek port. This means that 50% more cargo can be transported, which is good for Rotterdam’s competitive position. The project comprises the deepening of the Botlek and - over a distance of 25 kilometres - the deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg, the Scheur and the Nieuwe Maas. Visitors to FutureLand will learn all about this extensive project in the temporary ‘From deep to deeper’ exhibition. In the heart of the port, they will experience first-hand what is involved when 5 million cubic metres of dredged material is released at the large-scale deepening. Make sure you don’t get wet feet!
Visit FutureLand from Hoek van Holland by water
There is a service from Hoek van Holland to Maasvlakte by water. RET will take you by Fast Ferry to Maasvlakte in an hour. En route you can see container terminals, sea-going vessels and seals. See www.ret.nl/fast ferry for times and prices. You can take your bike and cycle to FutureLand from the disembarkation point in just 20 minutes.
Take a port trip to FutureLand
There is also a weekly service on Sundays by luxury coach from Rotterdam CS and Willemsplein, Rotterdam. En route you’ll see the port pass you by and once at FutureLand you can take an extensive boat trip through the new ports. See www.spido.nl for the programme, prices and departure times.
FutureLand is accessible for young and old and you can experience the port of the future here. FutureLand is located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam and offers views across the developing Maasvlakte 2. The information centre is open from Tuesday to Friday and on Sundays. FutureLand is also open every Saturday from 1 May to 1 October 2018. Admission is free. The FutureLand Express and the FutureLand Ferry are available for trips and tours in the new ports throughout the year. In the ANWB vote for the Most Fun Day Out of 2017, the information centre was voted second most fun day out of South Holland. Address FutureLand: Europaweg 902NL-3199 LC Maasvlakte Rotterdam Port number no. 8360.