Keukenhof Gardens, a half an hour ride from Amsterdam is the world’s largest flower garden and absolutely stunning in springtime.
Keukenhof Gardens ONLY OPENS 20 March – 18 May. It’s near Lisse, southwest of Amsterdam. Cycle there, drive there or take a direct bus from Schiphol airport (bus 858) or from Leiden Central Station (bus 854).
Don’t forget to check out Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt flower market on the Singel canal if flowers are an interest or try huge Vondel Park if you simply want an open space to run around in or feel the need to spend more time by water within Amsterdam city limits. Vondel has many lakes, water features, sculptures, a playground, an open-air theatre, bars and cafés.
Other possible day trips out of Amsterdam include visiting the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam (a common package tour taking about 5 hours); cycling to Delft and/or the Hague.