Top 10 bad-weather things to do
Zeeland always has another side. We’re a straightforward, straight-talking people so, yes, we are a great place to visit, whatever the season, whatever the weather. Even the sunniest province in the country can get cloudy, now and then.
Our beaches are a key asset. With the dunes, they’re a special experience when the weather’s a bit off. In a spectacular autumn storm: spread your arms out wide and you’re almost a boogie-buggy on your own. Go chasing the wisps of foam across the sand. And keep an eye on the beach pavilion, because you’ll be heading there soon to put yourself back on your feet again.
But if you want something less exposed, here’s a Top 10 list of off-weather stuff to do. We can’t decide on how to order them – can you?
Iguana in Vlissingen
The largest reptile zoo in Europe, totally indoors, Iguana brings you eye to eye with the giants of the reptile world – and the not so giant. A sub-tropical greenhouse is home to some 500 living reptiles, amphibians and insects from all over the world. The smallest are the poisonous emperor scorpions, 5 cm long; the longest are the net pythons, more than 7 m. In between, frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards and tarantulas.
Five Star Farm in Kamperland
Always wanted to be a cowgirl, a cowboy? A farmhand at least? The Five Star Farm, a play-and-learn experience centre, is a fun way to get to know and respect nature. From inside the colourful playground you can see the animals and fields. Make sure to climb up the wildlife observation tower.
Indoor Karting in Middelburg
Push that pedal down, burn that rubber (well, just a bit), cut that corner. It’s all ‘go’ at Indoor Karting Middelburg. The indoor circuit is safely designed, and real racers can get their rocks off on its 550 metres route. You’ll get a printout of your performance, showing your end ranking.
Omnium Zeeland in Goes
Tropical, sub-tropical, equatorial, it’s all here. From a stunning sub-tropical swimming paradise to a real tropical (mini-)forest. Banana plants and coffee bushes grow here in their natural state. Discover some surprising sides of nature, like how the banana is a herb, and its fruits grow pointing upwards. Let it all sink in with a long dip in the pool, checking out the slides and meandering along, hup, up a lazy river, how happy we shall be …
Klok'Uus Playground in 's-Heer Arendskerke
This massive indoor playground has enough slides and obstacle courses for all tastes. You could be right in thinking this is a real farmyard barn, as you slide though a combine-harvester which used to reap and thresh the grain every summer. On the Freefall slide, you might feel butterflies in your tummy. And the Spider tower will bring out your climbing skills. Toddlers have their own stalls to play in.
Escape Room Kamer 51 in Middelburg
So, you and some friends (family included) get locked up in Escape Room Kamer 51. Now you have to find your way out, hunting down exit codes, solving puzzles and unravelling clues. Only for groups of two or more people. You’ve got 51 minutes to find freedom, and who your real friends are.
Arsenaal in Vlissingen
The Arsenaal museum is also a maritime attraction. You’ll find a Pirate park, and a seawater aquarium. Who’ll blink first, you or the shark? Don’t worry, you can stroke the sharks and stingrays in all safety. And learn all about the many sides of life as a pirate, me hearties.
Toversluis in Sluis
As the magical side (‘tover’) of Sluis, the indoor Toversluis Family Fun Parc in West-Zeeland-Flanders is good for fun and games. And some material comforts too: bowling, dining, gaming, stone cooking, laser gaming and a quick fluster on the gambling. Younger children (up to 12) have their private playground, with air cushions, climbing frames, a ball pit, slides, a karting track and a boat pond. That should fill up their afternoon.