When you walk (or sail) out of the park, you are immediately in the De Bernisse nature reserve, which is named after the meandering river that runs through it. Lakes, bowls, swampy forest areas, and more await you here. A trip away from the park takes you past picturesque villages like Oud-Beijerland and coastal towns like Rockanje. After a half-hour drive, you're in the metropolis of Rotterdam, where anything is possible.
Zuidland, a 10-minute walk from the park, is an old and atmospheric Dutch village with a historic core, as they were built a few centuries ago. When the weather permits, you can unwind in the outdoor swimming pool. And, come rain or shine, the indoor shopping center always has local products. A 'tour around the church,' which includes a visit to the local shops, is always enjoyable.
The Haringvliet is a project of several nature conservation organizations (including Natuurmonumenten), in which the influx of salt water from the North Sea allows the old Dutch delta nature to flourish. Various (migratory) fish and birds have (re)discovered this area due to the food, tranquility, and breeding grounds.
Oud-Beijerland is a small town with a historic city center where you can walk along the quays and admire the boats moored in the harbor. Grab a seat on a terrace and explore the town's unique shops and restaurants. You can also soak up culture on a walk along the special culture route, which takes you past monumental buildings like the lovely Oude Raadhuis.
As one of the oldest zoos in the country, this paradise of 'animal vitality' is not to be missed on your list of outings. Come face to face with polar bears, rhinos and walk on the bottom of the sea in the glass Oceanium. Spectacle guaranteed!
Brielle is a picturesque fortified town in South Holland where you can stroll along the water past historic monuments and enjoy a drink or snack on one of the attractive terraces. It is also highly recommended to spend an afternoon shopping in the special, local shops that sell products from the region.