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Natuurcentrum Ameland

Frisian Islands

Just north of Nes village, this centre features an excellent seaquarium in which a number of North Sea species swim around, including manta rays, barracuda and eels. Get shore-to-shore views from the adjacent observation tower and take a 2.2km nature loop walk to Nesserbos forest. The centre offers tours, including wadlopen (mudflat walking), beach walks and net-fishing excursions.

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1. Lighthouse

6.16 MILES

Ameland's iconic red-and-white banded lighthouse stands 55m tall on the island's west end. The only lighthouse in the island chain that is open to the…

2. De Boschplaat

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3. Schiermonnikoog National Park


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4. Natuurmuseum Fryslân


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5. Historisch Centrum

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6. Obe Paviljoen

17.07 MILES

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7. Oldehove

17.08 MILES

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8. Keramiek Museum Princessehof

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