Recreation in and around Hoorn

On a beautiful spring day, take a nice walk in a beautiful park, organize a nice picnic. A cool dip or a boat trip on the IJsselmeer on a hot summer day? You can read all about it on this page.


In the center of Hoorn you can wander around for hours through the alleys and streets. Also look up a lot Hoorn has many characteristic old buildings with beautiful gable stones and elements.

Would you prefer some more information during your walk, the city walk booklet is for sale in one of our shops.

There is also a special sculpture walking route along the coast of Hoorn. From the theater to the Havenlicht on Visserseiland, there are about 36 images with the theme Land-Water-Dialogue. For more information, visit

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There is a beautiful swimming beach in Julianapark with shallow water, swimming lines and a swimming platform. In summer there is also a possibility to get a snack and drink at the kiosk. Good to know there is also a public toilet here.

At Oranje Buiten just outside the center you can relax and a small beach has been created, you can also rent sunbeds here and they serve snacks and drinks on the beach.

A jetty has been built at the Shark on Visserseiland where you can plunge straight into the water, note that the water is quite deep here. There is also a grassy field where you can sunbathe and play tributes for the children.


Would you like to explore the Hoorn ports from the water or take a cruise along the coastline of our beautiful historic city? Or just a short ride across the water from one stop to the next in our beautiful harbor? It's all possible with Watertaxi Hoorn.
Watertaxi Hoorn offers not only the possibility to sail from one destination to the other, but also longer trips. From a one-hour cruise through the harbor and the canals of the city, to a longer trip offshore to, for example, beach pavilion Oranje Buiten.

It is also possible to rent a boat at Boat Rental Hoorn, here you can rent boats without a license to explore the water yourself.

De Hulk

De Hulk is located behind the ancient West Frisian Omringdijk, at the crossroads of the canals to Alkmaar and Amsterdam. A wetland and park-like area, in which trees, shrubs and grassland alternate. Part of the area is used for nature construction. Here you will find a variety of plant and animal species.

The Hulk is 58 hectares in size and consists of an inner and an outer dike area. You can go hiking, cycling, boating and fishing. There are nice playing fields for the children. There is a canoe transfer point at the pumping station at the bottom of the dike. Here you can transfer from the Markermeer to the inland waterway. Sail the beautiful route towards the Westerkogge polder, where the water connects the dike villages.
The Hulk owes its name to the sign of the skipper's inn that stood here in the second half of the seventeenth century, with an image of a hulk, a large bulky freighter.

On the water

If you would like to recreate on the water, there are also plenty of options in Hoorn.
SUP is also possible, rent your sup at SUP Spirit. SUP Spirit sails along a number of fixed routes in Hoorn, Monnickendam and the surrounding area, if you have a preference, this is no problem at all. The trailer of SUP Spirit brings the boards to your desired location.

Juliana Park

In Hoorn is the Juliana Park, a beautiful large park. There is a swimming beach where you can cool off in the summer. One half of the park is also an off-leash area for dogs and there are 2 dog swimming areas. Nice play attributes for children and beautiful paved paths. There is also a beautiful view of the Oostereiland, the Hoofdtoren and the harbor on the side of the park.

Good to know there is a public toilet in the park at the swimming beach.