The whole day had gone though we still had some more things that we could have seen (for example we missed the Time museum, apparently the view from the top is splendid). We could see a lot of kids playing around the small play areas.
The place seemed to be a hit with all varieties of tourists, ranging from families with kids to solo travelers as it is a perfect mix of history, education and rustic beauty.
Time for some tips for your time travel to the Dutch countryside in the industrial era:
1. If you are planning to travel extensively around Amsterdam and the various neighboring regions, it makes sense to get an Amsterdam & Region Travel Pass. However, bear in mind that it is only valid for metro (inside Amsterdam) and buses. Bus 391 takes you to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam Central (approx 45 mins one way). You cannot use it for trains. If you are running short of time, I would advise you to travel through trains.
2. The various museums, windmills and workshops in Zaanse Schans have different opening hours and days. You can check these out on the Zaanse Schans website. The website also provides other useful information.
3. The Zaanse Schans card (EUR 15 for adult, EUR 10 for child) provides free entrance to a lot of stuff including the Museum, Weavery, Cooperage, Time museum and one windmill of your choice. The clog workshop and cheese factory have free entrance.
4. Though we stayed in Zandijk with the sole intention of exploring further the rural countryside, we were really spent up after our day in Zaanse Schans. And suddenly we felt like partying in the night and this sleepy neighborhood is not very good for that. We ended up going to Amsterdam again. My advice: Its better to stay in Amsterdam and do a day-trip. But get there early so that you have the whole day for exploring it.
5. Kinderdijk is a UNSECO World Heritage site consisting of 19 windmills and is worth a visit.
6. Activities that can be done around here: Biking, Walking the different trails and Boat rides. Biking is really pleasant and is the best way to explore the region.
Happy planning and Keep travelling:)