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St. Nicolaas Boat Club gives one of the best boat rides in Amsterdam. http://www.amsterdamboatclub.com They're not like the big tour boats. They have a small old open boat that holds about 10 people. It's much more like going out with friends than being on a package tour. The driver of the boat asks you where you want to go, and what you would like to see. Being small, these boats can go down the smaller canals that the big glass covered boats can't navigate. There are no taped narratives, just lovely scenery and a great ride. One of the best ways to see Amsterdam! You are allowed to bring food and drinks on the boat within reason. It's all BYO (bring your own), however, so come prepared. Also, bring an umbrella and raincoat / warm sweatshirt in case it rains or is windy on the canals. At the end of the tour, they pass around a can and you can give a donation if you want. There's no pressure to pay, thought it's good to donate about 10 Euros if you can, as they are a non-profit and the guides are volunteers. They're great. To book your boat ride, go to Mike's Bikes on Kerkstraat 134. This is also the meeting point for the tours. Note: As of December 2009 they were closed (only for the winter.) Tours are back up and running now (as of June 2010), so it should be fine for the summer and fall as long as the weather holds. The St. Nic club has changed location, sign ups are now at Mike's Bikes, not on the Leidseplein any more (Sept. 2011)