If you just want to spend a nice day trip outside, have a visit in the typical nearby villages. We took the regional bus from Central Station, and reached Monnichedam. This is a very nice little village, typical houses, boats on the canal and silent quiet narrow streets. I recommend it as it does not seem to be touristic at all, so what is better to have a drink in a characteristic pub?
After two hours in Monnickedam we took the bus to Marken. I was told about this village being tiny and nice and it was, houses are typical and much more coloured (it looks too much almost fake surrounding, to be true...), but there are more tourists than Monnickedam. Just an advice: dont try to buy bus tickets to the way back here as the post office is closed and souvenir shops dont sell them!). It is very nice from Marken to sit and have a view of the small harbour. From here we took the boat to Volendam (4 Eur, nice 30 min. trip) (see my travelogue). I love Volendam, along the pier you find a lot of souvenir shops (cheaper than A`dam), but the village is kept very realistically typical (unlike Marken) and you find nice little canals, and a market too.
A twenty minute bus ride from CS. It's a pretty village (too pretty maybe) much visited by coaches etc, but well worth a couple of hours. We visited because we'd heard that Volendam were playing football that afternoon, as it happened they played the night before. This happens to me too often but do your research before you go!!
Never mind several bars and a good meal kept us entertained.
Should you wish to take a return Ferry Trip to Marken prices at August 2012:
Adult Euro 12
Child Euro 8.50
We took the bus as we wanted to see some of the farmland and possibly a windmill.
A cute little bar/Karaoki/party pub in the middle of Volendam---Alpine looking down in a hollow open mostly late afternoons.
Along the harbor way, this was the only fish and chips place, I think---love the french fry guy!
Right on the main way along the harbor.
This delightful harbour was once filled with busy fishing vessels. It is a unique open harbour which is still in its original state. There are numerous tiny cottages which back onto the harbour.