Exciting attractions - nearby
A holiday or stay at Hou Beach Camping offers a wide range of exciting and fun attractions, only a short drive away. You can visit Givskud Zoo (Givskud Lion Park) where you can meet the dangerous animals up close – or you can go to the amusement park LEGOLAND (in Billund) and spend a nice day with your family with lots of entertainment and rides. If you are more in the mood for a city tour, you can go to Aarhus, which offers world-class museums, endless shopping opportunities, restaurants, and an interesting new harbour area. The opportunities are endless – please read more about the attractions below.
The amusement park Tivoli Friheden
The amusement park Tivoli Friheden in Aarhus is for the whole family. In addition to the endless entertainment and rides, the park also hosts a number of concerts during the season, e.g. with the famous bands Joey Moe and TV2.
Den Gamle By (The Old Town)
The Old Town in Aarhus is a historical open-air museum with more than 75 houses from the 1500-1800s collected everywhere in Denmark. You will find workshops, shops, and houses furnished and decorated like in the old days, and you can go for a walk in the cosy, paved streets.
Randers Regnskov (Rainforest)
3,600 square metres of tropical rainforest/zoo with various animals and plants from the rainforests in South America, Asia, and Africa. Among other things, you can meet free-living monkeys and birds. Randers Rainforest is open all year round.
The amusement park Djurs Summerland offers entertainment and rides for the whole family. The park offers more than 60 rides, Denmark’s largest roller coasters and a large aqua park.
The amusement park where everything is made of Lego bricks. The park offers entertainment and rides for the whole family and a Miniland with Lego imitations of famous buildings and cities from the whole world.
Givskud Zoo (Lion Park)
In Givskud Zoo you will find various animals from the whole world. You can go on a safari in the zoo – in your own car – and meet the beautiful animals, and on the route, you can make a stop to experience the fantastic exhibitions in the park.
Scandinavian Wildlife Park
In this park, you will meet bears, wolves, foxes, adders, and grass snakes.
The Kattegat Center
Meet more than 250 different animals – from jellyfish to sharks.
Discover the local community of Hou
Hou is a little, charming seaport surrounded by wood and beach. The harbour, with the ferries going to the islands Samsø and Tunø, offers a wonderful atmosphere and several cosy restaurants and cafes. Visit Oplev Hou (Discover Hou) for further information >>
Hou marina is worth a visit – read more here >>
The 2nd weekend in July, Hou Harbour Festival takes place. A weekend full of harbour antics. atmosphere, music, and parties. Read more here >>
Local excursion spots
The island Samsø is world-famous as ‘Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island’, and many Danes associate Samsø with cycling holidays and lots of stalls along the roads with delicious fruit and vegetables. On the website of VisitSamsø, you will find inspiration for the endless experiences on Samsø.
The crossing from Hou to Samsø takes approx. 1 hour, and you will find the timetable and make a reservation on the website of the Samsø ferry here >>
The island Tunø is a car-free island and a popular destination for sailors. Moreover, it is famous for its annual Tunø Festival. For further information, please visit the website of the local Tunø newspaper.
See 10 exciting experiences at Tunø here >>
The crossing to Tunø takes approx. 55 minutes, and you can find the timetable on the website of the Tunø Ferry here >>
The Odder area is a pearl – located in the middle of Denmark. Here you will find the wonderful nature of Denmark in one place, including historical places and some of the most child-friendly beaches of Eastern Jutland.
If you like golf, Odder Golf Club is definitely worth a visit.
See 10 exciting experiences in Odder here >>
See a “food map” map of delicious dining experiences nearby here >>
The Ecology Gardens
Scandinavia’s largest organic display and demonstration gardens are located right outside Odder. The ecology gardens stretch 20 acres of countryside and consist of 14 project gardens spread as islands in a multitude of clover, grain, and flower fields.
For the children, there are donkeys, hens, free-range pigs, and sheep.
There is a large playground with a giant sandbox, willow huts, and a tent with bales of straw where they can gambol.
There are public guided tours and big events all year round. The opening hours of the gardens and further information is available on the website of the Ecology Gardens >>
Aarhus – the City of Smiles
Only 30 minutes from Hou, you find Aarhus – the second largest city in Denmark. The city offers a multitude of experiences and opportunities, e.g. a variety of interesting museums, lots of specialist shops, and department stores.
The city is also famous for its amazing cultural and musical life. Enjoy the wonderful cafes along the Åboulevarden, the Jazz Festival in July, or the Party Week in September.
Mrs Møller’s Farm shop
A farm with animals, fields, a farm shop, a bakery, a mill, a butcher’s shop, a restaurant, a coffee roastery, a market garden, and a webshop.
Stop by the farm shop, which offers freshly-ground flour, freshly-baked long-risen bread, sourdough-risen dark bread, butter-baked bakes, salamis, charcuterie, and meat from the farm’s own animals. Jams. Handmade pestos. Restaurant – Honest food based on seasonal local ingredients and excellent cooking. The farm shop calls this style “the modern country kitchen with taste.” Read more >>
Food map - the area's local food producers
Why not let your taste buds guide you through the local experiences and hidden treasures? We have a fantastic pantry that is bubbling all over the place, through amazing ingredients and dedicated fire souls. For example, you can visit the winery, visit a real mill or a cheese factory and then go to the next location and follow the production of beer or smoked salt.
Hiking in Odder
The Danish Society for Nature Conservation in Odder has published 15 leaflets on traffic in local nature. All trips are carefully described with length, difficulty, parking and what special conditions apply exactly to that area. This is especially true in relation to plant and animal life, but historical tales, legends and the like are interspersed with history and nature crossing tracks.
Download them on the Danish Nature Conservation Association Odder’s website: https://odder.dn.dk/naturen-i-odder/vandreture-i-odder/ or here on the site.
Download the folders here:
Sondrup Strand og stien langs fjorden
Rundtur på Alrø – med garanti for havudsigt
Gå på opdagelser ved ruinen af borgen Bjørnkær
På sporet af den gamle jernbane
Kirkestier og kirsebær – Sondrup og Torup
Ravnskoven – lige ud til vandet
Sondrup Plantage – de tre damme og fjorden
I H. C. Andersnes fordspor – Svendshøj