What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Wallibi is a decent amusement park that used to be owned by Six Flags. My kids also love Center Parks. You can find them all over Europe and are a nice break especially in the winter. They are basically fancy camping parks except instead of campers you stay in concrete little bungalows. There is a huge indoor waterpark that is included in the price and then there are a ton of extras from paintball to water skiing to a sailing. - Feb 2019

See above - Feb 2019

If you like antiques/flea markets, there are "brocantes" all over the place! And they're a good excuse to explore the area. If you're into WWI and WWII history, there are loads of museums, battlefields, etc. - May 2018

Not many gems stay hidden in the internet age. Visiting other cities in the area, eating food, drinking beer, etc. are all great things to do. - Jan 2018

Too many to count - museums, beach, historical sites (like Waterloo, Brugges, etc.) forests, river rafting with in reasonable distance, etc etc etc. - Aug 2014

See my entry above on "advantages of living here" - Bouillon, Ghent, Dinant, Maasmechlen, Bruges, Abbaye d'Villers, Oostende, Namur, Liege, Tongeren - the list just goes on... - Jul 2014

Hard to say - there are lots of fun things to do but while Brussels is a relatively nice place to live; this isn't Paris or London! - Apr 2014

Sampling the various types of chocolate, beer and gin throughout the country. Hikes in the Ardennes. Looking for interesting antiques. - Jan 2014

There's soooo much to do and see and you can do it by car, train, or plane. - Jan 2014

Trapist Monk monestaries for beer, chocolate shops, lace shops, frites, waffles, walking in the rain. Leaving the city and seeing Europe. - Oct 2012

Beautiful cycling trips through Flanders, weekends in the Ardennes hills, shopping in Antwerp. - May 2012

You can get anywhere in Europe by train, car, or budget airline. Also, I had low expectations about the city of Brussels and Belgium, but it has pleasantly surprised me. It's a easy place to live and the Belgians are fairly polite in public. The food is excellent. - Jan 2012

Museums, theatre, music venues. - Nov 2011

As mentioned above, the best thing to do in Brussels is to go somewhere else. - Aug 2011

Way too many to enumerate. Seriously. There is something happening at least every weekend in Brussels and Beyond. You will NEVER be bored here. Ever. - Jul 2011

Museums, art galleries, restaurants, cafes. - Jun 2011

Travel, check out festivals, go shopping - Jun 2011

Food, beer, chocolate, museums, clubs, bars, parks. Short train rides to Antwerp, Gent, Leuven or Brugges. - Jun 2010

Tourism, art, movies. So much to do. - Jun 2010

Sightsee, eat, go to museums, travel. - Mar 2010

Museums, battlefields, shopping, biking, hiking, and the list goes on. If you are bored here then you are not trying. - Jul 2009

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