10 Things to Do in Holland That You Shouldn't Miss

March 31, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Founded by Dutch Calvinists in 1847, the city of Holland, Michigan, is an outpost of Dutch culture and tradition in the midst of the American Midwest, home to dikes, canals and even an authentic Dutch windmill. Proud of its heritage, the city purchased 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands back in 1927, and these colorful flowers still fill the city's gardens and parks with color annually, just in time for the famous Tulip Time Festival, attended by over half a million people every year.
Restaurants in Holland

1. Holland State Park Beach

2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424-2344
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Holland State Park Beach

Reviewed By H575DRrichardp - Holland, Michigan

This is a beautiful beach on Lake Michigan. The only downside, the access into the park can be long backups on busy summer weekends. There is also camping available here. An enjoyable activity standing along the channel into Lake Macatawa, boatwatching on warm summer days. Do not miss this park.
A real treat is visiting the park in the winter. No fees, no lines and an absolutely breathtaking view of magnificent Lake Michigan with amazing ice floes and icebergs in the adjacent channel into Lake Macatawa.
An amazing place that should not be missed

2. Mount Pisgah

Off Ottawa Beach Road, Holland, MI 49423
Excellent
63%
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33%
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Mount Pisgah

Reviewed By JohnHollandMI - Holland MI

The stairway provides great views to the west, toward Lake MI, but also wonderful views to the southeast, across Lake Macatawa! The 230 steps can be done in stages, with benches well-located along the route!

3. Holland Farmers Market

150 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423-3106
Excellent
93%
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5%
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5 based on 69 reviews

Holland Farmers Market

Reviewed By Stlsojourner - Saint Louis, Missouri

If you are looking for farm fresh produce or gourds to decorate your home or just about any thing in between the Holland Farmers Market is the place to go. Fresh bread and pizza dough are staples for our larder. Homemade preserves, honey, smoked meat and fish, are all available for your browsing pleasure accompanied by street performers to add to a fun and festive atmosphere.

Be sure to check out the website for more information. The market operates every Wednesday and Saturday from mid May to December from 8 to 3.

4. Saugatuck Dunes State Park

6575 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423-9740
Excellent
63%
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28%
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4.5 based on 295 reviews

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

The park's 850 acres include a beach, dunes and cross-country ski trails.

Reviewed By GrannyTammy01 - Berea, Kentucky

Nice secluded beach, but probably not a beach you would take small children if you need to carry a lot of items because it's a hike to the beach. Picnic area. I didn't see a whole lot to do with small children and the restrooms are rustic my reason for 4 instead of 5 stars. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

5. Tunnel Park

66 N Lakeshore Dr, Holland, MI 49424-1314 +1 616-738-4810
Excellent
56%
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34%
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Poor
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Tunnel Park

Reviewed By Chris H - Grand Rapids, Michigan

It's been close to 20 years since I was last year. As an adult it seems much smaller then it did ad a child. It is still a beautiful place though. Great view and a great beach. Just a great place to rest and relax and see Lake Michigan.

Overall I'd give it 4 stars. No real faults just doesn't feel 5 star worthy. Would I return? Yes I would.

6. Nelis' Dutch Village

12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424-8613 +1 616-396-1475
Excellent
50%
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32%
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4 based on 722 reviews

Nelis' Dutch Village

A visit to Nelis' Dutch Village is like a step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago on a day when a festival came to town. Watch old Dutch craft demonstrations and Dutch klompen dancers. Taste 22 kinds of Dutch cheeses, beautiful Dutch architecture and listen to the Golden Angel street organ. Includes unlimited rides on the Ferris wheel, carousel and Dutch chair swing ride. Unique shopping, Dutch cafe and pub, and fudge and ice cream.

Reviewed By foreveryoung112233 - zeeland

We took our granddaughter there, and had a blast. At first I thought it was a bit expensive, but the admission price included the rides (yes, there are only a few), and the chance to see a lot different animals WITH their young. My granddaughter was really impressed. The cheese shop, the gift shop, the restaurant - they all hadl reasonable prices, and unique items. We were there close to 4 hours, and had a blast. I would definitely recommend!

7. Windmill Island Gardens

1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423-2988 +1 616-355-1030
Excellent
48%
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33%
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4 based on 842 reviews

Windmill Island Gardens

Windmill Island Gardens is home to de Zwaan windmill, the last mill allowed to be transported from the Netherlands. de Zwaan still functions by grinding locally-grown grain into flour that is sold to visitors and local businesses. A highlight of visiting is a tour of this historic working windmill. Visitors can enjoy music from our antique Dutch street organ given to the City of Holland by the City of Amsterdam after World War II. Children can also ride on our antique carousel from the Netherlands. There are several other replica Dutch buildings and shops. The Island is home to beautiful gardens which feature tulips in the spring followed by beautiful annuals and perennials throughout the summer. Please note that the Island is open seasonally, April 14 - October 7, 2018. Last tickets sold at 5 pm.

Reviewed By JordanL71 - Northbrook, Illinois

Unfortunately it rained the day we visited, so we didn't get to enjoy the gardens, but we were still able to tour the windmill. The tour was very interesting with a lot of history and facts about the windmill, although with all the stairs we had to take our time caring the little ones up and down. My kids found the antique street organ to be a little loud, but I found it to be really amazing that it could play all those instruments and was built long before computers. They also have a very nice gift shop with a wide variety of wooden shoes and free burn engraving which makes for great souvenirs.

8. Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market

15793 James St, Holland, MI 49424-6128 +1 616-738-3099
Excellent
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5 based on 70 reviews

Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market

The Bowerman family has been growing blueberries since 1954. The farm has already picked blueberries along with other local fresh produce. We offer u-pick blueberries in season mid-July through mid-August. We also make delicious blueberry donuts every morning. Our bakery also makes pies, crisps, turnovers, homemade fudge and more. Everyone loves our fruit smoothies and soft serve ice cream. Open Sundays July through August. The store is open seasonally June through October each year. In the off season call to purchase frozen blueberries by appointment.

Reviewed By Melissa H

Unfortunately for us the blueberries peaked sooner so by August the pick your own blueberries were small and scare. Fortunately we could still buy some wonderful blueberries that had been picked. Also try the blueberry donuts. We bought BB jam and salad dressing which are...MoreThank you so much for stopping at our farm! Our blueberries peak mid-late July so that is a fantastic time to visit for next season planning :) So glad you enjoyed the donuts, preserves and dressing!

9. New Holland Brewing Company

684 Commerce Ct, Holland, MI 49424-2913 +1 616-510-2259
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

New Holland Brewing Company

Reviewed By Familytravels8799 - Rockford, Michigan

Went on a cold snowy Saturday in February. Got there early (11:30ish am) and was seated right away. Service was excellent, we had our drinks fast and was offered samples when we weren't sure which drink to choose. Started with the chili cheese fries appetizers and they weren't bad. We were expecting them to have some type of sauce on them, but it was mostly fries, some cheese (sorta melted) and seasoned beef. Like I said they were good, but not out of this world good. I had the BLT at the recommendation of the server. And, it was very good, the only downside was that the bread was a little hard, so biting it without everything coming out the other end was nearly impossible. Ended up, taking the top bun off and cutting the rest of the sandwich into bit size pieces, but it was tough to get through the bun with the knife too. The fries were great. Friends got the chips that came with the sandwich and they raved abou them. I would definitely go back when visiting the area again.

10. Kollen Park & Heinz Waterfront Walkway

240 Kollen Park Dr, Holland, MI 49423 +1 616-355-1130
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Kollen Park & Heinz Waterfront Walkway

Reviewed By Mark K

This park is right on Lake Mac. Boat ramp, fishing area, Boardwalk that is about a mile long. Pic nic areas. Bathrooms. Next to Boatwerks waterfront restaurant. Playground and lost of grass. They also have a band shell with concerts all summer long. It's only a mile from downtown Holland shopping district.

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