Windmill Island Gardens
Wander through Windmill Island Gardens’ 36 acres of beautifully-manicured lawns and gardens. Tour the 250+year-old DeZwaan, the only authentic working Dutch windmill in the US – and learn how our Dutch-certified miller grinds over 12,000 pounds of locally-sourced winter wheat into flour and corn into meal. (Available for purchase). Take a spin on an imported, hand-painted Dutch carousel, and listen to the antique Amsterdam street organ. Show your American Horticultural Society card for free admission.
The Holland Princess
Hop on board the Holland Princess, a 65’ Victorian-style paddle-wheeler, for a cruise on Lake Macatawa. You’ll pass Big Red Lighthouse, one of Michigan’s most photographed lighthouses, and, weather-permitting, head out onto Lake Michigan. Fun for the entire family, kids can pick a treasure form the Captain’s Treasure Chest, or blow the loud boats’ whistle. Lunch and dinner cruises are available and the Princess is also equipped with a full karaoke system and offers a cash bar.
Holland Museum & Dutch Galleries
From the old country to the new world, the Holland Museum & Dutch Galleries present a distinctive collection of artifacts and art that tell the story of Holland from the arrival of the Dutch in 1847 to Holland’s diverse ethnic heritage of today.
Nelis’ Dutch Village
Step back in time at this theme park reproduction of an 1800’s village in the Netherlands, and enjoy Dutch architecture, canals, and beautiful gardens. Learn a few steps of Holland’s traditional “klopmen” dance, and watch artisans make cheese. Enjoy a ride on the antiques carousel, the “windmill” Ferris wheel, or the “Zweefmolen”, the imported Dutch swing ride.
Veldheer Tulip Gardens
Veldheer’s is Holland’s only tulip farm. In the spring you’ll see over four million tulips in bloom, along with thousands of daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths. June through mid-October the gardens are ablaze with a variety of perennials. (All varieties of bulb are available for purchase.)
Cappon House & Settlers House
Enter the 19th century of a Dutch immigrant, Isaac Cappon, who became the wealthy and influential first mayor of Hooland. It’s all still here; the furnishings, personal belongings, and echoes of the daily life of the Cappon family. Located just five doors away, the Settler’s House is an example of Holland’s early working-class housing (1867), a stark contrast to eh Cappon House. (Open seasonally from mid-May – September).
DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory
Watch as wooden shoes are carved from a single block of poplar wood on machines imported from the Netherlands. Follow delftware production from the pouring of liquid clay into imported molds, firing in the kiln, and talking with the artists as they hand-paint the signature Dutch designs in the only Delftware production factory in North America.
Climb to the top of Mt. Pisgah, a towering sand dune overlooking Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Located near Holland State Park, the 239 steps to the top of the dune give you stunning views of the lakes, and Holland’s famous Big Red Lighthouse. A boardwalk at the top of dune connects to two miles of Holland State Park ridge trails. (Access off Ottawa Beach Road near 3rd Avenue in Park Township.) Public Parking is available in a marked lot near Black Lake Avenue & Ottawa Beach Road.
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