The city of Holland can be found along the Eastern shores of Lake Michigan in the state of Michigan. The city was founded by the Dutch Americans and currently many of the people who live there are of the same heritage.
Here are 5 of the best attractions in Holland, Michigan:
1. Holland State Park Beach
The beach at Holland State Park Beach is perfect for any type of activity, whether it is on the sand or in the water. In addition to the beach, the park has two large campgrounds as well as picnic tables, grills, and fire pits. People will want to take photographs as they are walking along the walkway and the pier, and no one should forget about capturing a shot or two of the Big Red Lighthouse.
2. Windmill Island Gardens
The De Zwaan windmill inside the Windmill Island Gardens is 251 years old and many people feel like they have managed to find their way to the Netherlands when they see it for the first time. This windmill was transported here from the Netherlands in 1964 and it is the only working Dutch windmill in the United States.
3. Nelis’ Dutch Village
The Nelis’ Dutch Village is a replica of an authentic Dutch village from the 1800s and there are quite a few fun activities that people can participate in while they are there. There are guides that are dressed in costumes, dancers performing in wooden shoes, the twenty-five-bell traditional Dutch carillon, and a Dutch swing ride called the Zweefmolen. Before everyone leaves the village, they must try on a pair of wooden shoes to see how they feel.
4. Holland Museum
The Holland Museum opened in 1915 and they have a large collection of artifacts on display. The collections tell a story that includes the arrival of the Dutch to the area, the fire that devastated the area back in 1871, and what life is like today.
5. Veldheer Tulip Garden
The Veldheer Tulip Garden began in 1950 with only one hundred red tulips and three hundred white tulips. It has grown tremendously since then and now there are more than five million tulips growing in the garden. In addition to the tulips, people will also see daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths.
May is the best time of the year to visit Holland, because that is when the Tulip Time Festival takes place. Six million tulips are planted throughout the city and they are in bloom every year in time for the festival. More than one million people travel to Holland each year for the festival and that number continues to grow from year to year.
Anyone who cannot get to Holland at that time, should not worry though, because there are plenty of other things that make this city a special place to visit at any time of the year.