A palette of color awaits as you wind along the entrance to Holland's treasure island, in Holland, Michigan. Tour five stories of the DeZwaan windmill, the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. From the top, you have a spectacular view of the 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes, and canals. Costumed guides can always be found to answer questions about the flora, fauna and history of Windmill Island Gardens. an Amsterdam street organ, a hand-painted Dutch carousel, a beautiful children's garden and playground for families, and gift shops will complete your visit.
Windmill Island Gardens can also accommodate groups up to 40 in our Posthouse Gathering Room, as well as larger events in the Celebration Pavilion. The windmill and our beautiful gardens make for a unique backdrop to your meeting or event.
Festivals and events year-round
Holland is famous for its annual Tulip Time Festival each May, when millions of colorful blooms line city streets and fill flower beds. But Holland hosts a dozen festivals year-round. Check out the summertime Street Performer Series, where more than 30 musicians, acrobats, mimes and jugglers line 8th Street to perform their craft. Also take some time to discover the craftwork of as many as 300 artists, who gather to display their painting, sculptures and more for purchase, each August. The Tulipanes Art and Film Festival is held annually in September, while the Dutch WinterFest kicks off just after Thanksgiving.
While in Holland
Visiting Holland is all about connecting with tradition. Check out deBoer's Bakkerij Dutch Brothers Restaurant for authentic Dutch baked goods, visit the Holland Peanut Store for Dutch chocolates and licorice, or just head to the grocery store, where Dutch cheeses and cookies are commonplace. Wet your whistle at Macatawa Ale Company, Big Lake Brewing or Our Brewing Company for a sampling of Holland's best. If spirits are more your style, enjoy a craft cocktail at Coppercraft Distillery.
Tour Holland by Bike
More than 155 miles of paved bike paths crisscross Holland, from the thickly-shaded 20-mile Lakeshore Connector Path on the city's north side to the hilly mountain bike trails at the Upper Macatawa Natural Area and the dedicated bike lanes downtown. Don't have a bike? You can rent one at Velo City Cycles or Rock ‘n' Road Cycle - Holland. After Tulip Time season, tourists continue to enjoy the Island's attractions, and the park frequently hosts weddings and private events. The Island's celebration pavilion can seat up to 300 people.