Hollanders have affectionately nicknamed their city’s lighthouse Big Red because of its vibrant paint job. Although there has been a lighthouse on the breakwater here at Holland Harbor since 1872, the current structure was built in 1936.
Though you can't drive straight out to Big Red (the lighthouse is surrounded by private property), you can get close enough for great views from a couple different approaches. Drive to the gatehouse at the end of South Shore Drive and the guard will instruct you where to park. From there, you follow a pleasant 1/2-mile walkway along the channel. The lighthouse is rarely open for climbing and tours; contact the Holland Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out if there’s anything scheduled (admission for such events is often free).
Those content to see Big Red from a distance can do so at Holland State Park, known for its wide sandy beach, a popular campground and beautiful photo ops. A state park pass is required for entrance.