Top Things to Do in Holland, Michigan | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do in Holland, Michigan

Dutch heritage provides this lakeside town with its name and many of its top attractions, including the annual Tulip Time Festival, Windmill Island Gardens and Veldheer Tulip Gardens.

What to do

Holland shopping Boutiques, galleries, gift shops and cafes line 8th Street downtown. Tikal displays handmade jewelry and funky fashion; Reader’s World stocks best sellers and magazines (and sells hardcover best sellers at a discount). (800) 506-1299;

Holland State Park Eight miles west of Holland, this Lake Michigan park has an expansive beach and great views of nearby Big Red, a much-photographed lighthouse. A boardwalk and stairs access Mount Pisgah’s towering sand dune.  (616) 399-9390;

Tulip Time Festival Parades, wooden shoe dancing and millions of tulips—plus concerts, fireworks, a quilt show and more—draw visitors to this annual event in May.

Paddling the channel

Big Red, Holland State Park beach. Photo by Blaine Moats.

Veldheer Tulip Gardens Stroll among 5 million tulips—as well as daffodils, hyacinths, Dutch lilies and more—at Holland’s largest tulip farm. (616) 399-1900;

Windmill Island Gardens In Holland, an 18th-century working windmill, with the only female Dutch-certified miller in North America, towers above a 36-acre island. A re-created 14th-century Dutch inn houses a museum. (888) 535-5792; 

Windmill Island Gardens.

Windmill Island Gardens

Where to eat

Alpenrose Restaurant and Cafe Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France influence the dinner menu. Diners select entrees such as pretzel-crusted walleye. (616) 393-2111;

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Overlook the lake while you dine on seafood and other specialties. The family-friendly place serves breakfast on Sundays. (616) 396-0600;

Butch’s Restaurant Relax at downtown's restaurant-slash-wine shop. Dinner options include grilled Alaskan halibut with sticky rice. (616) 396-8227;

Coppercraft Tour groups get a glimpse of the distilling process. Afterward, try a cocktail: The ingredient list changes seasonally but always includes locally grown fruits and herbs. (616) 796-8274;

Coppercraft Distillery. Holland, Michigan.

Coppercraft Distillery. Photos by Blaine Moats.

Crane’s in the City In Holland’s busy downtown, this small cafe serves panini, salads and fresh apple cider. But you’re really here for pie from the family-owned orchard. (616) 796-2489;

DeBoer’s Dutch Brothers Bakery Visitors stop into the bakery-restaurant combo in Holland to pick up fresh breads and buttery kraklingen cookies or to nosh on pigs-in-a-blanket and pea soup. (616) 396-2253;

Lemonjello’s Coffee Regional roasters provide the beans for Mood Lattes with flavors such as Buzzed (with local honey) and Indecisive (chocolate and white chocolate) in Holland. (616) 928-0699;

Lemonjello's Coffee. Photos by Blaine Moats.

New Holland Brewing Company After perfecting the art of brewing, it now distills spirits. A copper fermenter sits in the center of the Holland restaurant also known for its creative pizzas. (616) 355-6422;

Where to stay

CityFlatsHotel Splashes of green and orange speak to the styling of this Holland hotel. Bamboo sheets and cork flooring show the ecoconsciousness that garnered the lodging LEED certification.  (616) 796-2100;

Haworth Inn Rooms come with complimentary access to Hope College’s Dow Center athletic facilities, as well as the indoor Holland Community Aquatic Center. (616) 395-7200;

For more information: Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 506-1299;



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