Top Things to Do in Holland, Michigan
Boutiques, galleries, gift shops and cafes line 8th Street downtown.
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.
Tulip Time Festival
Parades, wooden shoe dancing and millions of tulips—plus concerts, fireworks, a quilt show and more—draw visitors to this annual spring event (May 6-14, 2023).
Veldeer Tulip Gardens
Stroll among 5 million tulips—as well as daffodils, hyacinths, Dutch lilies and more—at Holland's largest tulip farm.
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.
Eat and Drink
Butch's Dry Dock
Relax at downtown's restaurant-slash-wine shop. Dinner options might include Shrimp Spaghetti or filet mignon.
Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant
Overlook the lake while you dine on seafood and other specialties at Boatwerks.
Tour groups get a glimpse of the distilling process. Afterward, try a cocktail: The ingredient list at Coppercraft changes seasonally but always includes locally grown fruits and herbs.
Crane's in the City
In Holland's downtown, this small cafe serves panini, salads and fresh apple cider. But you're really here for pie from the family-owned orchard.
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.
Regional roasters provide the beans for Mood Lattes with flavors such as Buzzed (with local honey) and Indecisive (chocolate and white chocolate) at Lemonjello's in Holland.
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.
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.
The recently renovated Haworth Hotel is close to Hope College. Rooms come with a mini fridge and ergonomic work space.
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For more information: holland.org