Looking for a perfect day trip this summer? Look no further than the sandy shores of Holland, Michigan.  Whether you want to shop, visit local attractions, enjoy a delicious meal, or just relax in the sand, Holland is the perfect destination for your next adventure! Check out the top five things to do on your next day trip to Holland, Michigan!

Downtown-  Once you arrive to town, you’ll want to spend some time enjoying Holland’s award-winning Downtown located along the sidewalks of 8th Street. With a hometown vibe, Holland is quaint, yet versatile.  Walk along the cobblestone sidewalks and peruse three blocks of endless local boutiques and stores. Downtown is the perfect location to shop for local specialty gifts and artisanal food and spirits.

Windmill Island Gardens- Take a few hours to walk 36 acres of the beautifully manicured grounds of Holland’s own treasured Island! Explore the gardens, dikes and canals, take a ride on a hand-painted Dutch carousel, enjoy the music from an antique Amsterdam street organ, and shop for Dutch souvenirs in the Dutch village themed gift store. Spend the afternoon and tour the 250-year-old DeZwaan Windmill, the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States!

Lunch- To keep the local Dutch theme going throughout your day, head over to de Boer Bakkerij & Dutch Brothers Restaurant for delicious Dutch-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as authentic Dutch pastries. In the mood for a good brew and bite? Check out New Holland Brewing Company Restaurant & Pub for entrees that use locally sourced produce and ingredients.  The artisanal craft beer even uses locally milled grain from our local miller at Windmill Island Gardens!

Beach- Kick off your shoes and enjoy the sand beneath your feet at any of our Holland beaches!  Visit the Holland Michigan State Park for an expansive beach front, walks on the pier, and stunning views of Lake Michigan.  Head to Tunnel Park to walk through Michigan’s only concrete tunnel through the dunes, or use the wooden staircase to walk up the dune and dune jump down to the beach!

Captain Sundae- A local hot spot, Captain Sundae is the perfect place to grab a sweet summer treat.  Home of the famous “Tommy Turtle,” Captain Sundae is necessity in the summer months. Conveniently located on the way to and from the Holland State Park, the Captain Sundae North location also features a fun mini golf course that will be sure to keep you and your friends and family entertained.