Windmill Island Gardens
No stop in Holland is complete without a visit to Windmill Island Gardens. Tour De Zwaan, the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States – still turning and grinding wheat into flour! Other Dutch treasures include a street organ gifted by the City of Amsterdam and a hand-painted antique carousel. Other Dutch features include stately Friesian horses, a water exhibit and Little Netherlands – a maquette of Dutch life in the 1840s when Holland was settled. Many buildings are replicas of those found in the Netherlands including the ones housing a gift shop where you can pick up an authentic Dutch treat!
Of course, the Island wouldn’t be complete without featuring Dutch horticulture and floriculture. Known for a dazzling display of ~150,000 tulips in the spring, the gardens are replanted with annuals. Dozens of varieties planted in themed beds create a can’t miss display through summer and early fall.
A great group-friendly attraction, Windmill Island Gardens is open mid-April through early October each year. Year-round programs feature gardening, arts, and heritage events. The Island also makes a wonderful backdrop for weddings and corporate events.
Take a look at the always-on skycam – or, even better, enjoy a visit in person!
- 1 Lincoln Avenue
- (616) 355-1030
A palette of color awaits you as you wind along the entrance to Holland's treasured island. Tour five stories of the DeZwaan windmill, the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. From the top, you can survey the park's 36 acres of manicured gardens and natural areas. Costumed…
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- 31 West 10th Street
- (616) 796-3329
The best way to get acquainted with Holland is to take a crash course in its fascinating history-and there's no better place for this than the Holland Museum. Here you'll experience the arrival of the Dutch in 1847, their struggle for access to Lake Michigan, the devastating fire of 1871, and the…