The Holland area is the perfect setting for weekend getaways, family vacations and year-round recreation, with acres of beaches and parks and festivals and events for every season.
Unique restaurants, cafes, and farm markets add to an enjoyable day of shopping in Holland's Victorian-styled downtown, which borders the lovely campus of Hope College. Traditions like Dutch WinterFest, and treasures such as the Big Red Lighthouse and beautiful bronze statues throughout the town help tell the story of Holland's rich history and strong values.
Whether you come for warm weather fun like golfing, swimming and bicycle touring, or winter-time cross-country skiing, Holland has many hotels and other lodging options to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Holland was named one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation!
Each May, Holland is home to the world famous Tulip Time Festival when over six million tulips burst into bloom as the town celebrates its Dutch heritage. Tracing roots to 1927, the Tulip Time Festival held in May is the highlight of Holland’s community cultural calendar.
Holland's Dutch heritage is also kept alive at several area attractions; Dutch Village is an educational family-oriented place to visit. It is a re-creation of a small, 100-year-old Dutch town. Exhibits include a farmhouse and barn; weigh house, museum and wooden shoe factory.
Just a short drive north of Holland is Veldheer's Tulip Garden and DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory. Founded by Vernin Veldheer in 1955 as a hobby, the gardens comprise millions of tulips as well as lilies, peonies and a rainbow of other flowers. The gift shop has one of the largest selections of bulbs in the country. Veldheer's DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory makes traditional wooden shoes, and is the only factory in the United States crafting authentic Delft pottery.
De Zwaan, an 18th Century Dutch windmill, is one of the highlights of Windmill Island. There are 36 acres of manicured tulip gardens, dikes, canals and the Posthouse—a re-creation of a 14th Century Dutch wayside inn housing a collection of Dutch furnishings and historic documents. Each year over 100,000 people visit the park, located in the Macatawa Marsh on the edge of downtown Holland.