Tulip Time Festival Guide – Holland, Michigan



After years of wanting to go to Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan, we finally got the opportunity this year and it did not disappoint! The charming City of Holland is located in Southwest Michigan and has immediate access to two lakes – Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. The Dutch people settled the area and to this day there is a major effort to remember and celebrate their cultural traditions.

P1680001There are several permanent local attractions such as Windmill Island Gardens, Dutch Village and many others that have cultural themes. However, once a year in the Spring, Holland celebrates its heritage, along with the tulip for which they are so well-known. There are so many incredible varieties to see and take photos of! The pictures in this post are just some of the photos taken on our trip.

IMG_20160514_141407In addition to the amazing gardens, there are parades, wooden shoe dancing, an art & craft fair, a quilt show, carnival rides, concerts, theatrical shows, Dutch history demonstrations, fireworks, horticultural presentations, trolley tours, and so much more! A lot of the festivities take place in Downtown Holland which is one of the most enjoyable and thriving shopping and dining districts anywhere.  If you have time, you can explore the rest of the City of Holland which also offers a wide variety of attractions for singles, couples and families.

Being in Michigan, the weather in Spring has the potential to be very pleasant or very cool, so be prepared for that! Lodging generally get booked fast, so try and get your reservations as early as possible. Also, there are many good restaurants in Holland but if I had to list a couple of favorites of ours, I would recommend Crane’s in the City (Downtown), Alpen Rose (Downtown), The Windmill Restaurant (Downtown) and Crazy Horse (Excellent Steakhouse in town).

While you are in the area, you might as well swing by the beach too. Holland and the surrounding towns in the Southwest Michigan are known for their amazing sand, lighthouses and sunsets. Even though it is cooler outside this time of year, it is definitely worth a visit.

I hope that you get an opportunity to visit Holland and the Tulip Time Festival sometime soon. But if not, I want to encourage you to seek out a festival or event in your area that celebrates local cultural heritage and/or horticulture. I am sure you will be glad you did!

Have you been to the Tulip Time Festival or Holland or have some advice to share? Feel free to leave your comments or recommendations below – Thanks!


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By Ryan Shields

Ryan is the Senior Editor here at Outdoor Home and Garden. He has a degree in Horticulture and has worked in the field of Facilities Management for over 16 years.

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