Everything is closed on Sunday
If you go to the town of Holland, not Dutch Village, you will find a few ghosts and not very much more. There are some really great looking shops in this town, but you won't be able to go to them on Sunday. Maybe 5% are open, and the same even applies to restaurants, which I found very surprising. Word around the campfire is, this is a really conservative county. This picture is taken through the window of a closed art gallery, of which there were many. Patriotic little place.
Outdoor Discovery Center Of Wildlife Unlimited
With 120 acres of natural area underrestoration, the Outdoor Discovery Center is a great way to learn about western Michigan. They list over 25 manmals on sites with 150 bird species, 10 reptiles species and 10 different amphibian species on site. The plant diversity is great (over 400 species) and with thrie efforts to restore 6 different habitats, each will have a place to grow and thrive. Numerous wetlands (ponds, grasslands, forest) exist throughout. A remanat dune area lies south of the east and west 'wet' meadows. An Old Spruce Farm is treturning to native plants as it the Lowland Hardwood Forest and the Zwier Prairie.
Come and take a walk, or join one of the many programs. We arrived on a blustery day and enjoyed an hour of walking through the 'work in progress'. Education programs include 'Birds of Pray, De Witt Wildlife Education facility (elk) and the DeVisser Cultural History (Am Indian) Lab near the Ottawa Summer Village. Located south of town at A-4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423
For more pictures see my Outdoor Discovery Center Travelogue
We have a real working...
We have a real working windmill from the Netherlands that some people like to see. We also have one of the few wooden shoe manufacturing places in the US. The best one is to get a look at Big Red - our Lake Michigan light house. It's a protected National Site. And it's right across the harbor entry from Holland State Park - Michigan's busiest.
I'm a Lake Michigan water lover, and am very interested in old lighthouses.
Veldheer Tulip Gardens/DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft
If you've never seen wooden shoes made, this is the place. They really make them, right here. If you like flowers (tulips), you'll find a lot to look at. Otherwise, a half hour a bit of shopping and you'll have witnessed a unique art of shoe making.
See Wooden Shoes Made
We saw wooden shoes everywhere in Holland. When we went out to the Veldheer Tulip Farm, we went in the Deklomp Wooden Shoe Factory where we could stand at a glass window and watch wooden shoes being carved by a large machine. It was quite incredible. We also found out from some of the locals that when they wear these wooden shoes, they also wear 4-5 pairs of socks to cushion their feet so it makes them look like they have huge ankles and feet. There were many places in Holland where you could buy wooden shoes.