Wooden Shoe Shop
At the Wooden Shoe Shop (Wooden Shoe Factory) at the Dutch Village you can watch how Dutch wooden shoes are made with frequent demonstrations. You can also buy these kind of shoes at this shop. They come in all kinds of different sizes and have all kinds of different designs on them. Very special place to visit.
-Winter:THICK COAT,Jacket b/c Holland town located in the lake.
-Spring:TULIP TIME ,extra luggage for gifts and tulip bulbs.(no where you can buy tulip bulbs have good quality in US than Holland town).
-Summer: alot of towels and swimming suits b/c you can not miss spend time on the lake . Family Travel -Need bring many films b/c you will love everything in this lake and TULIPTIME festival. Contact tourist information if you visit Holland in the 1st time.
Holland Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information .
272 E Eighth St - PO Box 1818
Holland MI 49423
The idea of Tulip Time was introduced at a meeting of the Woman's Literary Club in 1927. Miss Lida Rogers, biology teacher at Holland High School, suggested that Holland adopt the tulip as its flower because of its close ties to the Netherlands, and set aside a day for a festival. She titled her talk that day "Civic Beauty" and spoke at length about the area's unique sand dunes, its fine trees, safe water supply, pure milk, and ample playgrounds. She advocated planting more trees, and because the Chamber of Commerce was seeking something appropriate, suggested planting tulips in every yard. She concluded with reading a poem, "Come Down to Holland in Tulip Time."
In 1928, City Council, under Mayor Ernest C. Brooks, appropriated funds to purchase 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands. These bulbs were to be planted in city parks and other areas. Initial plans called for a "Tulip Day." Bulbs were available to Holland residents at one cent apiece.
It was in 1929 that thousands of tulips bloomed, and Holland invited visitors to come during the week in May that included the 15th. Because of interest shown, it was decided to make Tulip Time an annual event with Mrs. Ethel Telling as the first chairman.
By the mid-'30s Tulip Time was a nationally known event and nine-day festivals were staged up until World War II. It was also in 1933 that Ethel Perry, high school girls' gym teacher, trained the Dutch Villagers, later known as Klompen Dancers, to perform Dutch folk dances.
Due to the continued warm weather trends and global warming, in the summer of 2001 the festival board of directors and staff made the decision to move the festival up one week earlier, and shortened it to 8 days. This would allow the festival to better coincide with the blooming of the tulips.
Dutch Village Theme Park & Shopping
The Dutch Village is a nice visit, especially if you have kids. For most of us, once will be enough. The village is visible from US31 and pretty much what you see. There is traditional dutch music and shops with dutch style treats. There is plenty to do for an hour or two. If you have kids, it's a great place as you'll not have to worry for the entire time you're there. They can sleep, run, sing, and they'll have plenty of fun and safe things to do.
Visit the Holland Museum
The Holland Museum is a good place to find out all about the history of Holland. The Dutch arrived in 1847. We learned there was a big public market where the park is now. There were photos of the devastating fire of 1871 which we had learned spared Pillar Church and Hope College. We also learned that in the 15th century a relationship between Italy and Flanders resulted in the Delft tiles that are now the hallmark of Holland. When we were there the Dutch ambassador was here touring the Dutch painting gallery which just opened. We came back to see it later. It has Dutch art from as early as the 15th century. I especially liked several which are of tulips.