Holland Off The Beaten Path

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    Walk Through the Tunnel to Lake Michigan

    by riorich55 Written May 11, 2014

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    Toward the end of our one day trip to Holland, Michigan we went north over the river at the west edge of town(which connects to a small lake, which connects to Lake Michigan) to make a short little visit to Tunnel Park.

    On our short visit we got some very nice photographs near sunset with some really spectacular looking clouds. There was a youth church group just finishing up their activities on the Lake Michigan Beach far below and some other high school kids having their prom pictures taken by their parents.

    You can view and then get down to the beach in one of two ways. You can walk through a sand dune (I wonder where else in the world you can do that?) and then climb some steps down to the beach or you can climb the sand dune a little farther away from the tunnel and then also use some steps to get down.

    Other then the youth group and the prom kids nobody else was around. The park itself is small, but for a unique experience and only about a 10 minute drive from downtown Holland you might want to check it out.

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    Outdoor Discovery Center Of Wildlife Unlimited

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 22, 2007

    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

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    Saugatuck

    by Toughluck Written Mar 2, 2007

    If you're looking for a day to shop in quaint shops, try Saugatuck. It's just 6 miles (10 km) south of Holland. For more information see my Saugatuck page. If you're really into the shops, see VT's Saugatuck page

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  • Take a Day Trip

    by sparkle_eyes Written Mar 30, 2005

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    There are some interesting towns with in a half-hour drive on Holland.
    *Fennville--a really small town, but it has a couple interesting spots: Crane Orchards and Restaurant (www.craneorchards.com)
    Fenn Valley Winery
    Mi Casa Su Casa Restaurant

    *Saugatuck--on Lake Michigan, a very "artsy" town.

    Grand Rapids is also just over a half-hour from Holland, and has lots of interesting sites.

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    You absolutely must see Dutch...

    by erikute3534 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    You absolutely must see Dutch village! This canal scene at Dutch Village is typical of a vilage of Netherlands a hundred years ago. Quaint shops, wooden shoe carver, antiques, restaurants and activities It is a nice place to visit.

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    The Beach at Lake Macatawa

    by basstbn Written Jul 22, 2005

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    Nice clean beach appeals to families. There is a concession stand and rental paddle boats and canoes. A very relaxing place.

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    Lake Macatawa at Holland State Park

    by basstbn Written Jul 22, 2005

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    This is a really pretty lake at Holland State Park that is much used by the locals. There are nice hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, the usual water sports, and nearby camping.

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    Bulletholes

    by dlandt Written May 29, 2003

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    On the main street there is a plaque that tells about a building, on which you can see the bulletholes from a bank robbery some years ago.

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