Holland Travel Guide

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Holland Things to Do

  • Find the Sculptures

    There are a number of different sculptures around town, most within walking distance of the main area downtown. I believe most of these were done by local artist and are a way the city shows off its local Dutch and American pride. Here are a few we snapped some photos of.

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  • Tulip Time Festival

    A week long festival (happening over 2 weekends and a whole week) in early May each year. The town puts on a huge event with dances, entertainment, fireworks, a carnival and of course tulips.It is a great day trip from Chicago (about 165 miles) and we did spend the entire day leaving our house about 7:00 a.m. and arriving back home at 10:30 p.m....

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  • Historical Sculptures

    Scattered within the downtown area, Holland has many historical sculptures and monuments. I don't know exactly how many there are, but I saw at least a half-dozen.There are information signs near each other which describe the scene and reason for the tribute. Many are immortalizing things specific to Holland, but others are of a larger scale....

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  • Top of the Sand Dune - Mt Pisgah

    Michigan has sand dunes flanking the entire coast of Lake Michigan. There are many national parks in Michigan that focus on the dunes. If you don't have access or time to see some of the larger parks and dunes, don't worry, there are still some within easy access of Holland.If you cross the bay (Lake Makatawa) to the north side and then go west...

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  • The Beach!

    Holland State Park has a great sandy beach that's the best in summer, but is beautiful in other seasons, too.I recommend packing a picnic to eat along the channel. There are picnic tables and grills there and you can watch the boats coming to and from Lake Michigan.You can also walk out onto the pier, which is fun but but can be dangerous is there...

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  • Holland Light House

    Affectionally known at "Big Red," the Holland Lighthouse evolved from a simple wooden tower in 1872, to a stronger steel tower, to the present structure in 1936. The large square building was needed to house giant boilers to power the station's steam fog signal. Access to the light itself is very restricted because private property must be crossed,...

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Holland Hotels

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Holland Restaurants

  • Real beautiful Dutch restaurant

    Great restaurant. Real Dutch dishes. Not crazy expensive. Only annoying thing one time was that the waitress thought I was American and reminded my girlfriend about paying a tip. Tip is included in the meal price and the normal thing is to leave no tip or to round off. If you are drunk and had a great time and the waiter was really great too, sure...

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  • Old World Charm

    Located downtown, Curragh's is a wonderful place for the evening. Warm atmosphere and a selection of Irish and international brews. While the exterior of the building is very modern, the interior reflects the charm of the pubs of Ireland and the UK. Traditional Irish and English dishes, plus a pint of guiness.

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  • Til Midnight

    This is one of the best restaurants in Holland for eclectic fine dining, they also have unique preparations of traditional dishes.During lunch time it has sandwiches and a much more informal environment.It's quite small, so make sure to make reservations.Be prepared to pay for all of this!

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Holland Nightlife

  • Good Beer and Local's spot

    New Holland Brewery is not all that old, being started by two guys in 1997. Its grown significantly since then, in size, distribution and reputation. I can't speak for the evolution of its taste or quality since I only was introduced to it a couple years ago.But the beer is good! They have a dozen of their craft beers on regular menu/tap, plus a...

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  • Hahahahahahahaha....

    Hahahahahahahaha. AAAaaaaaaahahahaha. Nightlife? In Holland? You've got to be kidding me. Hahaha. I cant stop laughing. Go rent a movie or something. I suggest Zoolander, Usual Suspects, Good Will Hunting, or something with Steve Irwin. Anything goes on campus. around the town its all about trends.

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  • The Back Door

    This is the spot if you are a metal rocker and want to hang out in a place geared more toward the raucous drinking crowd. The music is pretty hard and the crowd is usually rowdy. Whatever you have to put on

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Holland Transportation

  • Great transit system

    Holland, MI, has a great small urban public transit system known as the "MAX." It has 8 fixed bus routes that all meet at the intermodal Padnos Center hub that serves Amtrak and Indian Trails intercity busways. The Padnos Center is the transfer hub for MAX, and right in the heart of downtown Holland in a well appointed historic train station. The...

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  • -By airplane:airport Grand...

    -By airplane:airport Grand Rapid ,15' driving to Holland .-By train:Amtrak-Pere Marquette - Holland,Michigan Trains . contact: 800-USA-RAIL Toll-Free: 800- USA-RAIL -By car .-By your own ship .- need rent a car or use your own car .Bus is not popular in Holland town .No bus station ,sorry .-If you book ticket for TULIP TIME festival tour ,they will...

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  • American Trains are...

    American Trains are overpriced, noisy, and slow and im really bitter about it. Take a gas guzzling SUV like every other lazy american and negotiate our overcrowed and always under construction roads. And even though we are on the Lake, we have no maritime passenger service. Not since the 1930's i think. Too bad really. I want to take a boat to...

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Holland Shopping

  • Downtown - Home Furnishings

    A dozen shops with home furnishings are located downtown. Each has it's own style and selection. Enjoy comparing and then pick out the style that best fits your home.Colro House, Cottage, Corner, Design Works, DeVries & Combos, Dimensions Kitchen & Bath, Fram Works, Harbour bay Furniture, Home & Company, Northern Rustics, The Picket Fence, Teeman's...

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  • Downtown - Galleires

    A variety of shops that include fine arts and high end decorative items. I always find that I love to browse. Most is to delicate for my house, but they are beautiful to to behold. Many include nautically themed works.Castle Park Gallery, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland Museum, Lake Effect Gallery, Moynihan Gallery, The Nines gallery,...

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  • Downtown - Books

    Located at the west end of downtown at 8th & River, Reader's World is a full line bookstore. If you're staying in the area, they'll order something just for you. Local authors and topics. They have a great selection of Great Lakes and Michigan references, stories, and histories.

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Holland Local Customs

  • A Reformed City?

    I recall reading on this site and elsewhere that there was little to do in Holland on Sunday because so much closed up due to strict religious customs. I was glad to know that so we could get there early on Saturday. As people of faith, Nancy and I notice churches when we are traveling, especially so in Holland. A huge percentage of the churches we...

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  • 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...

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  • -Holland town is mainly...

    -Holland town is mainly original Ductch and Irish and Catholic people ,so should be carefull if you discuss about abotion.

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Holland Warnings and Dangers

  • Not to friendly if you don't look dutch

    Holland is a safe city in a very pretty part of the state. However, the culture does not lean toward the acceptance of people who do not reflect the same narrow minded views. Beware if you are a person of color. Many of the locals believe that most Hispanics are gang members, regardless of how you are dressed. This is a very narrow minded community...

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  • Holland Michigan, dangerous only at...

    The best areas in Holland to Avoid at night is the the area between 16 -18th street on Columbiaand 16th - 18th street on CentralDon't go out here at night unless you are from this area.Odds are you will not be harassed but this is the gang part of the city.There was a body found in the dumpster on 711 on 16th street remembers that

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  • HOLLAND,MICHIGAN is the...

    HOLLAND,MICHIGAN is the small,peaceful and quiet and safety town comepare most of town in US.Yes,have a crime but only heard one or two time/ a year.Gangter infor. occured long time ago and never happend till now.They must DON'T LIKE peaceful and quiet town like this place ,so they moving.Heeeheee.

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Holland Tourist Traps

  • Veldheer Tulip Gardens - out of season

    There is a $6 fee to tour this garden. And it doesn't appear to be that big! We arrived in June when very few tulips were still in bloom, so passed on this "opportunity." The DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory are right next door, that's a little bit of a trap too, but not as bad. And if you're an avid gardener, Veldheer's garden center shop...

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  • Sub shop downtown

    Don't go here. Its got cocky teenagers working behind the counter and no one ever taught them that if you offer a roast beef sub, its needs to have roast beef on it. Or was that paper-thin slice of brown really a piece of roast beef? Go hungry. Any other restaurant in town.

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  • Dutch Village

    The Dutch Village is really not worth the $8.00 admission. It was smaller than I expected. Another thing is that the Dutch Village is set in a pretty Americanized location. It is located right next to U.S. Highway 31, and across that highway you'll see a Wal-Mart supercenter. On the other side of the village is a shopping outlet (outlet stores). So...

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Holland What to Pack

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    by UScutie Written Sep 8, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: -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 .

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel

    Photo Equipment: -Need bring many films b/c you will love everything in this lake and TULIPTIME festival.

    Miscellaneous: 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
    phone:616-392-2389

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Holland Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk Through the Tunnel to Lake Michigan

    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...

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  • Outdoor Discovery Center Of Wildlife...

    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...

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  • Saugatuck

    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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Holland Favorites

  • 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.

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  • -Choose begin or mid. month...

    -Choose begin or mid. month of MAY to see TULIPTIME festival .Tulip Time is one of the largest flower festivals in the United States,similar Netherlands is the tulip capital of the world. -If you love beach then go visit nice and pleasant beach called :OTTAWA LAKE .SUMMER time is perfect for swimming and fishing .Around mid JUNE u can jump to the...

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  • I think that the best thing in...

    I think that the best thing in Holland are the beaches. From Holland State Park and Tunnel Park, to the more secluded Michigan Dunes State Park(which is usually free) just south of Holland and north of Saugatuck. For great places to meet people try Finnegan's at the West Shore Mall or Backstreet on 7th street downtown. What I miss most about...

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Downtown Holland
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The Lakeshore
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Nelis' Dutch Village
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Cruising Holland
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Dinner Cruises
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Visit Holland State Park on Lake Michigan
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See Queen's Cavalerie Skill at Arms Competition
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Bird at Dunton Park on lake Macatawa.
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Watch Candles Being Carved
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Tour An Authentic Dutch Windmill at Wildmill Is.
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Visit Veldheer Tulip Gardens
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See the Herd of Buffalo
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See Wooden Shoes Made
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Shop for Delftware
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Visit the Holland Museum
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Cheer for the Volksparade.
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See the Street Cleaning Ceremony.
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Visit Two Historic Old Houses
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Listen to an Organ Recital at Hope College
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Visit Historic Pillar Church
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Windmill Island
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Veldheer Tulip Gardens/DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft
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Under the Tower
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Going Dutch!
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BEACH
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Star of Saugatuck
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The Beach at Lake Macatawa
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Lake Macatawa at Holland State Park
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Big Red
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Folk Dancing at Windmill Island
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The Bridge at Windmill Island
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DeZwaan Windmill at Windmill Island
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