Charming shops and Dutch Village
Tourist attractions are very commercialized; a little pricey.
A place not just of Dutch heritage, but of many.
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....more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
This is my favourite part of Holland! I specially enjoy it during winter time when is snowing and the trees are full of lights. It's beautiful!This award-winning downtown covering eight square blocks of Victorian-era architecture provides a unique atmosphere for shopping and dining. More than 100 retail shops and restaurants offer everything from...more
2009 W. Lakewood Blvd., Holland, Michigan, 494924, United States
Good for: Couples
Good service, nice pool and high speed internet. A+ hotel for the money.more
12427 Felch St, Holland, MI 49424
Good for: Families
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.more
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!more
The best caractheristic of this rrestaurant are the stunning views of the Macatawa lake.It serves an innovative American menu with ethnic influences. The food is both interesting and reasonably priced. The main dining room and bar are strategically located on the second level to provide a panoramic view of the harbor. Every table offers a great...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
-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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 thatmore
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.more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.more
-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...more
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...more