Vibrant color, gourmet food and musical entertainment are what you can expect on your visit to the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. Sited just over few hours of drive from Ohio, the Tulip Time Festival is an annual event for people of all ages to enjoy. Along with the thousands of multi-colored flowers, there are traditional Danish gift stores, baby animals to cuddle, musical stage shows, flower picking, flea markets, and a varied selection of delicious food to choose from.
Rows upon rows of colorful tulips beds filled every flower fields and farms in and around Holland. There were Dutch dancers performing and high school marching bands parade through the quaint downtown as part of the annual Tulip Time Festival. It’s one of Michigan’s most unique events and now a favorite of ours too. A celebration of both the beautiful tulip flower and city’s rich Dutch heritage, it’s famous worldwide, with people traveling from all over the world to this beautiful little city in Michigan.
In keeping with the festival’s name, the city is blanketed with thousands of colorful tulips, all in full bloom. The Dutch who settled the area are credited with bringing the flowers to America. You’ll find parks full of tulips, the sidewalks lined with them and entire fields painted with the bright blossoms. It’s a beautiful sight to see and worth the trip alone. But that’s not all there is to Tulip Time.
Here’s our must-see and do list to get the full Tulip Time Festival experience-
Visit Windmill Island Gardens
Apart from gorgeous beds of tulips, you can tour De Zwaan Windmill (meaning swan in Dutch) at the Windmill Island Gardens. The 250+ year old windmill is also the only authentic, working Dutch Windmill in the United States.
Eat at Wooden Shoe Restaurant
Enjoy an authentic breakfast at one of Holland’s classic breakfast spots. Everything on the menu tastes delicious, we bet! Connected is an antique shop where you could actually watch them carve wooden shoes.
Visit Historic Dutch Trade Fair
Located at the Windmill Island, here you’ll also find reenactors in colonial dress re-create a Dutch settlement camp. A trapper selling real pelts and women making yarn on spinning wheels are just a few of the thing you’ll find there.
Visit Wooden Shoe Factory
The DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory is at the Veldheer’s Tulip farm. Here you can watch the process of making wooden shoes and painting of white delftwares.
Enjoy Traditional Dutch Dance
You cannot leave Tulip time without seeing at least one Dutch Dance performance. Almost 700 dancers in traditional Dutch costume and wooden shoes performing Dutch folk dances is a spectacle like no other.
The small town of Holland, Michigan and the city’s name is not a coincidence. Many parts of the town have very strong likeness to the Holland region of the Netherlands. The town was packed with tourists and locals attending the Tulip Time festival. They had parades, concerts, authentic food, and hundreds of people wearing their Dutch costumes and wooden shoes.
Tulips, windmills, wooden clogs and traditional Dutch dresses are common sights in Holland. Many residents still have Dutch ancestry, and that local heritage is integral to the city’s culture, attractions and eateries. It almost felt like we’re in a different country. A trip to Holland, Michigan during the Tulip Time Festival is an experience like no other!