It’s Tulip Time in Holland, MI

What to do this weekend? Visit Tulip Time in Holland, MI of course! Roughly a two hour drive from Northwest Indiana, this is a one of a kind Spring Celebration.

What is Tulip Time?

Back in 1927, a biology teacher, Miss Lida Rogers, suggested her idea of “Civic Beauty” for the town of Holland, MI which was largely founded and inhabited by Dutch Settlers. She suggested that the tulip should be adopted and planted as the cities flower due to the close ties to the Netherlands. In 1928, her vision came to life as the City Council approved to fly in and plant 100,000 tulips from the Netherlands that bloomed throughout the city in 1929. Now in its 94th year, you can experience over 5 million Tulips blooming every year!

Where to see the Tulips?

Everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE! The colorful flower is strewn across the city streets and parks but here are the best spots to stop and explore!

Windmill Island Gardens

One of the most popular locations is Windmill Island Gardens for a good reason as well. Located at 1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI you get to experience not only the over 125,000 tulips but explore the working Dutch Windmill and historic replica buildings that make you feel like you are in the Netherlands! As a plant lover, I highly recommend checking out the greenhouse on the grounds as well. Tickets are required -Adults $12: Kids 3-15 $6.

Centennial Park

This free park located at 239 River Ave, Holland, MI is another one of my go to spots. With the beautiful fountain and pathways, this is a perfect walk after dining at one of the downtown restaurants like The Windmill Restaurant, Curragh Irish Pub, or the New Holland Brewing Company. Tip: Make Reservations for anywhere in the vicinity of Holland if you plan on dining during Tulip Time!

Other Top Spots:

Veldheers Tulip Farm & DeKlomp Wodden Shoe Factory – 12775 Quincy St. Holland, MI – Tickets – Adults: $15, Kids: 3-13 $18

Nelis’ Dutch Village – 12350 James St, Holland, MI – Tickets – $17 Children under 2 – Free

Festival Events

You can also catch a concert this year or book a walking tour during the fest. Country Star Sara Evans will be performing May 12th or you can experience Elton Rohn, an Elton John Tribute! Don’t miss a Dutch Dance as well going on at Centennial Park! A full list of event & performance information can be found HERE


See you there!

If you were looking for plans this weekend Tulip Time day is absolutely worth the trip. I know I plan on being there with my camera! Happy Exploring!

Author: Jessika Pokropinski

Photographer, Explorer, Business Owner at Rock and Leaf Designs, Blogger at Jess Exploring

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