My girlfriends and I took a day trip to the tulip festival in Holland Michigan. Our first stop was to visit Windmill Island Gardens to see the ONLY 251-year-old Dutch working windmill in the US. The windmill was shipped all the way from the Netherlands! The City of Holland bought it in 1964, reconstructed it, opened the park in 1965 and has been open ever since.
The park is open from late April to early October. We wanted to see the windmill when the 100,000 tulips were in bloom, so we visited during the second week of May during the Tulip Festival.
If your wanting to do more then just see the tulips, the 35 acer park has an antique Dutch carousel, an authentic street organ, manicured gardens, Dutch games, animals, a slide presentation on Dutch culture, Dutch dancing during summer months, guided tours of the windmill and various Dutch displays and shops.
If your like us, short on time and wanted to see the flowers, take a look here!
Meet my friend Megan!She took these beautiful macro shots of the tulips.
There were two fields of tulips. One is facing the windmill and the other facing this beautiful field.
You think this place is beautiful?! Check out the next place we went to. It has over FIVE MILLION tulips!
Click here, and you can also read how I lost my wedding ring amongst the five million tulips!
Windmill Island Gardens
Location: Click here
Description: 125 foot Dutch working windmill, 36 acres of gardens, dikes, canals and picnic areas.
Admission: Adults $9.00 Youth (3-15) $5.00
Hours: 9:30a – 6:00p Tickets Sold Until 5:00p
Holland residents FREE with proof of ID, exception during Tulip Time.
Pet friendly: Need to be leashed and picked up after.
Tip: Plan on a 2 hour visit, or 3 hours minimum during Tulip Time, May 6- May 14, 2017.
Things to do: Take a guided tour of windmill, walk amongst 100,000 tulips (during tulip time), watch a dutch show, shop Dutch displays, ride the Dutch Carousel.