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Sailing past the Big Red Lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Holland, Michigan
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Tulip gardens, an authentic windmill and the clickety-clack of wooden shoes all signal you’ve arrived in Holland, a small town steeped in Dutch-inspired charm.

Venture to an island dotted with tulips, lounge at a pretty beach park and explore the lively downtown scene loaded with an abundance of shops, cafes and pubs. Uncover three unique aspects of Holland, Michigan, a quaint small town located on the Lake Michigan shore.

Windmill Island Gardens: Dutch Heritage in Bloom

Windmill Island Gardens is a breathtaking locale – imagine quaint Dutch buildings and gorgeous landscapes. In the springtime, visitors can stroll along rows of tulips alight in varying shades of vivid red, orange, purple and pink. Floral gardens and foliage line the walkways year-round. Whether you’re climbing the authentic windmill or wandering colorful streetscapes, you’ll be intrigued by this mini-replica of Dutch life. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, they are going to love hopping on the hand-painted Dutch carousel for a ride or two. And don’t be surprised if you end up leaving with a few pairs of wooden shoes as souvenirs – they’re hard to resist. Take your time to explore all the adorable shops and fill your camera roll with fun photo ops at this not-to-be-missed attraction. It’s open from late April until early October.

Colorful flowers in bloom amid Dutch-inspired details at Windmill Island Gardens

Colorful flowers in bloom amid Dutch-inspired details at Windmill Island Gardens
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