The city of Holland was founded by Dutch Americans and has incorporated the Dutch cultural theme into many of its structures and events, attracting thousands of visitors year-round. Holland is home to the famous Veldheer Tulip Garden, a place where you can admire over 5 million tulips and watch the buffalo roam, as well as the Windmill Island Gardens where you will be able to walk through a number of professionally manicured displays and visit the only authentic Dutch windmill in the nation. The city also has an award-winning Historic Downtown Area that provides a number of great shopping, dining, and entertainment services. A trip to The Holland Museum will help you understand the rich history of the area, while allowing you to see a number of historic artifacts from early Dutch settlers.
Festivals & Community
Holland plays host to a number of annual events that involve the entire community. During the summer months, check out The Holland Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday morning. The market provides residents with locally-grown produce, as well as great place to mix and mingle. The city also hosts a number of other summer events, like the Huntington Bank Summer Concert Series in Kollen Park and the Street Performers Series downtown. These events bring in local and national talent, while providing a great place for residents to get together. In the spring, visit the annual Tulip Time Festival, a weeklong event that celebrates Dutch heritage and local culture.
There are a number of great outdoor recreational events for Holland locals and visitors alike to get out and enjoy the beautiful surrounding wilderness. During the summer, spend days soaking up the sun on the pristine sandy beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa for swimming and water activity fun. In the winter, play a game of hockey or ice skate at The Edge Ice Arena. Finally, enjoy cross country skiing around Ottawa County Recreational Parks and Slopes for breathtaking sights and a way to get the whole family active and involved.