Klompen Dancers invade Holland.
The Klompen Dancers invade Holland.

Dutch-themed Town

Field review by the editors.

Holland, Michigan

"Welkom" from the Dutch-American epicenter at Holland, Michigan!

Area attractions include the Dutch Village, the Veldheer Tulip Gardens, the Netherland Museum, Windmill Island (complete with "De Zwaan," a 250-year-old, ten-story-tall, grain-grinding Dutch windmill that sells its own flour), and two wooden shoe factory tours. Everyone who visits can try on a pair!

The best time to be in Holland, Michigan is in mid-May, during the Tulip Time Festival. The festival lasts more than a week, but the highlight is the parade. The marshal staccato of wooden jackboots fills the air as several hundred "Klompen Dancers" from the local high school march on Main Street. It's a kinder, gentler goose-stepping, though.

Dutch-themed Town

1 Lincoln Ave., Holland, MI
35 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, off of I-196. Windmill Island is on Lincoln Ave.
(admission for Windmill Island)
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