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Holland Michigan - A Destination That You Will Remember

Updated on January 9, 2018
Downtown Holland
Downtown Holland
You'll find wonderful scuptures in the downtown area.
You'll find wonderful scuptures in the downtown area.
Lake Michigan shoreline at Holland's State Park.
Lake Michigan shoreline at Holland's State Park.
Sign detailing the history of Lake Makatawa originally named Black Lake
Sign detailing the history of Lake Makatawa originally named Black Lake
Holland's Lake Michigan Lighthouse
Holland's Lake Michigan Lighthouse
Holland Michigan State Park
Holland Michigan State Park

Why should you take a Holland, Michigan vacation? The answer is that Holland has just about everything. You'll find specialty shops, a Lake Michigan beach, a Michigan State Campground, a lighthouse, windmill, a dutch village, tulip farm and the downtown streets are a visual treat. The downtown area is full of tulips in the spring and annual flowers in the summer.

The Tulip Festival

If you arrive early in May, you will see what Holland is best known for, their tulip festival. The streets are lined with tulips in bloom. Included with the festival is a Saturday morning parade with floats, all with the tulip theme. You may never see as many tulips in your life again. A small carnival is also offered and you can take a tour of their tulip farm.

Tulip Farm and Gardens

At the tulip farm you can choose from specialty bulbs and plants. The variety is huge, so if you are collector like me, you can choose from bulbs you don't see elsewhere. Also included are Dutch food treats, Dutch shoes, and lots of Dutch trinkets.

Dutch Windmill

Don't miss the windmill. It is a real operating windmill that was shipped from Holland. The windmill is 250 years old and even has a bullet hole in it from World War II. You can buy flour that is milled there. A tour of the windmill is included. You'll also enjoy flower gardens, a small operating dutch farm, a play park and a picnic area and shops.

Downtown Shops

I enjoyed browsing the downtown shops in Holland. You'll find a candy shop, yarn shop, ladies clothing and many more specialty items. The downtown is beautiful and has heated sidewalks in the winter. Flowers are everywhere, special scuptures, and clean, clean, outdoor areas.


There are a large variety of restaurants that will fit any price range and appetite. Choose from fine dining or a simple meal. There are many delectable foods to choose.We ate at an old fashioned soda shop and it was delicious.

Lake Makatawa

Across from the Michigan State Park in Holland is Lake Makatawa. Originally Reverand AC Reate was seeking a place for his Dutch followers to settle and thought that Lake Makatawa would make a good harbor, but there were sandbars and silt collected between Lake Michigan and what was then called Black Lake (Lake Makatawa). He appealed to Congress and eventually the sand was removed. Ever since, Holland has been predominantly a Dutch town.

Lake Makatawa is now a wonderful recreation area for tourist and year round residents. The sign on the left details this history.


At the end of the pier near Lake Makatawa is a lighthouse. This is located in the campground area. There are many camping sites and all that is required is a state sticker for entrance and a fee for the campsite. If you prefer not to camp, just a day sticker or a seasonal sticker is required.

Lake Michigan Beaches and Fishing

A long beach awaits you at the campground. There are also two other public beaches along Lake Michigan. If you enjoying tanning on the beach, walking along the shoreline, sailing, boating, fishing, site seeing or fishing, you'll enjoy the time spent in Holland.

Take a day or spend a week, you'll enjoy your visit.

Holland Beach
Holland Beach
A breezy day at the beach
A breezy day at the beach

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    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      moonlake, We spent a vacation in Grand Haven too. Holland is a little closer to us than Grand Haven. We had fun going through the museums in Grand Haven, but we were there on a weekend when a yacht race was going on and a craft fair. The beach was so crowded we didn't get to spend any time on it. That was a little disappointing. Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

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      6 years ago from America

      I love Michigan. We always go to Grand Haven not far from Holland. Holland is a pretty place. Voted up on your nice hub.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      sarosh kumar, Thanks for commenting. I hope you do too.

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      sarosh kumar 

      6 years ago

      Hope i also get to visit this wonderful place

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      billybuc, Thanks for your comments. I love Holland and hope to move there someday.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I admit I have never heard of this town, but with a name like Holland it has to be cool. :) Thanks for the tour. It really does look beautiful.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      prasetio30, Thanks for viewing and voting up. Yes, Holland is beautiful. I hope to move there in a few years. It's nice to visit now.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... great work, Barbara. I love this place. I had never knew that Holland Michigan so beautiful like this one. Thanks for share with us. Vote up!


    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Scott, Thanks for visiting the hub. If you are never near Holland, you need to visit. This town has everything and would also make a great vacation.

      My husband and I are thinking about purchasing a house there for when we retire.

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      Scott Russell 

      7 years ago from Toronto, ON

      I've heard about Holland Michigan but didn't know anything about the place until now. Thanks for this great hub!

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      8 years ago from Albany, New York

      Thanks for the info- I will definitely check it out = )

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      There are a lot of beach communities along Lake Michigan, but Holland is one of the best. If you can't get a timeshare there, try some of the others. South Haven, Grand Haven, Ludington, and there are a lot of others.

      Thanks for visiting the hub.

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      8 years ago from Albany, New York

      My husband and I plan to take our children to all of the 50 states- Holland, MI looks like a great place to explore with them! Hopefully, my timeshare has an exhange there or closeby = )

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      b.Malin, Thanks. I hope you are able to visit Holland someday.

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Holland sounds like a FUN place to visit and your Travel Hub is such a Treat to read. Very Enjoyable Barbara. Thanks for showing such a Beautiful unknown Place to me.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Cardisa,We only live 45 miles from there, so visit a couple of times a year. Yes, it is beautiful and when we are able to retire we plan on living there. Thanks for commenting.

      James, Maybe I'll run into you there some time. You won't know who I am since I'm shy about posting my real photo here. Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Holland is beautiful. Looks like it's a lot of fun there.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the lovely travelogue. I enjoyed the journey. I am from St. Joseph, Michigan and am quite familiar with Holland. In fact, I visited there just last year for a day.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      assyk73, Thanks for commenting. You won't be disappointed if you do visit.

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      Karen A. Harris 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Wow....I will put this on my list for places to visit. Thanks for sharing :)


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