Yellow and red tulips line tulip lanes.
Photo courtesy of Mary Hilldore
More than 500,000 people from 40 countries travel to the Holland Tulip Time Festival each year. The beautiful beach town of Holland has been celebrating its Dutch heritage and culture since 1929 and the festivities continue this year. From May 3-10, 2014 the Tulip Time Festival will feature parades, traditional Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food and more.
During your visit at the Tulip Time Festival, see more than six million tulips decorating city parks, public attractions and city streets. For more of nature’s beauty, explore Windmill Island Gardens, home to manicured gardens with more than 150,000 tulips, a 250 year-old working Dutch windmill and an antique Dutch carousel. For a more adventurous day, take your family to the Meijer Midway Carnival, or have a blast at the Nelis’ Dutch Village Family Theme Park, where the history of the Dutch culture comes to life. Continue the Dutch experience May 6-11 at Dutch Marktplaats, where you can delight in the tastes, sights, sounds and crafts of 19th century Holland.
The Tulip Time Festival features three spectacular parades. See the traditional Volksparade, led by thousands of locals in traditional Dutch costumes. Participants gather at the beginning of the parade for the official Street Scrubbing. The Kinderparade, or “children’s parade,” is the largest parade of children in the state. It is also the only "green" parade in the state, using hybrid or electric vehicles to tow all the floats. The parade series finishes with Muziekparade, the music parade, one of the most spectacular parades in the state, featuring 4,000 participants and floats, dancers, and bands along Michigan's longest parade route.
Want a relaxed way to experience the tulips? Tulip City tours are offered throughout the festival. The hop-on, hop-off tour allows easy access through beautiful Tulip Lanes, Holland’s Historic District, city parks and downtown.
Want a little more excitement? Get your competitive juices flowing by participating in the King's Day Criterium. Held April 27 this cycling event offers participants a fast-paced short-circuit bike race through the streets of downtown Holland.
While visiting Holland relax on beautiful Lake Michigan. Relax in the warm sand, play in the sparkling blue water or walk the two miles along the water’s edge between Holland State Park and Tunnel Park. For a little more adventure, climb the 230 steps to the top of Mt. Pisgah, a 157 foot sand dune. Here, enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa or watch a stunning sunset.
Downtown Holland and Southshore Village are great destinations for unique, first-class shopping and dining. For Holland travel help and suggestions, click here.
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