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A Visit to Holland

My friend and I visited Holland, Michigan for the Tulip Time Festival this last May. We drove up from Georgia, taking several days to see some things on the way up. The festival lasted from May 5th through May 12. We were here for 5 days of it, May 8th through 12th. Many of the festival events are repeated during the week so that you can see everything and they publish an excellent booklet listing the events.

A History of Holland, Michigan

During our visit here, we learned a lot about the history of the region from tours as well as the museum, churches, and historic houses. Holland Michigan was founded in 1847 by Albertus Van Raalte who led a group here from the Netherlands mostly because of the severe potato famine in that country. The festival features authentic costumes from the many different regions of the Netherlands. But tulips are a big part of the show. Tulips are a large part of the Dutch heritage and this festival celebrates the tulip. The town is planted with millions of them and all of the yards also have them. It's fabulous.

Attractons in Holland

There are interesting attractions in Holland such as Windmill Is., Dutch Village, Veldheer Tulip Gardens, the museum, historic houses, the state park and shopping which are available all of the time. In addition, the festival in May provides parades, horse competitions, Klompen dancing, style shows, heritage shows, musical concerts and a carnival. It makes for a very fun time in Holland. I've described both the permanent and festival attractions in the Things to Do section.

  • Last visit to Holland: May 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2007
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  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    This is a great tour of Holland, Michigan! Your 5 day stay gave you plenty of time to soak up the culture, didn't it? The tulips sure look beautiful. Marcia

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Your USA Holland looks as nice as the real thing :) just love the festivals & the tulips too


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