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You don’t have to hop on a transatlantic flight to get to Holland. Tulips and Dutch culture can be found much closer to home in the quaint Michigan town named Holland. My mom was visiting us in Chicago and we took a road trip yesterday for this spring celebration.
The drive from Chicago to Holland took around 2.5 hours. Traffic was light both ways, but traffic and construction near Chicago slowed us down a bit.
Tulip Time runs from May 6th to 14th. During this week, you’ll find dances, rides, food, and a celebration of the blooming tulips. We checked out Veldheer Tulip Gardens and found fields of gorgeous flowers. Admission was $15 per person and well worth it.
The grounds have a windmill and tons of photo opps as you trek through the fields to see the tulips.
All of the bulbs are for sale and visitors can take home bulbs to plant for next year.
Here are some of the beautiful flowers:
The windmill was one of several we saw in Holland.
The tulips were in full bloom and got crowded as we were leaving when several buses arrived.
Inside the gift shop, you’ll find a wooden shoe factory.
These are made here and you can find your size. Shoes cost between $50 and $75 a pair.
Anthony’s Take: This is a great day trip and worth the travel to see the beautiful blooms. If you find yourself local or can drive in from nearby, take the ride and enjoy a taste of Holland.
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