Road Trip: Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

by Anthony Losanno
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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.

Map to Holland

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.

Veldheer Tulip Gardens
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.

Veldheer Tulip Gardens Field

The grounds have a windmill and tons of photo opps as you trek through the fields to see the tulips.

Veldheer Tulip Gardens Bulbs

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:

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The windmill was one of several we saw in Holland.

Tulip Field

The tulips were in full bloom and got crowded as we were leaving when several buses arrived.

Wooden Shoe Factory

Inside the gift shop, you’ll find a wooden shoe factory.

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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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