2021 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival: MI Tulip Time Schedule, See 6 Million Tulips, Farms, Window on the Waterfront, Parade, Secret Insider Tips (+ Best Hotels, Restaurants, Fun Things to Do)

Holland Michigan Tulip Festival | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

The 2021 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival, known as Tulip Time, is a super popular festival held the first and second weekends in May.  See over 6 million Holland MI tulips during the Holland Tulip Festival!

Plan your Holland Tulip Time 2021 visit with our maps, events schedule, insider tips, things to do in Holland, and the ever popular tulip tracker! 

  • Tulip Time in Holland MI 2021 has been heralded as the nation’s Best Flower Festival and America’s Best Small Town Festival!
  • Wondering when is the Holland Tulip Festival? See the dates below!

When Is the 2021 Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival? 

Sat, May 1, 2021 – Sun, May 9, 2021

When planning for the Holland MI Tulip Festival 2021, you will need the Seven Guides below.

1. Grab Our Ultimate Interactive Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Map & Planner!

Click here for the Ultimate Interactive Tulip Time Map!

2. Check Out the Tulip Tracker!

Did you know there is a Holland Tulip Tracker

WHATTT?  How cool is that?  Watch the colorful tulips as emerge from the ground and begin to grow in Centennial Park. 

It's so exciting to track their progress as it gets closer and closer to Tulip Time.  The Tulip Time Tracker will be up in April so check it out often! 

3. Grab the 2021 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Schedule of Events

Holland Tulip Time Festival Schedule!Holland Tulip Time Festival Schedule!

Grab the 2021 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Schedule! See all events during the Tulip Time Holland MI - Tons of things to do!

Did you know? Each fall, the City of Holland Parks Department plants around 316,000 tulip bulbs in their city parks and along the Tulip Lanes in anticipation for the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival!   

4. Plan Your Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Vacation! (Hotels, restaurants, events and things to do)

Zoom in and out of the map for Holland Michigan hotels, restaurants, events and things to do!

***Remember to use the Holland MI Tulip Festival interactive map link for LIVE connection to Google Maps!!

We created this Holland Tulip Festival Planner Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your trip. 

Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

5. Book Your Hotel: Recommended Holland Michigan Hotels and Places to Stay During the Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival

We like to stay in hotels that are convenient to enjoying the Holland MI Tulip Time Festival. These Holland Michigan hotels are super convenient!

SEE THE MAP at #4 for all these locations.

Courtyard By Marriott Holland - This hotel has an incredible sports bar, updated and clean rooms, breakfast bar and modern amenities. We love that the Courtyard by Marriott has tons of hang out areas and is very close to the Holland Tulip Festival.  

Haworth Inn and Conference Center - This Holland hotel is conveniently located right downtown near shopping and hotels. Great place to stay during the Holland Tulip Festival in MI. 

City Flats Hotel - This incredible Holland hotel has so many different room options. Movie rooms, queen rooms, kitchens, huge spacious rooms, they have it!

Country Inn and Suites <-- Read more reviews on Trip Advisor but we love how quaint, updated, comfortable this Holland hotel is. Even the indoor pool is great!

See All Hotels in Holland MI - Read Reviews, See Photos and Book!

6. Find Things to Do! Holland Tulip Farms and Things to Do During the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival

SEE THE MAP at #4 for all these locations.

Hop aboard a trolley tour, go for a spin on a ferris wheel, pet some adorable farm animals and see millions of Holland MI tulips!

7. Find Things to Do in Downtown Holland and Across the City!

While you are visiting Holland during the Tulip Festival, be sure to book a couple more days to enjoy the city!  Take a boat ride, hike, explore and shop!

Click here for Holland things to do!

Tulip City Trolley Tours

Tulip City Tours (Classic Or Plus)-Enjoy a guided Tulip City Tour in mini coaches or trolleys to experience an overview of the gorgeous tulips during Holland Michigan Tulip Time! 

To purchase tickets, visit the blue ticket booth located at Window on the Waterfront, at the corner of 6th Street and College Avenue at 61 E. 6th Street.

Select Tulip City Tour tickets will be available for advance Tulip City Trolley Tour ticket purchase online. 

  • PLUS Tour Option-Narrated tour of Tulip Lanes, Holland’s Historic District, city parks, with on/ off privileges with admission to Windmill Island Gardens, Holland Museum and Cappon & Settlers House.  This tour is not available on parade days.  Last pickup is at Windmill Island Gardens at 5:45 p.m.
  • Classic Tour-hour long narrated tour without on/off privileges.  Experience Tulip Lanes, Holland’s Historic District, city parks, and the beautiful downtown area. 

Book your tours at "Tulip City Tours".

What a fun thing to do during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival!

Where to See the Most Tulips!

Veldheer's Tulip Farm is a Must-See During the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival

12755 Quincy St, Holland, MI 49424. Oh my, what can I say about this place but WOW!!  My parents and I LOVE coming here to take photos during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival. It's so peaceful to wander down the rows appreciating the beauty of nature.  My mother's photo above, shows the exquisite rainbow of color showcased at this gorgeous tulip farm! 

History: In 1950 Vern Veldheer started a hobby farm with only 100 red tulips and 300 white tulips.  Today, Veldheers plants over 5.5 million tulips! Perennials and flowers are brought in from around the world and are available for purchase. 

Visiting: Veldheer's recommend visiting their colorful spring gardens during the last week in April until the middle of May.  There is an admission fee of around $12 for adults, $6 for kids.  Admission is free to visit the Wooden Shoe Factory & Delft Factory to see how Dutch pottery is made.

What to see:

  • 5.5 million tulips, 50,000 daffodils, 10,000 hyacinths and 20,000 crocus
  • Wooden Shoe Factory
  • Delft Factory
  • Buffalo-(you didn't expect that, did you!)

What is the Delft Factory?  It's Dutch pottery that takes almost a full week to produce! They are the only production facility in North America, offering over 400 different hand painted Dutch pottery pieces.

Don't miss seeing the pouring and firing process. The cool part (for me anyway) is getting a chance to speak with the artists as they hand paint the Dutch designs.  I love the up-close-and-personal experiences!

Parking: They have significant paved parking close to the main building and tulip farm.  There is also parking in a non-paved lot nearby.  

Restrooms are porta johns only.  There are no flushing toilets or indoor restrooms available.  

Food: The main building sells bread, snacks and other specialty items.  No main meals.  

Be sure to stop here during the Tulip Time Festival each year!  

Centennial Park is Ablaze with Color and a Great Place to See Holland Michigan Tulips

239 S. River Ave.

Be sure to stop by Centennial Park in Holland to see  43,000 colorful blooming tulips!  We love the Dutch fountain, paved pathways and scenic gazebo.  So many opportunities to take photos with the colorful and cheerful tulips!

Windmill Island Gardens

1 Lincoln Avenue, Holland MI 49423.  Windmill Garden opens to the public in mid April.  There is a charge to enter the garden, even during Tulip Time.  During the Tulip Time festival, you can ride the wagon in or walk along the path shown below.  

Hours of Operation: Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, October 3,2021. They are open 7 days a week, with admission of $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3 to 15.

I just love exploring this beautiful island and touring the windmill during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival.  There are such great photographic opportunities also.  Food on the island includes a bakehouse and deli.  During Tulip Time, food trucks are generally available for tasty meal options.  

Holland Tulip Time Festival, Windmill Island GardensHolland Tulip Time Festival, Windmill Island Gardens

Pet Friendly:  Pets are allowed with the exclusion of the windmill and gift shop due to food processing.  Pets will need to be leashed & picked-up after.  

So this is cool....The Four Columns is an organ that was played in the streets of Breda, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. 

It was given to the City of Holland in 1947 by the City of Amsterdam in gratitude for the United Stated in liberating The Netherlands in WW2. 

Tulip Lanes is a Great Way to See Holland Tulips During the Tulip Festival in Holland MI

Keep your eyes open for 250,000 tulips blooming for six miles along the curb throughout the historic district.  The flowering Kwanzan cherry, crab and plumb trees along Washington Ave. and 12th St. boulevards are just stunning!  The interactive map above in #4 show the location. 

Nelis' Dutch Village: A Holland Tulip Festival Must-See 

12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424.  Let me just say, we have a great time at Nelis' Dutch Village.  The photography is spectacular during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival!  Great place to visit for both adults and kids! 

The park is open all season so be sure to visit beyond Tulip Time.  Upon arriving, you will be wowed by the spectacular display of color with the buildings and the pretty canal.  Tiny baby ducks were bobbing in the water when we were there.  So cute!

So if want to see a ton of Holland tulips, be sure to stop at the Nelis Dutch Village during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival!

Grab a schedule at the entrance for interactive dancing and begin by wandering through the numerous shops.  Stop by the Dutch shoe production area, candy shops and candles stores. 

Hungry?  Stop at the Hungry Dutchman Cafe for American and Dutch cuisine.  

Since I ADORE Fuzzy baby animals, I LOVED the petting barn.  The goats were a little over a week old and they sure loved attention.  "My" white baby bunny was so soft and calm, I would have loved carrying it around the rest of the afternoon!

There are lots of photo opportunities as everything in the village is so colorful.  We enjoyed riding an old Ferris Wheel (well, I was a little tense...) and there were other rides to check out too. 

Nelis' Dutch village has lots of benches, shade trees and restrooms.  It's a nice way to spend a couple hours during the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival!  

Riverview Park (Window on the Waterfront)

Window on the Waterfront: Central Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Hop aboard the Trolley here at Riverview Park, also known as Window on the Waterfront.  Wander the paved pathways to see thousands of tulips, beautiful statues and incredible photographic opportunities during Holland Michigan Tulip TIme. There's also a 30-acre area along the marsh with walking/biking paths and cool overlooks.

During the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival, food trucks will line the street at Riverview Park (Window on the Waterfront) for tasty treats and meals as you explore the area. 

Free admission to Window on the Waterfront. 

See the Colorful Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival Parade!

Holland Tulip Time ParadeHolland Tulip Time Parade

The Tulip Time parade is a super popular event that is packed with people. If you hope to set up a seat along the route, you will need to be there at least 3 hrs in advance.

The Tulip Time Parade route is along E. Eighth Street, so if you want a great viewing spot, grab a seat near the Courtyard Marriott on E. Eighth Street. 

Tulip Time Parade Parking: There is a public lot located on E. Seventh St between Columbia and College Avenue

See our Tulip Time Parade Schedule

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