2023 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Guide: MI Tulip Time Schedule, Where to See 6 Million Tulips, Farms, Window on the Waterfront, Parade (+Best Hotels, Restaurants, Fun Things to Do)
Holland Michigan Tulip Festival | By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated: April 22, 2023
The 2023 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 2023 visit with our maps, events schedule, insider tips, things to do in Holland, and the ever popular tulip tracker!
- Tulip Time in Holland MI 2023 has been heralded as the nation’s Best Flower Festival and America’s Best Small Town Festival!
When Is the 2023 Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival?
May 6, 2023 - May 14, 2023
When planning for the Holland MI Tulip Festival 2023, you will need the Four Guides below.
1. 2023 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Schedule of Events and Map
Grab the 2023 Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Schedule and Map! Don't miss a single Holland Tulip Festival event!
- Tulip Time event schedule
- Event schedule map
- Event ticket links
- Parade route and schedule
- Where to sit for the parade for the best views
2. Ultimate Interactive Holland Michigan Tulip Festival Planner!
Click here for the Ultimate Interactive Tulip Time Planner!
- Where to see the most tulips in Holland
- Holland MI Tulip Time parade route
- Tulip Time Festival event locations
- Live tulip tracker
- Holland trolley and boat tour launch locations (tbd)
- Top-notch Holland Michigan restaurants
- Convenient quality Holland hotels
- Accessibility - Transit and Mobility Scooters
3. Things to Do in Holland Michigan
While you are visiting Holland during the Tulip Festival, be sure to stay a couple more days to enjoy the city! Take a boat ride, hike, explore and shop!
4. Where to See the Most Tulips!
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!
Veldheer's Tulip Farm is a Must-See During the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival
12755 Quincy St, Holland, MI 49424.
4 MILLION TULIPS!
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 4 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.
Windmill Gardens opens mid April and 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 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
See 250,000 tulips along six miles of curbside plantings! The lovely blooms are throughout Holland’s
the historic district.
Check out the flowering Kwanzan cherry,
crab and plum trees along
Washington Ave and
12th St boulevards.
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.
These tiny baby ducks were bobbing in the water when we were there. So cute!
Holland Michigan Nelis' Dutch Village
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!
Holland Michigan Nelis' Dutch Village
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 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 a couple hours 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.
There is bleacher seating that is available for purchase.
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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