Ultimate 2024 Holland Tulip Festival Planner and Map | Where to See The Most Tulips, Hotels, Restaurants, Things to Do, Events

Guide #1. Festival Planner

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Article: Holland Tulip Festival Planner

Festival Dates and Hours: May 4 -12th, 2024

Hours: Public Spaces Sunrise to Sunset. Events as scheduled.

Summary of Events:

  • Dutch Dance Performances: Traditional dances in Dutch costumes.
  • Carnival: Fun rides and games for all ages.
  • Historic Walking Tours: Exploring the history of Holland, Michigan.
  • Art Exhibits: Showcasing local and regional artists.
  • Quilt Shows: Displaying intricate quilt designs.
  • Floral Arranging Demonstrations: Tips on arranging beautiful tulip bouquets.
  • Musical Concerts: Featuring a range of musical performances.
  • Special Tours: Unique tours around the town.
  • Kinderparade and Volksparade: Parades celebrating Dutch heritage.
  • Fireworks: A spectacular display to enjoy.
  • Tallship Tours
  • New VIP Bus Tours
  • Tulip Garden & Photo Walks

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Ticket Information:

See our Tulip Time Events page with Event and Showtime dates and links where to purchase official tickets.

Transportation and Parking:

  • Amtrak Service, Holland Michigan
  • MAX Transit, Holland's City-owned transit system
  • Commercial Flights to nearest Airport, Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
  • Private Flights, West Michigan Regional, Holland, MI (BIV)
  • Taxi Service: Sunrise/Sunset Transport   Phone: 616-994-3495
    Santiago’s Driving Service   Phone: 616-216-4689
    On-Time Transportation   Phone: 616-510-9659
    Rosebud Transportation   Phone: 616-848-7588
  • Driving in Michigan?  View current Michigan road construction projects and delays

Accommodation Recommendations: See Our Lodging Recommendations Interactive Map

Food and Beverage Options: See our Interactive Maps for our highly recommended picks of Restaurants.  Food Trucks and assorted Food Vendors at some events and venues. 

Souvenir and Merchandise Information:

Windmill Island Gardens, Nelis' Dutch Village, Veldheer Tulip Gardens and De Klmop Wooden Shoe & Delftware Factory.

Contact Information and Help Desks: Official Holland Tulip Time Contacts 

Live Tulip Tracker in Centennial Park, Holland

Get Ready!

Want to see if the Holland Michigan tulips are blooming?  Check out the LIVE tulip tracker camera in Centennial Park!!

Watch the colorful tulips as they 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. 

Weather and Dress Recommendations: Dress with multiple thin layers and be prepared for rain, we recommend a plastic disposable rain poncho. Average temps range from 50-65 degrees F

Local Attractions: See our Holland, Michigan recommendations

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Plan Where You Can 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

Where: Veldheer's Tulip Farm, (Go Now Direct>> 12755 Quincy St, Holland, MI 49424 or use our Interactive Maps!

Interactive Maps to All Things Tulip Time!

See the most Tulips here, 4+ MILLION TULIPS, and a hobby farm!

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 $15.00 per adult and $8.00 for kids 3-13. Free under 3 years of age.  

Admission is free to visit the Wooden Shoe Factory & Delft Factory to see how Dutch pottery is made.

What to see: Most Tulips!

  • 4+ 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

Where: (Go Now Direct>> 239 S. River Ave, Holland, MI, 49423 or use our Interactive Maps!

48,000 TULIPS

Be sure to stop by Centennial Park in Holland to see  48,000 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!

Interactive Maps to All Things Tulip Time!

Windmill Island Gardens

Where: (Go Now>> 1 Lincoln Avenue, Holland MI 49423

Interactive Maps to All Things Tulip Time!

See 140,000+ TULIPS!

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 $12 for adults and $6 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

Where: (Go Now>> S. River Ave Holland, MI 49423

Interactive Maps to All Things Tulip Time!

See 250,000 tulips along six miles of curbside plantings!

The lovely blooms are throughout Holland’s neighborhoods, including 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 

Where: (Go Now>> 12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424

Interactive Maps to All Things Tulip Time!

Sherry's personal #1 must see recommendation! 30,000 Tulips, tons of fuzzy animals, rides, in this recreation of 1800's of a Dutch Village. 

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 VillageHolland 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 VillageHolland 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 (Sherry) 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)

Where: (Go Now>> Central Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Interactive Maps to All Things Tulip Time!

See 100,000 TULIPS, Hop a Trolley, take a walk check out the marsh and overlooks!

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. 

Downtown Holland Shopping District

38,000 Free to see Tulips along the main streets of the Holland Shopping district. Enjoy a stroll and find a souvenir or lunch among the flowers! 

See the Colorful Holland Michigan Tulip Time Festival Parade!

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Where: Parade route is along E. Eighth Street, park on E. Seventh St between Columbia and College Avenue

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

Flowers heal me. Tulips make me happy.

Rebecca Wells

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