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Your Guide to Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan

Tulip Time brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Dutch town of Holland, MI each year. Let's explore together!

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North AmericaUnited States3 days / May 2022

Highs & Lows

The tulips of course!

The crowds and booked out hotels.

Itinerary Overview

Holland is a great place to kick off your Michigan adventure. It’s known for tulips, dutch heritage, Hope College and its proximity to Lake Michigan. Hope College is nearby which gives downtown Holland the youthful energy it deserves. Not far from Holland are a few other noteworthy cities such as Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, and Grand Haven which gives you plenty of options to explore should you decide to extend your trip.

So let’s talk about the most well-known reason hundreds and thousands of people flock to Holland each year: Tulip Time

  • 3 Nights: Holland
    Tulip Time and The Dutch Village
  • Day trip: Grand Rapids
    Breweries and Botanical Gardens

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    For me, I would've skipped the dutch village and made time to see the parade.

  • How was the food?

    In Holland: -New Holland Brewing -The Curragh: Irish pub -The Wooden Shoe : Breakfast/Brunch -Windmill Restaurant -Margaritas: Authentic Mexican -Mizu Sushi -Butch’s : Fine dining ($$$) -The Biscuit For lunch in Grand Rapids try: San Chez or Chez Olga LLC, the Sovengard or Brewery Vivant (the food is amazing!)

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Book lodging a few months in advance. If you can stay near downtown Holland then you won't have to worry about finding parking during the busy time of the festival.

  • Packing tips?

    It can still be chilly in the spring time so pack a warm coat and a few sweaters just in case. If you want that "instagrammable" photo, I recommend packing a long single-colored dress for your tulip photos.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Driving is your best option in Holland (but if you can book lodging downtown, Holland is very walkable). There is also a trolley ride you can take around the city if you are willing to pay $25 for an hour. You can usually hop off wherever you'd like.