The Island Park In Michigan That Will Transport You To A Different Time
Do you daydream about embarking on a European getaway? Despite the wonderful perks of living here in the Great Lakes State, there’s no doubt that we could all use a break from reality every now and then. Luckily, Michigan is home to a gorgeous and charming island park that will sweep you away to another time and place — without breaking the bank.
Windmill Island Gardens can be accessed off of Lincoln Avenue in Holland.
This gorgeous seasonal park is a must-see during your visit to this delightful lakeside town, which proudly celebrates its Dutch heritage.
As soon as you arrive at Windmill Island, you’ll be overcome with the sense that you’ve stepped into another world. Traditional Dutch buildings, stunning tulip gardens, and scenic views surround visitors on all sides.
Take a stroll through a row of shops, many of which offer a real-time glimpse at what life in a historic Dutch village might have felt like. Handmade candles, fresh fudge, and wooden shoes abound.
You’ll be delighted by the sounds of Windmill Island’s fully functional Amsterdam street organ, which fills the park with its upbeat music.
Of course, the true highlight of Windmill Island is — you guessed it — its 250 year-old Windmill. This incredible structure, named De Zwaan ("the Swan"), is a genuine working windmill that was imported directly from the Netherlands in 1964.
In fact, visitors to Windmill Island will even get an up-close and personal view at bullet holes — remnants from WWII — that are still visible on De Zwaan.
Take a tour of the windmill and catch a beautiful view of Holland from up top — there’s no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the island.
You’ll even catch traditional Klompen dance performances by dancers dressed in full Dutch garb, wooden shoes and all — talk about a unique experience!
Younger visitors will be charmed by the on-site playground and old-fashioned carousel, which brings a sense of pure delight to the park. Make sure to bring your camera — the scenery at Windmill Island is nothing if not photogenic.
Of course, don’t forget about the tulips! During spring, Windmill Island adds to the beauty of Holland’s famous Tulip Time festival by housing over 100,000 gorgeous flowers.
Whether you’re a history buff, a child at heart, or simply a curious visitor seeking a getaway from everyday life, there’s no denying the magic of Windmill Island.
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