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“I bet this place is great in the Spring”

Windmill Island Gardens
Ranked #8 of 42 things to do in Holland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Windmill Island Gardens is home to de Zwaan windmill, the last mill allowed to be transported from the Netherlands. de Zwaan still functions by grinding locally-grown grain into flour that is sold to visitors and local businesses. A highlight of visiting is a tour of this historic working windmill. Visitors can enjoy music from our antique Dutch street organ given to the City of Holland by the City of Amsterdam after World War II. Children can also ride on our antique carousel from the Netherlands. There are several other replica Dutch buildings and shops. The Island is home to beautiful gardens which feature tulips in the spring followed by beautiful annuals and perennials throughout the summer. Please note that the Island will re-open for the 2019 season on Saturday, April 13. Last tickets sold at 5 pm.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I visited the gardens while visiting a friend who lives in Holland. January isn't the best time to see the gardens, but she wanted to show off an important part of her community. I would really want to return in the summer.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank VickieD569
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Excellent reincarnation of what the Netherlands used to be like.
However I am a bit partial seeing as my father had much to do with the engineering layout and reconstruction of the windmill and surrounding property

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Rocstdy
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Really not much to do there.. once you have seen it... dont have to return. Its nice in Spring for the Tulip Time visitors and the grounds are well kept.. just wish there was more to do....

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank ConnieNSteve
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

If you like the idea of experiencing a taste of Europe a visit to Windmill Island Gardens is about as close as you can get. The original, from Holland, windmill is quiet a thing to see. Transported and rebuilt on the island with the canals and tulip gardens all around I'd something to see. The recreation of a Dutch street with its buildings and architecture are an added attraction. Note that it can be very busy in early May when the tulips are in full bloom but still a trip worth taking.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank geneb517
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Interesting quaint Dutch village. Educational. Saw wheat being commercially ground in an actual windmill.
One disappoint, not being told that Holland Michigan residents, and tax payers get in free. Friends from Holland Michigan disappointed that fact was not posted or conveyed.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Michael M
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