Find yourself camping in an area immersed in Dutch culture when you enter Holland, Michigan! From the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan to the endless fields of tulips, you might wonder if you're in heaven!
Holland State Park offers two different areas for camping: the Beach Campground and the Lake Macatawa Campground. Since these two campgrounds are quite different, let's take a look at each one.
The Beach Campground This campground is a modern area and is completely paved, making it perfect for RVs. It offers full hookups with up to 50 amp electric hookups as well as water and sewer. You'll find a fire pit and a picnic table at each site and modern restrooms within a short walk! While this spot is a little cramped, it does offer the best views of Lake Michigan as it is right on the beach. If you're looking to experience the lakefront, this is the side you want to be on!
The Lake Macatawa Campground This is a more traditional, wooded campground where most of the sites are grass or forest floor with the exception of a few ADA sites that are paved. This is the better spot for tent campers who don't want to lay on cement at night as well as those who are looking for a more woodsy feel for their trip! With this campground, you will find electrical hookups but no water or sewer, so if you're bringing the RV, make sure your tanks are ready to go! There are modern restrooms here with showers as well as a couple playgrounds, a volleyball court, and a horseshoe area! Lake Macatawa is great for swimming and this campground has access to a small beach on the lake where you can relax in a more remote location than the Lake Michigan beach.
Things To Do
The Holland State Park is one of the most beautiful state parks in Michigan with clean sandy beaches and gorgeous blue water. Not only does the park have much to offer, but the surrounding area is full of things to do!
The Beach Lake Michigan itself is an amazing sight and the beach in Holland is a great place to check it out. The City of Holland maintains the beach and makes sure that it isn't littered with trash. While at the beach you can soak up some sun, watch gorgeous sailboats cruise by, and view the sunset like never before! Take a walk down the pier and get in some fishing while you're at it! Don't forget to check out the concession stand that is fully stocked with beach items you may need, souvenirs, and food!
Lake Macatawa This lake is smaller and calmer, making it perfect for a more relaxing lake experience. Hit the Macatawa boathouse where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes! You can hit the lake for a leisurely stroll or take your fishing poles out and catch some dinner!
In Holland, tulips are a part of the culture. In fact, if you visit during the month of May, you can be a witness to Tulip Time, a festival that celebrates Dutch heritage and features a city-wide display of over 4.5 million colorful tulips! There's plenty to do and see in this beautiful town!
Tulip Time Festival Dutch culture runs deep in Holland, MI, and it's celebrated regularly here. Tulip Time is a great celebration that includes authentic Dutch Dancing in wooden shoes, Dutch fare, and authentic Dutch souvenirs. Depending on the day you visit, you can hop on a trolley for a ride around the city, check out a carnival, see the arts and craft fair, and much, much more! Windmill Island Windmill Island is a seasonal attraction that features a working Dutch windmill that is 250 years old, Dutch dancers, an antique organ, a hand-carved carousel and playground, authentic fudge, and plenty of shopping! Check out their website for hours of operation. Nelis' Dutch Village Step into the Netherlands in Nelis' Dutch Village! This theme park has tulip gardens, windmills, canals, and Dutch architecture. Visit the shoe factory to pick up your own pair of wooden shoes to bring home. Visit the petting zoo and see the animals of a Dutch farm. And become an honorary Dutch dancer as you learn to Klompen. Valdheer Tulip Garden Bring home a piece of this gorgeous area when you stop into Valdheer Tulip Garden. You can pick up tulips of all different kinds and colors as well as bulbs to take home and plant. While you're there you can take a look at the 19 bison that call this place home. You'll witness the only set of identical twin bison in the world right here in Holland. If you'd like to take some bison home (to eat), you can purchase grass fed, hormone free, antibiotic bison meat directly from the farm. Blueberries The Holland area is full of blueberry farms and they're ripe for picking! Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market offers u-pick blueberries starting in mid July and delicious homemade blueberry treats, like donuts and smoothies. With over 75 years of blueberry farming experience, S. Kamphuis Blueberries is a great place to go for either u-pick blueberries or already picked berries from mid July - mid August. Their store sells blueberry products as well as t-shirts and home goods. Then head over to the Holland Farmers Market for more fresh goodies from the area! Teusink's Pony Farm If you like animals, you'll love Teusink's Pony Farm! With hayrides, fishing, a petting zoo, and pony rides, you can spend a whole day here! Learn about the different eggs hatched at the farm and how cows are milked! Get lost in the hay maze, go on a penny hunt, and even see some exotic birds that call this farm home! With all these things to do in Holland (and more!), you may need to extend your stay! And if you don't get to everything on your list, start planning your next trip to the quaint town of Holland! What's your favorite thing to do in Holland? Tell us in the comments!