We're very excited to open for our 2021 season! As you might expect, things will continue to be a little different this year so please read on to plan your visit - see you soon!
*** Please note that our park is currently restricted to 1,000 visitors at a time. During peak visitor times (especially the weekends of Tulip Time) there may be lines to enter our parking lot and the park itself. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and schedule visits for weekdays or outside of Tulip Time to avoid congestion. We cannot ensure entry to the park until admission is purchased. Thank you for your understanding.
When will Windmill Island Gardens open and close for the season?
Our park will re-open Saturday, April 17 and welcome visitors 7 days a week through Sunday, October 3. (The park MAY re-open on Saturdays and Sundays October 9/10, 16/17 and 23/24 based on weather, staffing and visitor demand. Please keep an eye out for updates.)
What are your hours?
We are open 7 days a week, 9:30am – 6pm with the last admission sold at 5pm. (Must arrive by 5 to get entrance to the park.) Please plan ahead as only guests who have purchased a ticket by 5pm will be allowed entry. Due to visitor number restrictions, there may be lines to enter our parking lot and ticket booth at time of peak visitation (especially the weekends of Tulip Time) - entry to the park is not guaranteed until a ticket is purchased. During Tulip Time (May 1-9) the park opens at 9am and remains open until 7pm with last admission sold at 6pm.
What is admission?
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 3-15 years old. We encourage guests to pay with credit card to avoid physical money transactions.
Where do I park?
We offer free parking onsite for ~250 vehicles. (Please note that the lot may fill up during Tulip Time and we shut our causeway to incoming traffic until spots open up. Additional free parking is located in downtown Holland, about a 1-mile walk from our ticket booth.)
Do you have tulips currently? When is Tulip Time?
Our dozens of tulip varieties usually begin blooming in late April and last through mid-May. We have a variety of tulips so they cascade into color rather than all blooming at once. Tulip Time (May 1-9) is a very popular period to visit our park; we encourage visits on weekdays or outside of Tulip Time to ensure access to the park. There are often tulips in bloom before and after the festival. The weekends of Tulip Time are especially busy and our parking lot will fill up – weekdays tend to be a little less busy.
What is currently open and not open?
We are considering each part of the park separately to provide a safe and quality guest experience. We will continue monitoring state health guidelines to determine when other attractions may open safely.
* Please note that masks are required for visitors to enter any building - Come prepared! Please also follow building capacity restrictions and social distancing.
‘De Zwaan’ Windmill Tours. Guests are invited to walk through the mill on a socially-distanced, self-guided tour. Please note that only a certain number of guests are allowed at one time and some areas are restricted to avoid crowding.
Our beautiful gardens and grounds featuring dozens of varieties of annuals and perennials. This year’s garden theme is MUSIC!
‘The Four Columns’ Amsterdam Street Organ will be demonstrated throughout the day
Welkom Movie and Virtual Windmill Tour - moved to Celebration Pavilion to provide adequate social distancing
Posthouse Visitor Services Center (including Restrooms)
Little Netherlands miniature village display
REMAINING CLOSED FOR NOW:
What steps are being taken to ensure the safety of visitors?
We will be following all local, state and federal guidelines to instruct us how to open and maintain our attractions. We will be limiting the number of visitors in our buildings (Windmill, Posthouse, Gift Shops and Celebration Pavilion). Masks must be worn in all buildings and should be worn if guests cannot properly social distance on the grounds.
Staff will be cleaning shared surfaces throughout the day with a thorough cleaning done each evening and as needed. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the park for guest and staff use.
We ask that anyone who has COVID-19, has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks, or is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea or loss of sense of taste/smell) refrain from visiting our park at this time.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Guests should bring a mask as they must be worn in all buildings and should be worn on the grounds if guests cannot properly social distance. This is done for the safety of other guests and our staff. Thank you for your understanding.
Can I purchase tickets in advance?
While we do not currently offer advance ticket purchase, guests may purchase a membership online HERE which provides free access to our site and free/reduced access to dozens of other American Horticultural Society reciprocal gardens in the US and Canada. Please allow 2 weeks for your membership card to arrive. Note that during Tulip Time there may still be lines to get into the parking lot and into the park itself. Due to visitor number restrictions, we are unable to guarantee entrance to the park at peak times.
What is the status of programs or events?
Most 2021 programming has been postponed. Please monitor our website and Facebook for updates.
Will Community Garden plots be available this year?
Yes, we will have the ‘Gezellige Tuin’ Community Garden again in 2021. Please email email@example.com for more details.
What is the status of weddings?
Currently, Michigan restricts indoor gatherings so receptions are not yet possible in our Pavilion. We plan to host weddings as soon as we can do so legally and safely. If you are interested in holding a wedding or event at Windmill Island Gardens (or have one scheduled currently), please reach out to our wedding coordinator Julia Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I buy flour, wooden shoes, Delft, etc.?
Yes, we offer a range of local and Dutch souvenirs in our Gift Shops. Please note that mill products (flour, grits, etc.) may be limited or unavailable at this time.
Are you still hiring?
Yes, we are currently accepting applications HERE.
How can I help support Windmill Island Gardens?
We would welcome you to purchase a membership to support our work HERE. They allow free access to Windmill Island Gardens as well as free/reduced access to many gardens in the American Horticultural Society reciprocal program. Donations to assist our future endeavors are accepted HERE and very much appreciated!