Plan Your Visit

General Information


Thank you for a wonderful 2020 season! Despite the difficulties created with the pandemic, we were able to open on June 15 and welcome many visitors. Our park is now closed for the season though visitors are welcome to wander our grounds (no buildings are open.)

2021 Season Dates & Information: We plan to be open from Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, October 3, 7 days a week, with admission of $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3 to 15. We continue to monitor governmental pandemic restrictions/suggestions and will open all attractions we can legally and safely do so. Updates will be posted on our website as they are available. We hope to see you soon – stay safe & healthy!

Tulip Time: The 2021 Tulip Time festival will be held Saturday, May 1 through Sunday, May 9. Our tulips are planted and we look forward to a beautiful, busy week. With the expected large crowds (especially on weekends), we'd encourage you to come during the week if you're able.

Holland Residents: Holland residents are admitted free of charge with their Holland, MI drivers license with the exception of Tulip Time.

Group Rates: Group rates are available for pre-registered groups of 20+ people. To register your group, send us an email at windmill@cityofholland.com or call (616) 355-1030. Visit our Group Tours page for more information.

Windmill Island Gardens Description

A beautiful oasis on the edge of downtown Holland, Windmill Island Gardens features an original working Dutch windmill named "De Zwaan" (the Swan) brought over from the Netherlands in 1964. The windmill, which reaches 125 feet from the ground to the top of the blades, towers over 36 acres of gardens, dikes, canals, and picnic areas. Costumed guides give tours of DeZwaan through-out the day (currently replaced by a virtual movie tour of the windmill.)

Features

  • Antique Dutch Carousel featuring hand-carved and painted wooden horses (currently closed)
  • Canals
  • Children’s Garden
  • Gift Shop
  • Little Netherlands Village Display
  • Molenwinkel Shop
  • Picnic Areas
  • Playground
  • The Post House is an exact replica of a 14th century wayside Inn. Inside you can view a 12 minute film-"The Story of DeZwaan"-and rest in our gathering space.
  • Over 100,000 tulips bloom in the spring. In the summer and early fall, dozens of varieties of annual and perennial plants and flowers decorate the grounds.

Time Spent at Windmill Island Gardens

With 30+ acres and many attractions to explore, we'd encourage you to allow 2+ hours for your visit. At Tulip Time, more time may be required due to crowds.

Accessibility

The park is accessible, with the exception of the upper floors of the Windmill. Wheelchairs are available for use on site- please inquire at Visitor Services in the Post House.

Pet Friendly

Pets are allowed with the exclusion of the Windmill and gift shop due to food processing. Pets will need to be leashed and picked up after. We have Doggie-Pot bag dispensers available to our visitors around the park.

Drones

Drones are not allowed on the property without prior permission from the park manager. Permitted pilots must be properly licensed and insured

American Public Gardens Association & the American Horticultural Society

Windmill Island Gardens is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and American Horticultural Society. A current Windmill Island Gardens, American Horticultural Society or other participating garden membership entitles you to special reciprocal admission privileges and discounts at nearly 300 gardens!

Click here for more information on becoming a Windmill Island Gardens member.

Goals and Objectives

To develop and maintain a high quality, local, state, and national tourist attraction, which reflects the Dutch heritage of the City of Holland, supports the Tulip Time Festival, as well as the local tourism economy, and provides a facility for the community to celebrate special events.

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