Tulip Time

When is Tulip Time?  

Tulip Time 2022 is Saturday, May 7 through Sunday, May 15.

What are your hours for Tulip Time?

During Tulip Time, the park opens at 9am and remains open until 7pm with admission sold until 6pm. Please plan ahead as only guests who have purchased admission by 6pm will be allowed entry. Due to the large number of visitors on the weekends, there may be lines to enter our parking lot and purchase admission to the park - entry to the park is not guaranteed until admission is purchased. During the remainder of our season (April 18-October 2) we are open 9:30am to 6pm with admission sold until 5pm.

When should I visit?

Tulip Time 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. We usually have 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.

When will the tulips bloom?

While it is too early to predict peak bloom, our tulips generally 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.

You can take a look at the City of Holland's Tulip Tracker HERE to see the progress of tulips around town!

What is admission?

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids 3-15 years old. We encourage guests to pay with credit card to avoid physical money transactions.

Is parking available?

Yes, we have a ~250 car parking area. When it is full, our causeway is closed to incoming traffic until spots open up. Additional free parking is available in Downtown Holland including a parking structure on 7th Street between Columbia & College Avenues (just past our entrance on the right) – from there it is just under a mile walk to our ticket booth.

Is there transportation available?

On the Saturdays & Sundays of Tulip Time (May 7/8 & 14/15) we are partnering with Zeeland Public Schools to provide a FREE shuttle service on our causeway from 10am to 7pm. A bus will pick up visitors at the top of our causeway (behind Freedom Village and the bus/train depot) and drive them to our entry area (saving a 2/3 mile walk). It will also return visitors to the top of the causeway after their visit. We encourage walkers to utilize this bus so our causeway does not become congested or unsafe. Please note that this service is only for visitors parked in the downtown area (NOT our parking lot.)

Do I need to wear a mask?

Guests may wear a mask if they choose though it is not currently required.

Can I purchase admission in advance?

While we do not currently offer advance admission, 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 there may still be lines to enter the parking lot and the park itself. Due to visitor number restrictions, we are unable to guarantee entrance to the park at peak times.

Is everything open?

Currently all of our buildings & attractions are OPEN including:

‘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 tulips and many other flowers and plants

‘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



Gift Shops

We will continue to monitor state health guidelines to determine if any changes need to be made.

Is food available?

We have a limited number of food options including snacks from our gift shop and a food wagon throughout the week. On the weekends, boxed lunches will be available in our pavilion each day. Visitors are encouraged to check out the many food options located downtown - restaurants and special festival vendors.

What else is there to do around town?

While Tulip Time is a little different this year, Holland still has a lot to offer. Check out the festival website to see what is going on the week of Tulip Time as well as Holland.org to find places to eat, sleep and have fun.

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.

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.

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.) are unavailable at this time.

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!