If you’re a lifelong Michigander (particularly if you grew up in West Michigan), chances are good that you’ve explored Tulip Time in Holland at least once. Regardless of whether you’re a repeat attendee, though, this spectacular gathering is so worth checking out. When springtime rolls around, millions of tulips bloom in vibrant color throughout the lakeside community, drawing in adventurers of all ages. Round up a few loved ones, mark your calendar, and get ready to explore this enchanting tulip festival in Michigan.
The waterfront city of Holland is notable for many things: its charming downtown area (which comes complete with heated sidewalks), its access to Lake Michigan, a plethora of breweries and eateries, and more.
While there’s much to appreciate in Holland all year long, early May might just be the most magical time to visit. After all, this is when the city comes to life with bright, fragrant tulips and a celebratory atmosphere.
The annual Tulip Time Festival, which embraces the area’s Dutch heritage and draws in large crowds of tourists, dates back to 1929. For many locals, it’s not truly springtime until Tulip Time rolls around.
For the 2022 season, Tulip Time will kick off on May 7th and extend through the 15th. During this time, visitors can enjoy everything from bustling parades to carnival rides to cultural gatherings galore.
Of course, the main draw of the festival is its tulips. Whether you’re meandering along designed “Tulip Lanes” or exploring Veldheer Tulip Gardens, you’ll find millions (yes, millions) of tulips throughout town.
Take time to watch local high school students perform Klompen dancing while donning traditional wooden shoes or stroll through an artisan market. Round it all out with a few tasty eats from carnival vendors.
While Holland’s marvelous tulips are certainly a sight to behold, there’s one important rule to keep in mind: don’t pick them! Take photos galore, but keep your hands off the flowers to avoid a potential fine!
As you start planning your springtime outings here in the Great Lakes State, carve out time to explore Tulip Time. This one-of-a-kind West Michigan festival is the ideal way to ring in a brand new season.
If you’d like more information and a full schedule of events, be sure to visit the Tulip Time website. Have you and your family made memories at this fun-filled event in Holland during years past? Share your experiences with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another seasonal festival in Michigan by completing our official nomination form.
To plan for yet another warm-weather adventure that includes plenty of blooms, check out our Michigan lavender road trip.
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