Be Dutch for a Day at Windmill Island

Nedra was provided with admission for the purpose of review.  All opinions are her own.

by Nedra, aka Adventure Mom

Today we are joined again by Grand Rapids blogger, grkids mom and Adventurer Extraodinaire, Nedra McDaniel.

Nedra has a taste for adventure that just can’t be quenched. We’re happy to have her share her family & mom adventures with us from time to time on grkids.com. Today Nedra and her boys tell us about the Windmill Island Gardens Holland.  Welcome back, Nedra!

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Windmill Island Gardens is the perfect spot to learn more about the Dutch culture shared by many of the people in West Michigan.

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There were several areas for us to check out that we saw listed on the map.

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We started our visit with a trip to see the organ.

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Next, the boys tried moving the Dutch multiperson shoe/ski challenge.

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The costumed employee showed us how kids used to roll circles with a stick. I joined in on the fun and raced my kids too. They always enjoy anything that is competitive.

Next, we headed over to the building to watch a movie to learn more about Dutch life followed by a walk on the bridge to the windmill.

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I was pretty excited that we would get to go up inside the windmill.

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The kids got to try on Dutch costumes while we waited for others to join us for the tour.

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Each floor had interesting features about the windmill shared by the guide.

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I loved the views from the top.

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The angles of the windmill were amazing from this perspective.

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We learned a lot about the operation of the mill on the tour.

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This windmill is 251 years old and is still used to grind flour.

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The tour gave us a new perspective on the process of grinding flour which is also available for purchase.

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After our tour of the windmill we watched a demonstration of Dutch dancing.

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While we waited to ride the carousel, we went to see the caged peacock and played a game of giant checkers.

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My kids loved riding the carousel.

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We strolled through the village a wandered inside several of the exhibits and the gift shop.

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We stopped by the Tropical Greenhouse on our way out to complete our visit.

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Check out their website for more details for your visit to Windmill Island Gardens .

Admission
Adults – $7.50/each
Children (5-15) – $4.50/each
Children (4 and Under) – FREE

The site also offers a wedding facility rental which is a very popular wedding location.

Adventure MomNedra McDaniel is Adventure Mom.  Encouraging people to try something new is number one on her list. She writes, “I have always loved to try new things because of my quest for variety. I’m more like an ADD adventure sampler. I like to try, taste and experience different things and places all the time. I will try just about anything and bring along my friends and family for many of the adventures I experience.”

You can read about more of her exploits and adventures at her blog, Adventure Mom.

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