Windmill Island Gardens in Holland: 2023 Visitor’s Guide – See the Holland Windmill

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland Michigan

See the Holland Windmill at Windmill Island Gardens

View the Authentic, Historic Holland Windmill – And a Ton of Tulips!

Heading to Windmill Island Gardens is one of the favorite things to do in Holland, MI, especially during the Tulip Time tulip festival.

The destination features an authentic, 250-year-old working Dutch windmill (that you can climb inside) that is the centerpiece of the attraction’s 36 acres of gardens.

Windmill Island Gardens Holland MI

You’ll also find replicas of historical buildings found in the Netherlands filled with costumed guides, making this another favorite destination for Tulip Time visitors.

11 Things to Do at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland

Windmill Island Gardens and attractions make this the perfect place to experience natural beauty and to learn more about the Dutch culture shared by many of the people in West Michigan.

Map of Windmill Island Gardens
Attractions at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland

Here’s a handy guide to help you explore Windmill Island Gardens.

1 – Start at the Post House

The Post House, an exact replica of a 14th-century wayside Inn, is where a movie describing Windmill Island Gardens plays.

This is the perfect introduction to your fun-filled day at the Island and gives a great preview to your self-guided Holland Windmill tour.

Post House Windmill Island Gardens Holland MI

The movie repeats every 15 minutes.

2 – Listen to the Amsterdam Street Organ

The antique Amsterdam Street Organ plays at quarter to and quarter past the hour.

Windmill Island Gardens organ house

Dance along to the lively songs that once entertained paradegoers in the Netherlands.

Amserdam Street Organ at Windmill Island Gardens

3 – Wander the Pathways

After you finish at the organ, wander through the gardens and over the draw bridge toward the Holland Windmill.

Windmill Island Gardens Map

There are a multitude of great photo opportunities along this path. The drawbridge over the canal is a favorite.

windmill island gardens drawbridge
Windmill Island Gardens in Holland

4 – Tour the Authentic Holland Windmill

Learn a little history! Go on a self-guided tour of the inside of the De Zwaan Windmill.

Windmill Island Gardens Holland MI

You can go inside of the windmill, climb up the to different levels, and learn about the history of the mill.

Inside Holland Windmill

Costumed staff may be on hand to demonstrate how it currently operates.

This is the last windmill to leave the Netherlands and the only authentic Dutch working windmill in the United States.

Holland Windmill Island Gardens

Touring the Holland windmill is an experience that you won’t get anywhere else in the U.S.

5 – Enjoy the Flower Gardens

Thousands of tulips bloom across the grounds in the spring, followed by a marvelous display of annuals and perennials in June, July, and August.

Windmill Island Gardens tulip fields

During Tulip Time, visitors flock to the fields of tulips next to the Holland windmill for photo ops.

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland

6 – Walk through the Little Netherlands Display

Walk through a miniature display of a Dutch village where all of the pieces were hand-carved and hand-painted by early settlers.

Dutch Village Display at Windmill Island Gardens

The extensive exhibit is inside one of the Dutch Village buildings.

7 – Explore the Shops & Send Dutch Mail

Dutch-themed souvenirs and snacks are ready for purchase in the Gift Shop, as are postcards.

Windmill Island Gardens mailbox

Write a note and slip it into the authentic mailbox from the Netherlands. 

8 – Take a Spin on the Carousel

Did you know the carousel at Windmill Island Gardens is from the Netherlands? 

Windmill Island Gardens Carousel

Kids can choose from over 30 hand-carved and painted wooden animals to ride on.

Parents can ride on the bench or watch and take photos from outside.

9- Visit the Play Area & Children’s Garden

The play area, located behind the carousel, is a fun respite for kids.

Windmill Island Gardens childrens Maze

Enjoy the playground, mini-hedge maze, giant checkers, children’s garden and more.

(The Children’s Garden is the perfect place to end the day if you’re visiting with little ones. Filled with unique looking and different textured plants, kids love it!)

Windmill Island Gardens Holland MI Giant Checkers

Bonus: Picnic tables make this a family-friendly stop.

Windmill Island Gardens Playground

10 – Watch the Dutch Dance and Style Show

On Hiatus for 2022, tbd for 2023:
Typically, in the summer, between 11 am and 4 pm, there is a dutch dance on the hour next to the windmill.

Windmill Island Gardens Holland MI Dutch Dancing

Watch the dance and learn about the costumes worn by the dancers.

11 – Buy Windmill Flour

Before the pandemic, the operating Windmill was used to grind flour. We’re watching to see if this program returns.

The flour is ground from a soft white winter wheat grown by West Michigan farmers. 

During open hours, windmill-ground flour is typically available for sale in the Molenwinkel Shop in the windmill. It is a whole wheat or Graham flour and comes in 1-pound cloth bags at $5 each or 3-pound cloth bags at $8 each.

Windmill Island Gardens Holland MI Flour Mill

Windmill Island Location

Windmill Island Gardens – 1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Windmill Island is just over a mile north of downtown Holland, MI. Access the gardens via a short drive. A bike path is also available.

Windmill Island Gardens Special Events

Tulip Time

Tulip Time is Saturday, May 6 through Sunday, May 14 in 2023.
Over 150,000 tulips bloom at Windmill Island Gardens during this time. Thousands of people visit to see them bloom and the park can be crowded.
Hours during the festival are extended.

Peak Bloom Week

July 23-29, 2023.
Come see the amazing display of 5,000 annuals and 300 perennials throughout the grounds.

Magic at the Mill

New in 2022, Magic at the Mill is a tulip-themed holiday light show held at Windmill Island Gardens over several weekends leading up to Christmas.

magic at the mill holland mi
Magic at the Mill 2022

Windmill Island Hours & Tickets

Windmill Island Gardens Website

2023 Windmill Island Open Dates

Opening Day: April 2023
Closing Day: Sunday, October 1, 2023

2023 Windmill Island Hours

The park opens daily at 9:30 am.
The last admission for the day is at 5 pm.
The park closes at 6 pm. 

Tulip Time Hours (May 6-14, 2023):
The park opens daily at 9:00 am.
The last admission for the day is at 6 pm.
The park closes at 7 pm. 

2023 Windmill Island Ticket Rates

$12 for adults
$6 for ages 3 to 15
2 and under are free
*Windmill Island Gardens welcomes Meijer Gardens members (and other members of the American Horticultural Society), for free. 
*Holland residents enjoy free admission with ID (but not during Tulip Time or special events)

Good to Know

  • There is a decent amount of walking at the Island, so bring your stroller or wagon along for younger kids. Most of the grounds are wheelchair accessible.
  • There is a picnic shelter in the park, so feel free to bring a lunch for your family (limited concessions also available in the gift shop).
  • During special events a food truck may be on site.
  • The park is dog-friendly. Dogs are allowed everywhere except inside of the Holland windmill and the Gift Shop.
  • The only restrooms on the Island are located in the Post House.
  • Plan to spend 2-3 hours on your visit.
  • Have questions during your visit? Ask anyone in costume or visit the Visitor Services area in the Post House.
Windmill Island Gardens Artisan Fair
Windmill Island Gardens Fall Artisan Fair

Will You Visit Windmill Island Gardens?

While this outlines the big attractions at Windmill Island Gardens, the destination offers many more things to do as well.

Let us know if you’ve visited the gardens and what your favorite parts were in the comments.

windmill island gardens with kids

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  2. That is one huge, fine-looking windmill. I’ve actually never seen one up close and personal. I’ve always been amazed by these windmills and how some of them are able to produce energy without the use of electricity. I will be searching for some sites that offer a windmill tour and tag my kids along for a day of fun and recreation. Thanks.

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