Get Ready for the Holland Tulip Festival: May 4-12, 2024

Experience the Colorful Charm of West Michigan at the 95th Annual Holland Tulip Festival

Spring Getaway Ideas: Visit Holland for the May Tulip Time Festival

In Michigan, we’re still bundling up against winter weather. Because of that, we’re eagerly looking forward to the warm embrace of spring. If you’re looking for good ideas for Spring Getaways, consider immersing yourself in Holland’s annual Tulip Time Festival! A performance by ABBA will kick off this enchanting celebration on May 4th, and the festivities will continue through May 12th.

Below, you’ll get a sneak preview of what’s to come during the 95th annual tulip time in Holland, Michigan. We’ve also included plenty of links to official tulip time resources to help you as you plan your Spring getaway in Holland’s beautiful fields of tulips!

Tulips in Holland, Mi: A Promise of Spring’s Stunning Canvas

As we trudge through the heights of winter, the promise of Spring seems like a distant dream. Yet, getting lost in the envisioned beauty of more than five million tulips is sure to warm your spirits. Imagine the city parks, public attractions, and meandering along downtown Holland on streets adorned with vibrant blossoms.

These sites await you at the Veldheer Tulip Garden with over 800 tulip varieties. You’ll also find gorgeous tulips at Windmill Island Gardens, Centennial Park, and more special tulip sites.

You can find a complete list of hot spots for Holland’s tulips here.

Learn Something New: Catch a Glimpse of Holland’s Dutch Heritage

The Holland Michigan Tulip Festival offers far more than flowers. In fact, its rich Dutch heritage echoes through traditional dance shows, klompen (Dutch shoes) exhibits, historic walking tours, and more. You’ll want to make sure to visit Nelis’ Dutch Village – in fact, this is a great kid-friendly Tulip Time activity.

Spring also promises the return of the festival’s mesmerizing parades – ‘People’s Parade’, ‘Children’s Parade’, and the grand ‘Music Parade’ — echoing the festival’s spirit through the heart of Holland.

Novel & Immersive Experiences

Even in the cold grasp of winter, we can almost taste the upcoming food, with a perspective of an original Dutch down at the Windmill Island Gardens. Imagine riding Amsterdam-style pedal carts and touring in a Friesian (Dutch) horse-drawn wagon around the historic windmill “De Zwaan” (the swan)!

Fresh Produce & Delectable Dutch Treats

The Holland Farmer’s Market will be ready to welcome you for a gastronomical retreat with local produce and delectable Dutch specialties. DeBoer Bakery is another must-visit.


Planning Your Spring Getaway:
Finding a Place to Stay in Holland & Near Holland

When the Holland Tulip festival begins, you’ll surely look forward to resting at the end of each fun-filled day. Holland offers varied accommodations, ranging from quaint bed & breakfasts to grand hotels. Each cater to every traveler’s preference and style, promising excellent respite. You can also check our Unsalted Vacations website for bookable rental homes. We offer lodging for the Holland Tulip festival in the city of Holland, as well as nearby West Olive.

Holland Vacation Rentals


  • Come Sail Away is perfect for families, and it also offers gorgeous views of Lake Macatawa.
  • Deja Blue one-of-a-kind Lake Michigan cottage perched in the Macatawa Hills.
  • Marina View is another unique vacation rental home for families. This four-level home sleeps thirteen guests in its five spacious bedrooms.
  • Like the vacation rentals above, Soak Up the Sun is a fully furnished lakefront home with gorgeous views in Macatawa Hills.
  • Another great place to stay during the 2024 Holland Tulip Festival is Rest Easy.


Vacation Rentals in West Olive (Near Local Tulip Fest Action)

West Olive is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Holland’s hub of tulip time attractions. Because it’s so close, many guests may prefer lodging in one of our West Olive homes.

An exterior view of a beautiful West Michigan vacation rental.

  • Blu Sky Retreat offers five acres of peaceful privacy. In other words, you can immerse yourself in the crowds of Tulip Time and then retreat to a quiet home base to rest and recharge each night.
  • Another West Olive vacation home rental option is Drift Away.
  • Dune Crest, another new lakefront listing in West Olive, is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Like Dune Crest, Sheldon Shores is a gorgeous new furnished rental offering unbeatable Lake Michigan access and views.
  • Shoreline Terrace is another perfect place to stay during the Holland Tulip Time, featuring private beach access and almost two acres of wooded privacy.
  • Yet another fabulous, family-friendly short term rental on Lake Michigan is Sandy Shores Lookout.
  • Guests may also enjoy Tin Tin II, a lakefront home offering space for up to 16 guests!
  • If you’re looking for a pet-friendly vacation rental home, then Trillium Ridge is a fabulous home base.


Holland, Michigan’s Tulip Festival: Official 2024 Resources

So once again, it’s cold outside and winter is at its peak. But as we clasp our hot beverages and bundle in layers for comfort, let’s look forward to the Spring of 2024 and the vibrant Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. The sublime tulips and the joyous tulip time celebrations are certainly something to look forward to in anticipation!

For complete festival details, including parade specifics and safety guidelines, make sure to refer to the official Tulip Time website. We also recommend following the Tulip Time Festival’s updates on Facebook and Instagram.


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