Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan ... A Must-Do in 2021
If you like small town festivals, you need to add Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan to your bucket list. Since 1929 this world-renowned festival has blossomed with hundreds of thousands of tulips, national entertainment, artisan crafts, events and Dutch-related activities such as Dutch dancers and parades, all taking place along the western shore of Lake Michigan. Unfortunately, the festival that would have been celebrating its 91st year this month, was cancelled like so many other events due to Michigan's stay-at-home order.
Even though the festival was cancelled for 2020, the tulips are in full bloom and have transformed downtown Holland into America's tulip capital. Residential streets in the downtown area are lined with the colorful blooms, and Holland's Central Park has dozens of tulip varieties in every color under the rainbow. And although the shops are closed on Holland's quaint 8th Street, the tulips on every corner and scattered throughout the walkway are sure to brighten your day. If you want to plan a picnic surrounded by these beautiful blooms, I suggest visiting downtown's Window on the Waterfront. This 30 acre park also includes a walking and biking path and makes for a great spot for photo opps.
I happen to be in Holland and had a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the tulips today ... I truly recommend adding this to your travels in the future. And when life returns to the new normal, you'll also be able to experience everything else that this city on the lakeshore has to offer. The city's mayor, Nathan Bocks, has asked people to not come to Holland to see the tulips this year, but to certainly plan to enjoy Tulip Time in 2021. Hey, it's never too early to start planning next year's road trips!