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“Beautiful park setting”

Windmill Island Gardens
Ranked #8 of 64 things to do in Holland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Windmill Island Gardens is home to de Zwaan windmill, the last mill allowed to be transported from the Netherlands. de Zwaan still functions by grinding locally-grown grain into flour that is sold to visitors and local businesses. A highlight of visiting is a tour of this historic working windmill. Visitors can enjoy music from our antique Dutch street organ given to the City of Holland by the City of Amsterdam after World War II. Children can also ride on our antique carousel from the Netherlands. There are several other replica Dutch buildings and shops. The Island is home to beautiful gardens which feature tulips in the spring followed by beautiful annuals and perennials throughout the summer. Please note that the Island is open seasonally, April 14 - October 7, 2018. Last tickets sold at 5 pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The genuine Dutch windmill is worth the visit both in the tourist season when it is open to the public and in the off-season when it is not. This little village is truly a piece of the Netherlands.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

The scenery and atmosphere surrounding this attraction makes one believe he is in the Netherlands. The huge windmill was imported from the Netherlands, and the gardens, bridges are all very attractive.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Visited Windmill Island looking for a good display of tulips, but we missed the prime blooming time. Even though we did, this was a nice place to walk around, but it wasn't anything extraordinary. This is very much a tourist area with shops and is picturesque. The windmill was nice to look at, but the wait time to go up to the top was too long. Don't know if it was worth the $10 entrance fee, but maybe I was expecting too much.

Thank HootieToo
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This has always been a favorite place of mine during the Tulip Festival in May. That's when all the local venders set up their goods for sale, all dressed in 'authentic' years ago outfits and it's really fun to go through all of the rows and rows of goodies to purchase. When you stop at any one of them it's like stepping back in time and they will chat about the past as if it was the present day. On top of that there is 10,000 plus tulips planted there, every variety you can think of that are all in bloom in May during the festival. You won't be sorry you visited and be sure to bring your camera.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

After hiking the sand dunes by Lake Michigan, we popped over to Windmill Island Gardens to view the village. It's rather small, interesting, and yes, a bit costly. The highlight is to take a tour up into the windmill to see its inner workings. Incredible how they disassembled it - its a real functioning mill - in Holland(Europe), put it on a ship, shipped to Michigan, then reassembled it here and put it to work.And it still grinding flour today, with a certified miller who operates it. Great to see authentic artisan craftsmanship. Actually, its craftswomanship, as the miller is a woman! Fantastic!!

Thank dearingd
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