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HOLLAND MICHIGAN
Holland Michigan was founded by Dutch settlers from the Netherlands in 1846
 

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• The Holland Michigan, metropolitan area also includes one of Michigan’s top state parks and public beaches at Holland State Park with a view of miles of public and private shoreline. There is boating and fishing on Lake Michigan and inland Lake Macatawa, scenic drives through pastoral countryside, miles of walking and bike paths, RV campgrounds, and dozens of large and small family oriented activities and attractions.

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 Holland State Park
 
You can do it all at Holland State Park!

Camps, swim, fish, walk the beach or have a picnic. You can do it all at Holland State Park located on Lake Michigan in Park Township, a short drive from downtown Holland. The park has acres of rolling sand dunes and sugar-sand beaches along Lake Michigan. The Holland State Park has nearly 400 wooded campsites including “beachside camping” next to Lake Michigan.

 
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 Tunnel Park
 
Tunnel Park in Holland Michigan
Named after a tunnel built into a 100-foot-high sand dune that takes visitors to the Lake Michigan shoreline, Tunnel Park is one of the loveliest parks along the lakeshore. The 22-acre park offers 1,000 feet of sandy beach on Lake Michigan as well as trails and observation points through the parks majestic dunes.
 
The park also has picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, playground equipment and plenty of room to toss a frisbee, play touch football or a game of baseball. The park is open daily from April through November.
Location: Lakeshore Boulevard and Lakewood Avenue, Park Township. Tel: 616 738-4810
 
 
The Lake that Isn’t: Lake Macatawa, which sits in the middle of the Holland Michigan, metropolitan region is not a lake at all but the sunken river basin of the Macatawa River. Despite this difference, it is difficult to convince swimmers, boaters, water skiers, fisherman and other water enthusiasts that Lake Macatawa isn’t a lake. It sure acts like one.
 
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 Centennial Park
 
Centennial Park is one of the main flower attractions during the city’s annual May Tulip Time Festival

A jewell in the center of downtown Holland Michigan , Centennial Park is one of the main flower attractions during the city’s annual May Tulip Time Festival, offering up a view of more than 10,000 blooming tulips along the park’s crisscrossed walkways. At the center of the park is a 20-foot tall, ivy and moss-covered fountain that spills to a large goldfish pond at the base.

 
Centennial Park in Holland is the home of the city’s summer concert series on the lawn surrounding the Centennial Gazebo as well as a half-dozen art fairs, craft shows and markets throughout the year. While you are at Centennial Park Centennial Park of Holland Michiganlook for the 9-foot tall bronze statue of Holland’s founder Albertus Van Raalte.
Location: Pine Avenue and 10th Street in Holland Michigan.
 
 DeGraaf Nature Center
 
The beauty of nature abounds year-round at the DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland.
The beauty of nature abounds year-round at the DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland. Visit and explore the 18 acres of woodlands, marshes, ponds and trails of this acclaimed nature preserve. The DeGraaf Nature Center offers unique outdoor education programs for young and old alike including nature displays and information at its Brower Interpretive Center. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a,.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Location: 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, Michigan. For Information call: 616-355-1057.
 
 Dunton Park
 
Howard B. Dunton Park of Holland Michigan
Across the lake from Kollen Park is Howard B. Dunton Park, where you can launch your boat, fish from the pier, hold family picnics in the covered pavilion or just take a relaxing walk through the nature trails of this delightful spot.
 
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 Kollen Park
 
The park has a band shell for concerts and is the home to the Queretaro Fountain, a stone fountain given to Holland by its sister city Queretaro, Mexico.
Holland’s Kollen Park on Lake Macatawa is one of the area’s most beautiful recreational parks offering lakeside tables and benches, boat ramps, fishing piers, picnic tables, slides and swings for the old and young on 25 acres of land along Lake Macatawa. The park has a band shell for concerts and is the home to the Queretaro Fountain, a stone fountain given to Holland by its sister city Queretaro, Mexico.
 
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Kollen Park currently is in the midst of a $5 million renovation that will include a new boardwalk along the southshore of Lake Macatawa. Location: River Avenue at 10th Street, Holland, Michigan.
 
 Lincoln Avenue Skate Park
 
Holland Michigan Skate Park

Inline skates and skateboards are always welcome at Holland city’s Lincoln Avenue Inline skates and skateboards are always welcome!Skate Park. The city park has been designed with skate enthusiasts in mind and includes ramps, half-pipes, obstacles and jumps for those who like their fun edgy.

Location: Corner of Ninth Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland, Michigan.

 
 Matt Urban Sports and Recreation Complex
 
Matt Urban Sports and Recreation Complex
Located on Holland’s south side, the 23-acre Matt Urban complex includes four lighted ball diamonds, a lighted soccer field, two lighted basketball courts, picnic grounds and two playgrounds. Named after Holland World War II veteran Matt Urban for his work in Michigan baseball and raising funds for the sports complex, this is one of five all-sports complexes in the Holland-Zeeland area. Location: 270 East 32nd Street in Holland, Michigan.
 
 Paw Paw Preserve
 
Paw Paw Preserve
A slice of natural beauty along the Macatawa River, Paw Paw Preserve is a wilderness area just off the beaten track in Holland. Paw Paw Preserve is a great place to commune with nature, read a book or just enjoy the scenery.

Location: Paw Paw Drive off Chicago Drive in Holland, Michigan.
 
 Smallenburg Park
 
One of the best recreational parks in the city, Smallenburg Park focuses on active fun!
One of the best recreational parks in the city, Smallenburg Park focuses on active fun from its baseball, football and soccer fields to a large playground area for the kids. Holland City’s municipal swimming pool is also located at the park as well as the Holland Municipal Stadium where both Hope College and the Holland Dutchman high school teams play football.
Location: Fairbanks Avenue at 14th Street, Holland, Michigan
 
 Windmill Island
 
Windmill Island of Holland Michigan
The DeZwaan Windmill is the center of attraction for Windmill Island. Towering 120 feet over the 40-acre Windmill Island Park, the 240-year-old windmill is the only authentic Netherlands windmill in the United States. The city-owned island park attracts thousands of tourists annually to the windmill and recreated Dutch settlement there. Windmill Island offers an event center that is available for weddings, parties and social gatherings.
Location: Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street in Holland, Michigan. Tel: 616 355-1030
 
 Window on the waterfront
 
Window on the Waterfront Park overlooks Lake Macatawa and Windmill Island
Nestled on the north side of downtown Holland, Window on the Waterfront Park overlooks Lake Macatawa and Windmill Island. The park offers paved bike and rollerblading paths and walking trails through groves of trees at the water’s edge. There’s plenty of lookout points to stop and sit to take in nature.
 
In May, during the Tulip Time Festival, the park is a dazzle of color with the blooming of thousands of tulips of every hue and shade. An early morning visit to Window on the Waterfront Park to watch the sun rise will start the day off right.
Location: 6th Street at Columbia Avenue in Holland, Michigan.
Holland Michigan Ski and Trails
 
 Hemlock Crossing
 
Over 6 miles of of scenic trails along pigeon river
Hemlock's Crossing is huge with 239 acres and over 6 miles of of scenic trails along pigeon river. Great for hiking and nature enthusiasts. Hemlock Crossing is located on West Olive Road, 3 miles east of US-31.
 
 Pigeon Creek Park
 
Pigeon Creek Park of West Olive Michigan

Pigeon Creek Park is very popular for hiking and sledding. The park also has lighted trails for cross country skiing. Pigeon Creek Park is located 15 miles north of Holland on Stanton Road, west of US-31.

Call 616 738-410 for more information

 
 Riley Trails
 
Riley Trails of Holland Michigan
Riley Trails is popular with cross country skiers and hikers. Located on Riley between 160th and 168th avenues.
 
 Sancturary Woods Preserve
 
The Santuary Woods Preserve is a beautiful hike through the forest to the dune stairway and capture a unique view of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Located west on 32nd street and south on 66th street.
 
 Van Raalte Farm Park
 
Van Raalte Farm Park of Holland Michigan
The original home and farm of Holland founder Albertus Van Raalte, the park is maintained as a nature park and recreation area. Both a Michigan and U.S. historical site, the 160-acre Van Raalte Farm on the city’s east side includes a house, barn and outbuildings built shortly after the American Civil War.
 
The park features 3 1/2 miles of walking trails through woods, fields and natural settings and is a favorite spot for hikers and cross country skiers. The sledding hill on the farm is one of the most popular winter sledding and tobogganing sites in the winter. Location: Between 16th and 24th streets on Holland’s eastern edge.
The Holland Michigan area has become a true golfing destination for golfers.
 
The Holland Michigan area has become a true golfing destination for golfers.
The Holland Michigan area has become a true golfing destination for golfers. Whether you are looking for the challenge of an Arnold Palmer designed signature course, beautiful links-style courses and courses cut through the trees in park-like setting, Holland Michigan has them all.

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For any golfers, the Holland area has a dozen great golf courses that will challenge and delight golfers of all ages and abilities. You can also find the latest in golf clubs and equipment at a host of major golf outlets around the area. And, if you Whether you are looking for the challenge of an Arnold Palmer designed signature course, beautiful links-style courses and courses cut through the trees in park-like setting, Holland Michigan has them all.need practice before the big round, there is also a complete indoor and outdoor golf practice facility with heated tee boxes to keep your game sharp in winter. So, grab your bag and shoes and come and play some of the best courses in West Michigan.
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The Holland Michigan area has become a true golfing destination for golfers.
Sports and Recreation in Holland Michigan
 
Lake Michigan and the beautiful inland Lake Macatawa are great for power boating and sailing.
For recreation and sports the Lakeshore region around Holland, Michigan, has something for everyone whether you are an avid fisherman, golfer, bike rider, underwater diver or justThe area has some of the best Salmon Trout, Walleye, and Perch fishing along the coast. want to sit on the beach and watch the waves roll in.
The area has some of the best Salmon Trout, Walleye, and Perch fishing along the coast. Bring your own boat and tackle or use one of the many fine fishing charter services that will take you out to catch the big ones.
Lake Michigan and the beautiful inland Lake Macatawa are great for power boating and sailing. You can dock your boat at any one of a dozen fine marinas. Diving enthusiasts can investigate more than 60 known shipwrecks in the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve on Lake Michigan.You can ride the waves of Lake Michigan on your Wave Runner.
Or, you can ride the waves of Lake Michigan on your Wave Runner. And, if you don’t bring your boat or personal water craft with you the area has a large number of boat and water craft dealers that can get a new one, rent you one or fix the one you own.
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