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Nelis' Dutch Village

12350 James Street, Holland, MI 49424
616-396-1475
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Ranked #8 of 19 attractions in Holland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Traveler Description: Visit Nelis' Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan for a great day of family fun.  Inside the park, activities occur throughout the day, from Dutch... more »
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Holland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great little stop while in Holland, Michigan. Plenty of shopping of Delft blue and delicious cheeses, as well as the tasty "drop" (licorice). They recently added a little bar where you can have Dutch beer, or a local winery's (Fenn Valley) wine bottle especially for Dutch Village. Stop by and have a croquet and a beer while sitting on the... More

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Holland, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

When we first moved to Holland, my wife would go to Dutch Village daily and walk with our kids. They could pet the goats, ride the chain-swing, etc. They liked standing in the giant carved wooden shoe, and our daughter planned to grow up and become a candle-carver!

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Assen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Being from the Netherlands on a road trip from Chicago to Detroit we just had to detour and visit Holland and the Dutch Village. It's pretty clear that the whole image of the Netherlands is based on the story of Hans Brinker, which was was invented by American author Mary Mapes Dodge and has absolutely nothing to do with the... More

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woodhaven, mi
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We went about 2 hours before closing on a Sunday. It looks pretty cheezy as you drive up, but it is actually nice once inside. The kids really enjoyed the games and animals. It was not crowded when we went, but if it is, you can probably assume 4 hours to look through everything.

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Muskegon, Michigan
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have been a visitor at the Great Dutch Village of Holland Michigan. Simply stated this is a ' Great Cultural and Historic Attraction. All aspects of Holland culture are embodied in this ' Great Tourist Attraction '. Tourist from all over the U.S.A. travel to see this wonderful attraction. My favorite attraction here is the Great Wooden Shoe Collection... More

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Urbana, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Went into this expecting a museum type atmosphere, full of historical info about the Dutch culture and interactive exhibits. What we discovered was the place is mostly run by high schoolers on summer break who dress in the costumes, but don't know much history beyond whatever script they were handed. Even the few adults we encountered were less than impressive.... More

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Muskegon, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The place has a great concept, but would be nice to have some more historical information on the Dutch culture, etc.

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South Bend, Indiana, Usa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

A consult to the web site states the shops are open daytime in fall, however the truth being the only a few things are open, with several closed.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We took my three grandchildren here a few weeks ago and had a most wonderful time! Rachel got to pet a llama, walk a goat and hold a bunny. Alexandria got to play train engineer and eat delicious chocolate ice cream. Sarai raced a rubber duck and won! She went on the merry-go-round three times! The weather was perfect, the... More

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Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Was really looking forward to visiting this place as I thought a "Dutch Village" in Holland, Michigan would be a great place to visit. It is a poor representation and should be refreshed or closed. Even a coat of paint would help and new plantings. There were very few visitors. The one place to eat had more items that were... More

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