Nelis' Dutch Village
Nelis' Dutch Village
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
A visit to Nelis' Dutch Village is like a step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago on a day when a festival came to town. Watch old Dutch craft demonstrations and the klompen dancers (and join in on the fun with our Dutch dance lessons.) Taste 22 kinds of Dutch cheeses, enjoy beautiful Dutch architecture and listen to the joyful sounds of the Golden Angel street organ. Admission includes unlimited rides on the Ferris wheel, carousel, Dutch chair swing ride, and a number of other fun play activities for small children. Our newest attraction is the Pirate Balloon Battle, where water balloons are launched at ships in defense of a pirate attack. Also enjoy unique shopping for Dutch gifts and souvenirs, tasty food in the Dutch cafe and pub, fresh-made fudge, and yummy ice cream. If you have young kids along, plan on 3 to 4 hours at a minimum.
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  • EffBomb
    Kansas City, Missouri13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We LOVED this place
    We took our two kids, age 8 and 5 here and had an absolute blast. We spent 6 hours here and probably could have stayed longer. They asked to go back two days later. A ton of fun, very affordable as everything except food is included with the price of admission. The water ballon launch was by far our favorite
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Susielovestotravel
    Washington DC, District of Columbia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun place to learn about Holland traditions
    My daughter and I had a wonderful time here learning about some traditional crafts, seeing the dance performances and riding the carousel. This attraction is great for younger children but there is really something for everyone to enjoy. We loved it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Andie S
    85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit, even without kids!
    We’re a child-free couple in our late 40’s and were initially a bit hesitant about whether or not we’d enjoy this about reading how much there was for small children. We were both very pleasantly surprised and would definitely recommend it to others in a similar situation. The shops are fun to go through and the demonstrations are informative. We were lucky enough to see a flying clog during the dance.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Mrudula
    128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feels like you are in Netherlands
    We visited this as part of our Michigan trip. Neil's dutch village holland is fun place to visit. It has many fun things for kids. It's like stepping into a little piece of Holland where you can see colorful windmills, wooden shoes, and tulip fields make it feel like you are in Netherlands. You can do lot of things like exploring dutch treats and learning lot about dutch culture. It's a great spot for families and anyone who wants to experience a bit of Dutch Charm without travelling far. Overall, it's a delightful place to spend a day!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Justalittletrip
    Peoria, Illinois23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nelis is nifty.
    The village was a delightful start to our Holland/Saugatuck vacation. Even my teen enjoyed it. We loved the rides, the mild temps, the traditional dress of the friendly staff, and the dancing. We ate in the food hall. We had fun making stroopwafels for $1 each. We got rained out but had gotten our money’s worth and ridden all the rides (some multiple times) before it rained. Such a gentle, pretty place with lots of nice flowers.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2024
  • Jane C
    Toronto, Canada34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Een leuk klein pretpark
    Sweet and undemanding mini-theme park with an old-fashioned Dutch theme. Probably best for younger kids—my 9 year old enjoyed it but I think he was on the edge of outgrowing it. The balloon slingshots were very enjoyable. I appreciated the fact it wasn't at all busy, even on a holiday. We didn't have to wait any time at all for rides.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2024
  • kalispunk19
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Fun!
    Our kids had a blast. There are cheesy/quirky activities, a small petting farm, photo ops, and rides geared towards kids (would recommend for kids under 10). Staff were very friendly. Plan on about a half day. Overall a good value ($16/pp).
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2024
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LuvzTennis
chicago15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Old dilapidated dumpy amusement park. Two rides run by one attendant who was an old crabby man . Don't waste your time or money to go here. Nothing to do. The petting zoo was three rabbits in a cage. Goats locked up behind a gate and you have to pay $1.00 for a tiny cup to feed them. It reminded us of a amusement park that was about to close and we were there on the last day.
Everything broken down. The little handcarts they show in the picture online for children to ride around on all closed down.
Only about 5 cars in the parking lot. Go anywhere but here.!
Written September 7, 2022
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gpduf
Tebay, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The primary interest things here, petting zoo, rides and a get-wet water event. Kids love the place, smaller kids for sure, grounds are pleasant, food available and very well managed by friendly people.
With kids, will kill up to 3 hours, which for grandparents is optimal.
Written February 23, 2020
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laura_the_librarian
Nashville, TN2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Dutch Village is the saddest place on earth, located in a strip mall with store fronts made to look like a Dutch town. I can't believe I paid $30 for my husband and I to walk through kitschy gift shops with "Dutch" food that looked like it was purchased in bulk from World Market and empty demonstration booths. The highlight was a "petting zoo" with sleepy goats and bunnies that I hope are being taken care of properly. (There was no one there to oversee the animals.) There was Dutch dancing while we were there: teenagers in multi-layered wool outfits and wooden shoes in 99 degree weather dancing with painted-on, slightly creepy smiles. We spent maybe 30 minutes here. I've found Jordan Peele's location for his next horror film: Nelis' Dutch Village.
Written June 24, 2022
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Lulu S
Dearborn, MI105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Family day visit, First time here. Small but plenty to do and see. Kids will like it....Rides and animals and small little activities. Watching the dancers was quick but entertaining. We had a good time here. I would suggest to allow 3-4 hours and bring lots of money because it's not cheap.
Written May 21, 2022
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Megan D
Chicago, IL406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Adorable Dutch attraction. The best part was all the Dutch themed shopping. The admission price isn’t bad and includes the few rides and petting zoo. Fun place to spend a few hours.
Written July 9, 2021
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5lakefamily2015
McMinnville, OR1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was a nice stop for us. We were on a sister trip with 5 of us. The Covid-19 prevented inside activities but it was fun! The gift shop was amazing with talented staff, one who engraved names into any of the wooden items we wanted.
Written July 17, 2020
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Daydream16724239115
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Nearly $90 CAD for 4 of us to go into a run down, has been place that has clearly not had a face lift since it was built. You literally have to pay to go see a few shops that are empty of people with overpriced items from overseas...very few authentic items.
Might be great for families will little kids to spend a couple of hours, but we were ready to leave after 10 minutes. Demonstration booths empty.
Worst part was finding out that we could have just gone to downtown Holland to the same gift shops there for free. If you are over the age of five, don't waste your time or throw away your money. Whatever this place was before, it is no longer.
We went there intending to spend plenty of money, instead we left empty handed.
Written July 4, 2023
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veryuniquetraveler
NEBRASKA581 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I thought this would be an interesting way to enjoy 1/2 a day as their website recommends 3-4 hours for a visit. You'll only need 2 hours at most and that's if you eat. I wanted to try the authentic Dutch food. It wasn't worth it. The "pig in the blanket" was the greasiest thing I've ever eaten. The pea soup was hardly what I call pea soup. I love pea soup and make my own. Pea soup is supposed to be thick and creamy. This was very watery, full of meat and veggies, which was OK, but there were very little peas used in the soup. It was more of a pea broth, you could hardly see or taste peas. The Dutch apple pie had a good flavor, but was soggy, my husband wouldn't eat it.
I thought we might learn a lot about Dutch heritage and culture, but NONE of the advertised demonstrations were being given. The supposed cheese tasting did not exist.
If you have small children, they may enjoy the rides and petting zoo which doesn't have anything to do with Dutch heritage though. The chair swing ride was out of order.
If you are a big shopper, especially interested in delft, there is a LOT to choose from. Half of the village is nothing but a gift shop.
Other reviewers mentioned lots of beautiful flowers, but there were none during our visit.
Upon arrival, ticket agent told us there were no dancers that day and gave us a "rain check" to return another day, however, a little while later, we heard music and saw that dancers were performing, unfortunately, we missed most of the performance because we didn't know anything about it. So, there is a communication problem amongst staff.
Only bright spot about our visit was that the employees, especially the younger ones, were VERY polite and friendly and welcoming to us. A bit unusual in today's society and most refreshing. They did a great job of describing the exhibits.
Written May 28, 2021
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Abby
Richmond, KY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Loved every minute of our visit. We were two adults visiting and were worried that it would be too targeted towards children, but it was a good time for everyone. The petting zoo was great and most of our presentations were super educational and fun. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Dutch Village.
Written June 19, 2021
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ZeelandScoutMom
Ottawa County, MI838 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Even though we live in the area, it has been a while since we visited Dutch Village. My daughter, three year old granddaughter and I enjoyed our time together. So many things have been added to the village. The three year old really loved riding the carousel...twice! She also spent time climbing the castle, pumping water for the water race with plastic ducks, tried both the petal pumper cars, plasma cars, rode on the Ferris Wheel with her mom and sat in both the schoolhouse and chapel. We walked through the barn area, and saw the llama, cow, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and bunnies. The swing ride wasn't working, but that was okay. The giant wooden shoe slide and the 1880 Golden Angel Street Organ provided great entertainment. We had a great time together! Quite a few families were also there enjoying Dutch Village.
Written June 7, 2021
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