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“7 bucks is a lot to see a windmill”

Windmill Island Gardens
Ranked #7 of 62 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 April 23, 2012

I don't think any visit to the area is complete without seeing at least one windmill.. The owner's seem to know this by charging 7 dollars for what amounts to a windmill tour, a gift shop, a tulip field and a carousel. I expected a bit more "culture" in the form of dutch theming and information. The tulip field is nice but not so different from any one of 15 in and around the city. While I certainly would not go again, I don't regret my single visit. Just don't set your expectations too high.

Thank travelingman979
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The tulips! What gorgeous flowers! The windmill was fascinating - I loved being able to go up to the 4th floor. Probably a nice attraction in summer, but it was absolutely spectacular during tulip time. Make sure you check on bloom time before you go. It was 2 weeks early this year (2012).

Thank JustLinky
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Since the weather was so good it was open special so not real crowded.5 dollar admission was well worth the time spent. Small shops , a movie on Dutch culture, plenty of tulips. Just a great place to stroll with family or by yourself.

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Stopped to see the Dutch Windmill before heading south for 3 hrs. Looked as if the Windmill was undergoing some repair and the tulips were almost knee high with large buds getting ready to bloom sooner than normal.

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Reviewed March 22, 2012

The Island is on the edge of Holland and the windmill is a geniune article from the Netherlands. The last windmill to be allowed out of the Netherlands.

Thank patti4866
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