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“Educational and Beautiful”

Windmill Island Gardens
Ranked #2 of 54 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 15 - October 1, 2017. Last tickets sold at 5 pm.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Seneca, Illinois
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53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Educational and Beautiful”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

We got here late (they close at 5) but were able to see some of it. Definitley take the tour of the windmill, it was fun learning about how it works, my kids were very interested. There is a lot of stair climbing but well worth it.
I wish there was more to the gardens as I dabble in photography, and the shops looked really neat but we didn't get a chance to check them out.
Overall it was a good visit!

Visited June 2012
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Ann Arbor
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice couple of hours”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Nice way to spend about 2 hours visiting the windmill (do a tour) and seeing the small village. Good parking, easy to get there. Great for kids (there is a carousel too).

Visited June 2012
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rochester, ny
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48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful Attraction in Holland”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

We almost didn't visit Windmill Island, thinking it was another tourist trap / ripoff. We were so pleased we chose to visit and have a very relaxing tour in a very manicured attraction. We were givien a very personalized tour of the authentic windmill originally from the Netherlands. Our tour guide (June) was terrific! The cost of admission is well worth it, considering the care given and the cost to maintain this attraction. Attention to detail is very evident at Windmill Island and visitors should appreciate the dedication of the residents of Holland in having this site.

Visited June 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

This was the most interesting thing to see. I never knew what a windmill was for. I found out so many things from our guide.

Visited June 2012
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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132 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Amazed by the windmill.”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

the wind mill is a sight to see and learn about, the grounds are full of flowers and shops.

Visited May 2012
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