Livability Magazine states that the most popular things to do in Holland is spending a day at the beach on Lake Michigan. While there are several small beaches, the best-known and busiest is Holland State Park or as the locals call it “Ottawa Beach”. Many residents love sailing, kayaking and fishing on both Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Golfing in Holland is another popular activity, and with an abundance of golf courses located in and around Holland, there is a wide range of choices. The many parks and trails in the Holland area are enjoyed by everyone.
Approximately a half a million tourists visit Holland each year during the Tulip Time Festival, an event that celebrates the history and culture of the city’s founding fathers. The festival is held the second week in May and features thousands of tulips planted around the town. The streets are filled with residents dressed in authentic Dutch costumes performing the “Klompen Dance”. Parades are held on 3 days of the festival and there are many other events some including nationally known recording artists.
Many Holland residents attend cultural and sporting events at Hope College and root for the Grand RapidsWest Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team. Every Thursday evening in Holland, the residents and visitors are treated to street performers covering every venue of entertainment possible.
Downtown Holland is equipped with a snowmelt system that keeps streets and sidewalks clear, allowing residents access to unique shops, restaurants and arts venues throughout the year. Of course, snow is welcomed by the many cross-country skiers and children who love sledding across Holland’s parks and trails during winter months.
While tourism certainly plays a large role in the city’s economy, the diverse collection of businesses in Holland helps the community maintain a high standard of living. Among the top employers in the Holland area are Herman-Miller, Johnson Controls, Haworth and Gentex. Parents applaud the local school system and efforts community leaders take to make Holland safe and inclusive.