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Nelis' Dutch Village, Holland

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Stop and smell the Gouda cheese at Nelis' Dutch Village, which brings to life the olden days of the Netherlands. Built according to typical Dutch architecture with a network of canals, the village provides insight into what life was like in an earlier time in the lowlands country. Try some clogs on for size (you can watch them being made at the wooden shoe factory) or take part in a traditional Dutch klompen dancing lesson. You'll have the opportunity to watch a demonstration on the making of Delft blue pottery, and learn about cheesemaking with the chance to sample some delicious Dutch cheeses. You can dress up in Dutch costumes in the Kolean museum and enjoy a ride on the windmill-themed Ferris wheel. Work out when and for how long to visit Nelis' Dutch Village and other Holland attractions using our handy Holland itinerary builder.
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  • Having lived in West Michigan for over 30 years, nothing has changed at this tourist trap. Yes there is value in visiting the Dutch Tradition that helped establish this area of Michigan, but even the ...  more »
  • There is not a lot of variety, but if your kids enjoy doing the same rides repeatedly (hand pumped cars, zip line, carousel, Ferris wheel, and swings). Also a barn with animals to pet and goats to wal...  more »
  • Great place to take the kids, grandkids. Informative demonstrations and performances about Dutch heritage, for which Holland, MI is known. Rides for the kids, petting barn, Dutch food.  more »
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  • A sweet little place. Depending on your expectations, you won't be disappointed. It's a quaint throwback to a simpler time and an affordable way to spend some time if you're in the area. Enjoy a few antique amusement park rides, pet some farm animals, and learn a little bit about Dutch culture. The Dutch food is pretty good too!
  • Very cute, small park. Lots of things for little ones to do. Our 6 year old loved it- I was glad our teens weren't with us though, they would have been bored, I think. Staff was extremely friendly. Authentic, beautiful replica village. Exceptional value.
  • Interesting place to visit but a little campy. It really does have a lot of potential but is in need of repair in many areas and some work needs to be put into their programs. If you are looking for carved candles (they were featured on How it's Made) or wooden shoes, this is the place to go.
  • I was skeptical at first and thought it might be small and expensive but was pleasantly surprised. My wife, 20 month old and myself visited and he was very entertained for a few hours. Interesting tours, small houses with interactive exhibits, and a petting zoo. We also ate at their cafe and the food was great. Very authentic, felt like a church kitchen with paper plates and plastic forks, but the food was great.
  • Fun for kids. Safe location, enclosed, so kids can't get lost. Small rides for younger kids. My kids are 6 and 9 and love it. Plenty to do, see, learn etc. The candle making is fantastic - a real art.