Nelis Dutch Village Holland
Where is it at?
Nelis Dutch Village
12350 James Street
Tel: 616 396-1475
Where are we going today?
Welkom! That's "welcome" in Dutch. Nelis Dutch Village will transport you back over 100 years to a beautful Dutch lifestyle. Kids and parents will be immersed and inspired by traditional Dutch activities such as Dutch dancing (include dance lessons so you won't have any excuse!), traditional delicious old Dutch cheese making, fudge making, candle making and even wooden shoe carving.
Ride on the 1924 carousel, or visit the petting zoo where you can get up close with sweet farm animals. Have you ever taken a goat for a walk? Well now is your chance! You can also visit the feeding farms and really get close to the animals.
Adults - do you know what a Heksenwaag is? No? Probably just as well! You can see how you fare on the 200 year old witches scale - would you have been tried? (We hope not!)
Each year new and fun activities are added - such as the new Petal Pumpers cars for kids, where they can pump their way around a 400ft track in cars adorned with the traditional tulips.
All the buildings and architecture are traditionally Dutch, so you will be surrounded in history. A great outside classroom for kids.
How much does it cost?
- Children$8 (3-15)
- Free Under: 2
When can we go?
Open: 10 am Close: 6 pm (although vary depending on season)
end of April to Labor Day
Can you say "I'm Hungry" in Dutch? Neither can we! But we know we can find delicious Dutch food at the three outlets available within and just adjacent to the park. Traditional pork sausages, soups and pork dishes a plenty! You can also bring a picnic lunch if you prefer, there are plenty of spots to relax and eat. .
Any Top Tips?
There are strollers are available to rent at the village. .
Need a little extra help?
The village has disabled access, with non-motorized wheelchairs available to rent at the village, and plenty of benches for relaxing. Take your time! enjoy the day.
Can I get one of those?
Traditional items such as Dutch Delftware, wooden shoes, and ceramic tiles available to buy in the shops outside the village areas.
What people are saying?
by Steve Van Dyke
My kids love the new additions! We were on the Ferris Wheel constantly, and my oldest daughter absolutely adored the petting zoo area. The grounds are kept up very well.
Savings tip: Keep your eye out for Groupon deals for admission.
by Linnea Carlson
it is wonderful for families with kids and the barn is great. if you go make shire you go to dutch village not windmill island.
by delores lowis
Just was there for the afternoon and had a wonderful experience with all ages from 2 to 68. Everyone enjoyed it. I'd highly recommend it for all as there is so much to do.
by Scott Scarbrough
Good for families with children. not too expensive. staff very friendly.
by KungHao Wang
Amazing place. We always have a lot of fun in there.