When you need a sweet escape, take a trip to Holland (Michigan) for summer fun with the family.

Our family took a trip to Holland to kick off the summer season and it was perfect. The west coast city has everything you’ll need for a perfect day (or overnight stay) – a cute downtown, beautiful gardens and the best beach. We did all of these activities in one day with ease but if you want to extend the trip, we stayed at the CityLoft Hotel downtown and enjoyed it.

Here are the 3 things to do in Holland Michigan this summer.

Holland Oz Project: Stop by the 5.6 acre Centennial Park in downtown Holland to check out the massive floral book cover along the yellow brick road and hop across the street to the library to check out the life sized statues.

Windmill Island Gardens: A beautiful oasis on the edge of downtown Holland, Windmill Island Gardens is a little bit of the Netherlands for photos and plenty of fun for kids with a carousel, playground, chickens and a children’s garden. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Holland State Park: Arrive early and find your spot on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan. The beach is perfect for young kids because the water is crystal clear and only goes up a couple feet for a significant distance outward allowing for safe play. There are restrooms and convenient shop if you forget any beach necessities or need a bite to eat.

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