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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    East Grand Rapids
    A charming business district, all-season sports lake and beautifully maintained parks and homes distinguish this family-oriented suburb.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Dutch Heritage

    Large numbers of Dutch farmers began immigrating to America in the early 19th century, driven by high taxes and low wages. Many settled in the Midwest, especially West Michigan. A wave of Calvinist immigrants desiring more religious freedom soon joined them. This area has been associated with Dutch American culture and heritage ever since.

    Explore our Dutch influence:

    DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory. This is the only North American production facility for world-famous Delft pottery and one of few using authentic Dutch machinery to produce wooden shoes. It's also the site of Veldheer Tulip Gardens, America's largest bulb production facility. The gift shop has one of the largest selections of tulip bulbs in the country.


    Nelis' Dutch Village. Step back into the Netherlands of more than 100 years ago, complete with authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and windmills. Includes kids' rides, animals, a wooden shoe factory and much more.

    Tulip Time. Reader's Digest named this annual May festival the "Best Small Town Festival". It includes parades, shows, concerts, a carnival, fireworks and millions of tulips in bloom.

    Windmill Island Gardens. This beautiful oasis on the edge of downtown Holland features a 249 year-old working Dutch windmill as well a replica of a 14th-century wayside inn, an antique Dutch carousel and acres of manicured gardens.