Named after the home province of mid-19th century immigrants from the Netherlands, Zeeland proudly retains a touch of Dutch. It features a delightful downtown area lined with restaurants and shops, and hosts a yearlong calendar of family-friendly community events. Located about 25 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, it’s a popular stop on the way to the lakeshore.
Where to Eat in Zeeland
The Farmhouse opens early for hearty, home-style breakfasts and stays open for local, fresh and delicious lunches and dinners.
Public combines handcrafted comfort food with a passion for warm hospitality in a hip (and hopping!) neighborhood nook.
La Crême offers an elegant assortment of sweet and savory crepes as well as quiches, soups, salads, yogurt bowls and more.
Where to Shop in Zeeland
Shop for fine jewelry and watches at Dekker’s Jewelry, which originally opened in Goes, Netherlands in 1882.
Shop Out of the Box for a huge variety of toys, board games and puzzles for all ages.
Shop Paradise Bound for thrift and resale items plus unique, handcrafted Guatemalan goods. Sales help fund ministries in Guatemala.
What do in Zeeland
Tackle the Upper Macatawa Mountain Bike Trail, a 6-1/2 mile course that passes through hardwood forest, verdant meadows and wetlands.
Hit the links at Crestview Golf Club, which offers a scenic combination of doglegs, creeks, ponds and mature trees.
Play yard games and ice skate (in season) at Elm Street Park & Ice Rink. The park is part of Zeeland’s “Woonerf,” which means living street.
“Feel the Zeel” at small-town community events and festivals in every season.
What to See in Zeeland
See local artifacts and vintage memorabilia at the Dekker Huis/Zeeland Historical Museum, originally built in 1876.
See rabbits, chickens, ducks, cats, hogs, cows, sheep, goats, pot-bellied pigs and other farm animals up close and personal at the Critter Barn.
Local Zeeland Favorites
Frank’s Restaurant has been satisfying local residents with diner-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners since 1924.
The barrier-free City of Zeeland Splash Pad Park, open Memorial Day through Labor Day, offers water features for all ages.
Tripelroot brewpub serves its handcrafted beer along with made-fresh daily deli-style salads, sandwiches and soups.