HOLLAND, Mich. — For this week’s Money Guide report, we’re focusing on Tulip Time, which generates tens of millions of dollars for the Holland area. Some of the events do require the purchase of a ticket, but there are still ways to enjoy the annual festival without breaking the bank.
If you’re one of the people who is only interested in seeing the tulips, you’re in luck. Pretty much everywhere you turn in Holland offers an impressive display of the colorful flowers, and at no cost. To see the largest displays, cruise through Tulip Lanes or take a stroll through Window on the Waterfront Park.
As for the daily events, there are actually plenty of free options including the ever-popular Dutch dancing. You can watch the dancers klomp and whirl their way through Centennial Park each day of the festival till Saturday.
The First Bloem Festival Artwork Exhibit is also free, offering a look at the top 20 finalists of this year’s artwork competition. That’s open every day through Friday.
You can also check out the Kinderparade, starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, or the Volksparade, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday, head to Kollen Park for the grand finale of Tulip Time, which includes live music starting at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display at dusk.
For just a small fee, you can also do a dockside tour of the tall ship “Friends Good Will.” Tickets for that are $5 each. The Tulip Time Quilt Show is also an affordable option, with tickets priced at $6 each.
For a full list of Tulip Time events and pricing, click here.
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