Holland State Park Campground, Michigan
Winters in Michigan = blah… Summers in Michigan = AMAZING! Pushing through the winters is worth all of the beautiful fun that Michigan has to offer. From crystal blue water that doesn’t burn your eyes or have sharks, to ferry rides back in time to Mackinaw Island, and amazing boutique shopping in quaint towns like Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Holland. As for me, winters in Michigan are spent looking forward to fun camping trips to all of our awesome towns!
One of my favorite camping spots is at the Holland State Park, located on Ottawa Beach Road. Most of the campground is wooded, has well kept playgrounds, is within walking distance to ice cream, is across the street to a Lake Michigan bay family beach, is a short bike ride to a beautiful beach on Lake Michigan, is only a 15 minute drive to a great sand dune ride, and has an adorable downtown area!
Things to Do Holland State Park Campground
When we are not relaxing around the campfire, we like to head to the Ottawa Beach General Store. They have cute souvenirs for the littles and ice cream (including a dairy free one!). Across the street from the campground is a small family friendly beach. You will definitely want to walk their with your beach gear as parking is limited. I love this beach because they have paddle board rentals. One year we went with about five other families, and we rented the biggest paddle board they had. It held all 12 of our kids, it was awesome!
Camp trips always involve biking. It’s the one activity that kids can just do alllll day long! From the Holland State Park campground, it’s about a one mile bike ride. It’s worth taking less to the beach and experiencing the bike ride. The bike path runs along Ottawa Beach Road and is paved and feels safe to have the little people on their bikes. Plus, the parking is so nuts that you actually get a closer parking spot to the beach!
One thing we love to do on our Holland trips is to take the 15 minute drive to Saugatuck to catch a dune ride at Saugatuck Dune Rides. They are small child friendly (we’ve had one year olds on the ride), yet fun and exciting for adults! Each dune buggy holds about 20 people, but a mixture of both adults and children. The ride is 40 minutes and about half way through they stop at the top of a dune so you can climb up and down a dune and take pictures. It’s beautiful!
Downtown Holland, Michigan
When rain is in our camp trip forecast, we like to head into downtown Holland. Downtown Holland is quaint and cute. They have candy shops, home decor stores, toy stores, and a handful of really great restaurants and breweries including our favorites HopCat and Hops at 84 East. You definitely won’t leave Holland hungry!
Holland is a very active town with lots of things always going on. One of their biggest events each year is their tulip festival. Although I have not been to the festival yet, I have heard wonderful things about it. Throughout the weekend they have a parade, carnival rides, food, fireworks, and of course thousands and thousands of beautifully bloomed tulips! It’s on my bucket list this year to be in Holland for this great festival, so stay tuned!