8 Activities For Your Holland, MI Bucket List

8 Activities For Your Holland, MI Bucket List


Hope College students are flooding campus once again now that classes are right around the corner. However, choosing Hope isn't just all about academics. Hope is situated in one of the most exciting towns in the U.S.: Holland, Michigan. If you are new to the area, here are eight must-do activities you must put down on your Holland bucket list.

1. Visit "Big Red."

"Big Red" is the iconic lighthouse nestled against Lake Michigan, and it's a must-do photo stop for Instagram lovers. Some might even ask the question, "If you don't take a picture in front of 'Big Red,' did you really visit Holland at all?" Be sure to check it out during the winter, too. It may be cold, but the blanket of ice covering the lake is a beautiful sight to see.

2. Watch the sunset at Tunnel Park.

If you're looking for beauty, this should be your number one stop. Tunnel park consists of large sand volleyball courts, tall playgrounds for kids, and view of Lake Michigan that no beach can beat. Be sure to watch the pinks and orange sky light up this scenic spot.

3. Visit Art Prize with your friends.

In Holland, you get small town charm, but it's also just a short drive away from the large city of Grand Rapids. One of the best things to do during the fall is to pack a car with your friends and head over to Art Prize. This annual event held and Grand Rapids allows artists to display their work all over the city. You can also vote for your favorite pieces. It's a fun way to take a break from studying and spend a Saturday evening.

4. Go on a donut run.

Let the good times roll! Good Time Donuts is the best place for a 2 a.m. bite. Hope students leave their dorm rooms in the middle of the night to go taste these decadent desserts. Also, they're super cheap and the owner serves them in his boxers. Is anything else more quintessentially college?

5. Sip on some coffee.

Do you crave LJ's or JP's? Yes, Hope students have debated between Lemonjello's and JP's for year, but it doesn't mean that you can't find delicious coffee at both spots? Lemonjello's is a hipster's paradise, while studying is easy in JP's more quiet environment. The rivalry may never die, but at least it means we get great coffee.

6. Get deep dish pizza at Crust 54.

Are you a Chicago native who's craving a slice of home? You'll find Crust 54 on 8th Street, just a short walk from campus, and boy, do they have the best deep dish pizza around! Each pizza consists of stringy cheese, sweet sauce, and fluffy crust. It's one of the most popular restaurants and Holland, and after taking a bite of this pizza, it's easy to see why.

7. Spend an afternoon at Windmill Island.

You'll learn pretty quickly after moving to Hope College that almost everyone in the area is Dutch. Holland prides itself in its Dutch heritage, and its clear when visiting Windmill Island. This tourist attraction features quaint Dutch shops, colorful tulips, and, of course, windmills. It's just a ways from Hope's campus, and many students like to stop there on runs.

8. Experience Tulip Time.

Closing out this list is the most Holland-y of all Holland events in all of Holland, Michigan: Tulip Time. Never heard of it? Well, plenty of others have. People around the world flock to this festival every year. This event takes place at the end of the school year, and Holland residents take it extremely seriously. Holland-ites dress up in Dutch attire, complete with wooden shoes, and dance through the tulip-lined streets. There's also food, games, and lots and lots of Dutch music. However, don't pull a tulip out of the ground even if it looks tempting. Rumor has it that you could get find up to hundreds of dollars for committing a crime against Holland's signature flower.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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14 Kentucky Destinations To Visit This Summer

I'm in love with the history and beauty encompassing my old Kentucky home.


Kentucky has got to be one of the most notable states in the U.S. While it is most known for bourbon, horse races, and basketball, you can't deny the beauty of the history and nature that surrounds the state.

Kentucky natives often take for granted the importance of the locations that surround them. These destinations are easily accessible and should be noted a 'must visit' on your next day off.

For those who are travelers and are looking to tour the land of the "Bluegrass state," you won't regret making these KY places your next summer vacation destination.

1. Mammoth Cave National Park

mammoth cave

This park is open year-round with guided tours through the world's longest cave system. This cave is filled with tremendous caverns which are super cool to see, but the stories that are told about the cave through the tour make it an even more interesting experience.

Even if you decided to skip out on the cave tour, this national park is filled with other things to do. There are trails for hiking and biking, and they even have areas for various water activities.

2. Keeneland

keeneland racetrack

Keeneland is beautifully landscaped and located in the horse capital of the world.

While the best time to go is during racing season, I'd still recommend a tour of this famous horseracing arena.

3. Red River Gorge

red river gorge

Red River Gorge is home of the sandstone rock bridge known as the 'Natural Bridge,' and is also the perfect site for a camping experience. At the gorge, you are able to hike, bike, ride, and partake in a variety of other activities.

4. National Corvette Museum

corvette museum

Home to more than 80 models of America's sports car: the Corvette.

5. Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

A huge waterfall that falls 60-feet before tumbling over sandstone bedding. It is truly a sight to see.

6. Ark Encounter

noah's ark

Located in Williamstown, KY is the massive, life-size ship made to resemble Noah's Ark. It is 3-stories tall with interactive exhibits to illustrate the biblical tale.

7. Louisville Slugger Baseball Museum

louisville slugger museum

Baseball, also known as America's favorite pastime.

Kentucky, also home of the Lousiville Slugger Baseball Museum and Factory.

8. Lincoln's childhood home

abraham lincoln's childhood home

Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th U.S. president. He was an important figure for many reasons, but most remembered for his Emancipation Proclamation speech that helped push toward the end of slavery, and his leadership of our nation through the Civil War.

9. Churchill Downs

churchill downs

Churchill Downs is another thoroughbred racetrack in Kentucky, most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. Tours are conducted by the Kentucky Derby Museum.

10.  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

bernheim forest

Every year, Kentucky loses 50,000 acres due to land development. There are estimated to be over 3 million trees in Bernheim Forest, all of which are protected from development.

Today, Bernheim Forest is over 16,000 acres and will soon be celebrating its 90th "birthday" by revealing a new exhibit entitled "Forest Giants in a Giant Forest." These three massive sculptures, made of recycled wood are expected to withstand for at least 3 years.

11.  Berea Pinnacles

berea pinnacles

A hiking trail with a variety of difficulty levels, and a beautiful view at the end no matter how far you decided to travel.

12.  Woodford Reserve Distillery

woodford reserve distillery

Kentucky is famous for bourbon. So, why not take a tour of the oldest and smallest distillery in the state?

13.  The Kentucky State Capitol

ky state capitol

The KY state capitol is located in Frankfort, KY and is open to visitors/tours. Observe the areas where our chamber of the senate and house of representatives come together for the legislative process.

14.  My Old Kentucky Home State Park

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Stephen Collins Foster wrote the famous composition 'My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!' which is now known as our state song. Foster's imagery throughout the song was inspired by the house and the land surrounding what was once known as "Federal Hill." It was referred to as "My Old Kentucky Home" once the U.S. entered the Civil War.

Today, you can tour the home that was host to many famous individuals (Stephen Collins Foster, Henry Clay, Aaron Burr, and more) and the inspiration to a monumental tribute to Kentucky history.

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