We headed to the Lake Macatawa unit of Holland State Park for a quick weekend trip in August, 2017. We enjoyed a Memorial weekend there in 2016 so we thought we’d try it out again. We prefer the Pines loop because of the shady trees and new, beautiful (read: more beautiful than my bathroom in my actual house) bathroom/shower facility
Our site (67) was spacious and backed up to the edge of the campground so it was a bit more private. Unfortunately, it also backed up to the road to the beach which was really noisy at all hours. We could hear traffic in our camper even with our fan running at night.
If we visit again we’ll try to camp on the outer edge away from the road on sites 101-109 or anywhere in that last loop in the Pines Campground.
The bathroom facility in the Pines loop is quite possibility the nicest bathroom we’ve seen in a state park. And, we never had trouble finding an open shower. The water was hot and the bathrooms were cleaned frequently.
The walk to Lake Michigan from the campground was a bit too far for us to manage with three kids and beach gear and the beach parking was full so we enjoyed the small beach on Lake Macatawa instead. It certainly wasn’t the same level as Lake Michigan but the simplicity was definitely worth the compromise. The only downside is that you have to cross a rather busy road to get to the beach.
There is A LOT to do in Holland. Shopping, restaurants, entertainment – you name it!
When Saturday didn’t prove to be beach-worthy we made a last-minute decision to visit Nelis’ Dutch Village. What a gem! There were so many things for our kids (ages 4 and 8) to enjoy. The park was very clean and well maintained. And, a much more wholesome experience than the county fair which we typically avoid. The cost for our family of five to enter was $54 but that included all the rides/activities the kids could handle (i.e.: 3 blissful hours of letting our kids believe we were basically the best parents ever because we let them ride whatever they wanted, as many times as they wanted) #parentsoftheyear
Pro tip: arrive right at 10:00 am when they open and you’ll be able to enjoy all of the attractions with no wait.