theme park is a step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago. As you enjoy a setting filled with authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and windmills, our associates dressed in authentic costumes and wooden shoes will bring the history and culture of the Dutch to life. It is like a day when the carnival comes to town.
Songs from our towering 25-bell carillon greet arriving visitors. Music from our Amsterdam street organs fill the air as visitors begin to enjoy the activities, demonstrations and rides that that await them. Our popular Klompen (wooden shoe) dancers kick up their heels with our Dutch folk dance performances. Afterward, the audience can join the dance and become honorary Dutch Dancers for the day!
Everyone enjoys a visit to our wooden shoe factory where shoes are carved by hand and with antique automated machinery. Trying on a pair of Klompen is a rare and fun experience.
Nearby, a tour of our Frisian farmhouse with connected barn shows how a Dutch farm family lived in those times.
Children delight in feeding our farm animals and visiting our enlarged Petting Zoo with more choices for interacting with our friendly animals including "Taking A Goat For A Walk". Our rides are age-appropriate and include our giant wooden shoe slide, our restored antique carousel, and the "big swing" - our popular Zweefmolen (Dutch Swing Ride).
NEW THIS YEAR - We took one part Ferris Wheel and one part Dutch Windmill, joined them together and got our crowd pleasing new 2014 attraction that's drawing riders to experience “Harry’s Windmill Ride”. This is a blending of a restored 1940 Eli Bridge #5, 45ft high Ferris wheel and a reproduction of the de Grosmolen windmill in Hoogmade, Netherlands. The Ferris wheel looks like it’s attached to the windmill and creates the illusion for riders of “riding on the fins of an authentic Dutch windmill”. It is pictured at the right. Come see it for yourself!
Our Petal Pumper Cars lets little kids pilot their own car around an oval rail track. Added in 2013 is Kinderspel Gebiet, an all new and all fun area with a Wooden Shoe Mini Zip Line, a Gouda Cheese Maze, and a Windmill Water Pump Race. There is no extra charge for any of our rides or activities.
Adults can step onto our Heksenwaag (a 200-year-old witches' scale) to find out who is guilty of witchcraft, hand crank an Amsterdam street organ, and also sample Dutch specialty foods. Educational movies, enjoyed by both adults and children, are shown throughout the day. Our Klederdracht (costume) Museum features authentic costumes in typical settings and a doll exhibit showcasing 150 provincial costumes. A large diorama depicts a Dutch country scene.
Each year we add new and fun activities. Dutch Cheese making, International Cheese Tasting, Dutch Delftware Making, Dutch Dancing Lessons, and Walking Our Goat are newer added attractions. See a preview of some of these attractions.
Our large Import Shops are adjacent to our theme park and as noted above are open throughout the year. We welcome your visit in person or at our on-line store www.bluedelft.com. Customers love our old fashioned service.
There is convenient free parking for any vehicle including buses and motor homes. For more information on the Holland area and lodging choices, please visit our links page.
The video below was filmed by and shown on a Grand Rapids TV Station.