Tourists might not realize it, but there's more to Orange City, Iowa, than wooden shoes, Tulip beds, and Dutch windmills.
The town of 6,000, best known for its spring Tulip Festival and winter Sinterklaas Day, has a strong economy. New businesses are coming to town, and existing manufacturers are expanding locally.
The local Christian college, Northwestern, not only brings 1300 young people to town, but also provides entertainment in the form of visual art, drama, and sports.
"Out and About Iowa" visits the hot spots in this very lively, exceptionally clean town in Iowa's Northwest corner.
Call for reservations on the 18-hole public golf course on the North East side of town.
You need reservations to tour this Old Windmill, designed like mills in the Netherlands, with working space in the back, and a one-room home up front. The Diamond Vogel factory is not open for tours, due to concerns about flammable materials.
Sioux County Historical Society and Orange City Heritage Center
Call the Chamber of Commerce to set up tours of this museum of Orange City and area history. There’s aDutch corner, featuring insights into the world the pioneers left, and their transportation across the ocean. There’s also an extensive collection of Native American artifacts. The rest of the museum focuses on ‘pre-electricity’ life.
The Old Factory
This is where you can find the wooden shoes and many Dutchitems.
Woudstra’s Meat Market
Old Dutch World sausage, ring bologna, Dutch cheese andother imported foods are available here.