Our Picks for the Top 10 Loveliest Spots to Enjoy Tulips Locally

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Doesn’t a field full of tulips sound perfect right about now when we’re all yearning for spring? There’s something so refreshing about the thought of just being surrounded by all those colorful blooms! Whether it’s a peaceful afternoon taking in nature’s beauty with the kids, or a beautiful backdrop for your next family photo shoot, these tulip destinations are a must see this season. Tulips usually bloom mid-April through mid-May, so reference the list below and make a date with your family to stop and smell the flowers very soon.

1. Sunken Gardens at Phillips Park in Aurora

1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60507

Hand-planted in the fall every year . . . so that by springtime, you can enjoy more than 10,000 tulips! The garden, located at Phillips Park in Aurora, is handicap accessible and has a multi-level walkway system. Also, enjoy the triple tiered fountain, a focal point at the center of this lovely oasis.

2. Kuipers Family Farm

1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151

This is the first year of the Midwest Tulip Fest at Kuipers Family Farm. It started on May 7, 2022 and the end date depends on weather and tulip bloom time. They planted 300,000 tulip bulbs across 5 acres and also have fields set aside to cut your own tulips for an additional fee.

3. Flowers on Fargo in Geneva

Fargo Boulevard (just west of Rte. 31)
Geneva, IL 60134

Large beds of vibrant tulips can be enjoyed at this private residence in Geneva! Located on Fargo Boulevard, just west of Route 31, they simply request that you kindly stay on the grass and do not enter the private property. You are welcome to tag your tulip viewing adventures on their Instagram page @FlowersOnFargo.

4. Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

42 W. 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423

In 2022, Tulip Time is scheduled for May 7–15. It is worth the drive to this eight-day experience that features over six million tulips blooming throughout Holland. There are all kinds of fun events lined up, too, including music, an artisan market, a walking tour, art exhibits, a 5/10k run, and more!

5. The Morton Arboretum in Lisle

4100 IL-53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 719-2424

The Morton Arboretum is the place to be when it comes to flowers! Between the neat winding paths, children’s and maze gardens, and Human + Nature exhibit, there’s always something to do or see. Wednesdays are their discount admissions days; all other days are $11–$16 depending on age. See ticket information.

6. Lilacia Park in Lombard

150 S. Park Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148

You may know Lilacia Park for their beautiful lilacs, but they also have multiple beds of tulips! Visit there between April 29 and May 15, 2022 to enjoy a lovely walk through their peaceful winding paths. There are lots of fun events planned during this time, so be sure to check the line up in advance.

7. Downtown Naperville

55 South Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Last year, Katie and her kiddos discovered that downtown Naperville is filled with tulips in the spring! Between strolling, dining and shopping, be sure to stop for a photo or two. There are often great events planned in and around this bustling shopping district, too. Check the calendar to see what’s happening before you go.

8. Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook

100 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Known for their tulips every year, the mall at Oakbrook Center is another great place to check out! Shop around outdoors and enjoy the fresh air among the flowers. Here’s a great tip, too: Oakbrook Center usually gives away their tulip bulbs after Mother’s Day! We update this article yearly with all the details, stay tuned for 2022!

9. Cantigny Park in Wheaton

1 S 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161

A favorite of many locals, Cantigny is brimming with big beds of tulips amidst their 29 acres of gardens! There’s also a fabulous playground and a nice picnic if you pack a lunch. Admission is free; see parking fees, which are generally $5 to $10.

10. Richardson Adventure Farm Tulip Festival in Spring Grove

909 English Prairie Rd
Spring Grove, IL 60081
(815) 675-9729

Visit Richardson’s Mid-April through mid-May to see five acres of 300,000 tulips in bloom! There’s also a pick-your-own area, food trucks, beer, wine, free games (such as Jenga) and a walking trail along the lake. Live music can be heard on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well. Friendly dogs are welcome if they are on a leash. Check here for hours and pricing info.

Looking for more flower fields?

If after you visit the tulip fields you are in search of more picture-perfect blooms, we have the goods for you! Check out what’s ahead:

Find more of the best spring activities in Chicago’s suburbs on our website, then check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts to see what we’re up to around town.

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