It didn't take us long to find tulips. They were right there under the city's welcome sign.
Tulip Time Festival brochure before we left for Holland so we had a map of the downtown area with us. We found the tulip-route in short order and discovered it had some nice blooming tulips.
If I'm being honest here, I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed. I guess I'd seen one too many promos for the Tulip Time Festival showing what looks like acres of multi-colored tulips. The tulip route was certainly not that. It's just a row of tulips planted at the foot of each home owner's property along the 6-mile route. Pretty, but not awesome.
Along the way, we came across Centennial Park. It's a very charming little park with several areas of tulip plantings. Each one was a different color. The color separation was common throughout the city. In fact, we had a hard time finding any beds of multi-colored tulips (not more than 2 colors anyway). Perhaps they bloom later.
These pinks were lovely. You can see we weren't the only ones out taking pictures of the flowers...
Windmill Island Gardens. We wanted to tour the windmill but it was a walking tour. My back was pretty sore after walking around the park and getting up and down to photograph the tulips so we had to pass this time around.