Each year spring arrives bringing with it warmer weather, plentiful rain showers, and eventually budding flowers. After months of cold weather and darkness, it’s always refreshing when the temperatures begin to rise and the world starts to become a bit more colorful. One of the highlights of my European adventure last year was traveling to Holland and being able to witness the multitude of vibrant flowers displayed at Keukenhof Flower Gardens. To me, there’s nothing better after a long winter than roaming through endless fields of colorful flowers. I knew there was no way I was going to make it to Holland to see the tulips again this year, so I had to settle for seeing the tulips a bit closer to home. After some digging, I discovered Topeka, Kansas holds an annual Tulip Time Festival every spring and since Topeka is only a quick hour drive from Kansas City this seemed like the perfect way to satisfy all my tulip needs.
The Topeka Tulip Time Festival features more than 100,000 tulips and other flowers in bloom at various locations around the city. The main locations to see the tulips are: Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, Gage Park, Downtown Topeka, and Lake Shawnee’s Ted Ensley Botanical Gardens.
I decided to create my own little tulip adventure by starting off exploring the Old Prairie Town site followed by Gage Park, Downtown Topeka, and ending my night at Ted Ensley Botanical Gardens at Lake Shawnee. Unfortunately I had horrible timing and chose to visit Topeka the same weekend as prom (whoops!). If you’re planning a visit to see the Topeka tulips, I suggest trying to avoid prom night or any location with tulips will be crawling with prom goers (lesson learned for next year – plan ahead!).
Despite the hoards of teens taking prom pictures, the tulips and other flowers were absolutely captivating. Each location showcased a unique set of flowers in every possible color imaginable. It felt as if I was roaming through a sea of rich, lively colors that never seemed to end.
There’s something about perfectly shaped tulip bulbs in bold, striking colors that makes me so happy. I swear I could sit and stare at these vivacious flowers all day long and never get tired of it.
If you’re looking for a great spot to see tulips near Kansas City, make a quick trip to Topeka! Just an hour away, the Topeka tulips are radiant, enchanting, and the perfect way to satisfy all your spring flower desires.