Springtime is on its way! The days are getting longer, warmer temps are (hopefully) right around the corner and soon the flowers will be in bloom. Take the family to one of these flower festivals where you can marvel at natural beauty or even take some plants back home.
The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage
New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY
February 18 – March 23
There will be thousands of orchids to see in scenes designed by acclaimed artist Lily Kwong. On select nights, adults 21 and over can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.
The Garden Electric Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
Take the drive to Philly for this floral experience, which brings together designers, exhibits, world-class shopping, education, music, food and family fun.
Dalton Farms, Swedesboro
March 21 – April 7
There will be over one million tulips in full display, from classic varieties like the single early tulip to the exotic ones. Wander through the fields, pick your favorite tulips, and take them home as souvenirs. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny, who will be visiting the farm all the way up to Easter Sunday. There are also paddle boats and live music from local artists on the weekends. There will be wineries and food vendors on site.
Daffodil Days Festival
Historic Village of Allentown, Allentown
March 25 to April 2
More than 5,000 daffodils will be planted by volunteers all across town. A parade on March 25 kicks off a full slate of more than 30 activities (many free) and boutique shop specials. Meet King Alfred Daffodil and his court amongst the blooms of Sensi Park with free activities for children. Join in the Welcome Spring Gala for an elegant evening in the Olde Mill set to the music of the McAllister Trio. You can meet the Easter Bunny and witness chocolate making, too.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
More than 50,000 daffodil bulbs will beautify the grounds of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit. There will be spring-themed games and crafts, a story trail, music, food, market vendors, an art exhibit and The Green Goats.
Branch Book Park, Newark
Celebrate the cherry blossom season during a family fun day filled with Japanese cultural demos, kids’ activities, live music, a crafters marketplace and food. The trees are expected to be in bloom from April 1-16.
Main Street, Moorestown
Spring arrives with horse-drawn carriages, live entertainment by local musicians, arts & crafts demonstrations, sidewalk sales, merchant specials – and lots of daffodils!
Daffodil Festival & Earth Day Fair
Van Neste Square, Ridgewood
Many interactive eco-themed activities will include educational displays, demos and crafts, in addition to a petting zoo, recycling magician, musical entertainment from the Blue Plate Special and activities for kids. A highlight every year is the Daffy Dog Parade, where leashed dogs and their owners are welcome to dress in costume to win prizes.
Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Tulips
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
Every spring and fall, the flower fields burst into bloom with millions of rainbow tulips, sunflowers, gladiolus, dahlias and lilies. You can pick flowers, take photos and eat at the bakery and food trucks. A Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market will be held May 13, packed with all types of gifts for the special woman in your life.
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair
May 12 – June 3
Visit the “rainbow on the hill” where you can view more than 14,000 irises of approximately 3,000 varieties that produce over 10,000 blooms over the course of the season. 2023 will be their 95th year of blooming!
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