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A Spring tradition in Cincinnati: Zoo Blooms!

2005 John O'Neill

 Tulip time at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden means Spring has officially arrived in Southwest Ohio.  It is a beautiful sight to see the thousands of tulip and daffodil flowers as they bloom each April at the zoo (80,000 tulip bulbs are planted each Fall).  Whether the kids need a day outside or the adults want some fresh air and exercise, the zoo is a great place to explore.

Affordable membership rates and plenty of special activities make the zoo very accessible for Cincinnati families.  This year, in addition to the tulips blooming, the zoo will be hosting the Daffodil Show on April 10 and 11.  Presented by the Southwest Ohio Daffodil Society, the show displays hundreds of daffodils "in various shapes sizes, colors, and varieties."

Also happening in April, at the zoo, is a series of evening concerts, "Tunes & Blooms," featuring local bands.   Every Thursday evening in April, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM, families can enjoy free concerts.  This week, Thursday, April 8, will feature the Comet Bluegrass Allstars and Rumpke Mountain Boys.  Go online for more information about each band and a complete concert series line-up.

On April 24, visit the zoo to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.  From 10 AM - 2 PM, representatives of local organizations and businesses that focus on recycling, composting, energy and water conservation, green building, sustainable products, and much more, will be available for questions and demonstrations.  There will also be activities for kids and families that include eco-friendly crafts, special zoo Keeper Encounters and animal demonstrations, as well as tours of the new Go-Green Garden and the zoo's LEED certified projects.

Once the tulips are done blooming, zoo volunteers dig up the bulbs and bag them up for sale.  The zoo sells the bulbs for a great rate to interested families and gardeners.  For more information about the bulbs, call (513) 281-4700 or email

In May, watch for Zoo Babies activities and consider registering for one (or more) of the many summer camps and classes offered by the zoo.  The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden truly strives to fulfill their mission of "creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community."


  • Michelle 5 years ago

    At the zoo today - the flowers are absolutely beautiful!

  • Lindsay Godfree - Cross Country Travel 5 years ago

    I would not have thought of Cincinnati for gardens...thank you for bringing it to my attention. I will try to get to the Zoo there. I have added a link to this article in mine on National Gardens Week. Cheers!

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