Golden Gate Park is home to dozens of stunning gardens, including the famous Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. Now that spring is upon us, thousands of incredible flowers are appearing all over the City, and you have got to see this tulip bloom happening right now.
Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden is a quaint spot in the northwest corner of the park, next to an authentic Dutch windmill. According to the Golden Gate Park website, the garden is named after the late queen of the Netherlands who ruled for nearly 60 years, from 1890 to 1948. In Dutch culture, tulips are a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
Queen Wilhelmina herself donated the famous Dutch windmill to the City in 1902. It originally served as an irrigation system that reached to the Strawberry Hill area, although it is no longer in use today. This beautiful, authentic windmill is charmingly accompanied by hundreds of tulips and other colorful blossoms.
Early spring is the best time to see the tulip blossoms. The first day of spring was just a few days ago, so now’s the perfect time to stop by! You can also enjoy a flatbread pizza at the nearby Park Chalet Garden Restaurant, or bring a picnic for lunch with a view. See our list of more gorgeous picnic spots in the City here.
Find the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden at 1690 John F. Kennedy Drive in the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park. It’s open 24/7 and free to visit.
While you’re at it, catch the cherry blossoms and more in the Japanese Tea Garden!
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