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Stop and see the tulips in Amsterdam

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The Netherlands’ most famous display of tulips and other bulb-flowers occurs at Keukenhof Gardens, where millions of bulbs explode with color over the course of two months. Which means if you’re not there from mid-March to mid-May, you miss out. A charming alternative is Tulpenland (Tulipland), an hour north of Amsterdam, a small attraction opened in 2012 by the large bulb company Fluwel. The family-run enterprise paid attention to every detail, making this a high-quality low-key attraction, and because it’s off the beaten path, you’ll encounter mostly Dutch tourists. Visitors first follow a wooded drive decorated with antique bulb-picking baskets to the colorful cafe and gift shop, which doubles as the entrance. From there, a path decorated with willow branches takes you by informational displays, with fascinating factoids for young and old. Near the area displaying historic farm equipment, kids can ride toy tractors around a course. Adults, meanwhile, will enjoy a nearby tulip-themed art exhibit. Compact but colorful tulip beds are scattered throughout Tulpenland, and bulbs bloom from spring to fall thanks to Fluwel’s greenhouses.

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TULPENLAND Belkmerweg 65, Sint Maartenszee, Netherlands. www.fluwelstulpenland.com. Admission $8-$10, March-October.

DIANE DANIEL

Diane Daniel can be reached at diane@bydianedaniel.com.