#518TulipTracker is a collaboration between The City of Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs, Discover Albany, Citizens and The City of Albany Department of General Services. Follow along on social media to celebrate the spirit of tulip season in Albany.
Track the tulips! Embark on a self-guided driving tour to admire tulips, spring flowers, gardens and other signs of Spring in Albany County and beyond. Share your photos of the cheerful blooms and tulip tracking adventures on social media with #518TulipTracker.
Special thanks to The City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs and The City of Albany Department of General Services for helping us put this self-guided driving tour together!
Historic & Heritage Sites
Crailo State Historic Site: 9 1/2 Riverside Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Tulips and daffodils can be spotted on the grounds.
Historic Cherry Hill: 523 1/2 S Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202
Spot tulips in the upper garden and throughout the grounds.
Pruyn House: 207 Old Niskayuna Rd, Latham, NY 12110
The gardens on the grounds are filled with signs of Spring such as daffodils.
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site: 32 Catherine St., Albany, New York 12202
See a variety of beautiful blooms (including a few tulips) on the mansion's grounds.
Shaker Heritage Society: 25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, New York 12211
View flowers blooming in the Shaker Herb Garden and wildflowers across the grounds.
The Stephen & Harriet Myers Residence: 194 Livingston Ave, Albany, NY 12210
See tulips at the Abram Johnson Garden at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence.
Ten Broeck Mansion: 9 Ten Broeck Pl, Albany, NY 12210
The Ten Broeck gardens are filled with tulips and other Spring blooms.
Albany Pine Bush Preserve: 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205
Search for small blooms and additional signs of Spring.
Albany Rural Cemetery: Cemetery Ave, Albany, NY 12204
Tulip carvings on a tombstone across from the Cornings and Palmer Angel.
*Discover Albany Visitors Center: 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207
A large garden planted with many varieties of tulips and other perennial plants. The garden crew will save small quantities of extra tulip bulbs from other garden designs and plant them here. The effect is stunning. A wild array of colors, tulip types and design. This garden will surely take ones breath away as their eyes find new and old varieties scattered over a large area intermingled with other spring bulbs and perennials.
Empire State Plaza
Tulips are located in the planters on the Empire State Plaza and around the grounds.
Irish American Heritage Museum: 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207
See tulips and flowers in the garden near the entrance to the museum.
New York State Capitol
Tulips located near the General Philip Sheridan Memorial.
New York State Museum: Near the Outdoor Memorials at Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210
View tulips along the side of the road near the NYS Korean War Veterans Memorial & NYS Women Veterans Memorial.
Pine Hollow Arboretum: 34 Pine Hollow Rd, Slingerlands, NY 12159
Many spring blossoms and blooms are located throughout the arboretum grounds.
Radix Ecological Sustainability Center: 153 Grand St, Albany, NY 12202
View the vegetable gardens, scattered flowers and other signs of Spring.
The Woman's Club of Albany: 725 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208
The front porch is being reconstructed, but see a view tulips in the gardens near the front of the building.
Academy Park: Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207
Spot the blooms and other signs of Spring in the park.
*Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Statue in Lincoln Park: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Albany, NY 12202
As you drive by this charming shade covered garden, you will notice an impressive large monument honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In front of this monument there are bushes, summer perennials and tulips. On each side of the monument are planters with purple tulips. Surrounding the bushes in the front are just the right amount of color to brighten up this area. Shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and white.
Tulip Sculpture at Wallenburg Park: 119 N Pearl St, Albany, NY 12207
View the "Night Fire" tulip sculpture at Wallenburg Park.
Tricentennial Park: Tricentennial Park, Albany, NY 12207
Tulips, along with lilies, are planted on both sides of the City Seal Monument.
City of Albany Drive-By Tulip Beds
*The 9W Road Median: McCarty Ave & Route 9W, Albany, NY 12209
A raised bed with a wonderful weeping tree in the center, framed with a mid-blooming mix that just brightens up this section of road. These remarkable tulips are red, yellow and white. Mixed in are early blooming Red Emperor.
*The Bridge Garden: 300 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
A large road median with 10,000 bulbs and other perennials with a multitude of color, heights, varieties and bloom times. In this garden, one can plan on seeing the typical tulip to some exotic varieties, but what makes this a bit different is the garden crew knows the typical car riding by cannot stop and peruse the planting, so we use large groupings of at least 250 or more.
*The Clinton D Bed Garden: Clinton Ave & Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
A road median in the shape of the letter D at the end of a long lily bed median. The first tulip to pop open in Albany and a worldwide favorite is the vibrant Red Emperor. Mixed in is a blend of golden yellows, red and white.
*The Engine One Firehouse Garden: Western Ave & Washington Ave Point, Albany, NY 12203
The most beautiful mid blooming orange tulips dwell in the three corners of this raised triangle garden in a median outside of the Engine One Firehouse. Connecting the corners are fluffy red and yellow tulips that will bloom a bit later.
*The Engine Eleven Firehouse Gardens: 441 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
You will find early blooming tulips in these two petite gardens on each corner of the firehouse lawn. In the center is a tulip that blooms yellow with red flames and as the blossoms mature, the yellow becomes a pure white with red flame. Surrounding them is a cardinal red tulip. A very fitting flower as Cardinal Ave is right across the street
*The Manning Island Garden: Manning Blvd & New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
A large perennial garden with sedum, ornamental grasses, day lilies and cranesbill geranium, to name a few next to CVS and across from St. Peter’s Hospital. Take in a range of bulbs spread throughout the garden in small sections between the perennials. A fun little specialty bulb lives here called Snake’s Head Fritillaria. Delicate bell-shaped flowers with a tiny pattern of white checkers on maroon petals, an absolutely extraordinary sight to see.
*New Scotland City Line: New Scotland Ave & Normanside Drive, Albany, NY 12208
Entering Albany, on your right hand side, enjoy seeing perennials as well as muscari, very short stalks with clusters of blue-purple flowers, crown imperials with their pineapple-like tops and Allium, the last to bloom for spring bulbs with a long tall stalk and tiny purple flowers creating an 8” globe. The garden to your left has perennials and clusters of various daffodils with their showy trumpets circled by a mane of petals.
*The Point Island Gardens: Madison Ave & Western Ave, Albany, NY 12208
This is the largest of the city’s gardens. The bulbs are planted in large sections, throughout, to make it easier on the eye while driving by. An extensive mix of colors, shapes and heights to fascinate all passerby. You will also notice many perennial plants, mostly in their prime growing stage in the summer.
*The State Street Island Gardens: Between 144 State St. & 80 State St. Albany, NY 12207
Driving down State Street, in the center of the roadway, tulip bulbs border the garden beds. This very location holds the annual street scrubbing, a Dutch tradition of cleaning the streets before the big festival.
*The South End Island: Green St & Vine St, Albany, NY 12202
Welcome to Albany’s South End sign has a lovely mix of two early blooming tulips of purple and yellow with red. As well as, a mid-blooming golden yellow tulip. Such a great spot to welcome residents home and a bright colorful garden as one enters the highway.
*The Van Rensselaer Garden: Van Rensselaer Blvd & Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204
Enjoy mid-season blooming tulips that are the most spectacular shades coral with pink and orange feathering. In the center of this garden bed is a slightly later and taller blooming blend of red and white tulips.
*The Washington Square Garden: Washington Ave & West St., Albany, NY 12203
This garden, in a road median surrounded by Washington Avenue, West Street and Robin Street, has decorative rocks and beautiful ornamental grasses in the summer. Two benches on either side of the garden to take in some lovely sunshine and beautiful garden views. Enjoy a fetching variety of tulips and even some allium.
Tulip Beds in Washington Park
*The Birdhouse Garden: Washington Park Rd & Hudson Ave, Albany, NY 12208
When you approach this garden, you must look up! In the center of this bed, up high on a pole are hand carved wooden birdhouses by the late Albany artist William Schade. It is a sight to see! Below this masterpiece is a whimsical garden with a variety of bulbs from colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crown imperial.
*The Englewood Garden: State St & Englewood Pl, Albany, NY 12203
This area was designed by Albany’s Beautification Committee in the late 80s - early 90s. It was the first restored area in this park other than formal gardens in Moses area. The weeping cherry trees make the most quintessential backdrop for this garden. Set in front of these trees, you will find an array of tulips in a large round garden bed.
*The Henry Johnson and State Gardens: State St & Henry Johnson Blvd, Albany, NY 12203
There are gardens are on each side of the road to give a bright colorful welcoming and exit of the park. Feast your eyes on tulips, daffodils and crown imperials. Also near the gardens is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument that honors approximately 8,000 Albany men that served in the Civil War.
*The Henry Johnson Memorial Statue: Washington Park Rd & Henry Johnson Blvd, Albany, NY 12210
Entering Washington Park from Madison Avenue and Willett Street, take the left of the fork onto Washington Park Road (also known as Albany Plan of Union Avenue). To your left you will see a statue monument dedicated to Albany native, Sergeant William Henry Johnson, a World War I soldier. In front, you will notice a stunning garden with late blooming salmon-rose color that glows. Bordering the center is a blend of yellow, deep purple and maroon. Surrounding the entire garden is an almost fluorescent shade of rose pink.
*The Lancaster Garden: Washington Park Rd & Lancaster St, Albany, NY 12210
This garden was a focal point of the Floriade Gardens and existed before and even now, after the Floriade Gardens. It is just the right size to catch the eye of passing by cars at this intersection. Here you will find a crisscross shape with a nice variety of tulip colors and bloom times.
*The Washington Park Moses Gardens: Washington Park Rd, Albany, NY 12203
The King Memorial Fountain is in the center with Moses smiting the rock for water and surrounded by the four stages of life: infancy, youth, adulthood and old age. Each quadrant mirroring formal garden shapes and sizes of the others. Here you can enjoy breathtaking views of over 101,000 spring bulbs. An array of shapes and sizes, early, mid to late blooms and colors of the rainbow.
*Description provided by The City of Albany Department of General Services