Tiptoe through a rainbow of half a million tulips at this Long Island farm

ByAlex Ciccarone Localish logo
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Tiptoe through half a million tulips at this Long Island farm
Spring has sprung at the Waterdrinker Family Farm and Garden where their tulips are in full bloom just in time for the annual tulip festival.

MANORVILLE, New York -- The Waterdrinker Family Farm and Garden is bringing a vivid splash of Holland to Long Island with its annual tulip festival.

The Manorville farm has planted over 500,000 tulips and other spring bulbs for visitors to stroll through this spring.

As soon as you arrive, you'll be hit with a rainbow display from the vast rows of tulips filling the farm.

"You'll see yellow, pink, red, purple, and every color in between," said Marc Weiss, manager. "We are a family-run business. We've been in the growing business and greenhouse industry for six generations now."

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Visitors can also play miniature golf and lawn games, visit with barnyard animals and run in an obstacle course.

"It's always been a dream of ours to have our own retail site," Weiss said. "We started this four years ago, we've been growing, and the community has really helped us along the way."

The festival features more than 24 varieties of tulips and other spring bulbs.

Any picture you take on the farm could land you that perfect Instagram-worthy post.

"If you see it on Instagram, it looks amazing, but it's definitely a different experience in person," said Sidney Alvarado, a visitor. "When you are far away, it looks like social media pictures, but looking up close to the flowers, it's like unreal. You can't capture how amazing they look."

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You won't be able to pick tulips at this time so that all guests can enjoy the beauty of the lush fields. However, if you do want to take some flowers home, potted bulbs and tulips are available for purchase while supplies last.

The festival will run for about four to five weeks, depending on the weather. With warmer temperatures on the way, the tulips may not last for as long, so the farm advises visiting sooner rather than later.

"We love seeing the young kids and family just light up when they see the beautiful tulips," Weiss said. "Farmers have long days, so you know just seeing some enjoyment in families gets us through the day and keeps us going throughout the year."


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