It’s that time of year again, when the cute, but extremely itchy Easter dresses hit the shelves and families line up at the mall to get a picture with the Easter bunny. But why stand in a long line when there are tons of beautiful spots outside around Topeka? 

With Tulip Time beginning April 1 (moved up from April 7 due to the weather) there are many tulips around town. While the largest tulip beds are at Gage Park, Ted Ensley Gardens and Ward-Meade, (don’t forget to leave your $5 donation to support next year’s tulips! And if you want tulips and activities, join us for Tulip Time Festival at the Lake from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

You will also spot other colorful beds of tulips around Washburn University and downtown Topeka. 

So maybe you don’t want to plop your toddler on a hay bale, but for the more adventurous souls it makes for a unique photo op. Hay bales can be found on the Cedar Crest lawn during the spring and summer. If the hay bales aren’t out, Cedar Crest is picturesque as the sun sets behind the wooded trails. The straight line of trees that runs from the governor’s residence to the fishing pond near the highway is also a popular photo op. 

Anytime of the year NOTO is a great place to take pictures, but it’s a little easier when the weather is warm. There are many different background options to choose from, whether it be old brick or a beautiful mural. 

Grab your selfie stick or pick up the phone and book your favorite photographer today. Take top shots in Top City!