Zoo Blooms is back!

Maija Zummo

As of a couple days ago, weather forecasters said Monday will have a high around 50, which means no snow and a great day to kick-off the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's annual Zoo Blooms show. The zoo is one of only two accredited botanical gardens in Ohio, and Zoo Blooms offers one of the largest flower displays in the Midwest.

Focused on tulips — there are more than 100,000 tulips in the Bloom's "Tulip Mania" — visitors will also see more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs and other spring bulbs in full, exploding color.

Check back weekly to see the progress of the bulbs; the tulips will start with yellow and red in the first bloom, followed by every color imaginable in the main bloom.

The Tunes & Blooms series also returns as part of Zoo Blooms. Every Thursday in April local musicians take over the garden for a live, free concert starting at 5 p.m.

The zoo is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and later for special events. $10-$15. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org.

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