The tulip comes in ever color imaginable, and some shades you didn’t even know existed. You don’t have to travel to Holland to see this iconic flower of spring. There are fields and fields of them to enjoy at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
For 32 years, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has been showing off this vibrant flower to “hundreds of thousands” of visitors each year from April 1-30. This year, the tulips are blooming early, and they are expecting the first half of the month to be the most colorful.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Tips
If your springtime travels include a trip to tiptoe through the tulips, here are some tips.
- RoozenGaarde Bloom Map-This map shows you which fields are blooming and has road names, which makes them easy to find. As of today, there are four tulip fields and two daffodil fields blooming. If you are lucky you can find parking on the side of the road, otherwise, there is $5 parking in designated areas.
- Bring rain boots or rain shoes as the fields are muddy, Yes, even if it is sunny.
- Bring your camera!!!
- Enter your pictures into the Columbia Bank Photo Contest.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Display Gardens
If you want to see tulips in a display garden or buy bulbs, I suggest visiting Roozengaard or Tulip Town.
- RoozenGaard-The Roozen family grows tulips, irises, and daffodils, and their operation, which consists of 1000 acres of field blooms and 16 acres of greenhouses, is the largest in the world. Each year, their 3-acre show garden displays around 300,000 spring flowers. Price: $5 per person, children 5 and under no charge Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tulip Town-This is a great stop for families. They have face painting, “Dream Walk” fairies, professional kite fliers each weekend, trolley rides every day, a windmill, a cafe with ice cream, as well as, an indoor flower and garden show, display gardens, and local arts and crafts. Price: $6 per person, children 5 and under free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sometimes later depending on the weather.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Helicopter Rides
Check out the tulips from above!
- Bellingham Helicopter Services. $55 per person, weekends. (Location: 16163 Hwy 536, Mount Vernon, Wa 98273)
- Sky Flyin’ Helicopter. $60 per person, weekends. (Location: 1/4 mile east of Lefeber Turf Farm, Hwy 536, Mount Vernon, Wa 98273)
Interesting fact: Tulips were originally cultivated in Turkey and brought to Holland in the sixteenth century. In the mid-seventeenth century, tulips were so popular their bulbs were used as currency.
Throughout the month, there are additional events, like art shows, galas, concerts, and farm tours. This brochure is an excellent reference and has ideas for stops, like Snow Goose Produce, Silver Belly Winery, and Farmstrong Brewing Co., as well as, places to stay and eat in Mount Vernon, La Conner, Anacortes, Burlington, and Bellingham.
I live about 20 minutes away from the tulip fields and often visit each year. It is truly a great way to usher in spring.