A Day at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Tulips bloom in every 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 33 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.

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. It also notes the daffodil bloom fields, which happen in March. If you are lucky you can find parking on the side of the road, otherwise, there is $5 parking in designated areas.
  • Wear/bring rain boots or rain shoes as the fields are muddy, even if it is sunny. (One of my favorite mud/rain shoes are Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe.)
  • Don’t forget your camera!!!

 

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: $7 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: $7 per person, children 6 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!

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 a great way to usher in spring.

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21 thoughts on “A Day at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival”

    • It’s a wonderful festival with great options for experiencing the tulips. One of these years I want to go on the helicopter right and see the brilliant colors from the sky!

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  1. They look so pretty! I love the rows and rows of different colours. I think I may be headed that way next weekend; do you think they’ll still be in bloom? I’d love to go see!

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  2. I would like to go to have a chance at taking some of the beautiful photos you have shared here! Wow! There is something to be said about surrounding yourself in the beauty of nature. I’d love to see it from the perspective of a helicopter as well. 🙂

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  3. Wait… what? there’s a helicopter ride option? OMG yes, I’ve been here a few times and HATED traffic!!! Getting a view from the top means no traffic perhaps…

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    • The traffic is the worst on the weekends, weekdays are better. But, once you get there and walk near the blooms all that seems to slip away.

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    • Melody, thank you. Tulips are such a beautiful flower I feel like its asking I sharing the love of tulip mania. 🙂

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  4. This is incredible. I had no idea we even had an area in the United States where so many tulips were grown. The helicopter ride would be amazing and it’s not super expensive. Thanks for the information.

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  5. Hi Laura – beautiful post and stunning photos. Tulips are like my favourite flowers! I am actually doing a collaborative post on the best festivals around the world and would love your contribution. If you’re interested? Feel free to email me at [email protected] if so? Have a great day 🙂

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    • Nikki, I’d love to contribute to the post. I’ve sent you an email. Tulips are really beautiful. This morning I cut some from my yard and brought them inside. The base of the petal is purple and the top white. So beautiful!

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  6. How beautiful!! My husband and I were actually just looking up a tulip festival similar to this one that happens in VA each April. I hope we can make it there during the festival because it would be amazing to just stand in a field filled with gorgeous tulips. 🙂

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