Is there a better way to welcome in the Spring than standing in colorful fields of tulips? We think not! And if you agree, you simply have to head to the Skagit Tulip Festival in Washington to see it for yourself. The festival, which is held at locations throughout the Skagit Valley, will take place throughout the entire month of April. It’s a celebration of the beloved tulip and features fields upon fields of colorful floral displays, alongside fun family activities. We’ve rounded up 13 fun facts and tips for the Skagit Tulip Festival, so you can make the most of it:
1. Tulip Bloom Dates
The festival is held annually on the same dates as tulip blooming season, from April 1-30. This is because in Washington the weather is very predictable and tulips come into bloom like clockwork throughout April.
2. Prepare to Get Muddy
The floor can get really muddy because there are so many people walking around the Skagit Valley tulip field sites and the weather can get rainy. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear that will prevent you from slipping and that also won’t get destroyed in the mud. Rubber boots or dark trainers with a firm grip are good options.
3. Be an Early Bird
If you can, try to go to the Tulip Festival as early as possible on a weekday morning. The roads leading to the site get jam-packed during weekends and weekday afternoons and you might find yourself stuck in queues for hours.
4. Tulip Farms
The festival is held throughout the valley and there are various farms you can stop at to view the displays. The fields are located in the center of the valley between La Conner and Mount Vernon. The main two fields are Tulip Town and Roozengaarde. Most charge an entrance fee of between $5-$7.
5. Get Selfie Ready
The tulip festival is the perfect opportunity for selfies. Bring a selfie stick and capture a wide shot of the amazing, colorful tulip fields. Make sure your phone is fully charged!
6. Respect the Plants
Hold onto your kids and don’t let them run through the tulips. For parents too, don’t take shortcuts and trample on the tulips either.
7. 140 Years of History
The tulip field phenomenon started in Washington in 1883, when George Gibbs, an immigrant from England, moved to the valley. He started by growing apples and hazelnuts, and shortly after, flower bulbs. The conditions were perfect for tulips to grow and Gibbs began to grow the tulips on a large scale. From that point onwards, the area became famous for its amazing tulip fields.
8. Washington’s Largest Festival
The tulip festival is known to be the largest festival in Washington, with over 500,000 people attending. Some estimates suggest the figure is higher.
9. Rent a Car
The festival and activities are spread throughout sites in the Skagit Valley and you will need a car to get around. If you’re flying in, you can rent a car at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is around 75-miles from the valley.
10. Live Bloom Calendar
You can check out the live tulip bloom calendar on the festival site to time your visit perfectly.
11. Fly a Kite
There are designated kite flying spots in the valley. Kites can be purchased in the tulip town shop, or you can bring your own. Happy flying!
12. The Most Tulips in the US
What is so special about the Skagit Valley is that the area produces more tulips than any other state in the US.
13. Interactive Maps
Check out the interactive maps on the Skagit Tulip Festival site to help plan your trip. There is also a printable map if you prefer to be old school.
If you need a place to stay after exploring the tulip fields, you can check out all accommodation options near the Skagit Tulip Festival.