A Guide to Tulip Town

A sea of color awaits at the return of the highly anticipated Tulip Town in Skagit Valley on April 1. The vibrant tulips have nearly come out of their winter slumber and are ready to give you and your family some seasonal fun. There is only one month to enjoy the floral festivities, and we are here to help you soak it all up with our guide to Tulip Town.

Since 1984, Skagit Valley’s Tulip Town has become one of the largest attractions in all of Washington State for its rows of vibrant, must-see tulips. The grand event will only run from April 1 to April 30, providing a short, exclusive time to catch a glance of the flowers and enjoy the season. 

For those who haven’t had the stellar opportunity to visit the flower fields, there are a few things to keep in mind before getting camera ready. Tulips love wet and windy springs, often causing the areas to be damp, blustering and muddy—not an ideal place for your favorite pair of shoes. We highly recommend wearing your best pair of rubber boots and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Make sure you’re comfortable, too; there are over five acres of tulips to walk and explore. 

Tulip Town is open rain or shine, with over 50 varieties of tulips to enjoy. It is even anticipated there will be three times the amount of tulips than in years past. You can walk the grounds, take some photos or even hop onto the old-school trolley for a relaxed site tour. 

Tulips bulbs can be purchased with the help of a quick QR code. These bulbs are then shipped to the buyer in September for fall planting. Also, guests can pop by Skagit Acres retail store; the small shop also offers a selection of gardening tools, pottery, artisan goods and more. 

When guests aren’t venturing through the fields or picking up a bouquet or two at the retail boutique, a trip to the Skagit Landing is in order. The farm-to-table dining spot offers a variety of locally-sourced goods, including ice cream, coffee and other sweets to enjoy on a break or your journey around town. A beer and wine garden will also be available on-site, with hyper-local beers, wine and cider to enjoy in a cozy spot complete with soft string lights. 

New this year: Tulip Town is welcoming dogs! “We are huge animal lovers, but truth be told, the decision to welcome dogs to Tulip Town wasn’t without much deliberation,” says Kristen Keltz, CEO of Spinach Bus Ventures, which owns and operates Tulip Town, in a press release. “However, after wading through the many owners’ requests to bring their dogs to Tulip Town and discussions with fellow farm owners, we decided our fields are alive for both humans—and their dogs!”

Tickets to Tulip Town start at $7 for children, 6 to 11; $15 for those 12-plus; $13 for seniors/military; and kids five and under are free. A variety of experience passes are available, including a new Anytime Plus ticket, providing access to all experiences in addition to a fresh set of tulips and free parking.  

To learn more about Tulip Town, visit tuliptown.com

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