Ah Springtime, it’s a new year, new beginnings and tulip festivals worldwise! But if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of those items to add to the bucket list!
2021 is a great year to visit, and there is still time through the end of April / early may to catch the tulips. . Because tehre is limited admission, you’ll be more likely to find parking and less likely to deal with crowds so you can enjoy the fields bursting with color
1. Book Tickets in Advance
I recommend purchasing tickets in advance if you can select the date and time you’ll be visiting. If you don’t have a reservation, you won’t be allowed to enter the fields.
In 2021, the tulip fields are not charging separately for parking at the Roozengarde or Tulip Town, it’s all included with the price of admission
2. Park Only in Designated Areas
Don’t park along the side any of the roads, you risk being towed or ticketed. There are many parking lots but they can fill up. If so, ask the employees and they can direct you.
3. Remain On The Walking Paths
The owners of these beautiful fields put their hard work in so we can enjoy them. The perfect Instagram photo can still be achieved without walking in between the rows. If everyone walked between the rows, we wouldn’t be able to collectively enjoy their beauty.
4. The Flowers are not U-Pick
Only employees are permitted to pick the flowers in the fields. But don’t worry! You can purchase bundles of 10 for $6/ bundle. Plus: if you purchase 5 bundles the 6th is free! There are plenty of beautiful, fresh cut, and chilled tulips you can purchase on your way out, so you can bring tulips and other flowers of the Skagit Valley home with you.
Wear Waterproof footwear
Tulip fields have been raining 80% of the visits I’ve been over the years, so being prepared no matter the forecast is always a good idea. The small microclimates in this area can be raining one minute and sunny the next. The walking paths themselves are made or dirt and water easily pools into mud, so a good pair or rainboots and a change of shoes and clothes (especially for those with little ones) is highly recommended!
Here are some of the top fields to visit at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival:
- The Roozengaarde, along Beaver Marsh Road. We’ve found this to be our favorite with rainbow striped fields. It’s the most beautiful and colorful. As mentioned, you need a reservation for the Roozengaarde in 2021. Click here to book.
- Tulip Town, along MacLean Road. Another giant, colorful tulip field with a windmill. As mentioned, you need a reservation for Tulip Town in 2021. Click here to book.
- The Washington Bulb Company Daffodil Fields – there are a lot of them! If you love daffodils, consider attending the 7th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival, which takes place in March and early April. This year, you need a reservation to visit the daffodil fields too. Click here to book.