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Historically, the tulip was a symbol of paradise on earth. Come April in the Skagit Valley, we welcome you to our modern day paradise on earth where millions of tulips burst into bloom during The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is magic! The Magic Skagit Valley’s natural wonders also include shorelines, bays, islands, mountains, the Skagit River and one of the largest and most diverse agricultural communities west of the Cascade mountain range.
Skagit Valley Farmers invite visitors to take a scenic drive through the valley and experience the art of farming during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and throughout the year. Did you know that agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Skagit County? More tulip, iris, and daffodil bulbs are produced here than in any other county in the U.S., and local farmers produce about $261 million worth of 90 different crops, livestock, and dairy products on 93,000 acres of land. In addition to food and fiber products, agriculture in the Skagit Valley provides habitat for thousands of swans, snow geese, and dabbling ducks.
Come see why the rest of the world agrees that Skagit Valley is an incredible destination!
Q: Where is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival held?
A: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour. There is no one location that you go to for the festival. The fields are centrally located in the valley between La Conner and Mount Vernon with events and happenings sprinkled all around Skagit Valley. The tulip fields are the crops of RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Co., Inc. and Tulip Town. Because of crop rotation, the tulip fields are different each year. Both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town also have displays of tulips in gardens for visitors to view and photograph.
Tulip Town Display Garden and Fields Address: 15002 Bradshaw Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
*Open 9-5 through Tulip Bloom. $7/admission, 6 and under free. Parking is free.
Roozengaarde Display Gardens: 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
*Open 9-7, $7/admission weekdays and $10/weekends, 5 and under free. Parking is free. RoozenGaarde admission ticket provides free access to all parking lots in the RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Company tulip fields for the day of purchase.
Tulip Fields: Drive by 24/7 and located between La Conner and Mount Vernon. Parking at RoozenGaarde/Washington Bulb Company fields is $7 or free if you have an admission ticket from Roozengaarde Display Gardens on the same day.
Q: Are the tulips blooming yet? When is the best time to view the tulips?
A: Mother Nature decides on the exact dates for tulips to bloom. Keep an eye on the Bloom Map and follow us on Facebook for updates! The Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April. The least crowded times are weekdays early morning and late afternoon. Weekends are busy – plan to arrive before 10am to beat the crowds.
Q: What date is the Tulip Festival?
A: The Tulip Festival is held from April 1-30 annually. However, mother nature determines when the tulips bloom. Some years the tulips are blooming the last week of March and other years they may not bloom until the second week of April. Also, there are different varieties of tulips that bloom earlier and later. The La Conner Daffodil Festival features the first blooms of Daffodils in March.
Q: I would like to start planning my trip for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Where is a list of events?
A: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival brochure is ready in January. You can view and download here: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2019
Q: How much does it cost to go to the Tulip Festival?
A: To view the fields is free, but to park a car at the fields is $7.00 (free w/admission ticket from Roozengaarde Display Garden). Tulip Town admission is $7.00 (6 and under free).
Q: What time does the Tulip Festival open?
A: You can view the tulip fields at any time! However, the RoozenGaarde display garden is open 9am-7pm every day throughout the Tulip Festival and Tulip Town is open 9am-5pm every day throughout the Tulip Festival.
Q: Is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kid friendly? Are there activities or events for children?
A: Yes! Here is a great blog post regarding Tulip Festival Activities For Kids.
Q: Is there a Skagit Valley Tulip Festival planning guide?
A: Yes – we have several resources for you. Check out La Conner’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival planning guide and click on ‘Plan A Trip” at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website homepage. For a birds-eye view of everything in the valley, use the Visit Skagit Valley website for trip planning as well.
Q: Are there Tulip Festival Tours available? Or other tours?
A: Yes – check out our list of Tulip Festival Tours. If you enjoy tours, be sure to check out our other Skagit Tours offerings including whale watching and Deception Pass boat tours. If you prefer a self-guided tour outside of the tulip world, check out our guided maps including Heritage Barns, Skagit Valley Culinary Bounty, and a Walking Trail Guide. Still up for more? Check out Things To Do in Skagit County.
Q: Is it possible to ride our bikes, and are there bike paths along the fields?
Yes! All the roads are nice and flat around the tulip fields and almost all have shoulders to ride on. Check out the Skagit County Bike Map for routes.
Q: Can I just pull-over to take pictures of the tulip fields?
A: You will see no parking signs on the roads next to the fields. Because of safety reasons, please use a parking area.
Q: Can you bring your dogs to the Tulip Festival?
A: Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the display gardens. However, you are allowed to have your dog (on a leash) next to the fields.
Q: How do I get there – Directions?
A: Take I-5 North from Seattle or I-5 South from Vancouver BC. Depending on what direction you are heading and what fields you want to view, use the Tulip Festival map to pick your exit. You will be heading West from I-5.
Q: I’m from Canada – Can we take cut blooms back over the border? What about bulbs?
A: Yes – you can take cut tulip blooms over the border. However, bulbs are not available for purchase during the tulip festival as they are in the ground, but can be shipped to Canada in the fall.
Q: Is there a printable map and listing of all the events?
A: Yes – Here is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Brochure
Q: What are the Show Gardens?
A: Visiting both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town is a must! Over one million spring bulbs are planted in the gardens. Both charge admission; RoozenGaarde tickets cannot be used at Tulip Town and vice versa. Pets are not allowed in the gardens.
Q: When Do Tulips Bloom?
A: Skagit Valley tulips have been farmed here since the early 1900s. Today the “field tulips” are the crops of the Washington Bulb Co., Inc/RoozenGaarde. The field tulips bloom in April, but weather determines exactly when. Check bloom status at the BLOOM MAP, call the Tulip Festival office at 360.428.5959 and visit our Facebook pages. Tulip crops rotate, so you will need a new map each year.
Q: Where do I Park for the Tulip Festival?
A: Park free at the two gardens, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town. Tulip Town parking is on Bradshaw Road. RoozenGaarde on Beaver Marsh Rd. Both have overflow lots on busy days; flaggers will direct you. RoozenGaarde also operates official pay parking by some of the tulip fields. Parking in designated lots is included with paid RoozenGaarde admission (show your ticket stub) or your official pay lot ticket stub is good for one admission to RoozenGaarde. Admission/parking must all occcur on the same day. Please note that too much rain may close lots by the fields.
Q: Is there Private Parking at the Tulip Festival?
Landowners sometimes charge for parking. The money you pay cannot be used for admission or other parking.
Q: Can I park on the shoulder to view the tulips?
A: This parking is very limited. Sheriff’s officers will issue tickets.
Q: Can I bring my drone to the Tulip Festival?
A: No – drones are not allowed in the gardesn or the fields.
Q: I’m a professional photographer – Do I need to credit RoozenGaarde to publish photographs of the display garden or fields?
A: Yes – please sign the Tulip Festival Photo Release Form and return to the Roozengaarde (Washington Bulb Co.) office.
Q: I’m a tour bus operator – Do I need to fill out a reservation form for bus parking?
A: Yes – please fill out the Tulip Festival Bus Reservation Form.
Q: What else is there to do in Skagit Valley in the spring?
A: Check out our driving itinerary and video for a Spring Skagit Road Trip!