Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ♥♥
Location: 15002 Bradshaw Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, USA
Hours of operation: 9:00 am – 5:00pm every day until end of season bloom
Entrance Fee: Yes. $7.00/admission, Age 6 and under free. Parking is free.
It’s Spring! You know what that means? Blooming colorful flowers almost every where and it’s time to explore them. I’m sad to say goodbye to Cherry Blossoms, but as the saying goes “When one door closes, another door opens”. Sure enough it does, the Tulip season started almost as soon as the Cherry Blossoms ended and I am welcoming it with open arms.
When I first moved here, I was excited to explore the place. And I was on my computer most of the time researching attractions to visit. I was jut starting before, work is not too busy and so I have plenty of time to go around and check my new country and attractions nearby Canada. I strolled around the Downtown Waterfront, I walked and walked in Stanley Park, I’ve visited Vandusen Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park, Chinese Garden and even Nitobe Memorial Garden which is quite far from me. I’ve explored whatever I can and even did Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise. I went to Victoria, Tofino, Harrizon and a lot more places that I can remember.
I thought I would never run out of places to visit, there’s just so many of them and I felt that I have to see them all. That’s how excited I was, and even until now, I still enjoy visit of those places.
Tulip Festival at Skagit
It was sprig time, and while I was looking for place to visit, I came about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in US. Lucky me, the closest US border is only about 45 minutes away and from the border 2 more hours to get to the festival . The point is that I found a 1 day tour that goes to this place, what a great coincidence. I got really interested and I booked the day tour. The package was a 1 day tour, with a stop ever at Oyster Farm before heading to Tulip Festival and the last stop was at the outlet mall. So would I not go? The tour has a pickup location on the area where I live so it was really very convenient for me. Since then, I went there 2-3 times sometimes with friends.
How To Get There
Two options, take a one day tour like what I did or drive there on your own. The only thing that you have to consider is when you go in a tour, your time is very limited. You will not be able to hang around for long to appreciate the surrounding. Everything will have to just go,go, and go. For someone like me who like taking photograph, 1 hour is not enough to see this place. So if you own or renting a car, I would say that is the best way to go. But then again, it’s your choice, I’ll leave that up to you.
Best Time To Go
With tulips, it’s all about timing. If you came too soon, there will not be enough tulips to see, most of them will still be flower bulbs. If you come too late, you will not see as much as well as most of it will already be harvested. Although there is a time-table and range for tulips bloom time (normally between 2nd week April – 3rd week of May plus/minus), this is not always something that is fixed and precise, it’s all in the hands of mother nature. Tulips bloom time are weather dependent, if the weather becomes warmer earlier, tulips starts coming out sooner that later. If the weather is still cold, sometimes there is a few weeks delayed in the tulips bloom time. If the place that you are visiting has a website, I suggest check it out for updates so that you don’t get disappointed when you go there and see nothing.
After the Oysters Farm, the tour will go straight to the tulip festival. Which is about 1 hour or so away. This place is always busy during spring season, parking could be challenging. Tour buses have their own parking area, and if you came with the tour, you get to by pass the line because the your already includes the ticket, that saves a little time, although ticket line up is not that long.
The place was huge! They have concession stands, they have mini trolley truck that goes around the field, they have small shops to buy souvenirs and that includes fresh-cut tulips to go. The tulips field was truly mesmerizing, so beautiful and breathtaking. I’ve been there 2-3 times already, and every time I go there it always felt like the first time. The beauty still never failed to impress me.
The vibrant colors of tulips and the elegance of it something that I like about it. For me, the simplicity and the playful colors of this truly made it stand out. The only sad thing about it is that it doesn’t last long, this is why the festival itself runs only for about a month, sometimes even less again depending on the weather. I guess this is one of the reason why I kept on coming back from time to time. One month is really not enough to truly admire and enjoy the beauty of this flower. So If you have a chance to visit any tulip festival wherever you are, have it squeeze in to your schedule because it was really worth it.
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