Photos from the first weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

It’s Tulip season in Washington! For the first time, my partner and I headed up to Mt. Vernon for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and were absolutely blown away!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2024 began this past weekend (March 30-31) and will run throughout the month of April. Although the tulips are not in peak bloom yet, they are pretty amazing, and there are more flowers than I have ever seen in my life.

I think the area will be nearing peak bloom in about a week, and it’ll look simply magical.

Near the bottom is a slideshow with all of my photos from the festival.

Enjoying the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2024

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What is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Four main farms require paid admission, ranging from $12 to $20. Some other fields in the area don’t require payment, but I’m sure how that works and the rules, so do your research. Inside the farms are more tulips than you knew existed, and they will dazzle you!

We went to Roozengaarde, the largest farm, and spent almost three hours soaking it all in.

My Experience at Roozengaarde

We got a late start to the day and didn’t arrive until 3 pm on Easter. Thinking now, it was nice we missed the morning crowds, as I can only assume it was packed post-church, with people going around lunch.

We didn’t choose Roozengaarde for any particular reason. We just ended up there and rolled with it.

The entrance fee was $36 for the two of us—not cheap, but not terrible. Once inside, you were free to explore, and we did!

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Massive Fields of Tulips

The huge tulip fields are obviously the draw, and they were spectacular. We took a clockwise path around them, heading to the furthest back right corner, which helped us avoid a lot of the crowds. These fields had mostly bloomed but still had some progress to be made. As I said above, they’ll be peaking in no time.

Intimate Garden

Near the windmill is a garden-like area that I fell in love with. The crowds were way smaller than the fields (however, it was approaching 5:30 pm), allowing me to get shots without people in them. I think this area was my favorite.

The types of tulips were some I’d never seen before, and overall, they were presented in a dreamy way that made you feel at peace. I highly recommend checking this part out.

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Windmill

For some reason, there’s a huge windmill on the property purely for decorative purposes. I believe it’s the only tulip farm in the area with one. It makes for a great photo op, though everyone else thinks the same way, so you’ll likely have to wait in line to get a picture.

Where to Go

To visit the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, head to the Mt Vernon area, west of I5 (90 minutes from Seattle), and choose what field you wish to join.

Your main fields to visit are Garden Rosalyn, Roozengaarde, Tulip Valley Farms, and Tulip Town. Additionally, other fields are free to visit 24/7 in the area. Click on the map below to check out there to visit.

See the bloom locations.

Respect the Rules

Please adhere to the rules stating that you can’t walk down the dirt paths between the flowers. It’s not a hard rule to follow. Some inlets are built into the fields to allow you to take nice shots without disturbing the flowers.

In the photo below, my partner is on one of the big walkways, but you can make it look more photogenic by getting lower to the ground.

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More Photos from the 2024 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

FAQ: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2024

Is there food provided?

Food is not included in the ticket, but there are plenty of options for food and drinks at Roozengaarde. I’m not sure if other places offer food for purchase, but I assume so. Furthermore, there are picnic tables to sit at while eating your snack or lunch.

Can I cut the flowers?

No, you cannot cut or damage any of the tulips through the farms. If you want to purchase flowers, you can do so in their shop. We grabbed some for $7 and can’t wait for them to bloom at home!

Is parking free?

Yes, parking was free when we visited Roozengaarde.

Until next time, adventurers, take care and be safe.

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Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

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Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on ExploreWithAlec.com. Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside