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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Tulip Town Experience Pass Review

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Tulip Town Experience Pass Review

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It really doesn’t feel like Spring here in the Pacific Northwest until my Instagram feed is flooded with pictures of brightly colored tulips.

I admit, we only started coming to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival after we had kids and it felt like one of those outings all Seattle families do (like hitting the pumpkin patch in the fall.)

But, it only took one time for me to realize what a fun excursion it is!

We were really bummed to have to skip the festival last year, but I was thrilled to learn that they were offering timed reservations this year. I bought tickets literally the moment they went on sale.

This year, Tulip Town is offering a unique Experience Pass where you can go into the fields to pick your own bouquet.

Keep scrolling to find out whether or not the Tulip Town Experience Pass is worth it and tips for planning the perfect trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!

Find out whether or not it's worth visiting Tulip Town at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State. Image of a boy wearing a yellow rain coat and blue rain boots holding a stuffed dinosaur in front of a windmill surrounded by tulips.
Tulip Town at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival FAQs

When is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?

The Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley runs April 1-30 every year.

Should you do Tulip Town or RoozenGaarde?

If you’re looking for Washington tulip fields in Skagit Valley, the two main ones are Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. Tulip Town is more of a “show” field. It’s much smaller and easier to get photos with little kids. Plus, they offer trolley rides. RoozenGaarde is really stunning and the fields are larger.

Where to stay for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?

If you want to turn it into a staycation, there are plenty of cute places to stay. There’s the Fairfield Inn and Suites, La Conner Channel Lodge, La Conner Country Inn, the Majestic Inn, or plenty of other places.

Tulip Town in Washington State

If you want to see tulips in Washington State, your best bets are Tulip Town or RoozenGaarde.

Tulip Town has been around for a long time, but it’s been under new ownership since 2019. That’s when 5 friends decided to take it over.

Image of the Tulip Town sign at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Welcome to Tulip Town WA!

The timing was a bit rough, especially since the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was canceled in 2020. But, they are finding new, creative ways to keep their tulip business alive and thriving during this tricky times.

One thing that Tulip Town is totally rocking is their twice daily live Facebook videos showing exactly what the fields look like every morning and evening.

This is so helpful for families trying to decide when it’s worth making the drive. Watch them HERE.

For 2021, they are offering General Admission tickets, Photography Passes, and their new Experience Pass.

What’s the Experience Pass at Tulip Town?

If you’re looking for something new to do at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, you might consider getting an Experience Pass. These are offered at various times from 8am-11:30am each morning.

The Tulip Town Experience Pass includes a mini tulip workshop led by an owner. Image of a man in a black jacket talking to a crowd with colorful tulips in the background.
A Tulip Town owner leads a tulip workshop in Skagit Valley.

It’s kind of like a small group tour that offers a more intimate tulip adventure. The whole thing lasts about 30 minutes, but you can stay longer in Tulip Town.

What’s Included?

Each Tulip Town Experience Pass is $45 and includes a timed ticket for an informative tulip presentation by one of the Tulip Town owners.

After the presentation, you’ll go into the tulip fields and you can pick 10 tulips to create your own bouquet.

This pass also comes with a General Admission ticket that includes parking as well as a Trolley Ride (if the fields are dry).

What is it Like?

So, our family decided to do this because we’re just starting to get back to our usual adventures and this sounded like fun!

We bought tickets for 9am and it was really easy to find parking close to the entrance. We showed them our tickets and they told us exactly where to go to check in for the Experience Pass.

Staff greeted us and gave us each a brightly colored safety vest to put on. I think it’s to show who is okay to be in the fields.

We had a few minutes to walk around as we waited for other people to show up. The group was fairly small (maybe 10-15 people).

One of the owners did a super informative talk about the process of getting the tulip bulbs from Holland and what all it takes to get Tulip Town up and running each year.

He also had great tips for how to successfully grow tulips in your own backyard.

Image of a woman kneeling next to a tulip field in Skagit Valley.
Learn how to properly pick tulips.

After his presentation, he turned things over to a staff member who taught us all the proper way to pick tulips.

One of the things she highlighted was that we need to walk down the middle of the row, even if it’s super muddy. It’s tempting to walk on the sides, but that’s where the tulip bulbs are.

She also told us not to step over the tulips to get to the next row. We might accidentally crush some tulips. Instead, it’s best to walk out of the row and enter the new one.

Image of a dad and son wearing safety vests while picking tulips in Skagit Valley, WA.
Picking tulips at Tulip Town.

Then, we were released into 4 designated tulip rows to pick our flowers.

After we picked 10 tulips, she tied them up with rubber bands and told us where to go inside to have staff members wrap them with plastic and tissue paper.

I found out after we went that the Experience Pass is geared for kids ages 8 and older. I think we bought tickets before they added that note. My guess is that it’s because it’s really important not to step on the tulip beds and younger kids might have a hard time with that.

Was it Worth It?

I think so. Honestly, I was surprised how much my kids really enjoyed getting to pick their own tulips. They took the instructions really seriously and they were very proud of their final bouquets.

Image of two boys sitting in an old truck holding little tulip bouquets.
Final tulip bouquets!

This has been such a tough year for tourist attractions and I felt really good about supporting such an awesome Skagit Valley business who came up with a creative way to keep the festival going this year.

I really hope they continue to offer this Experience Pass at Tulip Town in future years because it was a unique thing to do.

How to Reserve Your Experience Pass

If you think you’d like to do this, you can book your tickets online HERE.

Tulip Town Tips for Families

Wear Lots of Layers

It can be super chilly, especially in the morning hours. I highly recommend wearing a few layers or even wearing a warm hat, depending on the weather.

You’ll Want Waterproof Boots

I had my kids wear rain boots and snow boots to walk around. The pathways had a lot of puddles and there was a lot of mud.

Stay Out of the Fields

You’ll probably need to remind your kids a few times not to go into the regular fields. After they are used to walking in the rows to pick their tulips from the designated field, it can be hard to remember.

Grab Hot Drinks

They have a HUGE food court area inside where you can find all kinds of hot drinks (like coffee, tea, and cocoa). There’s also beer and wine available. Plus, you can order lunch items or snacks.

Looking for more PNW day trips? Check out the Burke Museum in Seattle, FUNKO Headquarters in Everett, or head to Tacoma Washington!

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