8 Best Tulip Festivals in the USA | Come To Admire This Popular Flower (2024)

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Tulips are some of the brightest, most beautiful harbingers of spring. When they start to bud — and then bloom — you know that warmer temperatures are right around the corner. Back in the 1600s, these flowers were so prized that in Holland, a single bulb could fetch the equivalent of thousands of dollars.

Today, tulips are celebrated across the country at tulip festivals dedicated entirely to these beautiful flowers. Usually held in cities or towns with a distinct Dutch heritage, each tulip festival is the perfect way to celebrate the end of winter.

Tulips captivate visitors coming across the USA with their vibrant hues and elegant blooms, symbolizing beauty and renewal. The annual Tulip Festivals in various states, like Washington and Oregon, attract thousands, celebrating spring’s arrival. Tulips’ versatility, ease of cultivation, and association with joy contribute to their enduring popularity in American gardens and events.

Here are a few of our favorite tulip festivals across the United States — and the reasons why you should check them out.

8 Best Tulip Festivals in the USA

1. Tulip Time

Holland, Michigan

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It doesn’t get more Dutch than Holland, Michigan. The city, about a 3-hour drive from Detroit, is located on Lake Michigan and hosts one of the nation’s largest and best-known tulip festivals each year. Tulip Time is an 8-day celebration that features parades, traditional Dutch dance demonstrations, art installations, concerts, and five million blooming tulips planted by the Parks and Recreation Department across the city. New this year: You can even name a blooming bed for your family or loved one. Talk about the perfect floral gift!

Where To Stay

To be in the center of the action, consider staying downtown at one of several hotels there.

What To Eat

Nosh on Dutch favorites like buttery krakelingen, treats filled with almond paste, and saucijzenbroodjes, or Dutch pigs in a blanket. Locally-owned DeBoer Bakery has both.

Pro Tip: Weekends are typically the most crowded times. If you plan to visit then, be sure to book your accommodations far in advance. For more information and tips, see this piece.

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2. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Mount Vernon, Washington

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The fields near Mount Vernon, Washington — about 50 miles north of Seattle — have always been packed with tulips; the Dutch have planted bulbs in the area for more than 100 years. In 1984, after thousands began flocking to the town during bloom season, Mount Vernon leaders decided to add a series of events to the month, and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was born. It’s since grown to include art shows, concerts, farm tours, a fun run, bike rides, and the Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair. Many events that require tickets will be available online.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival includes garden venues at four separate farms: RoozenGaarde, Tulip Town, Garden Rosalyn, and Tulip Valley Farm.

RoozenGaard

The Roozen family tulip growing business at the RoozenGaarde is the largest in the world of that kind, covering Skagit Valley with more than one million tulips, 1000 acres of field blooms, and 16 acres of greenhouses.

Tulip Town

Tom DeGoede and his wife Jeannette poured their heart and soul into making Tulip Town a jewel of The Skagit Valley. Tulip Town is now a 30-acre farm with more than 5 acres of dazzling colorful fields and more than 50 varieties of tulips.

Garden Rosalyn

Located in the heart of Skagit Valley, Garden Rosalyn displays beautiful tulip fields during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival season. Garden Rosalyn is also home to a manmade lake with a resident flock of ducks and geese, a marketplace, a flower stand, and a beer and wine garden.

Tulip Valley Farm

Tulip Valley Farm is an expansive 30-acre farm in west Mount Vernon. It features over 10 miles of grass tulip trails with stunning views of Mount Baker. Tulip Valley Farm offers an eclectic assortment of food trucks and a beer, wine, and cider garden.

Where To Stay

For a charming bed and breakfast stay just a few minutes from the tulip fields, consider the Nantucket Inn in Anacortes, Washington. You’ll love the waterfront view from the front porch.

What To Eat

Make plans to visit Kiwanis Salmon BBQ in Mount Vernon for locally caught salmon and terrific sides. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. almost every day of the festival. The event is held at the Hillcrest Park Lodge; outdoor seating and to-go orders are available. It’s a delicious way to help support the local chapter of this charity group, which sponsors children’s programs locally and globally.

Pro Tip: The weather along Washington’s coast during the month of April can be rainy and windy. Make sure you pack a waterproof layer!

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3. Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

Woodburn, Oregon

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Sometimes, growers host huge parties to celebrate their blooms, and that’s the case in Woodburn, Oregon, about halfway between Portland and Salem. Since 1983, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm has raised and sold bulbs of all varieties. In 1985, the farm opened its fields on Easter weekend, and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest was born.

These days, the farm plants more than 40 acres of tulips and welcomes guests from the end of March until the first week of May. During the week, they sell cut flowers and bulbs. On the weekends, there’s plenty of family fun on the farm grounds, including shuttles to the flower fields, a children’s play area, and wooden shoe-making demonstrations.

Where To Stay

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest makes a terrific road trip from Portland; one of our favorite spots to stay there is the historic and funky Hi-Lo Hotel.

What To Eat

If available, try the fresh berry jam, jelly, or pie. Marionberries are the most famous — they are a cross between two native blackberries, and they were created in Oregon.

Pro Tip: Plan to stop in at the wine-tasting room to sample some of the farm’s vintages.

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4. Tulip Time Festival

Pella, Iowa

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The tiny town of Pella, Iowa, is about 40 miles from Des Moines; it was founded by immigrants from the Netherlands. Pella’s Tulip Time Festival began in 1935 as a small party to celebrate the town’s Dutch heritage. Since then, it’s become an entire long weekend featuring parades, performances, museum tours, a craft market, concerts, auto and tractor shows, and of course, several large tulip displays with hundreds of thousands of blooms in a whole host of colors.

Most events are free; tickets for others can be purchased on-site.

Where To Stay

While Pella has several charming bed and breakfasts, the Amsterdam Hotel is well worth your consideration with its luxe rooms and complimentary breakfast.

What To Eat

Street vendors sell traditional Dutch foods during the event, including delicious stroopwafels, or wafer-thin waffle cookies with caramel-molasses filling.

Pro Tip: Most of Pella’s Tulip Time sights are within walking distance, but paid golf cart rides are also available at the festival.

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5. Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Tulips

Cream Ridge, New Jersey

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One of the youngest tulip festivals on this list is Holland Ridge Farms’ U-Pick Tulips Season in Cream Ridge, New Jersey, located between New York City and Philadelphia. In 2017, the Jansen family planted a million tulip bulbs on their farm in preparation for a festival to celebrate the flower. Thousands came out to enjoy the colors and, for a small price, pick some flowers to bring home. The festival has since become a popular place for families to take photos and have down-home farm fun. It’s also recently expanded its plantings — visitors may clip all the blooms they’d like for just $1 a stem.

Where To Stay

There are a number of hotel chains and other accommodation options in nearby Hamilton, New Jersey.

What To Eat

The farm features a bakery barn for sweet treats; there are also food trucks on-site. While guests can bring their own picnics during the week, food and drink must be purchased on-site on the weekends.

Pro Tip: Be sure to grab a bucket and clippers so you can snip your perfect bouquet.

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6. Tulip Festival At Thanksgiving Point

Lehi, Utah

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Thanksgiving Point is a nonprofit learning and recreation center that seeks to connect visitors of all ages with the natural world. And when it’s springtime, it’s Tulip Festival time at the destination, located just a short drive south of Salt Lake City. The park’s Ashton Gardens are awash with color from April through early May, with more than a quarter of a million bulbs blooming. Attractions include concerts, a children’s play area, and plenty of fresh-cut tulips to purchase and take home.

Where To Stay

If you don’t want to make the trek back to Salt Lake after tiptoeing through the tulips, there’s a SpringHill Suites by Marriott property conveniently located near Thanksgiving Point.

What To Eat

Try the pork osso bucco or prime rib at Thanksgiving Point’s Harvest Restaurant. Don’t just take it from us; here’s more on Thanksgiving Point’s dining options from the town itself.

Pro Tip: When you buy your ticket, keep in mind that you can also reserve a preferred time slot for your entry.

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7. Albany Tulip Festival

Albany, New York

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On Mother’s Day weekend, New York’s capital city of Albany comes alive with spring blooms, including more than 150 different varieties of tulips. For more than 70 years, the city has celebrated its Dutch roots at the Albany Tulip Festival that’s held at Washington Park. The fun includes fine arts exhibits, tulip tours, live music, and a street-scrubbing parade featuring participants in authentic Dutch costumes. More than 100 artisans sell their crafts in the park as well.

The best part? Admission to the event is free. The 2023 Albany Tulip Festival is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend; the perfect opportunity to treat Mom!

Where To Stay

The Washington Park Inn is a turreted Victorian mansion located right in the park. Its five guest rooms are well-appointed and charming, but this spot books quickly for the Tulip Festival! This gorgeous spot is also pet-friendly!

What To Eat

You can’t go wrong with Dutch street food, but if you’re in the mood for something different, El Loco Mexican Cafe on Washington Park’s southeastern corner is convenient and delicious.

Pro Tip: When you’ve taken in your share of tulips, walk over to Center Square, a charming neighborhood chock-full of historic brownstones and boutiques.

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8. Festival Of Spring

Nokesville, Virginia

Just 40 miles southwest of Washington D.C., you’ll find the small town of Nokesville, Virginia. It’s become a must-stop for the spring, thanks to Burnside Farms, a family-owned farm featuring more than 200 varieties of tulips at its Festival of Spring. More than two million bulbs are planted here each season! You can pick your own blooms, enjoy a picnic on the farm’s grounds, and take part in a whole host of activities, including wagon rides to the fields, cornhole games, and even wooden shoes so you can try out your Dutch dance moves! Tickets for all the fun are available online.

Where To Stay

You’ll find a whole host of lodging options in nearby Manassas; however, if you want to keep things cozy, check out the Inn at Evergreen, a stately inn dating back to the Civil War era. It’s located in Haymarket, about 16 miles north of Burnside Farms.

Where To Eat

For a quick bite (and brew!), head to Cedar Run Brewery at Evergreen Acres. It’s also located at a farm, and on the weekends, there’s a food truck parked to serve patrons.

Pro Tip: Burnside Farms doesn’t put an exact date on its Spring Festival because, as they say on their website, “Mother Nature is in charge.” Check back with them in early spring for more information.

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FAQs

Where Are the Largest Tulip Farms in the U.S.?

With about 20 million tulips harvested each summer in Skagit County, Skagit Valley has the largest tulip fields in the U.S., and the RoozenGaarde Tulip Valley farm is the largest tulip farm in Skagit Valley. Skagit Valley is also home to the massively popular Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

What Are the Most Famous Tulip Farms in Skagit Valley?

Apart from the Roozengaarde, the biggest tulip field, there are also Tulip Town, Garden Rosalyn, and Tulip Valley Farm. Each year, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival committee creates an interactive bloom map that guides you to the top fields.

How to Reach the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is easy to reach because it’s only 60 miles north of Seattle and only 70 miles south of Vancouver. PlU.S., the Amtrak Cascades train service runs to Mount Vernon, the closest town.

What Can I Do at a Tulip Festival?

During each annual festival, flower enthusiasts can get lost in acres of tulip gardens, stroll along tulip lanes, and enjoy cultural events and informational workshops. Tulip bulbs and cut flowers are available for purchase, so you can bring a little bit of those fields back home.

When Is the Best Time to Visit a Tulip Festival in the U.S.?

Tulip season runs from March until mid-May. The best picking time and prettiest tulips blooming appear in the middle of April. Tulips come up only when the ground has defrosted, so plan your visit in the spring when the ground is warmer.

8 Best Tulip Festivals in the USA | Come To Admire This Popular Flower (2024)

FAQs

8 Best Tulip Festivals in the USA | Come To Admire This Popular Flower? ›

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – April

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is the largest festival in Northwest Washington State and the largest Tulip Festival in the United States! Each year, more than 1 million visitors come to experience fields of brightly colored tulips.

Where is the best Tulip Festival in us? ›

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – April

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is the largest festival in Northwest Washington State and the largest Tulip Festival in the United States! Each year, more than 1 million visitors come to experience fields of brightly colored tulips.

Which is the best Tulip Festival? ›

21 March - 12 May: Tulip Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tulip Festival traditionally is the start of spring in The Netherlands. Millions of spring flowers, like tulips, show their brilliant colours to visitors from all over the world.

What is the most famous tulip? ›

Today's #TulipFact: The most famous Tulip in history is, without question, the red & white "Semper Augustus" - a 'Broken Tulip' that, during Tulip Mania, sold for more than a house. It seems strange to declare a single flower above the rest.

Where is the largest tulip farm in the US? ›

Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington is home to tens of millions of tulips. Evie Carrick is a writer and editor who's lived in five countries and visited well over 50.

Is there a Tulip Festival in the USA? ›

The Tulip Festival of Albany, New York is set in Albany's historic Washington Park. Each year, this traditional Albany event greets spring with thousands of tulips blooming in a myriad of colors and varieties.

Where is the most famous place for tulips? ›

Every year, enormous festivals are held around the world to celebrate tulips in bloom. The magnificent display at the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland is perhaps the most famous, but there are also wonderful festivals held each spring in Turkey, Canada, India, the United States, and more.

Where are the most beautiful tulips in the world? ›

Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is among the largest flower gardens in the world, situated in Lisse, the Netherlands. The garden hsts an incredible collection of tulips. This garden is spread over an area of 79 acres and remains open to tourists from March till May.

What is the best tulip flower? ›

Tulip varieties that are the most reliable perennial bloomers are: Darwin Hybrids, Emperor, and the lovely wildflower type tulips; Greigii and Kaufmanniana. Tulips can be planted for many effects. Formally, they can edge a path, entry, or driveway with almost military precision.

Which tulip farm is the best? ›

Keukenhof. Known as “The most beautiful spring garden in the world,” the Keukenhof holds more than 800 varieties of tulips and 7 million bulbs.

What is the rarest color of tulips? ›

They can be grown in practically any colour, from snowy white to purples so dark they are almost black. The only colour tulips aren't available in is blue. Blue is one of the rarest colours in flowers, and despite breeders' best efforts, 'blue' tulips are usually more purple or lilac.

What is the rarest tulip? ›

Of these, the Semper Augustus became the most famous, in part because it was most scarce: at one point, only 12 bulbs of the flower were said to exist.

What is the most expensive tulip flower? ›

This rare bulb was a Semper Augustus tulip and in January 1637 its price reached 10,000 guilders. As Mike Dash, the author of “Tulipomania” puts it, it was “sufficient to purchase one of the grandest homes on the most fashionable canal in Amsterdam, complete with a coach house and an 80-ft (25-m) garden”.

Which country is full of tulips? ›

It's no secret that The Netherlands is home to the best tulip gardens in the world. During spring, usually from March to May, flower fields bloom with a variety of colorful tulips. It's the quintessential flower of the Netherlands, splashing vibrant colors as it brightens gardens, flower shops, and greenhouses.

How long do tulips last? ›

Different tulip varieties have different bloom durations: Early Blooming Tulips: These often last for about a week or slightly more. Mid-Season Tulips: They can last up to two weeks if the weather is favorable. Late Blooming Tulips: Some late bloomers are known to last up to three weeks or more.

Which state is famous for tulip garden? ›

Tulip Garden | District Srinagar, Government of Jammu and Kashmir | India.

Where are tulip fields in the US? ›

Waltz through acres of red, pink, yellow, purple and orange tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in upstate Washington. The valley, about an hour north of downtown Seattle, has the largest tulip fields in North America and the festival is massive with more than 350 acres of tulips.

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