Tulip festivals are a not to miss event for the spring. Full of colors, beauty and bloom, it’s a breathtaking experience for all ages. Here are some tips for your trip to tulip festival and pictures for you all to enjoy,
- Time Your Visit – Tulips come in bloom for a short window of time and tulip festivals usually last around a month. Be mindful that those little flowers do not look same throughout the month! Most of the buds will turn into open flowers by the middle of the festival length, and some will be dead. The ratio of buds, open flowers, and spent blooms will go south towards the end of the season. Check the websites or call the field you want to visit and inquire about official dates. Plan accordingly.
- Dress in layers – Tulips grow in mild climate of spring and as we all know spring can be quite unpredictable at times. Dress to tackle whatever nature throws your way – wind, rain or sunshine!
- Proper Foot wears – If you have never seen a tulip field imagine raised planting row mounds with narrow waterways, full of muddy water in middle. Of course the mud will be around the end of the rows too, where you will be walking. Rain boots might be a good idea or any other pair of shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. Let the high heels rest for the day.
- Wear bright colors – For people who like getting their pictures clicked, make sure you don’t look pale in front of those millions of brightly colored devils! 🙂
- Beat the crowd – Plan to reach the fields as early as possible for two reasons, First, traffic and parking will eat up better half of your visit if you arrive as same time as others. Second, you will have a much better experience enjoying the fields, strolling among the rows and taking in the marvelous fragrance and views when there is no one pulling their selfie stick and making faces! (or at least fewer of those).
- Walk the walk – The first row looks so damn awesome that you just stop there for taking in the beauty that lies ahead. Don’t stop yet! Walk half the length of the field or at least couple of rows. This way you will be well spaced with other visitors and the panoramic views with colorful rows expanding in both directions is much better then standing at the corner. And don’t worry about missing anything, most probably you will be walking back through all of the rows again, giving you the opportunity to savor each and every color of the bloom.
Hope you enjoy your tulip festival visit. Don’t forget to share your tulip festival experiences, I will be looking forward to read your comments 🙂
I had the opportunity to visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington last weekend. Witnessing the unparalleled beauty of rows and rows of brilliantly colored tulips was a breathtaking experience. Now, some pictures from my visit.