A Visit to Tulip Town

Spring has sprung and tulips are once again blossoming in the Skagit Valley, thus drawing in visitors ranging from families enjoying a day out together to Instagrammers hoping for a great photo op. One of the most iconic tulip farms to visit in the area is Tulip Town in Mt. Vernon. When the original owners of this deeply loved family-run farm retired after 36 years in 2019, five Skagit Valley locals stepped in and bought the farm. Despite the difficulties that last year brought, including the annual tulip festivals being canceled, the new owners have managed to keep this lovely farm thriving.

What to Do

Tulip Town boasts expansive rows of colorful blooms which provide a gorgeous backdrop for amateur and professional photographers alike. Both adults and children can enjoy tractor-pulled trolley rides where they will see the vast rows of flowers from a higher vantage point, as well as getting a little tour of the farm. Before heading home, visitors can stop by the gift shop and food hall. The café offers an assortment of elevated snacks, food and beverages, including Whidbey Island ice cream bars and specialty drinks such as Lavender Lemonade. There’s also an espresso bar, and guests who are 21 and over can enjoy the beer and wine (indoor) garden. In addition to the indoor seating, there are a few picnic tables outside, as well as a couple of lovely grassy and flowery areas to sit and enjoy your treats al fresco.

tulips in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley
windmill and tulips in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley
boards in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley
pink tulips in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley

Plan Your Visit

As the tulip festival is very popular and crowds are being limited, it is highly recommended to purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment. General admission entries allow for different time slots as follows: 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2-4 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. Tickets for ages 12+ cost $10, ages 6-11 cost $5 and children under 5 years of age may visit for free. There are special Photography Passes that allow early entry from 6-8 a.m. and on through sunset, as well as an Experience Pass which provides a mini-workshop to pick and create a bouquet to take home. You may find more details on these special passes and more on their website.

Tulip Town barn in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley
landscape in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley

Good to Know

While you may only be interested in taking photos of beautiful tulips, little ones will think the tractor trolley ride is definitely the most fun part of the visit. As lines for the trolleys can get long, be ready at the entrance as soon as your time slot starts and head straight to the trolley first or wait until nearer the end of your slot when crowds have hopefully thinned out. There will almost always be a little bit of a crowd by the flowers during more popular time slots, but don’t be discouraged because if you angle your shots properly no one has to know! Also make sure to walk all the way to the end of the tulip rows where you’ll most likely see beautiful horses by the barn. There’s a little something for everyone at this Skagit Valley gem.

field of tulips in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley
walking through pink tulip fields in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley
walking through red tulip fields in Tulip Town, Skagit Valley

Tanya Ansaldi

Tanya works in travel and hospitality PR, and her travel writing has been published in print and digital outlets both stateside and in the UK. After years of romanticizing the Pacific Northwest, she and her family now call Washington home and love being able to explore all the gorgeous upper left has to offer.


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