The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has been on my Seattle bucket list since I saw photos last year. Fields of tulips for miles and miles and it is truly magical. The festival is designed as a driving tour and the fields are scattered throughout the beautiful Skagit Valley just about an hour north of Seattle. Since I didn’t take maternity photos with Logan, I wanted to take some in the fields this year. I just needed this baby not to come early since tulip season is dependent on how long the cold weather hangs around and the blooming season is short lived. We had a colder winter so I knew the tulips were going to bloom later this year. I am happy to say, I made it. Today is my due date and Mason is still keeping us in suspense.
There are two main display gardens: Tulip Town and Roozengarde. Both charge $7 for admission, have free parking and open at 9am. Per advice from Northwest Healthy Mama, we opted for Roozengarde. I would highly recommend it. They offer up-to-date bloom maps here. If you are able to go on a weekday, the fields are less crowded but can still have quite the crowd. We arrived when they opened right at 9am and were surprised by how many people were already there. The display gardens in the front were beautiful photo opps. If you want photos there, take them early because the crowds near the entrance make it impossible to get photos without others in them as time passes. Don’t forget to wear your rain boots! It hadn’t rained for several days before we went and the fields were still muddy. Be prepared to hike a little out to the fields but strollers are fine to take out. Just be prepared to deal with some mud cleanup.:)
We were able to use our credit card for admission but everything I read said to take cash. My advice is to have cash in case you need it. The tulip fields are kid friendly but be sure to bring an extra pair of clothes for muddy kids. While they had snacks for sale at Roozengarde, there is always the quaint waterfront town of LaConner close by with plenty of eating options.
I think this might be a new annual family tradition! I want to send an extra thanks to Molly for taking all these amazing photos, Ryan for being our boomerang go-to and my parents for bringing their RV for wardrobe changes and a lunch spot.
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Thanks to PinkBlush for the gorgeous fuchsia maternity gown!