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Exploring the Skagit Valley Tulips and Daffodils Festival: A Complete Visitor's Guide

Updated: Mar 21

Real-time Bloom Map for Pacific Northwest flowers:

What is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State?

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place in the Skagit Valley and Mount Vernon region of Washington State; about 1-1.5 hours north of Seattle. This colorful event, held annually during the month of April, attracts visitors from all over the globe, drawn by the breathtaking beauty of acres upon acres of tulip fields in full bloom. There are a few different places you can go, but I just went to the dog-friendly one Tuliptown.

What about the Daffodils in Skagit Valley?

If you want to see the daffodils, you'll need to go slightly earlier in the season; they usually bloom in mid March. Roozengaarde farm offers both the daffodils and tulips, though tulips will be in April. You can't bring dogs to this farm, but I really love the backdrop with the mountains. It makes for a really great photoshoot!

dogs skagit valley tulip festival at Tuliptown

Planning Your Visit

Best Time to Visit: Peak bloom times vary from year to year, but usually around the month of April. The difference can change within a matter of weeks! So be sure to check instagram and their websites for recent pictures and posts on bloom.

Getting There: I did the drive twice last year with varying times. One weekend it only took about an hour and 15 minutes, but the second time it took 2.5 hours due to heavy traffic on I-5. I recommend leaving earlier in the morning or going on a weekday to avoid traffic.

Tickets and Entry: I didn't book tickets more than a day or so in advance, and sometimes on the same day. For tuliptown you can find information here. You can book them ahead for a slightly reduced cost of $15. It was about $8 for Roozengaarde for the daffodils. There are cute little shops inside and some food and beverages, so the ticket allows you entry to all of that.

What to bring: Bring lots of water, sunscreen (it was almost 70 degrees/sunny in April!), wear a cute dress, pack your camera and tripod and some extra batteries. It can be a little muddy if it has rained beforehand, so be mindful of the weather that week. They have a few photography spots where you can sit on a swing overlooking the field, we didn't want to wait in line for it though. Lastly bring your friends and enjoy the beauty! I also love bringing props: an aesthetic hat, hair clip, etc.

What about the dogs?

Tuliptown is dog-friendly, but you must keep them leashed. For both Tuliptown and Roozengaarde it was confusing whether you're allowed to walk down the aisles, with random signs saying you couldn't in certain spots. I think you just have to find the wider and prepared rows to go down. Listen to the employees and what they suggest as rules can change!

Spot the Difference - 2 week tulip bloom difference!

In April 2023, I visited TulipTown farm twice. The first was April 14th, 2023 and the second photo is from April 29th. I recommend scoping it out mid April and if the bloom isn't giving "wow" then you need to come back in a few weeks. It was an incredibly noticeable difference. The first visit I found myself questioning what was so special about them... but upon my return I was amazed!

Another Example below April, 14th vs. April 29th

What else can you do after your visit?

It's arguably a lot of driving for just a short visit, so i recommend planning something else to do nearby after! Here are some ideas:

  • Anacortes: Do what we did and make a weekend trip out of it and head to the San Juan island afterwards! Reserve your ferry spot ahead of time if you're driving.

  • Deception Pass State Park: we fit in a short hike by the shore after our first visit. We walked down to the water, less than a mile hike and we even saw some beautiful seals swimming in the water!

  • La Conner: this cute little town has some adorable local shops and restaurants to grab a bite after spending some time in the sun at the festival. There's a few antique shops in town for some neat finds and coffeeshops to refresh!


Hi! I'm Jackie and my dog is Sora. I work remote as an engineer, but I love to spend my free time in nature and by traveling to new places. I take my camera wherever I go, and sometimes my drone.

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