There’s something special about gazing upon a multi-colored field of tulips, and then watching a frantic volunteer plead for a toddler to stop his rampage through said colorful field. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival officially runs from April 1st-April 30th and my wife and I ventured to Tulip Town (yes, there is an actual place called Tulip Town that we payed to get into) to check it out. There will be pictures at the bottom of this post.
First and foremost let me warn you: its packed. People come from around the world to check out the tulip festival and the small area near Mount Vernon where the main fields are located is ill-equipped to handle the high volume of traffic. Get there early (or at least don’t leave seattle at noon to get there like we did) to avoid the crowds and retain some of your sanity that may be lost dealing with traffic.
Also know that if you type in “Skagit Valley Tulip Festival” into your GPS it will take you to an office for those who officially run the festival, not to the areas with flowers themselves. Follow this map which outlines the main areas to see flowers. In order to get inside of areas like Tulip Town (still can’t take myself seriously as I type that) and Roozen Gaarde (yup,thats also a place) you’ll have to fork out some cash. Tulip Town is $6 per person. If you forget your cash don’t worry, there are atms (at least there are in Tulip Town, we didn’t actually go into Roozen Gaarde). Honestly, just get on I-5 North, take exit 230, go left and drive till you see pretty colors.
Oh man the colors. Seriously, Josephs technicolor dream coat has nothing on these bright blooming fields. Even if you are skeptical of driving a few hours to see pretty flowers, I promise this is worth your time. That being said, more often than not one gender may enjoy this experience more than the other, so fellas suck it up and ladies be appreciative your man even came along.
Even better than the giant colorful flowers is the people watching. A hodgepodge of different ages, cultures and ideas for how the flowers should be interacted with makes for a great time. One family vacationing from india watched and laughed as two of their kids mercilessly beat on flowers. The pummeling prompted a volunteer tasked with protecting the flowers to beg for the parents to stop their kids, which they eventually did, although the little ones didn’t understand why.
You technically aren’t allowed to walk through the rows of flowers, but that didnt stop multitudes of people waltzing to the middle of the field to take the perfect selfie. All the while another volunteer would be yelling to stay out of the rows and ignored by the selfie takers until the perfect selfie was found.
All in all beautiful scenery, people watching and the perfect excuse to get outside during April makes the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival a must see. While taking in the scenery I couldnt help but be reminded of how Jesus once talked about the flowers of the field.
Luke 6: 27-30 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
While looking out on that field full of beautifully clothed tulips, maybe take a moment to breath in deep and remember how much the creator of the universe loves you.