Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013 Plan Your Trip

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Planning Guide

Plan Your Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Trip!

We know what it’s like when you’re planning a trip – there is so much to figure out! We’ve made it easy for you to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this year; we’ve done a lot of the research for you so you’ll have most of the information you need right at your fingertips.

skagit_valley_tulip_festival_plan_tripWhether you’re looking for lodging accommodations, deciding where to eat,  putting together an afternoon of shopping or making plans to visit our 3 nationally-recognized museums while taking in the tulips, you’ll find what you need below for a perfect Skagit Valley Tulip Festival trip.  You will also soon discover why La Conner is one of the best getaway destinations in Washington state before, during and after the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

To start, let’s get you acquainted with La Conner and how to get around. Getting to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is easy as we are located between Seattle and Vancouver BC.  Granted, we’re not very big, but having a La Conner map  along with your Skagit Valley Tulip Festival bloom map to get your bearings is always helpful.

Now that you know a bit more about us and the tulips, let’s get you started on the fun side of La Conner and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival LODGING

We know what it’s like when you’re looking for lodging accommodations and you’re just not sure where to stay during the tulip festival– especially if you’re planning a getaway to a new destination community like La Conner. We’re extremely proud of our lodging establishments – they are absolute experts at making your stay extra special. They know that when you find the time to take a trip, you want to be well taken care of during your visit, and they’ll make sure that happens. From quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns and Lodging, to our historically significant hotel, our condos and our rental homes, we have a wide variety of lodging options to choose from in the heart of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival SHOPPING

There’s a reason why La Conner is one of Washington State’s most-loved getaways  … and much of it has to do with our retail corridor on both Morris and First Streets. You’ll find an amazing array of specialty shops … most of which have a long list of regular customers who come back again and again to see what’s new, to indulge themselves a little, or to buy gifts for their families and friends. From fine art to fine arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind clothing, woodworking, home décor, collectibles  personal care products, stunning antiques, gorgeous jewelry and Italian pottery, our shopkeepers work hard to bring you items that you’ll not find in any mall, or any big-box store…..and of course…plenty of official Skagit Valley Tulip Festival gifts and freshly cut tulips.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival FOOD & DRINK

You probably know that La Conner is a wonderful community to visit – and you may know that our shopping opportunities and museums are top-notch. But … did you know that in La Conner you can get a fabulous meal that rivals what you’d find in the city? Our restaurants serve the freshest of local ingredients – from seafood to produce to organic meats, cheeses and breads – turning what could be a good meal into a great meal! Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, a delicious pastry and latte, lunch for the family or a romantic dinner for two during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, you’ll find wonderful options in La Conner.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ART, HISTORY & CULTURE

It goes without saying that La Conner is a historically significant town in Washington State history – our land has been inhabited by several Native American tribes for thousands of years and the town of La Conner was established in the mid-1800’s. Many of our buildings and residential homes are original; having been lovingly restored over the years, today they are often photographed by Skagit Valley Tulip Festival visitors who love their charm and appeal. We’re also well-respected as an artistically significant town as well; in the mid-1930’s Morris Graves and Guy Anderson first established themselves as artists-in-residence, to be joined later by artists such as Richard Gilkey, and Barbara and Clayton James. We’re home to three significant museums and their ongoing exhibits – The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum. The La Conner Institute of Performing arts brings in amazing musicians every year, and the Swinomish people are experiencing a revitalization of the cultural traditions, exemplified by the Cedar Hat Pavilions across the channel.  Be sure to plan on visiting the museums during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Skagit_Valley_Tulip_Festival_Planning_GuideSkagit Valley Tulip Festival Events & Exhibits

Throughout our website you’ll find all kinds of information – our 101 Things To Do list, along with our detailed and up-to-date calendar of events and our Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Blog will give you lots of ideas for interesting and fun things to do while you’re here for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival … you can also stop by our Visitor Information Center at 511 Morris Street and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers.  We will have plenty of Tulip Festival maps for you along with the latest on the tulip bloom updates.

Got a question before you visit the tulip festival? Give us a call at 360-466-4778 or 888-642-9284.

 

102 replies
  1. YG says:

    Hello!
    We are planning to visit this Saturday and wondering how should we pay the admission fee? Should we just pay at the entrance of tulip town and Roozengaarde? We will be driving.

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The best thing would be for you to visit Tulip Town – they have an indoor display garden that is paved and easy for your walker, if you do plan on going out into the fields you will need weatherproof shoes and be aware that the ground is unstable and not walker friendly…

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  2. Manju says:

    Hello,
    We are from bellevue. We have no car. So how we can reach there? My kid is only 2 year old. Please suggest a convineant way to reach the tulip garden.

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  3. Tammy says:

    Hi, we are planning a trip to the tulip festival this Saturday. I wondering about parking? Do we park by the fields in bloom or is there designated parking and we walk to the fields? Is there parking at roozegaarden?

    Thank you
    Tammy

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    • Love La Conner says:

      Both Roozengaarde and Tulip Town have parking lots and it costs $7.00 pp to enter either display garden.
      If you park at Roozen, I believe you then have authority to park at the field lots (there are a few). The Tulips are in full bloom and it will be a beautiful weekend!

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  4. Melissa says:

    What is the blooming timeline projected for this year? Will it be another early bloom? We are planning to visit over Easter weekend and am hoping there are still lots of tulips.

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    • Love La Conner says:

      Due to our cold winter the blooms have not appeared yet. The Bloom Map icons will show color when that field is blooming. We hope to see color by this weekend but it just depends on mother nature!

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  5. audrey knutson says:

    I would like to know what your weather is like the last two weeks of march and the month of april. Planning a trip there for the tulip festival. Is it wise to plan for the tulips at the beginning of april cuz we also want to see the whales and would do that after the tulips.
    also is there a list of condos or vacation rentals that you can send me?

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  6. nedaa says:

    hey
    I am coming to on MAY 24 th from baltimore. I wonder if tulip IS STILL bloom because I am gonna plan my trip accordingly and prepare to book hotel in Skating valley

    THANKS

    NEDAA

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The Daffodil and Tulip Blooms are done for this season, typically the bloom’s are peak in March and April.
      Skagit Valley is still an amazing place to visit – La Conner is a quaint waterfront town with unique boutiques, dining, wine tasting, art galleries, museums and more!

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  7. Khuram Javed Awan says:

    When does the Tulip Festival usually start? I am just wondering that I’m planing to come in May 2016 is the festival still be going?
    Will wait for your kind response.

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The Tulip Festival typically runs the month of April but this year they bloomed early. The tulips have been topped for the season. You can check with Roozengaarde Display Garden they may have Iris blooming at that time. There # is 360.424.8531

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  8. Joseph S says:

    I am Visiting on April 29th. Will the Roozengaarde’s display garden have Tulips or will it be gone by then? how big is the display garden?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      Roozengaarde is open all year round’ but by the 29th of this month I’m not sure how the display garden will look. It has been very warm and the field tulips have been topped by now.
      The display garden is just over 3 acres, you can reach them directly at 360.424.8531

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The fields tulips have been topped and Tulip Town has closed for the season, Roozengaarde may still have blooms by then. Just call our visitor center 360.466.4778 before you head up!

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  9. Rajesh says:

    I just read that the festival is ending early this year on 17th April. I had actually planned a trip from Texas to be there on 18th April. Would the tulips from the fields be gone on 18th April and should I plan for some other activity in the area or do I have a chance to view tulip fields on 18th ?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The display garden at Roozengaarde will still be open and is your best chance to see tulips, there are other great activities in La Conner such as: shopping, dining, our waterfront boardwalk, art galleries, wine tasting and more!

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  10. Kalina Bevelhimer says:

    I want to visit the tulip festival, but the only day I can really go during the week is a Saturday because of school and church on Sundays, and the only Saturday I can go at this point is April 30th, which I know is the last day… Will it be too late by then for my friends and I to see the tulips in bloom? How long do they usually last?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The field tulips will be gone by April 30th but I encourage you to visit one of the display gardens: Roozengaarde or Tulip Town.
      The best thing would be to call us the week of your planned visit and we can give you the most up to date information. Thanks!

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  11. Spanda says:

    Last year we visited on April 26th and the tulips were topped-off by then since it was an early bloom last year. We enjoyed the display garden and took some pictures. This year we are planning to come there on April 15th. Do you think it will be too late this year too?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      Depends, Are you talking about the Tulip Festival or La Conner itself?
      Both display gardens: Roozengaarde and Tulip Town open at 9am during the festival, most shops in La Conner open about 10am (including the visitor center MON-FRI 10-4, SAT&SUN Noon-3)

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  12. Larisa Moore says:

    I would love to bring my mother to see the tulips, but she uses a walker and can’t walk very far. What would our best choices be? Are there any places that rent wheelchairs for the elderly?

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  13. Jayita says:

    We are planning to go on April 8. Is it a good time to see the fields bloom with colours? Or are we late? We are a bit concerned since this year its an early bloom.

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  14. Kenneth Chung says:

    We are from vancouver, BC. I was wondering if we came March Easter long weekend (March 26/27) if there will be any tulips to be seen or is it too early?

    Thanks

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  15. catalina says:

    I’m planning for a trip this year and was wondering, the dates say Apr 1 – 30 and I’d be planning to go the 29th, if the tulips bloom early will they still be in nice condition to see towards the end of the month? Will The skagit festival still open?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The Tulip Festival officially runs the entire month of April w. events and activities.
      Based on our weather, I will assume the peak tulip bloom will be the first 2 weeks of April but mother nature has the ultimate decision.
      Please keep track of the fields with the Bloom Map: http://www.tulips.com/bloommap
      There are also 2 display gardens; Tulip Town and Roozengaarde and they should have nice displays throughout the entire festival.
      Thank you

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  16. Andy says:

    Hi, is it too late to visit the fields? I will be able to make it out there only on the 24th of April. Wondering if the blooms will still hold out, or if it’ll be too late? Thanks!

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    • skagitmarketing says:

      The tulips bloomed about 3 weeks early this year, so the fields have already been topped this year. There is one display garden left at Roozengaarde (www.tulips.com). Please stop by La Conner on your visit, our boardwalk is completed and the town has so much to offer!

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    • skagitmarketing says:

      The tulip fields bloomed so early and they have been topped for this year. There is a display garden to view at RoozenGaarde. Unfortunately dogs weren’t allowed in the fields and aren’t allowed at the display garden.

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  17. Eric says:

    Wondering how the blooms are holding out? Sounds like I may have waited a bit too late to come up this year? How are things up there?

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  18. Justine says:

    I would like to take my grandmother to see the tulip fields but she is not able to walk very far. What would be the best place to see the tulips? Is there a driving route?

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    • skagitmarketing says:

      You can walk through the display gardens at Tulip Town and Roozengaarde but not in the fields themselves.

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The tulips always depend on the weather, so predicting the best time can sometimes be difficult. Usually the second or third week of April is a great time to visit, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs the entire month of April.

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      • Robin Catherall says:

        Hi I’m interested in attending the Tulip Festival in 2015, yet I don’t see anything on-line with details about this event. I understand it occurs during the entire month of April, but do you have any information (website??) regarding the events planned for 2015? With 5 months to go it would be nice to begin preparations.

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  19. kendall says:

    Hi, I was looking forward to visiting the festival this year to see the tulips, I know it ends the end of April but I’m hearing some of the flowers might be cut soon, what days would you recommend also factoring the weather?

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  20. Shadlee says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning to come down and do a day trip this coming Wednesday to view the tulip fields. I’m coming down from Vancouver BC. Can you please tell me the easiest bus route to the location? thnaks.

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  21. Lynette says:

    We are planning to visit the tulip fields this Saturday. I understand that there can be a lot of traffic getting to and from the fields. is it possible to ride our bikes and are there bike paths along the fields? thank you.

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    • Love La Conner says:

      The tulip fields are very bike friendly, there aren’t any official bike paths but many bicyclists ride through the area. You could park in La Conner and bike!
      we have Skagit County bike maps at our visitor center – 511 Morris St.

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  22. del says:

    Do you think we are allowed to bring your tulip bulbs back Canada? I plan to buy some during my visit there. Thanks!

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  23. Mindy says:

    I’m thinking of flying my father out to see the tulips but he wouldn’t be able to come until April 26th. Do you think some tulips would still be in bloom? And would it still be worth a plane ticket?
    Thanks so much!!!

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  24. Nancy Myers says:

    We’re driving over on a Saturday from the Seattle area. Are there any tips for avoiding long lines and traffic congestion?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      I believe that if the weather is nice it will be hard to avoid traffic but there are 3 ways to get to the tulips:
      Conway (Exit 221) head West on the Conway-Fir Island Rd, follow the tulip route signs
      Mount Vernon at Kincaid St (exit 226), take Hwy 536, follow tulip route signs
      Anacortes Exit to Hwy 20 (exit 230), follow tulip route signs
      Enjoy your trip to the Skagit Valley!

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  25. Bonny says:

    We have loved the tulip fields for years. We now take care of my elderly mother-in-law. Are any display gardens “wheelchair friendly/accessible”?

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    • Love La Conner says:

      Roozengaarde’s display garden is gravel & grass – it is wheelchair accessible but better for a chair with wide wheels. Tulip Town has an outdoor and indoor display garden and looks to be accessible too. Enjoy your visit!

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  26. Kelsey Rodriguez says:

    Hi,

    I have 2 young children (ages 3 and 1.) Is the tulip festival kid friendly? Are there activities or events for children?

    Thanks,
    Kelsey

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  27. Love La Conner says:

    Aloha to you! The tulips bloom in April. In March you will be able to see the daffodil fields. Use the link to the “bloom map” in the post above to see what is blooming as it gets closer to the date. Thank you!

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  28. Sheri says:

    Aloha,
    We will be in Washington in March, and my daughter wants to see the Tulip farms, We will drive up there on March 22. Will there be any Tulips to see yet. I hope so. let me know.
    Thanks,
    Sheri

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  29. skagitmarketing says:

    Kim – Tulip Festival events start on the first of April. However, check the Bloom Map (link above) to see exactly when and what is blooming in regards to tulips. The daffodils are also beautiful and bloom in March.

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    • Love La Conner says:

      Hi Kimberly,

      That’s a great question! The Tulip Festival is officially the entire month of April. Check back often for information about the best viewing times. Thanks for asking.

      -LoveLaConner-

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