Looking for something to do in spring? Try the Tulip Festival in Portland, Oregon!
Spring is here!
For local Portlanders, it is always a looong wait for spring. Winter weather consists of nothing but gray skies and rain, rain, rain. Come spring, it’s a good time to visit the tulip fields for a splash of color.
Many years ago, when we lived in San Diego, we visited the flower fields in Carlsbad, California where they grow field upon field of gorgeous ranunculus. We had heard about the tulip festival in Portland since we moved here in 2014. At last, we finally made it to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm!
Annual Tulip Festival
The Portland Tulip Festival happens every year in spring and generally goes from mid-March to early May.
We bit the bullet and decided to go in April, which started out as a rather gray and gloomy day. It’d been raining through the week, so we weren’t sure how it would turn out.
We also realized after we’d left that it was Easter! When it dawned on us, we kinda looked at each other like…uh-oh–what did we get ourselves into? It worked out just fine, though.
Be Prepared for Traffic
The tulip fields are actually in Woodburn which is about a 30-minute drive south of downtown Portland. We were a little surprised when we pulled up behind a long line of cars waiting to get in and that there were other long lines of cars coming from other directions. It was kind of like getting into the parking lot of Disneyland.
We had commented that it must be a real pain to live along any of those roads at this time of year. You can’t just come and go as you please, so it must be a bit frustrating for the neighbors.
Anyway, as long as you’re not in a hurry, it’s not too bad. They have a good system for parking with lots of helpers directing the flow of traffic.
Portland Tulip Festival Operating Hours & Admission
During the festival, the farm is normally open seven days a week.
Admission prices vary, and during these COVID times it’s important to check the Wooden Shoe website to see the most up-to-date information and what makes sense for you.
The tulip fields are vast, and you have access to all of them, so allow yourself plenty of time to walk around and enjoy it.
Hot Tip: Wear footwear suitable for trekking around in mud!
Nestled amongst the colorful blossoms is a great place for photos. You want a bright yellow background? They’ve got that. Pink? Check. Salmon? Yup. Pure white? Got that too. It’s an Instagrammer’s paradise.
There were lots of little girls posing in their pretty Easter dresses, families, couples, dogs–all getting their pictures taken.
There is quite a lot going on at the farm besides a colorful array of tulips.
There are hot air balloons, a tram, cow train, hay wagon, and tractors. They even have a wooden shoe making demonstration on the weekends.
If you get hungry, food vendors are available. You can even taste some of the estate-grown boutique wine from Wooden Shoe Vineyards. We really liked their sparkling blush moscato.
If you’re in the mood to shop, you can buy beautiful bundles of fresh cut tulips to take home for $5 a bunch. Although we didn’t go in, there is a gift shop too, and of course you can order tulip bulbs for your own garden.
Places to Stay Near the Tulip Festival
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A Good Start to Spring
We had a good time at the tulip fields, and it was a great way to welcome spring. We even got some sun!
For a list of other flower festivals in Oregon, here is a nice article from Travel Oregon.
If you love spring blooms, read about my trip to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens.
Want to read about a yoga festival I visited? Click here.
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