Editor’s note: Due to February’s cold weather, tulips are blooming later than usual this year; the farm predicts blooms to arrive the second week of April. (All other festival activities are still going on as scheduled.)
Portland’s cherry blossoms are impressive, but an even more colorful burst of flowers appears every spring just 32 miles (51 km) south of the city in Woodburn. There, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival blossoms each spring, and thousands come to see acres upon acres of tulips in full bloom. The family-friendly festival returns March 23–April 29, 2019.
The owners of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm have expanded beyond the flowers, gift shop and café to feature family fun in the form of a kids’ area complete with a cow train for rides through the fields, rubber ducky races and pony rides. Gardeners enjoy ordering bulbs for fall planting, and even the most amateur of photographers can capture amazing photos – you just can’t go wrong when you get 40 acres of tulips, a windmill and Mount Hood in the frame.
Daily field reports complete with photos highlight conditions (muddy or dry) and bloom updates (early to full bloom).
Insider tip: If you have time, make it a day trip and head to nearby Silver Falls State Park, the Oregon Garden or the Aurora National Historical District, which features antique shops and an architectural salvage shop.