The annual opening of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest is a guaranteed sign that spring has sprung in Portland and beyond. For a limited time each year, this luscious tulip farm in Woodburn invites one and all to frolic in the fields (hello, photo ops!) and play at their flower-themed festival. Scroll down to get ready to celebrate springtime, big time.

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What’s Happening
From Mar. 24–Apr. 30, the farm is open to the public to visit between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Visitors can walk through stunning field filled with several varieties of tulips, each more magnificent than the last. After a mosey through the rainbow-colored blooms, visitors can enjoy a variety of festival activities, purchase lunch from a handful of food stands, shop at the tulip market and pick up a keepsake at the gift shop.

What to Bring
While your phone’s camera will suffice in most situations, you’ll want to take the best possible pictures while at the farm, especially if your kiddos are frolicking through the fields (and how could they resist?). So if you have a good camera, bring it. Boots are necessary if it has recently rained, so you may just want to bring some with you and check out the field conditions when you arrive. The same goes for extra clothes since the farm could be muddy and the rubber ducky races can leave everyone a bit soggy. Finally, the farm is dog-friendly but your four-legged family member must be on a leash. So bring the dog and a few towels for cleaning wet paws.

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How to Travel
If you have a baby in your crew, a front carrier or hiking backpack is a great idea. The farm covers 40 acres and there will be quite a bit of walking involved. If you are partial to a stroller instead, the event is stroller-friendly but the terrain is a bit bumpy and could be muddy, so jogging strollers with larger utility wheels will do best. The bonus to bringing a stroller is having a place for those extra boots, changes of clothes and other gear. Restrooms are available but they’re port-a-potties so plan ahead if needed.

What to Do
Ride the cow train (but do it before eating; it’s a bumpy ride). Take plenty of photos in the wooden cutouts and giant wooden shoes. Visit the workshop where wooden shoe makers will demonstrate how the traditional shoes are carved. Shop in the tulip market for keepsakes, cut flowers and potted bulbs to take home. Pick up a gorgeous bouquet to deliver to the next person you see when you get home (because how often do you get freshly-cut tulips from an actual tulip farm?). Finally, have a seat at the picnic tables and order lunch from the Mt. Angel Sausage Company food stand, which has pub-style grub (think sausages, soft pretzels, hot dogs and kettle corn). Arriving in the morning instead? Locate the coffee cart inside the wine tasting room!

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When to Go
Go on a weekday if you can. If you work full-time or your kids are in school it might be hard to get to the Tulip Fest during the week, but the farm is open until 6 p.m. (and you can eat dinner from the market there). Although some add-ons like the craft fair and pony rides aren’t available during the week, you’ll feel like you have the run of the place and won’t have to compete with other families during the handful of sunny weekend days.

Hours
Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mar. 24-Apr. 30

Admission fees
$5/person (13 and older), $20 per car maximum
Additional fees required for train rides and jump tents (weekends only).

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S Meridian Rd.
Woodburn, Or
503-634-2243

Online: woodenshoe.com

What is your family’s favorite part of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest? Share with us in the comments below!

–Marianne Walters

Photo credit: Marianne Walters