Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Once again, it is spring. And in Oregon, that means tulips are blooming all around, especially out at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm at 33814 S. Meridian Rd. in Woodburn, OR. Out at the tulip farm - just a 30-minute drive south of downtown Portland - you will find 40 stunning acres of tulips of every variety and all sorts of colors.
Each year, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm hosts their annual Tulip Fest. This year, Tulip Fest will start March 28th and go through May 4th. Each day, the festival will go from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival is fun for the whole family, including your dog.
Be sure to bring cash. Admission for 2014 will be $10 cash per car. This prices covers the entry fee for everyone in the car. Some activities will require an additional fee. There will also be authentic Mexican food and Dutch sausages provided by Mt. Angel Sausage Company available for purchase.
Also, remember to bring your camera, because at the fest, you can walk through the magnificent tulip fields, which happen to be a great place to take photos. There will be row after row of every type of tulip there is. There is always a windmill somewhere in the tulip fields, which also creates a nice, unique photo opportunity.
Children's play area at the Tulip Fest — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
If you have kids with you, they will enjoy playing in the children's area. Here they can swing, slide, climb and race ducks using water pumps. For $2, kids can ride in the cow train.
On the weekends, there is even more fun to be had. Weekend things to do include vendors selling arts and crafts, wine tastings and more food options. There are more kid activities on the weekends, as well. For an extra fee, kids can use the rock climbing wall, zip line, ride a pony or play in a bounce house.
For the first time, Tulip Fest will even offer archery tag for $5.00 per person. This is a 10-minute game of dodge ball with blunted bows and arrows. Also for the first time, there will be paint ball shoot for $5.00 per person. You can climb onto their paint ball shooter and paint the tulips; there are 50 paint balls included in price.
Be sure to check out the gift shop, which is open during festival hours. They have lots of cute items as well as tulip bulbs for sale.
Remember: if it just rained or might rain, wear your rain boots. If you do not have rain boots, wear some shoes that can get muddy just in case.