Family Guide to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

By Jadd via yelp
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If you are thrilled that spring is here, then you’ll want to celebrate with Portland’s epic 38th Annual Wooden Shoe Tulip festival! This month-and-a-half-long family-friendly event kicks off on March 18, and offers tons of exciting activities like hot air balloon and cow train rides as well as special events and activities for families to attend. Read on for your guide to this beloved spring event.

Photo by Jadd via yelp

The Festival

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest is put on by the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. This Oregon farm is home to 40 acres filled with with a variety to tulips that come in an array of stunning colors. The fields get rearranged into new patterns each year so the annual celebration never fails to stun attendees, even if they return again and again.

The tulips aren’t the only thing your crew has to look forward to. There are incredible views of mountains, nearby vineyards and onsite food, drinks and fun for the whole family to participate in. Kids love the play area, and there are hay rides and special weekend events to plan ahead for!

Week Day Activities

The festival is open all through the week. During the week days you can wander through the tulip fields, check out the four acre garden and over 100 varieties of tulips. Take the kids on a tulip train tiyr ride which consists of a leisurely, cushioned ride around the tulips with a photo stops, lasts that about 30-40 minutes. Or just let them run in the children’s play area. The play area includes fun play structures, the famous duck races and even old fashioned tire swings to catch air on.

Bonus: Crowds are smaller during the work week, so this is an ideal time to come if you have busy little ones in tow or simply don’t like negotiating space with others.

Parking: is included in the price of admission.

photo: Michael S via  yelp

Weekend Activities

The weekends bring extra fun to the fest. Your kids can watch wooden shoe making or steam tractor demonstrations or you can wander through the crafter market place and peruse the offerings from various vendors. Up the excitement with a balloon animal or let your little athletes get their energy out in the jump tents or scaling the rock wall. For adrenaline addicts there are even carnival rides. It’s easy to spend a whole weekend day playing and relaxing on the farm!

Tip: Hot air balloon rides are available on the weekends (though they are weather dependent). If you are interested in seeing the tulip fields from above, there are a number of balloonists you can call directly and book flights with. To find out more check out the festival’s Facebook page or website link.

Bites

Feel free to pack your own picnic and eat onsite with the kids. But if you’d prefer to head out the door without a ton of prep time, there’s plenty of food options available at the festival. Alotta Wood Fire Pizza  will sell you a slice, Real Mexican Food will be available and who doesn’t want something from Gimme Some Sugar? You will also find coffee and smoothies and so much more.

photo: Kevin Lu via yelp

New This Year: Wine Tasting & Tours

Whether you’re looking for a date idea or you’ve got grand parents or a friend who wants to come along and watch the kids you don’t want to miss the Tulip Fest’s wine tasting and tour opportunities. Enjoy a glass of one of the estate grown wines or a glass of local beer and cider at the vineyard or go on a wine farm tour at the scheduled ticket time. There are three different tours you can go on: The Estate Wine Tour, the Light Wine Tour, and the Red Wine Tour. They run 45 minutes to one hour and come with souvenirs. Check them out here.

Beyond the Fest

Extend your fun beyond the fest by joining one of the festival-related events. Check out the Wooden Shoe Vinyard for some wine-tasting fun. There are also a number of fun runs to check out including the Muddy Paws Fun Run and the Tulip Trail Run.

Come Prepared

Make sure you get the most out of your Tulip Fest experience by showing up prepared. Spring is wet in Oregon so bring boots and a rain coat in case you get caught in a downpour. It’s also advised to bring a dry change of cloths for the kids. If you have little ones, pack the stroller. It’s bound to come in handy. Don’t forget your camera! You will get some incredible shots no matter what the weather does.

Bring your dog! This is a dog-friendly event. Your pooch must be leashed, but he or she is bound to love the event as much as you do.

Details

Cost: $60+ for a season pass, however there are an array of pricing options for individuals and families based in carload. See the website for details.

Address: 33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, Or

Dates: Mar. 18-May. 1.

—Annette Benedetti

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