Spring is blooming, and so are the tulips. Did you New Jersey‘s big tulip festivals are right in this area?

Holland Ridge Farms and Dalton Farms in New Jersey host annual tulip festivals in April. At these ticketed events, you can mosey on in and pick yourself some tulips from each farm’s giant fields.

Holland Ridge Farms’ festival begins in April. They have not yet announced a start date as of March 31, 2023, but check their website and Instagram for details!

As for Dalton Farms, their start date is April 1st, 2023. It’ll run through April 23rd, so don’t miss your chance to get your flowers.

There’s more than picking flowers at these festivals. Firstly, the whole thing is wildly Instagramable. There are tons of props and photo-ops scattered through the fields for you to pose with. Secondly, these festivals involve FOOD. And it’s good food, might I add. It’s a day of fun for the whole family.

We highly recommend that you check out these stunning festivals while you can, but don’t fret too much if you miss them. Each farm also hosts their own Fall Festivals with tons of sunflowers and other beauties to pick from. But make sure you get to at least one. They’re incredible!

Here are some helpful tips to know before heading to one of New Jersey’s big tulip festivals:

  • Tickets, Tickets, Tickets!

    These events have tickets that are online-purchase only, so plan in advance. Your tickets must be purchased online at each respective website in order to be able to enter. Dalton has a walk-up option ONLY IF they haven’t run out of tickets for the day, but it’s better to be safe and go online. These are highly popular events, so don’t miss out!

  • Wear Good Shoes

    If you plan on taking loads of pictures while you’re there, it’s tempting to dress in finer clothes. Especially if you plan on taking family photos or the like in the flowers. The thing is, it’s a farm. Realistically, there will be dirt and dust, and if you don’t wear something functional, you may be left super uncomfortable. That’s not to say that you SHOULDN’T dress nice, but, keep in mind where you’re going. If you still want to wear heels or dress shoes, by all means, do it, but maybe bring a change of shoes for the car ride home.

  • Make Sure There's Space On Your Phone!

    Just to reiterate, these places are HIGHLY Instagramable. It’s almost impossible to be there and not take photos. At each farm, there are tons of photo-ops. For example, each farm has a swing that you can sit on to get a super cool action shot with the tulips. That’s all well and good, but if your phone or camera has no memory or space for photos, you’ll be stuck. So delete those overflow pics and bring a new SD card! It’ll be totally worth it.

  • Arrive Hungry

    Or thirsty. Food trucks will be there, and you won’t wanna miss out on the grub. The options change regularly, and you’ll find some unique items to eat and drink. Dalton Farms also has some wine for sale most weekends. Holland Ridge Farms, however, does not sell or permit alcohol on the premises. But there are plenty of other food and drink choices available to you. Keep that in mind when picking which festival to go to.

  • Respect The Flowers

    The whole point of the event is to pick yourself a fresh bouquet of locally grown flowers, and, of course, to take photos. The thing is, if you’ve picked the flower, you’ve bought it. Flowers are $1 per stem. That’s how they manage to keep the fields so beautiful and full throughout the season. You have to respect the work that was put in to make the festival possible. That also means no laying in the flowers for an Instagram shot. It’s not right to crush thriving tulips!

  • How To Care For Tulips

    This may be a no-brainer, considering you’re going there to grab a fresh tulip bouquet, but you’d be surprised. If you have a long car ride home, you may want to consider bringing some water along for your buds. Another pro tip I have: While it may be tempting to pick the flowers that are blooming and colorful, the best ones to pick are the ones that haven’t opened yet. If the tulip is still folded up, but you can see peeks of its color, that’s the one you want. They’ll open up and last longer in your vase at home. They have tons of signage directing you on how to pick the flowers. Here’s a helpful article on what to do with the tulips when you get home.

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