Located on the historic Snake Den Farm in Johnston, RI, Wicked Tulips Flower Farm has only been open for two seasons but is already so wildly popular that their tickets sell out regularly. The farm just opened up for the season last week and their smaller field is in full bloom.
I wanted to make sure I posted about my trip right away since their season is so short. Hopefully some of you local readers can make the trip.
Prepare for tulip photo overload (it’s so beautiful, I couldn’t help but take a million pictures) and some tips if you plan to visit.
Admission is $5.00 for adults, kids over age three are $3.00, kids under age three are free, and then tulips are $1/each. It is strongly recommended you purchase your tickets online in advance to ensure you can get in. The fields open at 10am – when we arrived at 10:30am on a Thursday morning there were already a few hundred people there! Despite the numbers it didn’t feel crowded and there was plenty of room for all to pick and take photos.
If you want to take photos before everyone arrives, they sell sunrise admission as well. Strollers are welcome as long as they stay along the perimeter of the farm and not in the rows of tulips.
The flowers are gorgeous and come in every color you can imagine. There is a “show garden” that identifies all the different types if you want to make a picking plan. Or you can throw caution to to the wind and mix them all together like me. 🙂 Picking the tulips was super easy, just a gentle tug and no clippers necessary. Wicked Tulips provides buckets for picking, but they recommend having a bucket with water in your car for the drive home. There is a wrapping station (free) to bundle up your flowers in paper before you leave.
We stayed for about three hours and honestly could have stayed for even longer (darn you naptime). There are picnic tables scattered all around the farm and you are invited to BYOP – bring your own picnic. I’d recommend bringing wet wipes if you have a little one with you.
Everyone we met on staff at Wicked Tulips Flower Farm was SO nice and friendly – facilitating parking, directions, flower wrapping, etc. They also do a great job of providing info on their website, and daily updates on their Facebook page.
According to their website their blooms typically last 5-6 weeks. Since they just opened last week they should be open until the end of May. Make sure to check their website before you visit though!
As it had been raining for several days I wore my rainboots but the fields weren’t too muddy. My toddler did manage to find the mud though! And of course I had to pull out her tulip jeans! When in Rome.
I have a sentimental attachment to tulips. My Mom grew up in Pella, Iowa, one of the sister cities to Holland, Amsterdam, and they host an enormous Tulip Time festival every spring. When I was little we used to visit my grandparents during it and we would dress up it historical Dutch costumes, wash the streets with brooms in the parade, and admire the thousands and thousands of tulips all over town.
If you can swing it I highly recommend visiting Wicked Tulips Flower Farm. 🙂
Sidenote: I’ve followed quite a number of bloggers throughout the years and bumped into Carly of The College Prepster, Sarah Vickers of Classy Girls Wear Pearls, and Kiel and team from Kiel James Patrick while I was at the farm. They always share the best photos and it was really fun to watch their photo shoot in action. After awkwardly introducing myself, they were very friendly too! I’ve met a few bloggers “in the wild” over the years and it’s always fun to actually meet them. I can never decide if it’s creepier to walk up and just introduce yourself, or know who they are and NOT say hi and tell them that you follow them. But then, if any of you came up to say “hello” I’d definitely love to meet you!
Now I’m off to enjoy these beauties at home!