Tulip Season: Our Favorite Family Spring Activity


One of my favorite things to do in Portland each spring is go to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. It’s simply breathtaking! The vibrant colors that go on for acres are just stunning. I could sit for hours on a blue sky day with the majestic Mt. Hood in the distance, and just take it all in. But, I take my kids so that doesn’t happen! 


The farm is open this year March 24th-April 30th. You can go online to get pictures and updates on the status of the field so you know exactly what to expect before driving out there.

Even on a gray day those vibrant colors are enough to make you feel like the sun is shining. It does cost to get into the farm but all the things there are to do inside is always worth the price and the long drive to get there! Not only is a trip to the tulip farm good for the soul after a long, cold, dreary winter (and this winter has been especially long) it’s really fun. They have many activities for the kids to do, both free and those that cost.

Here are our family’s favorite things to do there: 

Free Activities 

  • Running through the fields tulip
  • Riding the little pink tractor
  • Seeing the big steam tractors
  • Duck Water Races
  • Sandboxes with trucks
  • Playing in the hay bales
  • Horse tire swing
  • Slide
  • Hay ride 
  • Photo booths 

Activities for a Small Fee 

  • Cow train
  • Tour train
  • Hot air balloon rides 
  • Pony rides
  • Bounce houses
  • Bungy jumper
  • Rock wall
  • Zip line
  • Archery tag
  • On-site food, coffee, and wine vendors

This place is a photographer’s dream, and they even have a photography contest if you want to take part. I always take family pictures while we’re there because it’s just a really great spot for it. I’ve watched my babies grow up among the tulips. Their growth is easily charted each year by how much taller than the tulips they get. 

I absolutely LOVE this place and can’t imagine missing our annual trip to the glorious fields. It’s a great way to kick off spring and is just the beginning of amazing blooms that happen all around the city. 

Want to add some color to your own backyard? Check out this post for the best flowers to plant!

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Jody grew up in a small town in Central Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University, traveled to Africa for three months and, upon returning, moved to Montana to be near her then fiancé. They lived in Bozeman, Montana for nine years working on the Montana State campus in full-time ministry. They now have lived in SE Portland for nearly eight years and work part-time with the same faith-based non-profit. She is also now a business owner and helps others find health and happiness through Plexus. She has been married for 16 years and they have two beautiful kids. Their 11 year-old daughter is a miracle biological child after years of infertility, and their son 7 is a miracle child through the gift of adoption. Jody loves living in beautiful Portland where flowers are always in bloom and there is always an adventure around the corner to be had. She loves Jesus, coffee, a good book, deep conversation with people she loves, being intentional to love those around her, hosting events in their backyard, sausage, beer, traveling, and being a wife and mom. The beach is her happy place. She also blogs occasionally at jodymccomas.com about motherhood and ministry.