Whether you want to enjoy a lazy spring weekend or do a lovely photoshoot in nature, the Texas Tulip farm in Pilot Point, Texas is open every year once the tulip season is underway.
But when should you go? Is there really a “best” time to visit Texas Tulips? Don’t worry — we’ve done the hard work for you. Read on to learn all you need to know!
The Best Time to Visit Texas Tulips
The best time to visit Texas Tulips is probably early to mid-March. This is when the tulips have already bloomed, and you get to see them at their prettiest (not that tulips are ever anything less than pretty, but you get our point).
Also, March is a comfortable month in Pilot Point — the average temperatures vary between 66°F and 48.7°F.
And as this is the best time to visit Texas Tulips, chances are most people who plan on visiting them will likely visit in this period too. That means larger queues not only in the actual fields but on the way to the farm and in terms of parking as well.
Taking into account such delays is handy, especially if you’re traveling with kids. In addition, many wish to catch the sun but also enjoy the sunset in the fields, so plan your time accordingly.
Cheapest Time to Visit Texas Tulips
It’s somewhat difficult to discuss the cheapest time to visit Texas Tulips, as there’s a fixed admission price through all the weeks the farm’s open. That said, we do have some suggestions to help with this.
For starters, in 2018, the final day of the Texas Tulip farm season was free. However, waiting for such an offer can be risky, as you don’t know whether you’re waiting in vain. Plus, the admission price isn’t that high to begin with.
What’s more, considering the peak season in Pilot Point runs from late April to mid-June and then from early September to mid-October (the highest peak is in the first week in October), going to Pilot Point for the Texas Tulips season should be affordable.
That said, many go to Pilot Point in this period specifically for the tulip farm, so chances are attractive accommodation deals won’t be that common.
Least Busy Time to Visit Texas Tulips
If you want the tulip fields all to yourself, we suggest visiting in early April. Also, weekdays are better than weekends.
In case you do want a weekend visit, make sure to do so early in the season. At the height of the season, weekends are fully packed. In April, the temperature is in the range of an average low of 54.3°F and an average high of 73.4°F in Pilot Point.
Also, going in early April means less crowds, more photo opportunities, and easier access to parking.
However, keep in mind that as the weather gets warmer at the beginning of April and the season comes to a wrap, most tulips will have gone past their blooming, so you may not see them at their prime.
And if you want to pick some and take them home, you’ll just have to choose from whatever’s left at that point.
That said, many bulbs are planted later, which translates to them blooming later than the rest, so if you go toward the end of the season, you’ll be just in time to see them open in front of your eyes.
Worst Time to Visit Texas Tulips
The worst time to visit is when local schools in the Pilot Point area have their spring break in March.
This is usually the second or third week in March (double-check dates and weeks before you go, as it’s different each year). Going during this period means overlapping with school field trips, and your overall visit may be more chaotic and crowded.
However, if you’re also traveling with kids, then you might even want to come in this period and have your children hang out with other kid visitors. Either way, visiting the Texas Tulip farm can never be bad — kids or no kids!
Things to Consider
Now that you know when the best time to visit Texas Tulips is, let’s cover a few other things, too.
- There’s parking, benches, picnic tables, and restrooms available.
- Wear comfortable shoes. After all, Texas Tulips is just a field, so it can get uneven. The same applies to clothes. On the off chance that it rains, though, wearing rain boots might be the wiser choice, as the field gets quite muddy and walking around is slightly unpleasant. Either way, make sure to check the weather.
- Bring a high-quality camera. Or just use your phone instead. Photography is not only allowed but encouraged too. Get ready to take tons of beautiful photos in the tulip fields. Note there’s a backdrop mural especially created for photos too!
- Drones aren’t allowed.
- Dogs are not allowed in the tulip fields or in the parking lot for that matter. That said, to inquire about service dogs, get in touch with Texas Tulips.
- You can’t bring a cooler, food, or drinks. If you need something, you can purchase it there.
- Leave the tulip fields as you found them. Or in other words, pick up your trash and don’t leave unnecessary items such as drinks or food around. Treat the fields like they’re your home.
- There are baskets available for you to place your tulips after you pick them. Do use them. Many like holding the tulips in their hands, but that’s not a smart decision unless you’re fine with them withering quickly.
- Check Texas Tulips’ social media platforms regularly, especially before you go. You don’t want to get there only to learn they are closed for the day or have changed the opening hours, for example. Not that it happens usually, but on the website, it says they have the right to close the field whenever they want (or change their prices).
- If you’re going with kids and want them to stay out of your hair for a while, there’s a hay maze to help children have fun and learn through play.
- Texas Tulips provide bulb-planting services (only available for large orders). They have a bulb-planting machine that not only plants bulbs fast but also provides various arrangement options (planning them in squares, rows, circles, and so on).
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Texas Tulips free?
Texas Tulips are free for children 12 months or under. Other than that, here are the different pricing options:
- Entrance fee: $5 per person;
- Veterans discount entrance fee: $7.50 per person, plus three tulips (only applicable during the week on business days);
- Senior discount entrance and tulips fee: $7.50 per person, plus three tulips (only applicable during the week on business days);
- Large groups: $7.50 per person, plus three tulips (only applicable during the week on business days);
Professional photographers who wish to bring their clients to a unique photoshoot location receive a day pass once they pay the 25-dollar entrance fee.
What months is Texas Tulips open?
Texas Tulips opens in late February and runs through early April. The dates change each year, as the tulip season is weather dependent.
So to make sure you get the right dates, double-check Texas Tulips’ website/social media channels. Other than that, the farm operates 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
What is the price of a tulip at Texas Tulips?
A stem costs $2.50. Afterward, the tulip flowers are wrapped in a nice-looking paper, and the stems are placed in flower gel to keep them fresh till you bring them home.
Who owns Texas Tulips?
Texas Tulips is a privately owned farm by Petra and Pieter Koeman, a Dutch family who migrated to the Dallas area in 2015. Upon growing up, Pieter worked on his parents’ tulip farm in The Netherlands, so he has relevant experience in the field (pun intended).
How big is Texas Tulips?
The Texas Tulips field covers an area of six acres.
Over to You — Book Your Trip Today!
The Texas Tulip farm is open from mid/late February to early April, and the best time to go there is early/mid-March. If possible, avoid weekends. If not, know you’re still going to have fun and enjoy your day at the farm.
Have fun tip-toeing through the fields and exploring your hidden tulip-picking talents!