What is Texas Tulips?
Texas Tulips is only the coolest, largest tulip farm in Texas. Just sayin 🙂
It is basically a huge tulip farm that welcomes people to pick tulips for $2.50/stem (2021 pricing).
Most tulip farms are in the northwest, but this magical place is right here in Texas.
Run by a Dutch family who migrated to Texas to start their tulip farm, this place is a flower-lovers haven.
They have a Dallas and San Antonio location; this post is about the one in Pilot Point, near Dallas.
I’ve visited twice now: in 2018 with my husband, and in 2019 with my friend Angie.
My husband, Harrison, took me to Texas Tulips for our 3-year marriage anniversary and it was such a lovely way to spend the day!
We left Dallas around four-o-clock on a Tuesday and embarked on the one hour drive to Pilot Point, TX for the very last day of Texas Tulips!
In 2019, I went with Angie, a fellow blogger and friend.
We actually spent five hours here taking pictures and basking in the sunshine!
The two experiences were pretty different because we went during different points in the season.
I’ll talk about that more in a bit!
Without further ado, here are nine things you’ll find at Texas Tulips in Pilot Point.
I’ve included some helpful information to know before going as well!
1. A limited season
The blooms are only on display from late February to early-mid April.
It depends heavily on the weather, as that determines when they’ll first start to bloom.
Definitely check their site here beforehand to see if it’s Texas Tulips season.
2. Tulips ’til the very end
Fortunately for any latecomers or if you can’t visit until the end of the season, there will still be a few beautiful rows of tulips to pick from and photograph.
They specifically plant late-blooming tulips to make sure there are some for everyone, even late in the season. It won’t look quite like the photo above, since that’s from when we visited the second time, but you should be able to capture the tulips from certain angles to make them look fuller.
Keep an eye on the weather though- in 2020 the season ended early (around March 23rd) due to heavy rain!
3. Baskets for flower picking
They supply cute baskets for holding your tulips as you pick them.
Even with the baskets, one thing to beware of is the winds that blow across the tulip fields.
The baskets do a good job at keeping your flowers in one place, but when the wind blows, it blows mercilessly! (At least it did for me two years in a row!)
We had a few tulips blow right off of our basket that we had to chase down.
4. Make your own bouquet
At the end of your time picking flowers, you take them up to the counter to purchase the stems.
The workers will set the stems in a flower transport gel to keep them fresh, then they wrap them up in pretty paper.
If you’re spending more than a couple of hours in the fields, your flowers will probably start to wilt.
But don’t worry!
Once they’re placed in water, they spring up and look brand new!
Looking for more flowers in North Texas? Check out these two beautiful places: The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and The Dallas Arboretum.
5. Wonderful owners
Since the crowd had definitely thinned out by the time we arrived, we got to meet the owners who were so kind and even gave us an extra tulip from their garden with our bouquet.
They also had free admission for closing day!
They teach you how to pick the tulips properly, which is by pulling straight up on the very bottom of the stem.
6. The perfect date, friends, and family spot
Flowers and bouquets shout romance, fun, and photos to me.
And like I mentioned earlier, Harrison and I went to Texas Tulips for our three year anniversary in 2018.
It was so fitting, and this place offers an absolutely perfect date activity.
Alternatively, it’s a fun activity to share with friends!
Angie and I had so much fun choosing our favorite stems and catching up as we walked along the rows of tulips.
And if you’re simply looking for the perfect family photo shoot location- you’ve found it!
7. Weekend lines
The first time I visited, we didn’t have an issue with lines since we went on the very last day. However, if you want to see the most tulips, you should go earlier in the season.
The problem with that, of course, is that EVERYONE wants to see the tulips early on.
From my research and looking at reviews, this typically results in a line of cars pulling in and a long line when entering and checking out.
To avoid long lines, visit on weekdays if you can, or try to arrive as early as possible.
When Angie and I visited, we went on a Wednesday right in the middle of the season and it was perfect!
There were still people around, but we could easily frame our shots to have an empty background (or we waited until the groups moved out of the shots).
Bathrooms, picnic benches- you’ll find all of these here. There is also a hay maze in 2021 for little ones to play in!
9. Other things to know
- There is an entrance fee ($5 in 2021), but you can pay in cash, credit, or debit card. Parking is free.
- Only children 12 months and under are free. When I was researching Texas Tulips before visiting for the first time, I noticed that a lot of people wrote bad reviews because of this. But keep in mind that this is a local, family owned farm. This short season probably fuels their income (just me speculating), so if we want to keep seeing their magical tulip farm each year, it’s money well spent!
- You are walking on dirt, so if it has rained the ground will be muddy. Dress accordingly!
- It can be extremely windy! Because Texas Tulips is in a wide open space, expect there to be wind. Both times I went were incredibly windy, so dress accordingly!
- Bring sunscreen and sunglasses or a hat to protect your skin and eyes from that Texas sun.
- For the 2021 season, they are open daily from 10am to 8pm.
So if you haven’t gone yet, mark your calendar for March 2021!
Any questions? Comment below!