A couple of years ago if you had asked me, “Heather, want to go out to Haymarket for the tulips?” I would have said, “Who are you, and how do you know my name? Are you some kind of stalker or something?” But now that some of our dear friends live out there, I’m expanding the definition of DC Metro Area to include it.
And a good thing, too, because the tulip festival was glorious. I’m not sure anything in the US will quite surpass the tulip festival at Thanksgiving Point in Utah for sheer design quality. Here are a couple pictures of Fluffy at Thanksgiving Point.
Itty bitty girl clothes! How I adore thee!
But back to Burnside Farms.
As did the carpets of tulips.
The no-petting zoo stole the show for the kids though. They could have stayed there forever with the baby turkeys, goats, and pigs.
At the exit, they even had a trough full of baby chickens and ducks. This is Peppers removing the No Touching Sign so he can harrass the poultry.
As predicted, the boys fought over the pair of pink clogs at the try-on area. This board covered in shoes reminded me of when my morbidly obese cousin tap-danced on a piece of plywood in my grandma’s house for the family talent show. Best entertainment I’ve ever witnessed.
Fluffy just walked in on my posting and very nearly burst into tears. “Where is that? Did you go without me?!” I had kept it a secret because I knew it would break her heart that I took the boys somewhere cool while she was in shlame-o school. It’s like we cheated on her.
Try this outing:
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate. The fields weren’t exactly stroller friendly, and since you have to pay for any flowers you pick, the boys were a walking, grasping liability.
- The facebook page gives updates for peak blooms of both the daffodils and tulips.
- Each guest except babes in arms has to pay a $3 entrance fee (or $5 season pass fee).
- Anything you pick, you pay for. $1 for tulips, $0.50 for daffodils.
- Often the bulb comes with the tulip. Though the staff tell you to cut the bulb off and throw it into the compost heap, a guest told us she’s always taken the tulips with bulbs attached home and planted them, and most of them bloom the next year.
- Don’t miss the farm animals. And don’t feed the sheep either. Aggressive!
- Burnside farms has other attractions throughout the growing season like pumpkins and sunflowers. We’ll have to return.
Peppers and Salty Fun Factor (Preschooler Rating): I’m happy! I have fun! I don’t wanna go home. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!