Nothing says spring like tulips. They’re the quintessential flower of the season, bursting with color and delighting floral enthusiasts with their beauty.
If you thought the only place you could see endless rows of tulips was in the Netherlands, think again! Located less than 70 miles from Montclair, Holland Ridge Farms (86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ) lets you experience the wonder of so many tulips in one place. Looking at flowers isn’t all there is to do at Holland Ridge Farms, however, creating a fun day trip the whole family can enjoy.
The u-pick tulip season is going on now and lasts only a few weeks each year. The farm is open every day with three time slots for picking: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Grab one of the plastic buckets that are provided by the farm and pick as many tulips as you’d like for $1 per stem. You can also make a bouquet. While you’re in the fields, take advantage of the gorgeous scenery surrounding you by taking some photos.
The farm’s animals can be found roaming around their pasture. On the weekends, you can watch a feeding with the animal caretaker who can also answer questions. Pony rides and a small petty zoo will also be available.
Your ticket also entitles you to a free hayride around the perimeter of the fields. You can learn all about the farm and how it runs. There’s a small museum on site that features Dutch tulip planting artifacts. And of course, no day trip is complete without a trip to a souvenir shop, and at Holland Ridge Farm’s shop, you’ll find plenty of Dutch souvenirs to enjoy including clothing, wine glasses, wooden tulips, clogs, and more.
The bakery barn will also be open each day for sweet and savory treats. Food trucks will be on site daily and more food vendors will be available on the weekends.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and no tickets will be sold at the farm. The ticket prices are $12.80 for Adults (13-60), $10.66 for Seniors (61+) and Military, and $8.53 for Children (3-12). Admission is free for children 2 and under.
Whether you miss out on the u-pick season, tulips aren’t your favorite, or you just can’t get enough flowers, the u-pick sunflower season starts up in the fall.