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Where to Find Pick Your Own Tulips in DC: A Guide to Burnside Farms

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

If you're a fan of colorful blooms and picturesque scenery, a visit to the tulip fields at Burnside Farms is an absolute must. Located about an hour outside of DC in Nokesville, Virginia, Burnside Farms boasts over 2 million tulips across 5 acres of land. Walking through the fields, you'll be surrounded by a sea of reds, pinks, purples, yellows, and more, creating a truly breathtaking sight. Every April, the Burnside opens for its annual Festival of Spring where you can pick your own tulips and daffodils. The farm also offers photo opportunities, hayrides, and other family-friendly activities, making it a perfect destination for a fun day trip. So whether you're a flower enthusiast, a photographer, or just looking for a lovely outdoor adventure, the tulip fields at Burnside Farms are definitely worth a visit.

Visiting Burnside Farms

Burnside Farms is located in Nokesvile, Virginia, which is about an hour drive from Washington, DC. There's plenty of parking in a dirt parking lot just outside of the farm. The farm is massive, about 5 acres of land, so wear comfy shoes and drink plenty of water. Their Festival of Spring is every April, and ticket sales are announced on their website. Ticket prices at Burnside Farms are $19 on weekdays and $21 on the weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions About Burnside Farms

Are children allowed?

Yes, children are allowed at Burnside Farms. Strollers are allowed as well, but the terrain can be uneven and rocky. Children 5 and under can enter for free.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed at Burnside Farms during the spring, but they are allowed in the summer.

Do I need a permit to do photography?

You do not need a permit to take photos at Burnside Farms, even if it is for commercial purposes. You only need to purchase a ticket in advance.

How should I dress for the farm?

Dress comfortably in clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. This is a farm after all! The fields can sometimes be muddy after rain, and there's plenty of dirt and dust that gets kicked up. If you're wearing a special outfit for a photoshoot, just be careful and be aware that it may get dirty from the land. If it's chilly outside, consider dressing in layers. Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk as there are several acres.

Is there an admission fee?

Yes, admission starts at $19. Tickets are not available at the gate, they must be purchased online. Your ticket includes 5 pick your own tulip stems. Additional tulip stems are $1 each, and the bulbs are an additional $1 each. You have the option to keep just the stems and not the bulbs. Daffodils are also available to pick 2 stems for $1.

When will the tulips be in bloom?

Tulips in Virginia typically bloom in mid to late April. The exact dates for the Festival of Spring (and pick your own flowers) is dependent on the weather, but it's always for three weeks in April. The farm sends out notifications to let people know when they will be open for ticket sales.

Is there food available?

Burnside Farms sometimes has food vendors, but it is highly recommended to pack a picnic if you plan on being there for a while. Plus, what's better than a beautiful picnic among the tulip fields? If you get hungry, there are restaurants near the farm in Gainesville, VA.

What are the hours?

Burnside Farms is open from 9am to 4pm seven days a week.

Planning a Successful Photoshoot at Burnside Farms

  • Bring your own basket for the pick your own flowers! On busy days, Burnside Farms quickly runs out of baskets. And if you want them for a photoshoot, it's better to bring your own.

  • Plan your shoot for the early morning or afternoon on a weekday. Tickets are cheaper and it tends to be less crowded.

  • Get the annual passport, it's worth it.

  • If you can, bring water to keep your stems in so they don't start to wilt on the way home. My flowers lasted for about a week in water and they were stunning.

  • Pick the bulbs to plant your own tulips at home for next year!

Ready to plan your dreamy outdoor photoshoot at Burnside Farms? Fill out our easy inquiry form and we'll get you on the calendar!


Hi there, I'm Chloe

Black woman photographer, mom to an applesauce-obsessed toddler, and cheerleader for every woman who's decided to love herself unconditionally.


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