Wicked Tulips in Rhode Island

white pink and purple tulips in show garden at wicked tulips in johnston, ri. photo taken by christina ho falcon

HAPPY SPRING!

There are so many wonderful places to discover and experience locally. Last year, I heard about this tulip flower farm in Johnston, RI. I was so excited to check it out. Tickets are sold online only. We were lucky to get one day in last year to visit with my husband and then-two year old.

This year, it was just my son and me. He had his 3-year old well-visit at his pediatrician’s office, which is located in Johnston, RI.

So, we decided to pack a lunch and have a picnic after his doctor’s appointment. Then pick flowers, take pictures, and have some fun in the sun.

Tickets

My son just turned three at the end of April, so his ticket was free. I just had to pay for my adult ticket, which came to $17.28. This ticket includes 10 U-Pick tulips.

When you enter, you check in with the people under the white tent and they give you a token for the 10 tulips. You also have the option to purchase more tulips if you decide to pick more than 10.

Picking the Tulips and Picnicking

Upon entering, there were people under the large umbrella to ask any specific questions. There were baskets and large red buckets for patrons to carry their tulips in. The ground is bumpy and a bit rocky, so it’ll be tough to roll a stroller. But, it might be helpful to have one if your kids get tired.

Off to the side, there are picnic tables set up (some under a shaded pavilion) along with trash cans and porto potties.

We brought along a blanket, which we laid down to have more room. I also left my lunch bag on top of the blanket after lunch so I didn’t need to carry it while we picked tulips.

toddler carrying basket at u-pick tulip farm at wicked tulips in johnston, ri. photo taken by christina ho falcon

My three year old son enjoyed running up and down the rows of flowers. And, I had a wonderful time snapping pictures of him.

toddler boy model pose at wicked tulips in johnston, ri. photo taken by christina ho falcon

Show Area

In addition to the U-Pick tulips, the flower farm has a show are that is limited to viewing and taking pictures. There is no picking allowed in this show area. On display is a lovely assortment of flowers.

This is a popular area for those selfies and “glamour” shots:)

Visit

It was such a beautiful Thursday afternoon when we visited! If you’re ever in the RI area during the spring, usually anytime between the middle to end of April until about the middle to end of May, you should check out Wicked Tulips! They have their “Bloom Report” available online so you are able to check when U-Pick time is!

Thanks for reading about our mini excursion:) Happy spring, everyone!

Newport Family Day Trip

Yes, we are Rhode Island residents. And yes, we don’t explore locally enough. However, once or twice a year, when our Cairn terrier needs to get groomed, we take the opportunity to spend some family time in the Newport, RI area.

Our Dog Groomer

Since our dog has a wire coat and my husband is very particular about how he gets groomed. And not a lot of places in the area offer hand-stripping dogs with a wire coat. We found one place and it’s located in Portsmouth, RI, called Perry’s Plush Pooch. They specialize in grooming show dogs. And while it is a hefty price to pay for our dog, it’s supposedly the proper way to groom a Cairn terrier.

Here’s some pictures of our shaggy Cairn…

and his post-groom look…

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Since our groomer requires he be brought to him by 8am in the morning and he be picked up around 3pm, we have typically gone for a day trip to Newport.

The first year we did this Kai was just getting comfortable with walking on uneven surfaces. So we just ended up taking him to a local playground and to Castle Hill Lighthouse.  When we went it was a cool and beautiful day in early April, so we got some nice pictures by the lighthouse and walking on the empty beach. And, it wasn’t super crowded/full of tourists that time of year.

Thames Street

After the lighthouse excursion, we decided to do some shopping on Thames. Kai had his snacks in his stroller along with his milk, while walked around.Snacking toddler with Ray Bans

Oh have I mentioned how much I LOVED using these WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch – 6 Pack – 5 fl oz I found on Amazon while he was into eating pureed fruit? I would steam all sorts of fruits and vegetables and puree them all. Kai loved his snacks so much!

While he napped…

During his nap, we decided to go to a nice sit-down seafood restaurant, Mooring Restaurant. It worked out perfectly, and just as we were getting ready for dessert, our little one sat right up from his stroller looking SO ADORABLE with his cute/messy hair.

Just woken up toddler in stroller

What a wonderful way to end our Newport, RI day trip before we picked up our dog.