Holland Ridge Farms
Holland Ridge Farms

The tulips at Holland Ridge Farms in Cream Ridge have become one of New Jersey’s most photographed spots in the spring. Beyond the whopping 8 million colorful tulips to take in, there are plenty of other things to keep you and your crew entertained during a visit. They include 20+ photo props, as many as 30 food trucks, farm animals, a feeding zoo, pony rides, a tractor-pulled hayride, Dutch souvenirs, a bakery and a tulip planting museum.

Holland Ridge Farms
Holland Ridge Farms

So what goes into transforming the 300+ acre farm into a dreamy spring scene of rainbow tulips straight out of Holland? “You would think an event of this size would take an army, but in reality, there’s less than 10 of us who work year-round to bring it all together,” says Patrick Marini, Holland Ridge’s creative manager.

Marini says bulbs are ordered during the summer for the following spring. “We make sure to only order the most colorful and most hardy varieties that will grow well out in the flower fields,” he says. “As soon as sunflower season ends, we start planting the millions of tulip bulbs. Over the winter they grow roots and form flower buds, while we start planning out new photo props and improvements to the farm and event. We love that we have so many returning visitors who make our tulip event their yearly family tradition.”

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What’s New This Spring

Given how quickly u-pick tulips tickets sell out on weekends, you may want to consider taking a day off midweek to go. There are new ticket options for 2024, including a weekday group discount, flex any day tickets (these go on sale March 15 at 9 am), weekday general admission that includes half-price flowers, and weekend general admission. Everyone age 3 and up requires a ticket.

Tickets are non-refundable, but starting this year you can change your general admission tickets to another day or arrival time (as long as it’s not sold out) up to 9 am on the day of your visit. There is no change fee; simple click the Change Tickets button in your confirmation email and follows the steps.

Also new this year is bus shuttle that will run from the Hamilton Train Station on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $5, and pickups will be outside of the station at 10 am and 12 pm; the return trips are at 2 pm and 4 pm.

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We know you’re planning your outfits for some sweet spring pictures, since the farm is a hotspot for photo shoots, from engagements and wedding pics to maternity and anniversary shots and beyond. An authentic Dutch windmill is 100 feet tall and visible from the NJ Turnpike. “Guests will be able to go inside and see it grinding grains, and also climb to the view platform to get a better view of the flower fields,” Marini says. “We’re even hoping to do special events in the future. Think wedding at the windmill!!”

The newest photo props for 2024 include blue floral butterfly wings, pink floral angel wings, a lavender floral swing, rainbow “HRF” floral letters and a tulip princess carriage. There are also four giant clogs, a floral clog wall, a giant bulb, three floral arches, an floral umbrella wall and a tulip wall. Snap away!

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Marini says events are a natural next step, given what he calls an “incredible energy” at the farm. “In the Netherlands, they call it ‘gezellig.’ This loosely translates to being sociable, friendly and enjoying the company of others. It’s more of a feeling to describe the culture of Holland and Holland Ridge Farms.”

Holland Ridge Farms
Holland Ridge Farms

Here are a few things to know if you’re planning a visit to see the tulips:

U-pick tulip season starts an April; the opening date has been moved to Saturday, April 6, because of the rain. Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased online in advance. Dates run through April 21. Kids younger than 3 are free. Some activities have an additional fee. Flower picking is $1 per stem.

Plan to arrive on or as close to your arrival time as possible given the crowds. Visitors typically spend around 3 hours at the farm. Seven days a week, there will be flower picking, tractor-pulled hayrides, more than two dozen floral photo props, picnic areas, Big Buds rescue animals, and the Little Sprouts feeding zoo. On Saturday and Sunday, come back for horse and carriage rides, pony rides, and the farmers and makers markets by Asbury Fresh. So far, the live music schedule is Brother Andrew Band on April 13, The Black Ties Band on April 14, The Racket Rocks on April 20, Little by Little Band on April 21, Coastal Vibes Band on April 27, and Modern Motion Band on April 28.

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Wear comfy shoes since you’ll be doing lots of walking and if the kids have seasonal allergies, be sure to pack some extra tissues.

Come hungry. The bakery and gift shop will be open every day. There will be up to eight food trucks on site during the week and about two dozen on weekends. A food truck calendar will be posted on the website so you know what types of food are in store for you.

Parking is free. There are multiple entrances and exits for visitors to enter the farm and checkout with their flowers.

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You can order tulips and have them delivered with free shipping from the farm. Or, you can pre-order tulip bulbs to experience the magic of Holland Ridge in your own home. It’s easy, too: simply dig a hole, pop the bulbs inside, water them once and voila you have a beautiful bouquet on your kitchen counter.

Holland Ridge Farms is located at 108 Rues Road in Cream Ridge. Follow the farm’s latest updates @hollandridgefarms on Instagram.

  • Jennifer Amato contributed to this story.

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