Holland Ridge Farms: 8 Million Tulips Blooming In NJ

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With over 300 acres and 8 million planted tulips, Holland Ridge Farms brings a bit of Dutch tradition and style to Cream Ridge, NJ. Because tulip season lasts for only a few short weeks, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for a mother-daughter spring road trip to pick our own tulips and see the different varieties exported from Holland. Yet the trip wasn’t just about tulips—we also saw farm animals, learned about Dutch traditions, and tried delicious food. And we snapped so many gram-worthy and memorable photos since every spot is just begging for a photo op (and lots of props too). Scroll down for more on what we did there, and keep in mind the last day of the season is May 1. Want more blooms? Check out where to see spring flowers in NJ.

Holland Ridge Farms

You can take photos with the tulips and pick your own to bring home.

The story of Holland Ridge Farms

The Jansen family has been in the tulip industry for over 100 years. Great Opa Casey was a bulb grower and seller in Holland, and he eventually passed on his knowledge to his son Casey Sr. who came to America as a teenager and started a tulip growing business in NJ. In 2018, Casey Sr. found the land that is now Holland Ridge Farms, and with the help of the entire Jansen family, they combined tulips and Holland here in New Jersey. Now, this 300-acre farm has tulip blooms in the spring and sunflowers in the fall.

Holland Ridge Farms wall

Strike a pose at many colorful locations throughout the farm.

Explore a tulip haven

Once you enter the farm, you can walk the fields on foot or hop on the complimentary shuttle that picks up and drops you off at different points around the farm (it’s first-come, first-serve). We decided to start walking through the rows and rows of colorful tulips instead of taking the shuttle. Some tulips bloom early, and others may bloom later, so you are sure to see plenty of flowers no matter when you go. There are over 3,000 different tulips in 15 varieties, all from trusted bulb farmers in Holland. And you can see tulips in every color of the rainbow, including candy cane tulips and more unique combinations. We loved the dip-dyed-looking two-toned tulips and snapped quite a few photos of all the pretty blooms.

Holland Ridge Farms swing

The photo locations around the farm are perfect for a family or solo shot.

Snap gram-worthy photos

At Holland Ridge Farms, you can bring your phone, camera, or even a professional photographer to record memories in the picturesque fields. (The pros need to have a timed ticket as well). Everywhere you turned, you could find a perfect backdrop for a photo. My daughter and I took photos running through the tulip beds, a mother-daughter hug against the huge colorful flower wall, snapped her poses with the butterflies, and we even found an adorable swing to take some selfies. It’s easy to spread out to get your photos, but we did experience a few lines at popular photo stops like the bike and flower wall. We left with a bunch to fill up frames (and give to the grandparents), and they encourage you to post your photos using the hashtag #hollandridgefarms.

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Don’t miss the unique food treats throughout the farm. Photo credit: @sfurnbac

Eat treats from delish food trucks and the Bakery Barn

When it was time for a food break, we found that Holland Ridge Farms has plenty of opportunities to sample delicious treats. With 15 different food trucks, you can try empanadas, Maine lobster, BBQ, Thai food, and even Dutch Poffertjes Stroopies, which looked and tasted amazing. For a list of all the trucks, the Food Vendor Calendar lets you know when to go to find a favorite. And don’t miss the delicious Bakery Barn featuring New Country Bakery from Point Pleasant with award-winning cookies, cakes, and tasty treats. Once you get your food, sit at a picnic table surrounded by the tulips—there are several all over the property.

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Don’t forget to pick up a flower bucket to collect your fresh tulips.

Pick a bouquet (or two)

My daughter could not wait to pick the tulips, and this turned out to be our favorite part. There are flower buckets at several locations throughout the farm, and once you have your bucket, get ready to collect some beautiful flowers. When picking a tulip, they recommend reaching down to the bottom of the stem by the soil and then twisting and pulling to snap it off of the bulb. We picked some closed tulips and some that were open, so we could enjoy the blooms at various stages when we got home. After you pick your tulips, you hand over your bucket, and at the checkout, they will count and put your tulips in a sleeve. And if you get home and decide that you want even more fresh blooms, you can order a surprise box online.

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There is a little bit of Holland throughout this New Jersey farm. Photo credit: @sfurnbac

Shop for Dutch delights

Look for hints of Holland while visiting the farms. Did you know that Dutch tulip farmers would wear wooden clogs to pick and plant bulbs? The clogs were durable, cheap, and water-resistant, and now you can see the clogs sprinkled around the farms purely for photo purposes. When you pick your flowers, don’t forget to check out the Dutch souvenirs and Holland Ridge Farm merch.

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Don’t miss out on seeing the animals at Holland Ridge Farms. Photo credit: @sfurnbac

Say hello to the animals and the Dutch Dike

Every year there are new additions to the farm. After visiting the Big Buds rescue animals, there is also now a Little Sprouts feeding zoo filled with adorable mini farm animals to feed for $1 per cup. And riding a pony in the flower field is one of those unforgettable experiences you can’t miss (as well as the photo op). Another new spot is the Dutch Dike display with real sailboats that recreates the story of the boy and dike, a Dutch story that became American folklore.

Holland Ridge Farms butterfly

There are new additions to the farm along with the classics too.

What to know before you go

When you purchase tickets online, you must select a date and time, and tickets are non-refundable. As you drive through the rural area of Cream Ridge, you will see signs for Holland Ridge Farms and the parking lot where parking is free. Once you park, enter through one of six entrances and grab a brochure as you get your tickets scanned in. Tickets are $13, and children 2 and under are free. The farm is open 7 days a week during the tulip season and time slots are available for a 4-hour visit timeframe. Parking and the front entrance close at 5 PM, all purchases must be made by 5:45 PM, and the farm closes at 6 PM.

You can wander the flower fields, take photos, and pick as many tulips as you like for just $1 per stem. Strollers and wagons are welcome, and the Bakery Barn has a changing table in the restroom should you need it. The farm is open, rain or shine, and they only close in extreme weather. And if you are looking for more floral fun, u-pick sunflowers are available at Holland Ridge Farms in the fall.

Holland Ridge Farms
86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514    

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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