My friend Vicki and I ventured to the tulip festival opening weekend. We got there an hour after opening and it was already jam packed. There are some free fields, but it was worth the $5 to go to the gardens and see all the different kinds. Advice: get here at opening and a weekday would be better. It was gorgeous and would take other people here again.
Deception Pass state park was 30 minutes west of the tulips so we decided to have a picnic there and explore a bit. We hiked around a part we hadn’t been to yet and an area that had a tide pool. The tide was low, so we were hoping to see little creates. We climbed over rocks and searched but did not find anything. I will see you someday whales, seals, starfish!
This is a great day trip in April in Washington. 10/10 would recommend.