Each year, the Tulip Festival draws a crowd of over 140,000 people to the beautiful Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. Over 300,000 tulips make this one of the best photo-ops in the region during this month-long festival. Here are the best places and poses to do at the Tulip Festival to make your Instagram post stand out:

5. Oversized Klompen Props

girl stands in comedic oversized Dutch Wooden Clogs

This prop is a favorite for funny photos at the Tulip Festival each year. The traditional Dutch wooden clog transports you to the Netherlands, making this photo a great way to represent your fabulous stay-cation. Paint your face and jump in the Klompen for a hilarious photo to add to your Instagram story. Make sure to tag @thankspoint and use the hashtag #ThanksPointTulips!

4. Secret Garden

outdoor chairs in flower garden area with brick wall behind

The Secret Garden is one of the most popular places in the Ashton Gardens. Fun fact – it’s the top place for couples to get engaged at the Tulip Festival. The Secret Garden is one of the gorgeous locations that makes the festival a great date idea in Utah Valley.

Choose from a multitude of places to sit and pose with your loved one - this makes for an incredible candid shot. Grab a pic while you share a laugh with your best friend and get low to the ground to catch a great angle of the tulips. The Secret Garden looks enchanting in the morning hours, so we recommend grabbing an early time slot to take this photo.

3. Italian Garden

Descending bath fountains surrounded by colorful tulips

This breathtaking water feature looks amazing in the tulip season. Arrange the kids by height on the steps so that every face can be seen in the photo. Grab the whole family and share the photo with a loving caption. Come here at sunset to see beautiful pinks, oranges, and purples in the sky reflected in the water. 

2. Fragrance Gardens

gazebo with surrounding flowers

Wear your favorite outfit to the Fragrance Garden, where raised tulip beds add dimension and elegance to the photo. An amazing couples-shot location, get close to the pillar and place your head on your loved one’s shoulder. What a romantic way to celebrate the spring season! Ask your friend to get low to the ground to get the blooming tulips in the frame.  Make sure the couple is in focus and the tulips are out of focus to add dimension (and romance) to the photo!

1. Bridge at Monet Lake

stream surrounded by flowers with bridge in background

The bridge at Monet Lake is the perfect photo location. With the mountains in the background, a beautiful bubbling creek, colorful tulips, and this picture-perfect bridge, family and friends can capture the perfect moment. This location looks amazing from all angles.  You may even catch ducks floating around in the lake! Try coming here at golden hour (just before sunset) and watch the magic happen! 

Although these are our favorite locations, the Ashton Gardens come alive during the Tulip Festival. Everywhere you go, you’ll find a great place to capture memories and celebrate the wonders of the natural world. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @thankspoint and use the 2022 hashtag #ThanksPointTulips so we can feature you in our story!

Tulip Festival tickets are on sale now at thanksgivingpoint.org. The festival is open from April 8 – May 7, Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm. General admission is time-ticketed and GA passes sell out fast, so we recommend reserving your times as soon as possible. Be sure to check out the add-on experiences and untimed entry options, like the Flexible Tulip Package, Tulip Festival Picnic Basket, VIP Clear Top Cabana, Ultimate Spring Flower Tour, Electric Golf Cart Tour, and the Spring Staycation Package to make this Tulip Festival unforgettable!


Other awesome activities at Thanksgiving Point include the Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country, the Butterfly Biosphere, and the Museum of Natural Curiosity. After seeing and Instagramming all the beautiful early spring tulips and flowers in the Ashton Gardens, consider checking out one of Thanksgiving Point's other exciting venues. Thanksgiving Point offers an Explorer Pass which grants one-day admission into all five venues. There is so much to do and fun memories to be made at Thanksgiving Point this spring!

For more ideas of things to do in Utah County this season, check out Utah Valley's Spring Bucket List.