The Carlsbad Flower Fields consist of over 50 acres filled with giant ranunculus blooms. The ranunculus vary in color and are placed together in order to create major color blocks or scattered among other vibrant hues, altogether creating vivid scenery many have never seen before. These Flower Fields are where both locals and tourists alike enjoy a nice spring day by taking photos and eating fresh Carlsbad strawberries. If you are looking for that perfect Instagram photo or somewhere to appreciate the spring season, the Carlsbad Flower Fields are the ideal spot.
More about the Flower Fields
The Flower Fields are only open when the flowers are in full bloom, which makes sense because you’re there to view the colorful blossoms. The fields open in March and close in May, so they are open for only a short period during the year. General admission is $12 which is a little pricey, but they do have discounted tickets for children and seniors. Inside, there are food stands with various tasty items. Sometimes, usually on the weekends, bands or guest singers play music which adds a nice vibe to the outdoor area. This place is totally kid friendly. There is ample space for them to run around, flower mazes, and wagon rides (at an additional cost).
Why the Carlsbad Flower Fields are Great
You can’t find this outdoor landscape or setting anywhere else. When standing on the top of the Flower Field hill, make sure to take a nice look at the vast Pacific Ocean. Your view will consist of an abundant amount of colorful flowers and the beach all in one glimpse. Also, check out the other side of the hill, they usually like to create a giant American Flag out of flowers. The Flower Fields’ backdrop provides for some of the coolest pictures that are bound to land a large amount of “likes” on your social media. Let’s face it, nowadays getting the perfect pic to post is definitely on the minds of a lot of us. Lastly, visiting this attraction helps one embrace nature’s beauty and the outdoors without those major frills that surround us the majority of the time. Overall, just the simplicity of fresh air and flowers will make anyone’s day that much better. Tips for the Fields:
- There is a lot of dirt and opportunities to walk around, so pick your shoes accordingly.
- Wear neutral colors, that way the flowers will really stand out in your photos.
- Go late in the afternoon near sunset. The lighting (for those pics) will be best and the scenery will be even more incredible.
- Bring people who will appreciate the surroundings just as much as you will.
How to Find the Carlsbad Flower Fields
You can find the field of flowers right off of the California 5 fwy by way of the Palomar Airport Road exit. If traveling by the 5 South (from Los Angeles or Orange County), exit Palomar Airport Road, head east and make a left turn on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make your first right into the parking lot. If traveling by the 5 North (from San Diego), exit Palomar Airport Road, head east and make a left turn on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make your first right into the parking lot. There is plenty of parking. However, some parking is in a dirt lot so be prepared!
- Address: 5704 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008
- Phone: 760-431-0352
- Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Best time of year to visit: May through June the Flowers are in full bloom across most of the fields.