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The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, San Diego County
The flower fields are over 50 acres and mainly made up of Tecolote Giant Ranunculus flowers in all the classic colors you can think of: orange, pink, yellow, red, white, and sparingly purple. It is located in Carlsbad halfway between Orange County and San Diego off the 5-Interstate.
I know many people refer to Carlsbad as San Diego which can confuse tourists, although it is part of San Diego County, not the city.
I live an hour from Carlsbad and finally made it to The Flower Fields this year. If you live in Southern California, you should take advantage of the proximity and visit the most photogenic flower fields in the Spring. It is seasonal and open to visitors from March thru May.
While in Carlsbad, you can add nearby destinations to your trip. There are many things to do here depending on your preference.
Some of the popular attractions for tourists are the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Legoland, and Sea Life Aquarium, or low key activities like picking strawberries and visiting historic sites.
When Is The Best Time To Go
The best time to go, in my opinion, is when the fields have bloomed 80% -100%. Each year is different depending on the harvest and the weather. Generally speaking, it would be the last three weeks in April. So prepare to make plans to visit around this time frame.
Before you go, you can check the current condition of The Flower Fields on their website, then click ‘Bloom’ on the side tab.
For the best photo opportunity, I suggest going very early when it opens or in the evening before it closes. We were there mainly for photo taking and spent two hours. If you are coming from Orange County, consider it a half-day excursion factoring in the travel time.
Visitors are not allowed to wander into the fields, but there are picture taking areas. With the right angle, you can capture many beautiful photos as though you are walking on the field and the dancing flowers to yourself.
I saw people sneaking into the fields for some quick snaps. You are not alone if you try. Beware of workers in wagon car patrolling the vast ranch looking out for anyone trespassing the green tape.
7 Chic Photo Ideas to take at The Flowers Fields
- Overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- On the Tractor
- Alongside the Wagon
- Admire the Beauty of the Flowers
- In the middle of The Flower Fields
- Behind the Flowers
- Hide and Seek
Dress: Amazon Fashion Wild Meadow
Purse: similar here
Shoes: similar here
What to Wear to the Flower Fields
- maxi dress
- flowy dress/gown
- pleated skirt
- flare dress
- vintage style (think The Notebook)
- fun prints and pattern
Spring accessories and prop
- sun hat
- rattan basket
- rattan purse
- circle purse (like here)
- longneck scarf
- flower basket
- flower bouquet
- chunky heels
The Flower Fields 2018 – Daily Admission and General Information
Address: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Time: 9AM – 6PM
- Adults $16
- Senior 60+ $14
- Children 3-10 $8
Season Pass is available
- Free Parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Picnic Areas
- Armstrong Garden Center
- Gourmet Food Stand
Don’t forget to get the Dole Whip Strawberry ice cream at Carlsbad Gourmet. It’s a fresh strawberry stand outside the nursery, where you can get all sort of drink, dessert, and sundae.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Did you know the flower fields is on a hilltop above the Carlsbad Premium Outlets? Oh, the convenience of getting shopping done or getting food after exploring the flower fields.