San Diego Adventures:
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
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How is it that I’ve lived in San Diego for five years and this is the first time I’ve been to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch?? I have no idea why it took so long but I’m so glad I finally went! Have you been? Well, now’s your chance because they won’t be open too much longer.
Below is my quick guide to the Flower Fields to help you plan your trip! If you’ve never even consider going, have a look and check it out, it’s something cool to do in San Diego this spring.
They are a gorgeous sea of beautiful flowers, rows of whites, pinks, yellows and more. It looks like a stunning rainbow that fell from the sky! It’s looks like an artist came by and used the ground as their canvas to create a 3D painting on the soil. I had never seen anything quite like it 🙂
The Flower Fields have been around for 100 years, they are both a working ranch and a tourist attraction.
There are almost fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, the Flower Fields started in the 1920’s with Ranunculus seeds which were were not common to San diego, they are native to Asia Minor and ranged in reds and yellow with a single petal.
The diverse range of colors we see today was created by the different seeds over the years by the founders of the field. (Read more on the history here).
The Flower Fields are open March 1 through May 13, 2018. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
The best time to view the flowers is usually mid-March through Mid-April, I went in mid-March and as you’ll see in my photos, most of the flowers were in full bloom.
It can get crowwded! Week days are ideal but of course not possible for many. If you go on the weekend, I suggest to arrive either right when they open or two hours before they close to beat the crowds. These times are also some of the best time for lighting for photos 🙂
Seniors 60+: $14
Children 3-10: $8
Parking is available on site but can get very busy so plan accordingly, see the Bicoastal Beauty tip fo the week below for a great alternative option on parking.
Cameras!! There are so many instgamrammable moments, get your cameras ready!
Bring comfy shoes, you’ll be walking a lot (this saved me during my trip)!
Get your photo opps! So many photos opps and you can see the ocean from the fields too, super cool.
Walk all around the fields, there are sooo many colors and rows and rows of flowers to see! *(You can also see the ocean from the Fields)
Shop the local vendors on-site (weekends).
Eat some Carlsbad cookies, oh my gosh they are delicious!
The Flower Fields encourages you to bring in food to picnic on site and they have several picnic areas, how fun is that (especially for kids, dates and to do with a few girlfriends).
If you want to take a load off, get a wagon ride, this is fun for the kids too.
Children 3-10: $3
Buy the Strawberries at the stand outside the fields for the ride home, yum!!!
You can host events here!! Do you want to get married here? Host a big event at the Flower Fields?
The barn can accommodate up to 200 guests for events, galas and weddings and the fields host events weekly, everything from photography courses and basket weaving to floral arrangements and painting! How fun, right? Click here to view their events calendar.
I was able to do it all in about an hour, I would plan for one or two hours, that should be all you need.
If you can’t visit the Flower Fields, don’t worry! You can still purchase bulbs from this amazing horticultural site here: EasytoGrowBulbs.com.
Since the fields are a working production field, it’s not allowed to cross the tape to actually get onto the fields. It’s very tempting to disregard it and get your ‘gramable photos but, staff is driving around in golf carts to remind folks to be respectful of the fields and to not cross the tape. This allows the flowers to stay alive and thrive in their natural environment! 🙂
You can still get some great pics while staying inside the lines, see mine in this post 🙂
Tell me, have you been to the Flower Fields yet? What was your favorite part?
Would you like to see more of these local posts and travel activities? I would love to share more, comment below and let me know your thoughts!
Here’s your BicoastalBeauty tips of the week:
Combine the trip with shopping! The Carlsbad Premium outlets are right next door to the fields!
90 stores including Banana Republic, Barneys New York Warehouse, BCBG Max Azria, Cole Haan, Dooney & Bourke, Elie Tahari, Gap, Guess, Lacoste, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Hot tip, if you go to the shops you can leave your car parked there and walk right over to the fields, it’s so close!
And shop my look below, with another tip, add a belt to a dress to give it more shape. That’s what I did here with this dress! I used a belt that came with an old bridesmaids dress I wore but I also linked some belt options for you below.