The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

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5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
March 1st to May 14th from 9am to 6pm
Come and enjoy the intriguing perennial Tecolote Giant Ranunculus Flowers that span nearly fifty acres at Carlsbad Ranch in this family-friendly atmosphere!
Todd Sarouhan
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Why You Should Visit the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Close up of Flowers at the Flower FieldsBeautiful Flowers with a Tractor at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, has been in business for over sixty years! The rolling hills of north San Diego County have been transfigured into an eye-catching, surreal perception of rare beauty.

This place is an actual dream come true; a place only found in a fairy tale. Enjoy the stunning Giant Tecolote Ranunculus Flowers; three acres of roses, orchids, and petunias all alongside a view of the Pacific Ocean, prepare to be mesmerized. You can't forget the historical Ecke Poinsettia!

The Flower Fields offer much more than just an ordinary field of flowers. You can find peacefulness during an open-air wagon ride on an antique tractor. If that does not have you on the edge of your seat, imagine your favorite painting transformed into a glorious garden known as The Artists Gardens.

Using the flowers as art, the idealism is astonishing, as well as everything seen and done at this magnificent attraction. Likewise, greenhouses are fancied all over the world, but the Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse and Historic Poinsettia Display equals a pure, yet serene sight to see.

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General Admission Information

  • General Admission for adults: $18, Military & Seniors 60+ : $16, children (3-10): $7
  • Season Passes adults: $48, Military & Seniors 60+ : $44, children (3-10): $24
  • Wagon Ride adults: $8, children (3-10): $4

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What You Can See at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is one of the most creative places ever to come across. There is something for all generations to enjoy. You can challenge yourself in the sweet pea maze of vibrant and old-fashioned Sweet Pea blossoms. Do you think you have what it takes to find the solution? There is only one way to find out!

The University of California Cooperative Extension, San Diego County, displays Water Wise Farming, an educational model that helps farmers keep our water resources safe and protected. This is known as Water Wise Farming. You can also implement them in your yards and gardens.

Are you a movie lover? Do you like flowers? Paul Ecke Jr. Barn at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch shows Legacy of Color, a film about the history of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Watching the movie first and then walking through the paths afterward would be ideal because you would know what to expect before you see all the other attractions!

Family Activities at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

American Flag of Flowers

The American Flag Flowers consist of red, white, and blue Petunias plastered on 300' by 170'-foot hillside to represent the United States. You will not see anything like it elsewhere in the USA.

Antique Tractor Wagon Rides

When you visit the Flower fields, you can choose to take a ride on a wagon, hauled by an antique tractor. This ride includes audio in which you will learn the history of the beautiful Flower Fields in San Diego.

Where else could you take a tractor ride through 50 acres of gorgeous flowers?

Carlsbad Mining Company

Carlsbad Mining Company is guaranteed to bring you excitement. You can find gemstones using the miner's old method of sifting sand in water, how cool is that!?

U-Pick Blueberries

U-Pick Blueberries is another great activity you can do at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. In late March and April, guests are allowed to pick blueberries from the blueberry patch.

Demonstration Garden

The Master Gardeners of San Diego will showcase a demonstration garden with edible and ornamental plants. Learn all about garden design, planting styles, and much more.

Fun for the Kids!

Santa's Playground

What kid doesn't love to play on a playground? Go to Santa's Playground at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad and admire the giant mushrooms that were a part of Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead years ago.

On-site Growing Program

For Pre-K- 2nd Grade, they can do what most of us have done as a kid and compost worms, join in on an art project and listen to calm music. Minimum of 25 students. The cost of the On-site Growing Program is $14 per student.

Kid's Day

Go away for a Kids' Day typically held annually on March 22nd from 11:00 am to 5 pm. There is a bounce house, drumming, bubble making, ballooning, and face painting. Your child(ren) will not go bored!

Times and dates are always subject to change! Check before you plan.

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Did you Know?
The fields experience attendance of anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 visitors every year from all over the world.

Additional Flower Field Events and Attractions

Check the Event Calendar!

Do you enjoy Yoga? How about photography or music? The Flower Fields at Carlsbad offers a variety of memorable events and classes throughout the year. Choose to participate in yoga classes while gazing over the blooming Ranunculus Fields.

Perhaps you are the type of person who loves to take pictures? The Flower Fields hold some unique photo workshops that the public can join. Whether you love photography, music, or exercise for your soul, the Flower Fields has something for you! Simply check their event calendar for up to date event information.

Choose This Venue for a Wedding

The venues to choose from are the Paul Ecke Barn, the Pavilion, and the Mediterranean Garden. The Paul Ecke Barn offers catering, bar and music permitted until 11 pm.

The Pavilion offers a food truck, garden cocktail, and outdoor market lighting.

Lastly, the Mediterranean Garden offers access to a bar and fire pit, and intimacy due to the fact that this is a relatively smaller venue than the others.

Group Tours at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Group tours and wagon rides need to be booked in advance and a minimum of 20 adults. The tour is approximately 30 to 45 minutes, a total visit is 90 minutes give or take. You can shop and snap lovely pictures of anything and everything! You can also enjoy a 15 to 20 minute wagon ride.

Eat Delicious Food

At the Flower Fields, you can find all sorts of delicious eats! Come enjoy some local Dang Brother's Pizza, or try some high-quality BBQ meat from Corbin's Q.

There are full meals available, as well as snacks such as kettle corn and ice cream. Whatever your mood, there is something that satisfies your appetite.

You can find the food vendors throughout their event calendar so you can plan your trip accordingly.

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How to Get to The Flower Fields & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Lot Parking
Lot Parking

Great news for this amazing attraction, parking is absolutely free on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is plenty of parking, though.

If you are coming from San Diego, you will want to take I-5 north and exit off of Palomar Airport Road. Turn right onto Palomar Airport Road and then left onto Paseo Del Norte. The parking lot will be on your right.

If you are coming from the Inland Empire and East San Diego Country, take I-15 to Highway 78 west. Follow to I-5 South and take the Palomar Airport Road exit. Take a left off of the next and an immediate left onto Paseo Del Norte. The parking lot will be on your right.

From Los Angeles and Orange County, you will want to hop on I-5 South to the Palomar Airport Road exit. Turn left off of the exit, followed by another left onto Paseo Del Norte. The parking lot will be on your right.

Tips to Make Your Visit Amazing

Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Stroller Accessible
Stroller Accessible
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Check In Before You Head Out

Check the weather at The Flower Fields before you go! It is better to be safe than sorry. You can also call to see if the flowers are entirely in bloom!

How Should You Prepare to Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields?

There is no smoking and no drinking on the premises. No bicycles, hoverboards, or drones are allowed. No pets are allowed to ensure that all guests are safe and have a lovely time.

Take care only to bring what is allowed so that you don't have to worry about facing any problems during your visit.

Best Time of Year to Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields

The best time of year to attend the Carlsbad Flower Fields in Spring, and typically, Mid-March through Mid-April, is the best time to go. Again, call and double-check before going!

When is the Carlsbad Flower Fields Open?

It varies every year! Typically, the Carlsbad Flower Fields are open on March 1st through mid-May from 9 am until 6 pm daily. Times and availability are always subject to change. It is wise to call before going.

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