Opening Day at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is March 1, 2021

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Open March 1, 2021


The Flower Fields in Carlsbad CA will open to the public on Monday March 1st, barely a week from now.


2020 was certainly different, given the pandemic, and the Flower Fields were open to the public less than 3 weeks before the Governor issued the statewide Stay at Home restrictions.


But it’s that time again, and the Carlsbad Flower Fields are preparing to open with some new procedures in place.


  1. No on-site tickets will be sold; tickets must be purchased online
  1. Masks are required for staff and visitors at all times, as is social distancing (we’re all used to that, right?!).


A NEW feature in 2021 is the U-Pick Blueberry Patch with its own parking area. You can enjoy picking blueberries as part of your visit to the Flower Fields, OR go separately using the new parking lot on Cannon Road at the North end of the Flower Fields. A 1 pint basket costs $5.


Keep in mind the Carlsbad Flower Fields take a while to reach their peak, so don’t expect the fields to look like this photo on day 1. But they truly are beautiful when at their peak bloom!

 Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad CA

Check out my video from March 2015 below.


The Carlsbad Flower Fields have been a popular tourist attraction for more 60 years, with 50 acres of brightly colored Ranunculas.  The transitions during the year are fascinating to watch, changing from a brown dirt hillside to green plants, and then to vibrant colors, and then back again to brown dirt when blooming season is over.


The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open annually for about 2 1/2 months, from March 1st until Mother’s Day which is May 9th this year.



Here is some of what you can enjoy at the Flower Fields:


  • A historic Poinsettia display and orchid greenhouse
  • Artist gardens
  • American Flag of Flowers on the south side of the fields – you can see it from Palomar Airport Road at Armada Drive by Costco


Check out the 2021 Activity Calendar on the Flower Fields website.


You will enjoy walking through the fields to experience the flowers close up.


But if you are feeling lazy, you can take a ride on their antique tractor wagon ($6 for adults, $3 for children aged 3 to 10) to appreciate the beauty of the Flower Fields up close while sitting down.


The Carlsbad Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are easily visible from the I-5 Freeway if you look to the east (if you are NOT driving, of course) at the Palomar Road Exit at 5704 Paseo del Norte.


I think one of the best vantage points is looking down on the fields from Armada Drive, with the Carlsbad windmill, and 180 degree views of the ocean in the distance. And it’s free. I often stop by when showing property or heading to or from the Carlsbad Costco. 


Of course it’s not the same as walking through the fields on foot, but you can stop by whenever you want!


Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

5704 Paseo Del Norte

Phone: 760-431-0352

E-mail: info AT theflowerfields DOT COM

Carlsbad CA 92008

Comments (23)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

What great colors.  Our flower beds all have the same colors, white

Feb 21, 2021 05:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - I think physical distancing and mask-wearing will remain a way of life for some time to come.     Hopefully, the process will be well-managed by all(especially those in attendance) so many will be able to enjoy.  

Feb 21, 2021 05:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS you're always Blessed with such nice weather.... flowers in February....unheard of here as I look out my front windows to see a few feet of snow....

Feb 21, 2021 06:02 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Morning Jeff Dowler, CRS - our snow is nearly gone from the big snow storm, and I notice little bulbs starting to send their shoots up through the dirt. It's always a welcome sight.  I would be all over the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch opening - mask and all. 

Feb 21, 2021 06:39 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS I do miss the flower fields in Carlsbad. Photos never quite give the full impact.

Feb 21, 2021 08:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jeff,  we just got 3 more inches of snow in the city last night but Denver winter was mild and some of the flowers started coming up early.


Feb 21, 2021 08:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a sight to behold.  We are seeing things starting to bloom.  I love this time of the year.  A

Feb 21, 2021 09:13 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff those flower fields are gorgeous.  I am always impressed with the pictures you post of them each year.

Feb 21, 2021 01:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's nice to share the Flower Fields, and to see them, every year James Dray  Not sure I will go picking blueberries either...I haven't since I was a kid!


Feb 21, 2021 05:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you Brian England  - it's always a pleasure to share this treasure

It's a beautiful venue Nina Hollander and we are fortunate to have it.


Feb 21, 2021 05:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jeff- I remember your posts of the Flower Fields at Carlsbad from previous years.   The blueberry patch sounds like an added bonus!

Feb 21, 2021 06:08 PM
Deepak Chauhan
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA ... the place to be

I have been there so many times; it is very refreshing.

Feb 23, 2021 10:56 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - those flower fields are so unique and I remember your previous posts.  Look forward to some new pictures.

Feb 24, 2021 03:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed Silva  I assume you mean because of the snow? LOL

Michael Jacobs I think that's the case.


Feb 24, 2021 10:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Barbara Todaro 

And don't think I appreciate the green and all the flowers here. I remember those days in New England. Hope your snow will be gone before too long.


Feb 24, 2021 10:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  Must be nice to see some signs of the coming spring!

I'm not planning to visit the Flower Fields this year but I WILL enjoy them multiple times from the vantage point above them. Great views and free!


Feb 24, 2021 10:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hey Rocky Dickerson  They are wonderful to see in person for sure. We are indeed fortunate to have them.

Will Hamm Well it will be spring before too long and there will just be flowers, and no snow except perhaps in the mountains.


Feb 24, 2021 10:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I do as well Ron and Alexandra Seigel  We are indeed fortunate to have such floral beauty year-round, with seasonal changes.

Thanks George Souto  It's hard to take a bad photo of these flowers! I suppose if anyone could, I could! LOL.


Feb 24, 2021 03:16 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thank you for the wonderful video in 2015! Once again this reminds me of the beauty of nature right under our noses!

Feb 25, 2021 03:21 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wow, it would be fun to be there for opening day or for a day soon thereafter.

Mar 10, 2021 06:10 AM