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.
- No on-site tickets will be sold; tickets must be purchased online
- 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!
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
E-mail: info AT theflowerfields DOT COM
Carlsbad CA 92008