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The Flower Fields in Carlsbad Open March 1, 2024

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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Open March 1, 2024


The beautiful Flower Fields in Carlsbad CA will open soon. The big day is Friday March 1st.


Visitors must book their tickets online for a specific date and arrival time. Tickets are not available at the entrance. Once you are in the facility you can stay as long as you wish (the Flower Fields close at 6 pm).


Don’t expect things to look like the top photo on Opening Day 2024 or the photo below since the Flower Fields take a while to reach their peak. That often happens in late March depending on the weather. However, they are  beautiful even when not at peak bloom, and a wonderful sign of spring!


Here’s a video from March 2022:


The Carlsbad Flower Fields have been a popular tourist attraction for over 60 years. There are approximately 55 acres of brightly colored Ranunculus, reportedly millions of flowers.  The transitions during the year are fun to watch as the fields change from brown dirt hillside to green plants, then to vibrant colors, and back again to brown dirt when blooming season ends.


The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open annually from March 1st until Mother’s Day, May 12th in 2024.  


Here are some of the attractions at the Flower Fields:


  • Historic Poinsettia display and orchid greenhouse
  • American Flag of Flowers on the south side of the fields. This can be seen from Palomar Airport Road at Armada Drive by Costco
  • Santa’s Playground
  • Sweet pea maze
  • Artist gardens and Bird Aviaries
  • Multiple gardens – Butterfly, Mediterranean, Illusion
  • Food is available including the Strawberry Shack (serving all sorts of sweet treats), pizza, and more options


Here’s a list of activities to enjoy at the Flower Fields. Be aware that some of these sell out quickly.


Visitors enjoy walking through the fields to experience the flowers close up with wonderful photo opportunities. No drones are allowed, please.


But for a different view, take a ride on the antique tractor wagon and appreciate the Flower Fields during your ride. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10 (free for kids under 3). You can purchase tractor tickets once inside with a credit or debit card (no cash).


Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ca


The Carlsbad Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are easily visible from the I-5 Freeway looking eastward at the Palomar Road Exit (look for the windmill).


One wonderful vantage point (my opinion) is looking down on the fields from Armada Drive, with the Carlsbad windmill and 180 degree views of the ocean in the distance. It’s an expansive view and it’s free. I often stop by when out showing property or heading to or from the Carlsbad Costco nearby. 


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


Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

5704 Paseo Del Norte

Carlsbad CA 92008

Phone: 760-431-0352

E-mail: info@theflowerfields.com

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Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

All I've got here are a few snowdrops and few Lenten roses blooming.

I know I'd enjoy your flower fields after our Ohio winter weather!

Feb 14, 2024 10:40 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for stopping by Liz and Bill Spear . I always remember how joyful it was to see some flowers when enduring a lot of snow in Boston. Now we get them year round!


Feb 14, 2024 11:44 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I always enjoy this post, Jeff Dowler; CRS, Thank you for sharing the beauty of the Flowers Field of Carlsbad. Perhaps one day, I will get to see them in person. 

Feb 14, 2024 11:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Glad you liked it Hannah Williams 

We are blessed to have such beauty to enjoy and I like to share it with others too. I'll have to drive by the fields and see how things are progressing for Opening Day!


Feb 14, 2024 11:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I am impressed by this flower field.  It must be amazing to see it in person.

Feb 14, 2024 01:24 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

George Souto 

The fields are pretty impressive in person, especially at full bloom. The colors are amazing.


Feb 14, 2024 03:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- Can't believe it's time again for the Flower Fields in Carlsbad!!!  I can't imagine what it would be like in person!

Feb 14, 2024 07:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I agree! Time has really flown in 2023 and thus far in 2024 Kathy Streib 

I'm looking forward to seeing the fields in bloom again. They really ARE impressive. Bet the view is wonderful from planes flying overhead.


Feb 15, 2024 09:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jeff,

I always love seeing your post on the Flower Fields each year...what a sight to behold! Thank you for always sharing with us!

Feb 14, 2024 08:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank YOU Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I'm glad people enjoy seeing them. I will post again once the fields are well in bloom.


Feb 15, 2024 09:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

WOW! I can't believe it's almost that time already, Jeff! My favorite of the Flower Fields is the American Flag Flower Field. 🇺🇸

Feb 15, 2024 01:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

The American Flag of flowers is hard to grab a good photo unless you are on site. Here is the one photo I have.



Feb 15, 2024 09:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - I still have memories of traveling on the 5 freeway through Carlsbad.   Talk about Flower Power.  Your posts on these sights seen have not wilted even though my first time was decades ago.  


Feb 15, 2024 04:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That's nice to hear Michael Jacobs . Thank you!


Feb 15, 2024 10:00 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those fields are so beautiful and vibrant.  I have seen them in person but I don't think I have ever seen them in person when they are in bloom, haha.

Feb 15, 2024 04:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Brian England 

They are definitely not as impressive when not in bloom. You'll have to plan a Carlsbad trip for late March or early April some year...or just enjoy my post!


Feb 15, 2024 10:02 AM
Brian England

Well, will they be in bloom when we have our meetup in Carlsbad in April Jeff Dowler, CRS?

Feb 15, 2024 12:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

You're right...I almost forgot the timing Brian England  Yes they will be in bloom and perhaps past peak but perhaps not - will depend on the weather and still likely to be pretty impressive.


Feb 15, 2024 12:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  always love when you do this post, hard to believe it is that time of season again:)Endre

Feb 15, 2024 10:15 PM