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Celebrate Spring at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Take a tractor ride among blooming flowers
Take a tractor ride among blooming flowers
Rae Costa-Pierson

Every Spring, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, located about 35 miles north of downtown San Diego, come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors. The rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean is awash in blooms and can be seen from miles away. The nearly 50-acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year and their dazzling display of color draws thousands of visitors from all over the country.

Flowers in bloom
Rae Costa-Pierson

However, there is much more to enjoy at the Flower Fields than just blooms. Enjoy tractor wagon rides, metal art sculptures, garden demonstrations, a poinsettia display, and a Sweet Pea Maze. There is also live entertainment and food vendors on the weekends, a Canon Photography Workshop, a Photography Contest, Kid's Day, Bluegrass Day, and a Mother's Day Celebration. Check the Flower Fields' calendar for a full list of events and to help plan a visit.

Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and take advantage of San Diego's beautiful weather. The Flower Fields is also a great spot for photography, so don't forget the camera.

The peak blooming season is usually mid-March through mid-April, however due to unforeseen weather conditions, the season can either be much shorter or run much longer. Be sure to check the website for updated information.

The Flower Fields are located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Information: 760-431-0352

Hours: Open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission: Adults $12, Seniors 60+ $11, Children 3-10 $6. Parking is free.