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EYNTK: The Carlsbad Flower Fields

Every spring, one of the largest flower displays in the world can be seen right here in Carlsbad, just 2 minutes from Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel. The fields have an amazing history that started back in the 20s when the ranunculus seeds were first brought to the area. Over time, the hard work and cultivation of the flowers led to all the colors that you can see today. Thanks to cooperative efforts between the land’s owner, the grower, The City of Carlsbad, The Carlsbad Agricultural Improvement Fund and the California Coastal Conservancy, this colorful hillside will continue to welcome visitors for years to come!

 

Over 50 acres are devoted to raising the ranunculus bulb crop, which is one of the finest strains of ranunculus plants in the world. The ranunculus flower is native to Asia Minor and is a member of the buttercup family. Plus there’s about five acres of other specialty flowers like roses, orchids, sweat pea blossoms, petunias, poinsettias, and more. The best time to view the flowers is usually mid-March through Mid-April. However, these dates may change if the bloom is either early or late due to weather conditions, etc. Check their calendar for events. During the weekends, they have live musical performances, photography workshops, and more!

 

The fields will be most crowded on the weekends. For the best photos, visit during sunset. Set aside 2-3 hours to explore the flower fields and if you live in the area and want to visit often, look into a season pass.

 

Below is a list of frequently asked questions:

 

Alcohol?

 

The Flower Fields are an alcohol and tobacco free environment. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted onsite.

 

Biking?

 

No bicycles, hoverboards or drones are permitted.

 

Parking fee?

 

Parking is free.

 

Pets?

 

In order to respect the rights and ensure the safety of guests, they do not allow pets.  Only Certified Service Animals are allowed.

 

What to wear?

 

Bring a sweater or light jacket, as it may get breezy walking up the hill. Comfortable shoes, sunglasses, and a hat also are good ideas. Do not forget your cameras!

 

 

Pathway?

 

There is a pathway along the bottom of the fields that is made up of hard-packed dirt and decomposed granite that offers a spectacular view of the fields and access their artist gardens, themed gardens, Santa’s playground, historical poinsettia display, organic demonstration garden, restrooms and concessions facility.

 

Rides?

 

They offer an Antique Tractor Wagon Ride. It is an additional $5 for adults and $3 for children. The wagon ride is a passenger wagon pulled by an antique tractor boarded by ramp and it takes you out to the furthest blooming areas, up to the top of the hill and back to the boarding ramp near our front entrance. It also includes an audio recording about their history and what they do.

 

Handicapped accessible?

 

Yes, but they do not recommend pushing a wheelchair up or down the pathways between the flowers on the hillside. They are able to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers on the Antique Tractor Wagon Ride too. For parking, there are a limited number of handicapped spaces available in front of the Armstrong Garden Center, which is located just north of The Flower Fields entrance gate.

 

Wheelchair and stroller rentals?

 

No. Guests are required to bring their own wheelchairs and strollers.

 

Places to sit?

 

Benches, picnic tables and chairs are available throughout The Flower Fields site.

 

Food?

 

There are food vendors on the weekends and vending machines available during the weekdays. There also are many nearby restaurants and fast food outlets. The Flower Fields also encourages our guests to bring in food to picnic on site and we have several picnic areas for your convenience.

 

Where to stay?

 

Located across the street from the Flower Fields is Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel.  You can even see the flowers from the hotel!  Walk and don't worry about parking.  We hope to see you March though May at the Flower Fields!

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