Location: Carlsbad (31 Miles / 35 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)
Open Daily: 9AM – 6PM from March through Early May
Cost: $11 ($10 for Seniors 60+ and $6 for Kids Ages 3 – 10)
Features: Enjoy 50 Acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus Flowers, All-American Rose Garden, World-Famous Poinsettias; Wagon Rides; Festivals
Highlights for the Carlsbad Flower Fields: San Diego County is the #1 producer of floriculture in the United States. Cool ocean breezes and warm sunshine combine to create the perfect conditions for flowers to flourish in San Diego.
Local Paul Ecke turned San Diego into a huge exporter of floral products by promoting the use of poinsettias as the signature flower for the winter holidays.
So, it is no surprise that today, the Carlsbad Flower Fields provides the only opportunity in the world for the public to visit a commercial grower of Ranunculus flowers.
From March through the beginning of May, you can “explore 50-plus acres of breathtaking Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, abundant roses in the All American Rose Garden, the world famous Ecke poinsettias and tour the entire ranch on an exciting wagon ride”.
The Flower Fields overlooking highway I-5 and the Pacific Ocean are enjoyed by millions of passing drivers. As the old saying goes, you should ‘stop and smell the flowers’. Depending on when you visit, you’ll see tour buses of guests arriving from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and other cities throughout the Southwest.
Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields where the fresh ocean air clears the way to enjoy the beautiful scents of the flowers allow your eyes to feast on fields of color with the blue Pacific in the background.
Best Times to Visit
- The best time to visit is on a weekday afternoon.
- School children are hosted on weekday mornings.
- Weekends are very busy but offer the most activities and events. Arrive before 10AM to avoid the traffic congestion, parking hassle and long ticket lines. If you can not visit before 10AM on weekends, buy your tickets online. Otherwise,bring lots of patience.
What to Expect
- The Rose Garden is home to winners of the All-American Rose Selections dating back to 1940. Find the winning roses for the year you were born.
- Enter the Maze of Sweet Peas. Finding your way out is not as easy as it looks. You will probably have to rely on fellow visitors to help find your way out.
- Workers will be out in the fields cutting flowers. It’s interesting to watch how quickly they can cut, wrap, and place a price tag on flowers for shipment around the country.
- Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting a little dusty. Don’t forget your camera!
- There is a small children’s play area with colorful fort for the kids and benches for the parents.
- You will exit through the Armstrong Garden Center where you can buy flowers and many other products made in the local area including strawberry jam.
Flower Field Video – Get a brief glimpse of the flower fields in this video from the Flower Fields web site. Please realize video can not come close to capturing the beauty of the views and scents you will enjoy on your visit.
Flower Field Events – The beautiful Flower Field setting is used to host several festivals and events during the blooming season. They include a Bluegrass Festival, Blues Festival, Ladies’ Day and Style Show, Kids’ Day, Photography Workshops, and more.
Food – At the Flower Fields, there are a number of small stands near the entrance selling kettle corn, freshly squeezed lemonade, and other grab-and-go basics. Within a few hundred yards of the Flower Fields, you can find a number of restaurants in the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. You will also find a number of restaurants near the intersection of Palomar Airport Road and Paseo del Norte.
Information on Visiting the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
Admission Costs: (Costs are Approximate)
- Parking is Free
- $11 for Adults
- $10 for Seniors 60 Years and Up
- $6 for Kids Ages 3 – 10
- Buy your tickets online to avoid the lines at the ticket windows.
- Season Passes also available – Good for those planning to visit more than twice during the season.
Directions from Google Maps to 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad, CA 92008.
Traffic – Flower Fields traffic exiting from highway I-5 to Palomar Airport Road can be quite heavy on weekends. Plan an extra 15 minutes or so for your drive. Weekday traffic is generally much lighter. (Learn how to get the latest traffic updates.)
Transit - Buses leaving the Carlsbad Village Coaster train station go past the Carlsbad Flower Fields on weekdays. On weekends, buses come only within a .8 mile walk of the Flower Fields. (See San Diego Transit Information for the train and bus schedules and information for the online Transit Planner.)