I woke up excited today because it was time for my annual trip to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. The Carlsbad Ranch has been displaying their dazzling flower collection for the past 25 years. With over 50 acres of color coordinated Tecolote Ranunculus’s you can become mesmerized with the rarity and beauty of millions of flowers all in one place.
I usually take the majority of my time exploring the Rancunculus Fields but they also have about 2 acres dedicated to other types of flowers. This year I discovered succulents, roses, and other specialty flowers that were gorgeous but I’m no flower expert so I have no idea what they were!! Just enjoy the pics! 🙂
After viewing the specialty flowers, I head to the main show, the Ranunculus! You can get fairly close to the flowers but to preserve them for the entire season you aren’t allowed to really go in and explore. They do have special access areas where you can get pictures looking a bit more surrounded by flowers.
THINGS TO KNOW
- The flower field season changes yearly. Usually it includes: March, April and part of May.
- It pays to find out when the flowers are in full BLOOM this is usually the best time for pictures.
- They are open 7 days a week (during the March-May season). I go on weekdays so I know little about the weekend traffic. (Let me know in the comments if you have ever gone on the weekend. It would be nice to let the readers know what the fields are like on the weekends.)
- Hours are 9:00 am-6:00 pm
- The fields do have special events through out the season like live music, photography workshops, and arts and crafts.
- If you don’t want to walk the fields they do have wagon rides but they will cost extra.
Insider Tip: Buy your tickets in advance on-line. The ticket sale booth at the fields can get very congested!
Need more information on the fields?
- Visit The Flower Field website
- Thrifts and Threads has some great images for how YOU can pose and dress for your visit to the fields.
- Can’t fit in a visit this year but you want to feel like you’re there. Check out this!
Other places to view flowers in Southern California:
- Bedford Peak Currently has wildflowers everywhere!
- Chino Hills State Park is experiencing wildflower madness.
- Anza-Borrego has been a fan favorite
- Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore has exploded with flowers
WHERE TO EAT
So I make it a tradition to catch a bite to eat after visiting The Flower Fields. I like to ask the people working what they recommend and I also look through the Carlsbad Color Program for any discounts on restaurants in the area. Here are three of my suggestions that are roughly half a mile away from the fields.
Stop here for locally sourced organic products. Delicious sandwiches, fresh juices, and a variety of produce at your fingertips. I have eaten here before and really enjoyed the sandwiches. I do feel they are slightly overpriced (almost $9.00 for a sandwich, not including any chips or a drink). However, the sandwiches are pretty big and you can get a half sandwich instead of a full. There is an outside area in the back where you can enjoy the fresh air and a full belly.
European style market with a deli eatery, restaurant, and meat market.
I haven’t eaten here but it was a recommendation from workers at The Flower Fields. I was told they have a great Burger deal where you get a 1/2 lb burger, fries, and a soda for about $7.00.
NEW- Not even a month old as of April 18, 2017. Serving fresh fish, lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, and more.
I was intrigued to try since it was new and I saw some people eating outside and the food looked amazing. I ended up getting a salmon skewer and what not disappointed! For about $9.50 I got a salmon and veggie skewer on a bed of rice with a salad. Delish!
Also they are owned by Tip Top Meats.
Tips: All three of these locations are in the same shopping center so you can look at each of them before you make a decision.
Hope you enjoy your trip to The Flower Fields! Adventure awaits!