Carlsbad Flower Fields Open March 1, 2021

Things to do in Carlsbad

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but our popular Flower Fields in Carlsbad CA will open to the public in a little over 1 week, on Monday March 1st.

Last year was certainly different, given the pandemic, and the Flower Fields were only open to the public for a few weeks before the Stay at Home restrictions were implemented.

But here we are again and the Flower Fields are getting ready to open with some new procedures in place.

1. No tickets will be sold on-site; tickets must be purchased online

2. Masks are required for staff and visitors at all times, as is social distancing

There is also a NEW U-Pick Blueberry Patch with parking. You can enjoy picking blueberries while part of your visit OR just go separately using the new parking lot on Cannon Road.

Keep in mind the Carlsbad Flower Fields take a while to reach their peak, so don’t expect the fields to look like this photo on day 1. But they are truly beautiful when at their peak bloom!

The Carlsbad Flower Fields have been a popular tourist attraction for more than 6 decades, with 50 acres of brightly colored Ranunculas.  The transitions during the year are fascinating to watch, changing from a brown dirt hillside to green plants, and then to vibrant colors, and then back again to brown dirt when blooming season is over.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open annually for about 2 1/2 months, from March 1st until Mother’s Day which is May 9th this year.  

Here is some of what you can enjoy at the Flower Fields:

  • A historic Poinsettia display and orchid greenhouse
  • Artist gardens
  • American Flag of Flowers on the south side of the fields – you can see it from Palomar Airport Road at Armada Drive by Costco

You will enjoy walking through the fields to experience the flowers close up.

Or take a ride on an antique tractor wagon ($6 for adults, $3 for children aged 3 to 10) to really appreciate the beauty of the Flower Fields up close.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are easily visible from the I-5 Freeway if you look to the east (NOT while you are driving, of course) at the Palomar Road Exit at 5704 Paseo del Norte (look for the windmill) adjacent to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Mall.

Personally I think one of the best vantage points, and it’ free, is looking down on the fields from Armada Drive, with the Carlsbad windmill, and 180 degree views of the ocean in the distance. I stop by often when showing property or going and coming to Costco.  Of course it’s not the same as walking through the fields on foot!