Carlsbad Flower Fields Open March 1

Carlsbad Flower Fields

The beautiful Flower Fields in Carlsbad CA open Friday March 1st. Are you ready to enjoy them?

If you plan to visit you must book your tickets online for a specific date and arrival time. As a result, tickets are not available the gate. Once you are in you can stay as long as you wish (the Flower Fields close at 6 pm).

The Flower Fields take a while to reach their peak so don’t expect them to look like this photo on Opening Day.

Flower Fields in Carlsbad 2016

Peak bloom often happens in late March although that can depend on the weather. However, they are  beautiful even when not at peak bloom, and a wonderful sign of spring!

The Carlsbad Flower Fields, with around 55 acres of Ranunculus flowers, have been a popular tourist attraction for 60+ years. The transitions on the hillside throughout the year are fun to watch. The fields change from brown dirt to green plants, then to vibrant colors, and back again to brown dirt when blooming season is over.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open each year from March 1st until Mother’s Day. This year that’s May 12th.


Here are some of the Flower Fields attractions:

  • Poinsettia display and orchid greenhouse
  • Santa’s Playground
  • A Sweet Pea Maze
  • Artist Gardens and Bird Aviaries
  • Multiple gardens – Butterfly, Mediterranean, Illusion
  • American Flag of Flowers on the south side of the fields. This can be seen from Palomar Airport Road at Armada Drive by Costco
  • Food is available including the Strawberry Shack (all sorts of sweet treats), pizza, and more

Here’s a list of activities to enjoy at the Flower Fields. However, keep in mind some of these sell out quickly.

Visitors can enjoy walking through the fields to experience the flowers close up and there are wonderful photo opportunities. Moreover, drones are not allowed.

For a different view and experience take a ride on the antique tractor wagon. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10 (free for kids under 3). You can purchase tractor tickets once inside using a credit or debit card (no cash).

One wonderful vantage point is looking down on the fields from Armada Drive. Beyond the fields you’ll see the Carlsbad windmill and have 180 degree views of the ocean in the distance. It’s an expansive view and it’s free. 

Of course it’s not the same as walking through the fields on foot, but you can stop by whenever you want and the views are magnificent!

For more information call (760) 431-0352 or email them at