Each spring, 50 acres of hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad are washed in the brilliant colors of thousands of Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus flowers. Typically, the bloom season is early March through early May, but that can vary based on weather patterns each year. The 2016 bloom season opens 1 March.
You can wander through the fields at your own pace (it’s tempting to pretend you’re Dorothy and friends running through the poppy fields on the way to Oz, but please stay on the pathways), or you can take a ride on a farm wagon pulled by a tractor and listen to a narration on audio guides.
In addition to the fields, there are artist gardens, an American flag of flowers, an orchid display, a sweet pea maze, and even poinsettias. There can be live entertainment on the weekends and other special events that you can learn about on their website.
There’s a large garden center and gift shop that you can explore when you’re through with your trip through the flower fields.
What You Need to Know
Location: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily beginning 1 March 2016
Cost: Adults: $14.00 Seniors 60+: $13.00 Children 3-10 yrs.: $7.00 Children 2 yrs. & under: Free
Tips: Bring sunscreen, a hat, good walking shoes, and a light jacket for the cool onshore breezes. Parking can be a challenge on the weekends. Be prepared to park in a distant lot and walk to the entrance. There are vending machines for snacks during the week, and on the weekend, food vendors are available.
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Visited: 30 March 2013