Mar 1, 2024 - News

Carlsbad's Flower Fields: What to know

Carlsbad Flower Fields

The Carlsbad Flower Fields. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

The blooms are bloomin' at The Flower Fields and visitors can go see the seemingly endless bursts of color starting today.

Why it matters: The giant tecolote ranunculus flowers that stretch across a 55-acre farm in Carlsbad are a local marker that spring has arrived, and the rainy, cool weather has this year's crop popping.

The vibe: Rows of vibrant pink, red, yellow and orange blossoms as far as the eye can see.

  • Kids walking through the sweet-pea maze, mining for gemstones and waving from a tractor-wagon ride.
  • Lines of couples, families and influencers waiting to pose for the perfect Instagram photo.

What to see: Other attractions include a cymbidium orchid greenhouse, aviaries and an American flag of poinsettias.

  • Plus, a "pothead garden" that features concrete busts overflowing with flowers and greenery.
Carlsbad Flower Fields
The Carlsbad Flower Fields. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

Pro tip: Get a shake from the Strawberry Shack.

If you go: It might be worth waiting until April for full blooms, but you can visit the Carlsbad flower fields March 1-May 12 (Mother's Day).

  • Buy tickets online — $23 for adults and $14 for kids, but there's an opening-day discount.

Fun fact: Ranunculus flowers are buttercups, like the ones we used to put under our chins to see if the yellow glow would reveal a love of butter.

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