The Flower Fields are a place of beauty, magic, and splendor. They’re a fun place for people of all ages. There’s a lot to do, including a tractor ride with an audio history about the location, Santa’s Playground, a sweet pea maze, rose garden, gem panning, an “artists” garden with a pond and birds, and so much more. If you visit on a weekend you might hear a band play, or attend on the day of a Special Event.When children enter, they receive a Flower Fields Passport. Kids look for specially numbered wooden posts, and stamp their fun little booklet with the corresponding number from the posts. Once they have all their stamps, they can take the passport to the gem panning area for $1.00 off gem mining.
The Flower Fields allow strollers, and you might want to bring one if you have a little tot. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats, and wear comfortable walking shoes. You might want to bring a light jacket as well, as the fields are just above the Pacific Ocean, and there’s often a nice breeze. You can bring food and beverages to enjoy at designated tables for eating. They have fresh lemonade for sale, and I believe they sell other food items on certain days of the week.Designate a good 3 or more hours for your visit. Most activities within The Flower Fields are included in the price of admission, but the gem panning and tractor are a bit extra. Buy your tractor tickets prior to entering the gates. You can pay your gem panning fee at the panning station (you ~may~ need to pay with cash). Parking is free, and you can either buy your admission tickets online, or at the ticket booth. Also, it tends to be less crowded on weekdays.
Something to keep in mind, is that the fields are never all in full bloom at once. They bloom in patches. From my personal experience, I’ve found many of the flowers tend to be blooming around April, but it varies each year, depending upon the weather, time of planting, and other factors. You can call 760-431-0352 x3 for current blooming conditions.
The Flower Fields are located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, in Carlsbad, CA. They’re open daily, from 9am-6pm from March 1, 2013 – May 12, 2013. This year is the first year in a decade and a half that the Flower Fields have changed their color patterns, and we’re excited to see the new look! Click HERE for more information about the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®. Perhaps we’ll see you there!