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Where 55 Acres Of California Explodes In A Rainbow Of Blooming Flowers 💐

Imagine a field of flowers that looks BETTER than a rainbow.

A spectacle of nature that transforms the landscape into a dazzling patchwork quilt of color every spring. 

Well locals love this place for this exact reason, but a lot of people have never heard of it.

Trust me, your friends and family will be so jealous of the photos you take here. 

This isn’t just any flower field; it’s a 55-acre canvas painted with the blossoms of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, creating a visual feast that you’ll never forget.

So where can you find this hidden gem? 🧐

the flower fields carlsbad

What is it?

Located in Southern California, just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is a favorite for locals every year.

Address: 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Here they’ve filled the fields with Ranunculus flowers in 13 different colours.

It’s BETTER than a rainbow!

But that’s not all.

Aside from the rainbow of Ranunculus flowers, there’s more to enjoy at The Flower Fields.

Even your worst selfies will look good here. 

As you wander through rows upon rows of flowers, each step reveals a new shade, a new pattern, making it feel as though you’re walking through a living rainbow.

But the Carlsbad Flower Fields are more than just a pretty sight. 

There are educational programs that delve into the fascinating process of flower farming for those who want to learn more about horticulture.

And there’s more.

Each spring, the fields come alive with special events that add to the fun.

From yoga, picnics, wine tasting, musical events, and more.

There’s really something for everyone.

They also have fun things to see and do like the American Flag of Flowers and tractor rides around the fields.

But what makes the Carlsbad Flower Fields truly magical is the fleeting nature of its beauty. 

The bloom season is brief, typically from March to May (about 6-8 weeks), so you need to visit during these times to get the best experience.

And once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Until next year that is.

Making it feel even more special.

What Else Is There To Do?

While the explosion of colors of ranunculus flowers is the main event, it doesn’t end there. 

There’s also a lot more you can do here but here are some of them:

  • American flag field
  • Tractor wagon ride 
  • Butterfly garden
  • Pothead garden (no not the smoking kind)
  • Greenhouse of poinsettias (America’s best-selling potted plant)
  • Sweet pea maze

There’s also a jam-packed activity calendar with various events to suit all tastes.

If you REALLY like the flowers then you can also buy bulbs of the flowers so you can grow your own at home! 

What Food Options Are There?

There are enough food options here to keep you satisfied at The Flower Fields.

Here’s what’s on offer in terms of food at the time of writing:

  • Pizza Trolley
  • Sweet Swirls Ice Cream
  • Strawberry Shack
  • Kettle Kernels Popcorn
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Taco Trolley
  • Cotton Candy
  • Coffee (at The Kettle Kernels Booth)

When Do The Flowers Bloom? 

The best time to see the flowers is usually late March to early May for about 6-8 weeks, but these dates could change slightly depending on weather conditions. 

Follow their social media channels to stay updated.


If you want to visit you have to buy a ticket in advance online as they don’t sell tickets onsite. 

Find out more information about the Carlsbad flower fields at their website.

Will you be going to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad?

Sophie Davis

Born and raised in the Bay area of California, Sophie is a California native. She joined our team in 2023 to create travel guides on California.

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