Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Open March 1, 2020

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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Open March 1, 2020

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Opening Day is March 1, 2020


It’s that time of year again - the popular Flower Fields in Carlsbad CA will open to the public in 3 weeks on Sunday March 1st.


Carlsbad Flower Fields in full bloom


It’s hard to believe so many months have gone by since they closed and the fields turned brown. But in a few more weeks the fields will be gorgeous once again.


Be aware the Carlsbad Flower Fields take a while to reach their peak, so don’t expect the fields to look like this photo on Opening Day. But they truly are beautiful when at their peak bloom!


Check out my video from March 2015 below


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a popular tourist attraction for more than 6 decades, with 50 acres of brightly colored Ranunculas. It’s interesting to see the transitions during the year, from a brown dirt hillside to green plants, and then to vibrant colors, and then back again to brown dirt when the blooming season is over.


The Carlsbad Flower Fields are open for less than 3 months annually, from March 1st until Mother’s Day which is May 10th this year. So plan your time for several visits to enjoy the flowers and a wide array of events


Here’s some of what you can enjoy at the Flower Fields:


  •         Poinsettia display and an orchid greenhouse
  •         There’s a full calendar of events including Kids Day, musical events, arts and crafts, several Girl Scout Days, flower-arranging workshops, the special Mother’s Day Celebration on Closing Day, May 10th, and more!
  •         School tours and programs
  •         American Flag of Flowers on the south side of the fields – you can see it from Palomar Airport Road at Armada Drive by Costco
  •         Demonstration garden with ornamental and edible plants


Advance tickets are required for certain events.


You will no doubt enjoy walking through the fields to experience the flowers close up. Or take a ride on an antique tractor wagon ($6 for adults, $3 for children aged 3 to 10) to really appreciate the beauty of the Flower Fields up close, and it’s much easier on the feet!


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are easily visible from the I-5 Freeway if you look to the east (if you are NOT driving, of course) at the Palomar Road Exit at 5704 Paseo del Norte (look for the windmill) adjacent to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Mall.


Personally I think one of the best vantage points, and it’s free, is looking down on the fields from Armada Drive, with the Carlsbad windmill (now the Windmill Food Hall – check it out with 14 eateries), and 180 degree views of the ocean in the distance. I stop by often when showing property or going and coming to Costco.


You can purchase tickets on The Flower Fields website.


Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

5704 Paseo Del Norte

Phone: 760-431-0352

E-mail: info AT theflowerfields DOT COM

Carlsbad CA 92008


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Comment balloon 25 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • February 10 2020 01:03AM


Jeff Dowler, CRS WOW, beautiful! Reminds me of the tulip tours out in our Skagit County.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) 18 days ago

I would love to see those Jeff. Simply gorgeous.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 18 days ago

Something I'd really love to see for myself, Jeff. Wouldn't mind checking out the Windmill Food Hall either.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 18 days ago


We always look forward to seeing flower fields.  There is no event in our area, but you can see them from the bluffs and other place.  Wishing you a great week. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 18 days ago

Jeff these flower fields are fantastic, and definitely a must see for anyone in the area.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 18 days ago

Reminds when I used to go to the Skagit Valley in Washington for the tulips.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 18 days ago

This gets me in the spring gardening mood!  Sounds like a blast!

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) 18 days ago

Jeff- much like George Souto Fall Transitions of the Leaves, I look forward to your post about the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. I can remember seeing your post several years ago and have never seen anything like it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 18 days ago

Hi Lauren Williams, CPO 

It really is a beautiful sight when in full bloom. I have seen photos of tulip fields but not in real life. That would be fun to see!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 17 days ago

Hi Sharon Lee  - it' even better in person than in these photos!

You would enjoy sseeing the fields Nina Hollander . The food hall is pretty cool with lots of choices. I have only been once so far. They are starting to have classes there (e.g., yoga and mimosa mornings on Sundays) as well as live music and other event.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 17 days ago

Hi Sharon Lee  They are pretty special and better in person!

Nina Hollander They are definitely worth seeing, and I enjoy them every year. The Windmill Food Hall is pretty cool with so many options. Plus they also have classes (e.g., yoga & mimosas on Sundays), live music and special events!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 17 days ago

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

I always enjoy those sorts of floral displays when out driving. There is a newer subdivision near me that has a whole hillside of orange poppies in the spring.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 17 days ago

Morning Jeff.

Enjoyed the video, Mother Nature does provide us with many wonderful sights.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 17 days ago

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS what a beautiful photo.... all planted in rows with gorgeous colors.... that must be just dynamic to see live....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 17 days ago

Hello Jeff - your photo of the flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch makes taking a peek more than a bit intriguing.  When I lived in San Diego many years ago, the scenes that could be seen from the 5 freeway made many detours off the road to explore.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 17 days ago

Wow, that is a vibrant field of flowers!  I am sure it will catch the eye of anyone that sees it.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 17 days ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am sure that the pictures do not do justice to the feeling of being there.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 17 days ago

Nice!!  We're just starting to get the first signs of some flowers here.  Lenten roses are blooming, our snowdrops are about to open, but no sign of the crocus yet.  Daffodils are coming too.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 16 days ago

Wow! Jeff Dowler, CRS .  We are still in winter March 1.  Love the idea of flowers that early.  Enjoy spring!

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) 16 days ago

What an amazing scene that is, Jeff.  It is certain to give those who witness it a feeling that spring is on the horizon.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 16 days ago

Jeff, what a gorgeous photo, and sure would be nice to see color.  We only have WHITE here.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 15 days ago

They are pretty popular here George Souto  with visitos and residents.

Hi Joe Pryor  I have heard about the Skagit Valley a number of times - guess I need to visit some day to see those tulips.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 15 days ago

They don't look like this yet - a few more weeks Francine Viola 

I remember the first time we saw them when we moved out here from Boston, Kathy Streib Some friends sent us a gift certificate to visit - it was amazing to see, and still never fails to impress every year.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 15 days ago

Thanks James Dray Mother Nature IS pretty impressive.

Hi Barbara Todaro - the photo just does not do justice to the overall impact, especially when seen from above. It's an amazing transformation from dirt to flowers (wonder how many?!).


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 15 days ago

Thanks, I totally get that Michael Jacobs.  The views from a distance are pretty nice, too, but my fav is looking down from above along Armada Drive.

Have a great weekend!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 14 days ago