San Diego Hometown Tourist: The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

It’s that time of year and the flowers are in good bloom.

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields® at Carlsbad Ranch, in Carlsbad, California, are in a full bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, is also one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.


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The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Yellow Ranunculus with Red Flowers

White Flower with Yellow

Pink Water Lily

Pink Ranunculus Flower Field

Yellow Ranunculus Flower Field

Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Flower Field Close Up

Pink Lily with White Flower



Tickets are available for purchase onsite and online

Hours:  March 1, 2013 – May 12, 2013 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Prices: $11,00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors 60+, $6.00 for Children 3 – 10, Children 2 and under are Free

Season Passes: $20.00 for Adults, $18.00 Seniors 60+, $10.00 for Children 3 – 10

Wagon Rides: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children 3 – 10

Information Line: (760) 431-0352


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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. Beautiful pictures BCOT 🙂