The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®

The hills are alive with the sound…wait, that’s not right. But the hills ARE alive with
breathtaking beauty at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®!

The Flower Fields were originally cultivated by horticulturist, Luther Gage, in the
1920’s. The 90-year, rich history of the fields is very interesting and lengthy, but in the
end, Paul Ecke Jr. joined forces with grower Mellano & Company to purchase the land
and create what we now refer to as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®. Mr. Ecke
knew that tourism was the key to supporting this beautiful local landmark.

In my 10 years in the San Diego area, I had never been to the flower fields until this
season. Boy, was I missing out. After a slow start to the season, the colors are even
more intense and breathtaking than usual. With over 80 million blooming flowers, it
really is absolutely beautiful.

One of the greatest surprises was the number of kid-friendly activities. In addition to the large playground, there is a Sweet Pea Maze, gem mining, tractor wagon rides, rose and theme gardens, a tadpole pond and picnic areas. If you only have time to do one thing at The Flower Fields take some photos of your family in the fields. The colors are just magnificent and our daughter loved being right in the middle of flowers taller than her!

The details:
Season: March 1st – May 12th
Open 7 days a week, 9am-6pm
There is free parking every day and food sales on the weekends.


Adults: $11
Seniors 60+: $10
Kids 3-10: $6

Wagon ride:
Adult: $5
Kids 3-10: $3


Upcoming events:
Bonsai Show and Sale: May 11& 12th
Mother’s Day Celebration: May 12th
With just a few weeks left, it is definitely worth your time to make the trip up to Carlsbad for this beautiful site to see!

Don’t forget your sunscreen! – Emma

 This post brought to you by the wonderful Sarah Nguyen

One thought on “The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®

  1. Lee Conradi says:

    Just curious. Where do you get the water from through the years. I thought that the annual rainfall was about 1 inch (I know right now there is unusual weather.) Curious because I am interested in horticulture. Thank you.

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