the flower fields

Address: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Be sure to put in this address or type in “The” Flower Fields, because I just put in “Flower Fields” on Apple Maps, and it took me to a place called “Flower Fields Apartments” which is about 8 minutes from the actual Flower Fields)

Expense: You have to buy your tickets in advance online at a specific time slot. An adult ticket is $22 + fees (last year I got to visit when they extended the season for an extra week for a discounted price of $10 + fees, if you want to risk it, just wait near May for this).

Parking is free. (I strongly suggest going to an early time slot because we went at 1:30, and it was a bit difficult to find parking).

Dress code: Dress however you like, but I advise you to bring a sweater or a light jacket (the weather is unpredictable in Southern California).

The Flower Fields is located on a small hill so it can get breezy, especially since it is nearby the beach. I also advise bringing some comfortable shoes if you decide to walk up the hill to take more pictures of the field.

I went on May 16, 2021, the second to last day before the season officially ended. Although the flowers were wilting, the fields and gardens still looked great! But if you decide you want to go during their “peak” season, April is a great time to go.

There is so much to explore here aside from the field of flowers. They have a seasonal 2-acre U-pick blueberry patch, an antique tractor wagon tour, the artist gardens, bird aviaries, the cymbidium orchid greenhouse, and so much more! It’s flowers and plants galore here.

If you decide to bring the young ones, The Flower Fields has an area called Santa’s Playground that has a whimsical playhouse and other areas to see.

To really get the whole experience and time to admire how pretty everything is, I recommend spending at least two hours here. That way you can take your time to walk around and look at everything, plus there might be some waiting to get photo opportunities.

Tip: If you decide to go, I suggest going earlier in the day so you don’t have to wait in long lines to take pictures “in the field”. I say it with quotations because they tape off the field so people are not in the field killing the flowers just for pictures. We went at 1:30-ish and had to wait in a short line before getting to this spot (picture on the top for reference).

Since I went during the extended week, they closed a little earlier so the lines and crowds were a bit smaller. I can’t imagine how it would be during the peak times, that’s why I suggest again getting tickets at an earlier time slot!

Will you be visiting this season? Let me know in the comments below!

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