et the bursts of yellow and orange petals come forth: the famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad are now officially open for the 2017 spring season, boasting blooms in all their gorgeous glory.
The annual opening of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch marks the unofficial start of springtime in San Diego County. This year, the field of blooms will be open from March 1 through May 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
As always, patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of breathtaking, colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The burst of color is synonymous with Carlsbad this time of year. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.
There’s also an entire field of red, white and blue petunias on a 300-foot by 170-foot hillside. The flowers were strategically planted to resemble an American flag.
In addition to a stroll through the fields, visitors can enjoy other family-friendly activities at the site including antique tractor wagon rides, a sweet pea blossoms maze, mining for gemstones and gardening demos – some including water-wise farming tips. The site is also home to a nursery and gift shop. For a list of activities this season, click here.