We are currently enjoying some relaxing family time in San Diego, where my brother and his family live in the laid-back Pacific Beach neighborhood. It’s our third time here and we kinda feel like locals when strolling around the hood. I will share all my favorite things to do in San Diego soon, but for now you’ll have to do with these colorful images of our day trip to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.
Okay, so Carlsbad is probably not a very well known place, and even though I totally get that, I also think that needs to change. First of all, it’s very close to San Diego; only a 35 minute drive from our Pacific Beach airbnb. Second of all, it’s a lovely beach town right by the Pacific Ocean. But the highlight for me are the Carlsbad Flower Fields at the Carlsbad Ranch. And also: if you’re into shopping, the Premium Outlets are right next door.
Carlsbad Flower Fields
Each spring almost fifty acres of land transforms into the most wonderful burst of colors as the Giant Ranunculus flowers start to bloom. Side note: ranunculus are actually my favorite flower. The best time to visit is between early March and early May, so we pretty much hit the jackpot with our timing. The ranch is mostly operated by lovely golden oldies, both men and women, who are super nice and seemed to be very excited that we came all the way from Holland (you know: the most famous flower country in the world) to their flower fields. Fyi, I liked these flower fields better than our Dutch Keukenhof. Yes, I said it.
Anyway, take a look at some snapshots of our wonderful sunny day at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. And also, write down my five tips for your visit if you plan on traveling to San Diego in springtime. You’re most welcome.
1. Buy fresh lemonade at the cute lemonade stand
2. Pay $5 extra to take a wagon ride
3. Get up close and personal with the blooms
4. Make use of the photo op benches
5. Hop into Armstrong Garden Center for fresh Strawberry shortcake
Address: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: seven days a week from 9am to 6pm
Prices: Adults $14 / Seniors $13 / Kids 3-10 $7 / Under 2 free
Wagon rides: Adults $5 / Kids $3