I got married in the Spring, there are smells of fresh air, everything is a bit greener, spring cleaning is in full swing, Easter occurs, and of course flowers bloom! Especially the flowers in Carlsbad, CA.
You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers;” however, in this case, it brings March flowers.
In this post, I am going to give you all the insider tips from a San Diego local girl on how to visit the flowers that bloom in Carlsbad, California.
This year the flower fields are open from March 1- May 10, 2020.
WHERE ARE THE CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS?
These beautiful and majestic flowers are located in what is considered North County San Diego. The rolling hills near Legoland are transformed each year into a beautiful display of colorful flowers.
Regardless of whether you are coming from the 1-5 N or the I-5 S you will exit off of Palomar airport road and turn left onto Paseo Del Norte. From there you should be able to follow signs along to the flower fields.
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THESE FLOWER FIELDS
I figured you would be interested in a few pieces of useful information. The flower fields are usually in bloom for about six to eight weeks, so your time is limited to go see this site.
The fields consist of nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. The flower fields themselves are a smoke-free environment, so please respect this. No pets or drones are allowed. You can purchase a bouquet of flowers if you are looking for a flower arrangement or want to give the gift of flowers to a special someone.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE FLOWER FIELDS?
This is a commonly asked question that is popular among my friends. Most girls want to make sure to look cute at these flower fields as it is the perfect Instagram worthy place. So, I have put together a shopping list below of some items I recommend on what to wear to the flower fields.
My personal suggestion is to wear a cute spring dress. Maybe in yellow or pink as those will look good with the flowers and they are springtime colors. I personally wore sandals with my dress because I feel that represents springtime; however, do be warned that it is a lot of walking around. And not only is it a lot of walking, but it is a lot of walking through the dirt. So, make sure you wear sandals that are easily cleanable.
I also like to add accessories when trying to get that perfect Instagram picture, so I recommend bringing a cute sunhat or some cute sunglasses along to add to the picture.
Like I said before, the flower fields are a very Instagram Worthy place, so make sure to get lots of photos, but also make sure to take time to appreciate the flowers and soak in the beauty around you too.
Tip #1: I spoke to this above, but wearing a cute outfit is really going to help your photo stand out. I know it may sound silly, but this is something I have learned throughout my years of blogging. You have to plan out your outfits. I resisted this for so long, but once I gave in I fell more in love with my photos.
Tip #2: The best photos will be just before sunrise or sunset. This is a tip really for any good photo. Most bloggers and influencers will wake up early to get that good lighting. So, I highly recommend visiting the flower fields during these times.
Tip #3: If you plan to just use your phone and have an iPhone than portrait mode is key. It makes the flowers in the background appear blurred and makes you stand out.
Tip #4: The flower fields have sections where you can partially walk into the rows of the flowers. The key to not getting the dirt in the picture is to have the photographer not stand straight on.
Tip #5: Make sure to capture the beauty of the area as well. Jess from Jess Wandering captures this in a lot of her photos. Check out this photo of her from the super bloom in California this past year.
Tip #6: Posing is an essential key to photography. Check out this article for more tips on how to pose yourself or how to pose your subject.
HOTELS NEAR THE FLOWER FIELDS IN CARLSBAD
Visiting San Diego and need a place to stay? Check out some of these hotels if you are looking to stay in North County San Diego. These resorts are beautiful, are close to the flower fields, but are also close to the beach and Legoland.
HILTON GARDEN INN CARLSBAD BEACH
The Hilton Garden Inn is a beautiful place to relax and soak up the sun. They offer free WiFi, a workout room, and an outdoor pool.
The average room rate is $132 as long as you aren’t going during peak season and days.
If you want to book a room then click here!
GRAND PACIFIC PALISADES RESORT
The Grand Pacific Palisades is a beautiful resort that offers breathtaking ocean view rooms. This hotel is located right above the Carlsbad Flower Fields. This is the perfect place to stay. It is central to all things in North County and it is a beautiful resort. There is a fun little water park for the kids, a gym, and a golf resort nearby!
Looking to stay in a hotel a little further south? Check out these hotels located in La Jolla.
WHAT SPECIAL EVENTS DO THE FLOWER FIELDS HOLD
Little did you know the flower fields have a lot more special offers. There are tons of events that occur at the flower fields which I had no idea about. I am excited to go to a few of the following events below.
FLOWER FLOW YOGA
Are you someone who loves being one with nature? Then this is the perfect event for you! There are plenty of times that you can participate in these yoga workshops. Morning, afternoon, and even a sunset and wine yoga event. All you need to do is bring a mat and a small towel and get ready to experience an hour full of yoga.
SUNSET WINE TASTING AND MUSIC
This is the event I am most excited about! Enjoy a beautiful sunset looking over the flower fields while drinking wine and listening to music. How much better could your night get? You will get to enjoy tasting premium wines that are paired with food bites as well as some wine and food education!
There is a photography workshop on April 19, 2020. Canon itself will be loaning out cameras and lenses for you to use during this workshop event. Learn how to capture the beautiful colors that these flowers in Carlsbad, CA have to show off
MUCH MORE AT THE FIELD OF FLOWERS: CARLSBAD, CA
There are so many more events that occur at the flower fields. If you want more information on all the events then just check out the event page here. If you are looking to purchase flowers you can purchase fresh cut flowers in the gift shop center. They do not do any kind of flower delivery currently.
FAQ ABOUT THE FLOWERS OF CARLSBAD, CA
How much is the entrance fee? It is $18 for adults, $16 for Seniors who are 60+ in age and children are $9. Insider’s tip though: if you have an AAA card make sure to bring it for an extra little discount off your ticket.
Is parking free? Yes, parking is free and there are limited handicap spots
Can I bring food? Yes, there is a designated area where you can picnic
Are the flower fields handicap accessible? Yes, however, it is a lot of dirt pathways up and downhills. There is a separate pathway along the bottom of the fields that consist of hard-packed dirt which is more suitable for wheelchairs.
FINAL THOUGHTS FROM A SAN DIEGO LOCAL
Well, there you have it! These are some of the best flowers that San Diego, California has to offer. As I said, I love springtime! These flowers of Carlsbad CA bring my heart so much joy! Tell me in the comments below if you enjoy visiting flower fields and if so where is your favorite one?
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