Image source: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Flower Fields Highlights
Hours: Open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Prices: Adults: $14.00 Seniors 60+: $13.00 Children 3-10 yrs.: $7.00 Children 2 yrs. & under: Free
Season Passes: Adults: $30.00 Seniors 60+: $25.00 Children 3-10 yrs.: $16.00
Wagon Rides: Adults: $5.00 Children 3-10 yrs.: $3.00
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is a colorful array of flowers on the 50-acre hillside that overlooks the ocean and can be seen from those driving by on the freeway or roads. The attraction is east of Carlsbad Village.
Yes, you can actually visit and admire all the flowers. If you do, keep in mind that the Carlsbad Flower Fields are in full bloom and stay open to the pubic for only about six to eight weeks, beginning in early March. The colorful attraction has several gardens, exhibits, a pecial nursery, and a gift shop, You have your choice of walking the paths yourself or going on the wagon ride.
Miniature Rose Garden – Features award winning roses.
Walk of Fame – Over 170 All-American Rose selection winners on display, since 1940.
Exotic Plant Sale – Unusual and hard to find plants from growers around the country.
Sweet Pea Maze – A maze of old fashion sweet pea blossons, full of color and fragrance.
World Famous Poinsettias – Walk through a large greenhouse with Ecke poinsettias.
American Flag of Flowers – Anemone flowers in red, white and blue planted on a hillside.
Santa’s Village – For kids and adults
Groups of 20 or more
General Admission: $13.00 per person
General Admission with wagon ride: $18.00 per person
Guided Tour: $18.00 per person (Includes: general admission + docent led tour)
Guided Tour with wagon ride: $23.00 per person (Includes: General admission + docent led tour)
Advance reservations required for all group tours. 20 person minimum; $50.00 non-refundable deposit due upon booking.
Tour length: The guided tour is approximately 30 to 45 minutes; expect your total visit to take approximately 90 minutes. Benches are provided for your group to relax, so feel free to take pictures, shop and stay as long as you would like.
Wagon ride: Tour groups will be able to take a 15 to 20 minute tractor driven wagon ride. The wagon ride has a loading ramp enabling easy access for the handicapped. The ride includes an audio commentary of the history of The Flower Fields® for our visitors’ enjoyment. Group tours and wagon rides must be booked in advance!
History of The Flower Fields
Planting process and growing cycle
Description of the varieties of flowers grown
Short walk up a gentle slope (at your group’s pace)
Relax on chairs to enjoy the beautiful ocean and flower views
Browse and shop at the Armstrong Garden Center and Gift Shop
Group tour reservations are required. Please call: (760) 930-9123 ext. 118.
Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920’s. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.