It's Peak Season at the Carlsbad Flower Fields
Mid-March to mid-April is peak season for The Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, which means that, right now, you could be seeing their 50 acres of magnificent fields of flowers in full bloom - on look at the picture to the left tells you it's worth the trip. The Flower Fields are located on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and are a popular spot for wedding photos, nature enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a scenic getaway for the day. Here's a look at what sort of activities you can do there, and which special events will be coming to the Flower Fields during this peak season.
Mining, Mazes, & More
There's more to see and do at The Flower Fields than take photos of the gorgeous blossoms on display - though don't get me wrong, that's one of the main reasons you should visit. If the artistic opportunity of photography is what brought you to the fields in the first place, or you're simply the curious visitor, there are plenty of art displays here to entertain you. [caption id="attachment_5614" align="alignright" width="100"]
The American Flag of Flowers[/caption] Stroll through the Artist Garden to see some familiar paintings transformed into colorful gardens, or visit the 300 by 170 foot American Flag of Flowers made out of petunias. [caption id="attachment_5617" align="alignleft" width="100"]
Santa's Playground[/caption] If you're young (or just young at heart), take on the Sweet Pea Maze, described by the Flower Fields as a "living maze of fragrant and colorful 'old fashion' sweet pea blossom." There's also Santa's Playground, whose name is from what used to be Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead. Here you can explore playhouses like the Crooked Treehouse and climb around on the area's colorful gigantic mushrooms. For the adventurers and treasure-seekers alike, stop by the Carlsbad Mining Company to sift for polished gem stones and other treasures, harkening back to California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. The Fields also offer such attractions as antique tractor rides, a cymbidium orchid greenhouse, and a historic poinsettia display, just to name a few.
Upcoming Events at the Flower Fields
Coming up this week and next, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are hosting some enticing events, including Bluegrass Day this Saturday, April 14th, which will feature a free concert to celebrate summergrass San Diego. Here's a quick look at the other events in store for the near future:
- Gourd Art and Craft Jubilee, April 15th: Learn how to transform a simple gourd into art with a "Make and Take" workshop, pick up some gourd arts and crafts, or watch a free demonstration.
- Photography Workshop with Canon, April 15th: Let Canon experts teach you how to use Canon equipment to get the best shots of the amazing Flower Fields. Starts at 10:00am.
- Blues Day, April 21st: With the Blues Lovers United of San Diego, the Flower Fields of Carlsbad will be hosting 7 locally and internationally renowned blues artists, including Nathan James and Steve Burns.
And just in case you're still not convinced that this is a must-see attraction, take a look at the fantastic preview of the Flower Field's 2012 display. So pack a light jacket, a sturdy camera, and your Go San Diego Card and get going!