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Wake Up to Carlsbad Flower Fields

You know those mornings where you just can’t get out of bed?  It’s not that you don’t want to.  You just… can’t.  Your body is stuck to the comfortable mattress, your face is planted in the fluffy pillow, and the blanket is holding you in like a burrito allowing the warmth to just consume you. It’s like a weird, unearthly form of glue.

Yeah, that was me yesterday morning.  I had a full list of things I needed to take care of, but the bed was just holding me hostage.  Then, I realized something.  I had plans with my mom and siblings to visit… the Carlsbad Flower Fields.  I have only seen this place in pictures.  My eyes opened wide, and I ran downstairs to get my day started.

I used to hate flowers.  They were so expensive, and then all they did was die.  I remember telling my husband when we were first dating that I hated flowers.  I take it all back now.  I love flowers.  If I could afford to have fresh flowers in my home every week, I wouldn’t hesitate.  They’re beautiful, and they’re a natural pick-me-up.  I love plants altogether.  I’m not the dictionary definition of a tree-hugger, but I would hug a tree.  They’re amazing.

Anyway, here is a quick peak into my visit to the beautiful wonderland that is Carlsbad Flower Fields.

Amazing, isn’t it?  This place is located about 2 hours south of Los Angeles, neighboring places like Legoland and Sea World.  
The flower fields consists of 50 acres of beautiful flowers.  The majority of these acres are ranunculus flowers that are arranged by color row by row.  It’s really phenomenal.  While we were on the way there, we ended up in traffic on and off — I was the driver.  I told my family, “I hope this is worth it because this has been really long.”  Once we arrived, after a second of glancing at the fields, my mom said, “Vy, this was all worth it.”  My heart smiled.  She was so right.
There’s a smaller area that holds several other blooms like roses, foxgloves, and mums.  The flowers come in all sorts of vibrant colors.  There’s also a sweet pea maze (closed the day we went), orchid greenhouse, poinsettia garden, and tractor wagon rides.

They have live performances throughout the day, and when you’re ready to exit, you go through a garden store in order to find your way out.  Plenty more interesting blooms to appreciate here as well.
We arrived around 12:30pm when the crowds were still at a low.  On our way out around 3:30pm, there was a long line to get into the field.  I’d advise to go early to make the most of your time, especially if you have a long drive back home.
If you love flowers, it’s definitely worth a visit.  It’s unlike any other garden you’ll see.  The ranunculus fields stretched out further than the eyes could see, and sitting opposite of the fields, you could see the Pacific Ocean.  Not a bad location at all, and there is no need to hug a tree to appreciate it.
The Flower Fields | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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