Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

To kick off the first day of spring break, my husband and I went to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We went to this destination a few years ago but, because it's such a magical experience, I wanted to go back a second time to take in all of the brightly colored blooms of Ranunculus flowers that grow in the fields here. I thought the flowers on my new floral dress looked a little like the Ranunculus flowers and they certainly matched the colors of the flowers here, so it ended up being the ideal frock to wear for the occasion!

Because this was our second time visiting the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, I thought I would compile a list of tips to enhance your experience if you choose to go this year or in the future! If you're in the Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego area, the flower fields are open until Mother's Day in May, so it's definitely not too late to visit and wander around the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Read on below for my list of five tips based on my experiences at the Carlsbad Flower Fields!

 Tips for Visiting the Flower Fields of Carlsbad
1. This year, you need to buy tickets in advance online due to Covid. Tickets sell out fast for the weekends, so it's best to plan in advance. We went on a weekday, which I would highly recommend. It was still very crowded but not nearly as crowded as a weekend!
2. Do not just type in "Flower Fields Carlsbad" into Google Maps! I did this thinking that there was just one flower field but it turns out that there are the Flower Field Apartments about 10 miles away from the actual Flower Fields of Carlsbad. While driving to the location, we thought the route seemed different than the last time, only to end up in an apartment complex!
3. Avoid crowds and get better pictures by skipping the first couple rows of the flower fields. The first couple rows have queues in which you'll have to wait to take pictures and the lines were long! Don't bother standing in these lines unless you really have to take a picture on a park bench or a rusty tractor in the middle of the field! The best way to avoid crowds and get good pictures is to walk to the far end of the fields. No one goes to this area and you can also step over the green tape that's everywhere and get in the actual flower beds. (Okay, so you're not supposed to do this but if you are careful not to step on any flowers, no actual harm has been done!)
4. Wear sunscreen and maybe a hat! We went on a cool day that had some cloud cover but you can still get sunburned as we sadly found out. My husband forgot to bring his hat and I didn't have any suncreen on my arms so we are both dealing with nasty sunburns this week!
5. Finally, go early in the morning or when there is some cloud cover for the best photos. I was not willing to get up at the crack of dawn to get here because, quite frankly, it was spring break and I prioritize sleep over blogging. (My husband wouldn't believe this but it's true!) Luckily, on the day we went, there was a little cloud cover. If you're really committed to taking good photos, you'll want to arrive in the morning for ideal lighting.

Dress: Kate Spade (now on sale!) here
Belt: Kate Spade similar mint belt here
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  1. Incredible location and love how you match it. So pretty!

    XX Angelica

  2. The dress and those photos are gorgeous! What a color explosion! Spring is the best time of the year!

  3. Oh wow, Katie, what gorgeous photos! All the beautiful blooms are the absolute perfect backdrop for this amazing dress!


  4. I could feast on those photos all day! The flowers, the sky and your wonderful dress - breathtaking!


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