On the last day of the 2011 season, Brad and I visited the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Imagine hundreds of thousands of multi-colored Ranunculus flowers lined up in perfect rows--stunning! $10 buys you entry into this botanical dreamscape.
There are two ways to view the flower fields: walking or riding. Brad and I took the walking paths, but other people chose to view them while riding around in a tractor-drawn carriage.
After doing circles around the flowers, we checked out the Sweet Pea Maze--a maze with walls of sweet pea vines. It was actually a little difficult to get out of!
Check out those peas!
After escaping the maze, we checked out the children's playground, a man playing the flute pipes, and the caged bird display. Right near the playground was this awesome lemonade stand:
If you're an allergy sufferer like I am, flower fields might not have the same appeal as they do to the average person. I arrived in Carlsbad ready to bust out my Claritin at any hint of a sniffle, but--surprise surprise--I discovered that their Ranunculus and pea flowers don't have much pollen. This was evident by the complete absence of bees in the fields. My nose behaved like a perfect princess--allergies be damned!
Here's Brad in the pea maze.
And here's Brad demonstrating that there's hardly any pollen in these pea flowers. Sniff away!
If you missed the Carlsbad Flowers this season, be sure to put it on next year's calendar. It's worth the trip out, and there are so many other things you can also do in Carlsbad while you're there.