While most Southern Californians are headed out to Anza Borrego Desert to see this year’s record super bloom, you can see beautiful wildflowers right here in North County San Diego. We were lucky enough to have a wonderful rainy season that has led to gorgeous bursts of color everywhere, from along the freeway to your own front yard. Here are a few places around town that will save you the drive to the desert.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, Carlsbad
Perhaps the most famous place in North County to get your fill of beautiful blooms is The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch located right off the 5 freeway and Palomar Airport Road. While not exactly "wildflowers," your family is sure to have a memorable time walking among the rainbow colored rows of ranunculus or taking the tractor ride to tour the whole property. You can even buy a bunch to take home with you! Be sure to stop at the strawberry fields on Cannon Rd on your way out for some of the most delicious strawberries anywhere.
Buena Vista Park, Vista
Located near Shadowridge golf course in vista, is Buenavista Park. This is a popular park all year round with a small duck pond and many walking trails. Right now you can see wildflowers throughout the park along the walking trails including wild mustard, Foxglove, and many other varietals. This park also offers wonderful views of the surrounding cities San Marcos and Carlsbad from the top of the hill. Why not pack a picnic and head over here this weekend?
Guajome Lake Park, Oceanside
Guajome Lake Park in Oceanside is another Great place for families to enjoy the fantastic weather this weekend. Walkers can enjoy the flowering trees as well as native Southern California wildflowers. This is park also offers camping for families who want to make their visit a weekend long event. Visit the Guajome Lake Webiste for more details.
Leo Carrillo Ranch, Carlsbad
The historic Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, is famous for many reasons including the wild peacocks and the historic buildings once owned by actor and Preservationist, Leo Carrillo. What some people don’t know is that the valley was once called “Rancho de los Quiotes” or Ranch of the Spanish Daggers after the native yucca plants. Today, huge yucca plants can be seen throughout the property, as well as many blooming succulents and even some beautiful wisteria. You will definitely see the feisty peacocks and you may even see a local artist painting a landscape of the beautiful setting. More details can be found on the Friends of Leo Carrillo Ranch website.
What other parks around town are in full bloom right now? Please share in the comments below!Posted by Tyson Lund on
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