Florals in San Diego
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Superbloom, Schmuperbloom—Get Your Floral Fix at These 10 San Diego Locations Instead

We Love These 10 Places to See the Wildflowers

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of San Diego. One of the best ways to do this is by visiting some of the many locations that offer stunning displays of spring flowers and cherry blossoms. From festivals and botanical gardens to parks and natural reserves, San Diego is home to a wealth of locations that offer breathtaking views of the season’s blooms. Here are the 10 best places to get your floral fix in San Diego.

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Belmont in Bloom

Spring has sprung! It’s time to bid farewell to the winter blues by celebrating the beauty of the season at the second annual Belmont in Bloom festival at Mission Beach’s Belmont Park. This event will take place from April 1 to May 31, and the park will be transformed into a whimsical wonderland with towering flowers, vibrant murals and Instagram-worthy floral backdrops!Throughout the festival, Belmont Park will showcase the talents of San Diego’s local artists through live art performances, and guests can enjoy live musical entertainment every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. On weekends, guests can also meet and greet various characters, such as a flower princess, stilt walkers and bubble girls. Additional activities include face painting, balloon twisting and caricature art, and the mobile bubble carts in the park will serve spritzers and mimosas, while floral-inspired cocktails will be available at the oceanfront restaurants CannonballBeach House, and Draft. You’re in for a bloomin’ good time!
Location: Mission Beach


Bloom Bash at San Diego Museum of Art

Florals in San Diego
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On March 31, the San Diego Museum of Art is hosting its annual Bloom Bash. This event is perfect for art- and flower-lovers alike. You can explore the museum’s current exhibitions while enjoying live music, dancing and delicious food from local vendors. But what really makes this event worth attending is the beautiful flower garden outside the museum. Featuring a stunning display of spring flowers, Bloom Bash is a must-see for anyone visiting San Diego in the spring. 

Location: Balboa Park


Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a must-visit destination for anyone in San Diego, but it’s especially beautiful in the spring. With over 16 different gardens and attractions, Balboa Park offers endless opportunities to see spring flowers and cherry blossoms. The Alcazar Garden is a popular spot this time of year with its colorful flowers and iconic fountains. And if you’re looking for cherry blossoms, head over to the Japanese Friendship Garden. It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring this park and taking in all the natural beauty.



In Bloom Pop-Up Bar at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

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From Friday, March 10 through Sunday, April 30, Greenfinch Restaurant & Bar is partnering with local flower shop Native Poppy for a pop-up speakeasy experience that will transport guests to a floral wonderland. Guests will gain access to a specialty menu with signature cocktails, craft beers, fine wines, glasses of bubbly and light bites. You won’t want to miss this bloomin’ event!

Location: La Jolla


The Flower Fields

Florals in San Diego
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The Flower Fields in Carlsbad boasts a sea of vibrant flowers that stretch as far as the eye can see. You can take a wagon ride through the fields, stroll through the various gardens and even pick your own flowers to take home. There’s also a playground and other fun activities for kids, making it a great family-friendly destination. The Flower Fields are only open for a few months each year (March 1-May 14 in 2023), so don’t miss your chance to see them in full bloom.

Location: Carlsbad


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Located about two hours east of San Diego, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a beautiful destination for wildflower enthusiasts. The park is home to over 600,000 acres of desert landscape, including fields of wildflowers in the spring. Check their website for updates on bloom conditions and recommended trails!

Location: Borrego Springs


Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park is situated just 15 minutes outside of downtown San Diego and offers over 60 miles of hiking trails. In the spring, you can expect to see fields of wildflowers blooming along the trails. The park also has a Visitor Center where you can learn more about the flora and fauna of the area.

Water Conservation Garden

Located about 20 minutes east of San Diego in El Cajon, this garden is a great place to learn about water conservation and sustainability while enjoying the beauty of spring flowers. The garden features six themed areas, including a native plant garden, a vegetable garden and a native butterfly pavilion that is open during the spring and summer each year.

Location: El Cajon


Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

This reserve is located on the coast of La Jolla and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. In the spring, you can expect to see fields of wildflowers blooming along the trails, and you might even spot a rare bird or two. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even climb down the cliffs and explore the hidden coves and tide pools. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a first-time visitor, exploring Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is well worth the trek.

Location: La Jolla


San Diego Zoo

While the San Diego Zoo is primarily known for its animal exhibits, it also has a beautiful botanical collection that’s worth checking out. The zoo features over 700,000 plants, including several varieties of spring flowers and cherry blossoms. The best part? You can see them all while exploring the zoo’s animal exhibits.

Location: Balboa Park


The San Diego Botanic Garden

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The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas covers 37 acres and features several themed areas, including a tropical rainforest, a bamboo garden and a children’s garden. In the spring, the garden comes alive with vibrant blooms of tulips, daffodils and cherry blossoms. Be sure to check their website for updates on bloom conditions and special events.

Location: Encinitas

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