CARLSBAD, Calif. – The world-famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad are staying open a while longer this year.

Officials Sunday announced that the regular season would be extended through May 15, as more than 14 acres of flowers are still in bloom. Tickets for the new dates will be available beginning on Monday at 9 a.m.

The extension comes after a busy Mother’s Day weekend where visits reached pre-pandemic levels.

“It has been awesome. This is my first time coming here so this has been really awesome to see all the flowers,” said one mother who spent her Sunday at the North County property. “We drove three hours to come here so it was really exciting.”

Frank Clark, general manager of the Flower Fields, says an estimated 8,500 people visited the blooms on Sunday.

“It’s a celebration of Mother’s Day,” Clark said. “We made bouquets for moms. We actually made over 600 bouquets today.”

He says on a good weekend about 6,000 visitors come out to the flower fields with attendance continuing to grow as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down in communities throughout the U.S.

“We were open last year but everyone had a mask on last year so this is the first year where we’re kind of back to normal and it was a good Mother’s Day,” he said.

If you are unable to make it out to the Flower Fields this year, the property reopens in March 2023.