4 Things You Can Do in Carlsbad, CA
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Carlsbad is located in San Diego County in southern California. It attracts more than four million visitors each year thanks to a number of things — most notably beaches, the Legoland California theme park, and the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. These attractions have also given Carlsbad different names, such as “Village by the Sea,” and “Flower Capital of the U.S.” There’s much to do for everyone, regardless of what your interests are. So with that, below are just a few of the things you can do when you visit Carlsbad, California:
Visit the beaches
Carlsbad beaches are some of the best in San Diego. The two main beaches that run along Carlsbad are Frazee State Beach, Carlsbad State Beach, Tamarack and Ponto. There’s also Terramar Beach, which is a famous surf spot among locals — although all beaches have their own spots that surfers love. Meanwhile, South Carlsbad State Beach includes campgrounds where you can book a site. The place is complete with showers, picnic tables, laundry, and a camp store.
Jeune et Jolie is a 2021 Michelin Guide restaurant that reimagines French cuisine in the Southern California landscape. Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana and Seafood serves great wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood dishes, and other traditional dishes. Those with a sweet tooth have many options — like The Strawberry Shack, which serves products made from fresh California strawberries, and The Goods, which offers artisan donuts made from locally-sourced ingredients. If you’re still not exactly sure what you want, Park 101 has something for everyone.
Go on a food trip
There won’t be a shortage of must-tries for the foodies. If you’re not sure where to start, you can try out the local favorites. Jeune et Jolie is a 2021 Michelin Guide restaurant that reimagines French cuisine in the Southern California landscape. Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana and Seafood serves great wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood dishes, and other traditional dishes.
Those with a sweet tooth have many options — like The Strawberry Shack, which serves products made from fresh California strawberries, and The Goods, which offers artisan donuts made from locally-sourced ingredients. If you’re still not exactly sure what you want, schedule a tour with Carlsbad Food Tours and try 6 restaurants in one day. Learn about Carlsbad’s history, culture and architecture while eating your way through the town.
Visit the Carlsbad Historical Society Museum
The region holds much history, from the Luiseno Indians before the Spanish arrived in the 1600s to the division of Spanish mission lands in the 1800s. The Carlsbad Historical Society was established in 1975 to preserve, promote, and enhance knowledge of the surrounding area’s history, significant landmarks, institutions, and memorabilia. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to the community through educational as well as social events. The museum and archives are kept in the Shipley-Magee House, at 258 Beech Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
You can also check out the Leo Carrillo Ranch & Historic Park, which contains preserved and restored structures from 1937, such as the stable bunkhouse, cantina, and hacienda.
Whether you want the adventure or the quiet that nature can give, Carlsbad has both. For nature-seekers there’s the Batiquitos Lagoon. This is a coastal wetland and estuary that leads to the Pacific Ocean. This environment is home to a large number of species of birds. And if you want a scenic experience, Pedego Carlsbad at 2978 Carlsbad Blvd #130, Carlsbad, CA 92008 rents out electric bikes, so you can cruise through the beauty of this coastal town.
While you can opt to conduct a self-guided tour easily, one good option is to follow a tour guide. Going on a guided tour with a professional means they can answer your questions, and provide Carlsbad-specific knowledge about the area’s objects, history, natural life, or any sights that catch your fancy. For instance, their Coastline Tour will take you through the historic Highway 101, where your tour guide will share fun Carlsbad and California facts. If you’re lucky, they can even help you spot some dolphins or whales passing by!
Article written by Jackie Ruth