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10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

on July 2, 2017

Visit Carlsbad California – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

Known as “The Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad offers the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a large city. As you wander streets lined with antique stores, boutique shops and sidewalk cafes, you’ll soon discover much more, including miles of coastline, beautiful flower gardens and world-class shopping. With a perfectly mild climate, each season offers a variety of unique events and activities, from street fairs to art walks.

Steps away sit clean, uncrowded beaches for swimming, sunbathing and surfing as well as beautiful lagoons for fishing, bird-watching and nature hikes. Venture further to discover the unique destinations of LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium or the nearby attractions of San Diego and Los Angeles. Carlsbad provides a friendly small-town atmosphere and unmatched amenities. No matter what you choose to do on vacation, Carlsbad promises to offer up special experiences and fun-filled memories that will last a lifetime. Come and Visit Carlsbad and see why so many people love this town.

With a perfectly mild climate and miles of spacious, sandy beaches, Carlsbad offers a wonderful setting for sea lovers, sunbathers and surfers.

Carlsbad, California is a family-friendly beach town located about 35 miles north of San Diego. Many families know it as the home of LEGOLAND California Resort. However, Carlsbad has lots of other fun activities too, making it worthwhile to make Carlsbad the base for your next Southern California vacation.

Here are 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California:

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1. Carlsbad Village – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad Village is the downtown area of Carlsbad located right along the coast.  The downtown area is very walkable, and the best way to experience Carlsbad Village is to set out on foot. You can explore all the shopping that Carlsbad Village offers – second hand clothing shops; antique storesboutiques, art galleries, and several wine bars for wine tasting.

Carlsbad’s original train depot built in the 1880s is now a visitor’s center and worth a visit. Carlsbad is a hub for trains passing through to San Diego; the coaster travels from Oceanside to downtown San Diego and the AmTrak Pacific Surf-liner goes all the way to Washington State.

One of the more famous landmarks is the Alt Karlsbad Hanse House on Carlsbad Boulevard, site of the first mineral water spa in the town, a mainstay of Carlsbad since the 1880s. Carlsbad was named after the famous Karlsbad Spa in Europe (in the present-day Czech Republic).

10 reasons to fall in love with the Carlsbad Village

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2. Carlsbad Farmer’s Market – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

The Carlsbad Farmer’s Market is a great place to buy local fruits and vegetables, among many other products and service. The market is held on Wednesdays from 3 – 6 pm on State Street between Grand and Carlsbad Village Drive.

 

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3. The Beach – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad beaches are a hit with residents and visitors alike. While the beach runs continuously from one end of Carlsbad to the other, about 7 miles, there are some particularly popular beaches –  Carlsbad State Beach (with camping sites), Ponto and Tamarack Beach; Frazee Beach is located at the end of Carlsbad Village Drive in the Village. There is a cement “boardwalk” along the beach in town running south from the small park as you enter the Village, offering views north to Camp Pendleton and south as far as La Jolla.

The beaches and the boardwalk are popular all year, especially for sunset watching, but can get fairly crowded during the summer months. It’s a great area to walk, ride bikes, or simply watch the surfers, pelicans and seagulls and other colorful characters that also enjoy the Southern California lifestyle that Carlsbad is so famous for. You’ll be charmed if you haven’t visited!

The north half of the Carlsbad coast is composed of a several small beaches divided by sea walls, while South Carlsbad State Beach is where you’ll find happy campers, riding bikes around the campground and body boarding on the often uncrowded beach below. Carlsbad Beaches have well-designed walkways, attractive sea walls and a host of facilities make the beaches in Carlsbad as pleasing to the eye as they are accommodating to visitors.

WHERE TO GO

  • For some great local surfing, head to Tamarack (near its namesake street), Warm Water Jetty (by the large Electric Power Plant) and Terramar (near the lagoon).
  • The Agua Hedionda Lagoon north of Cannon Road is home to a YMCA water sports camp, a private water-skiing concession and it is also great for stand-up paddling.
  • South Carlsbad State Beach is a great place for overnight camping or day use. Plan and reserve ahead.
  • South Carlsbad State Beach (better known as Ponto) has more well-defined peaks for surfing than the faster-closing beachbreaks on the main stretch. Come and hang ten in Carlsbad.

 

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4. LEGOLAND California Resort – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

 LEGOLAND California Resort was a slam dunk for my kids, ages 8 and 6. Its roller coasters, playgrounds and shows are perfect for kids their age. Don’t miss Miniland, where famous cities, the worlds of Star Wars, and busts of famous historical figures have been recreated entirely in LEGOS.

For more of my tips for visiting LEGOLAND California Resort, check out 20 Things to do with kids in Carlsbad at Things to do in Carlsbad Summer 2017

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5. Carlsbad Flower Fields – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

Visit Carlsbad – The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 

Noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.

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6. Craft Beer Tasting – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

San Diego Craft Brewery Capital of the world . Going out for a beer in San Diego does not typically mean heading out to the corner dive for a cold Bud, or even a couple of Coronas with some friends. Beer in this city means hanging out at Barrel Republic while tasting a wide variety of fabulous beers with their delicious macaroni and cheese, yum.

Karl Strauss and 83 Degrees come taste for yourself and see why San Diego is known as the Craft Beer Capital Learn more about it!

7. Wine Tasting Bliss – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California
San Diego’s Oldest Urban WineryWitch Creek Winery is San Diego’s oldest “Urban Winery” originally founded in 1993 and relocated to Carlsbad in 1996. Witch Creek prides itself in making easy drinking, consumer friendly wines that range from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Teroldego and Barbera.

Carruth Cellars is an urban winery specializing in California style wines. We source quality grapes from premium vineyards in Northern & Central California, transport them by truck, and make our wine with love & gratitude by the beach! We call it bringing grapes to the people. You can thank us later.

Learn more about our urban winery and others in San Diego…  Adam Carruth, Owner and Winemaker, is a passionate entrepreneur whom expresses love & gratitude in every bottle.

 

8. Carlsbad Food Tours – Eat Like a Local with Carlsbad Historic Walking Food Tours

Carlsbad Food Tours offer a locals perspective to our unique “Village by the Sea”, in North County San Diego. Carlsbad’s coastal splendor, laid-back SoCal vibe, old world charms & culinary jewels makes Carlsbad Food Tours a great foodie experience.  Learn More

9. U- Pick  Strawberries – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

The Carlsbad Strawberry Company is a family run grower of fruits and vegetables.  Now in its third generation, they have been farming in this area since 1948.

The strawberries are packaged commercially and sold in the “Carlsbad” label and sold to markets by Aviara Farms, Inc.

We are located at the corner of Cannon Road and Paseo del Norte, just east of Interstate 5 at the Cannon Road exit in Carlsbad.  We’re located right around the corner from the Carlsbad Flower Fields, the Carlsbad Company Stores, Legoland and Car Country Carlsbad. he U-Pick is open daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

10.  Shopping in Carlsbad – 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad, California

CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS
5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

VILLAGE FAIRE: 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

CARLSBAD VILLAGE ART & ANTIQUE MALL
2752 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

THE FORUM AT CARLSBAD: 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92013

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