Carlsbad, CA

Location: Carlsbad, or "Village by the Sea," is located
35 miles north of San Diego and sits between
Oceanside to the north and Leucadia to the south. (Map)

 

Some noteable features of Carlsbad are the seven miles of quality beaches, South Carlsbad Beach Campground, Carlsbad Beach Seawall, Carlsbad Flower Fields, rolling hills, quaint Carlsbad Village shopping district, LEGOLAND, a regional shopping mall, and two lagoons.

Activity Hubs

Carlsbad Village/State Beach Activity Hub
Carlsbad State Beach (Tamarack Beach), Carlsbad Village. Events: Carlsbad Village Faire, Carlsbad Art in the Village

Beaches

Carlsbad State Beach (Tamarack Beach)
South Carlsbad State Beach
Sections of coast come up to Coast Hwy 101, while other sections area hidden below sea cliffs.

Attractions

COASTAL CAMPGROUNDS

South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
This campground rests on an ocean bluff overlooking South Carlsbad State Beach.

 

LAGOONS / NATURE CENTERS

Batiquitos Lagoon
A 610-acre lagoon with beautiful scenic trails and a nature center.

 

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center
Small, quaint nature center with exhibits and small gift shop, classes and tours.

 

Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Large lagoon with trails and nature center. Watersports center on east section. YMCA camp on west section.

 

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
Large nature center with exhibits, tours, lectures and kids activities program. Large native landscaping.

 

AMUSEMENT PARKS

LEGOLAND®
Theme park build around lego bricks. Several rides including a roller coaster. New aquarium.

 

MUSEUMS / HISTORICAL PLACES

Historical Magee Park
Historic, turn-of-the-century home, once inhabited by early settlers. Large outdoor rose garden.

 

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
Early 20th-century rancho on 27 acres, includes 18 original structures, including home, stables, barn, and work shed.

 

Museum of Making Music
Several walk-through exhibits showcase historic of American music from 1890 to current time.

 

SHOPPING AREAS

Carlsbad Premium Outlet
Explore more than 90 name brand and upscale designer outlet stores with savings from 25% to 65%.

 

The Forum, Carlsbad
Old, european-style village atmosphere retail center offers upscale specialty stores, home decor, dining, and more.

 

Carlsbad Village By-the-Sea
Streets lined with large trees, sidewalks, and quaint shops, restaurants and cafes. Small town charm.

 

FARMERS MARKETS

Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market
In heart of Carlsbad Village, this weekly farmers market includes four events each year celebrating the seasons.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

The Flower Fields At Carlsbad Ranch
Open from March to May, the flower fields feature an array of colorful blooms on a 50-acre hillside which overlooks the ocean.

 

Witch Creek Winery
Focuses on handcrafted wines that it typifies as rich, full-bodied and well-balanced.

 

HOTELS

Carlsbad Hotels, Carlsbad Boutique Hotels, Carlsbad Beach Hotels
LEGOLAND hotel resorts. Quaint boutique hotels in Carlsbad Village. Several hotels within a block of the beach. One beachfront hotel.

Events

Carlsbad Marathon and a Half
Mid January
Features 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses along the scenic coastlne, Health & Fitness Expo, several live bands and food.

 

Carlsbad Village Faire
Early May and Early November
Largest street fair in county with over 850 vendors, including arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, antiques, childrens rides, live music and international food court.

 

Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Parks
June - August
Summer concerts held at three parks on Friday evenings in Carlsbad.

 

Carlsbad Art in the Village
Early August
More than 200 arts and crafts vendors exhibit their wares on streets of Carlsbad Village. Food, live music.

 

Carlsbad Music Festival
September
A celebration of alternative classical music by world-class musicians.

 

Carlsbad ArtSplash
Late September
Features chalk art painting, vendors with original art, sculpture, live music and food.

 

Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest
Early October
Enjoy good German cuisine, polka dancing, live music, face painting, a giant pumpkin patch and antique fire engines.