5 Carlsbad Attractions You Can't Miss
If you are visiting the coastal town of Carlsbad there are many not to be missed attractions.
There is so much to do in Carlsbad it is difficult to choose our favorites - but here is our list of the five attractions that you really should see.
Legoland California Resort
If you have young children you will be sure to want to visit Legoland California in Carlsbad. Based around the very popular Lego bricks this theme park is well worth a visit if you are in the area. We have held annual passes for the last decade and have spent many happy hours in the park.
The center of the park is Miniland USA. If you have ever wanted to see what is really possible to make with Lego bricks then you will enjoy this large area with some amazing models. Our favorites include Las Vegas, New York and Washington. Star Wars fans will also enjoy the models depicting scenes from the movie. All of the models are very detailed and you will marvel at how the master Lego builders can create such amazing structures.
There are lots of other attractions, shows and rides at the park. Most of them are geared towards young children. Check the height requirements for the rides before you visit. You may find that your toddler is too small for most of the rides. The idea age range is around 5 to 9.
The rides are fun, but are mostly not that sophisticated. We would say don't take your teenager there unless they are obsessed with Lego - they are probably not going to be very impressed with the rides. This is not a thrill ride theme park.
Legoland Water Park is also a lot of fun. It is open seasonally. There are many attractions including the Lion Temple Wave Pool, Build A Raft River, Joker Soaker and Crooler's Twist. The Water Park can be enjoyed by all ages but is particularly suitable for families with younger children.
SeaLife Aquarium is also part of the Legoland California Resort. It is a relatively new addition to the resort and is worth a visit if you have two or three hours to spend. There are over 5,000 creatures at SeaLife including sharks, rays, seahorses, clownfish and octopus. Our favorite is the 35 foot long ocean tunnel where you can walk through the tank and look up at the fish and sharks.
You can buy combined and separate tickets for each of the three parts of the Legoland California Resort. There is also a themed Legoland Hotel on site within easy walking distance of the park.
One Legoland Drive
Opening Hours vary.
When it comes to California theme parks and amusement parks, LEGOLAND California Resort is the best choice for your family. Build your adventure today!
The Carlsbad Premium Outlets
If you enjoy shopping then you are sure to enjoy the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Here you can browse high end and designer outlet stores and find some bargains to take home.
If you love designer clothing then stop by Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, DKNY or Ralph Lauren. Or pick up a bargain at Coach, Sketchers, Banana Republic, The Disney Store, Crate and Barrel Outlet or The Gap.
When you have tired of shopping there are plenty of places to grab something to eat. From the traditional diner Ruby's to quick dining at Rubios, Starbucks, Blaze Pizza or Sansai.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo del Norte,
Museum Of Making Music
This is a small museum but well worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to spare. General entrance is $8 and concessions are $5. The museum traces the history of music from the 1890s to the present day. There is even the chance to play some instruments.
There are a number of permanent exhibitions showing music through history. The museum also has temporary exhibitions and sometimes hosts music performances.
Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Tamarack Beach is one of our favorites in Carlsbad as it is excellent for families to enjoy. You can sit on the beach, surf (or just watch the surfers), kayak, swim and even scuba. We have often seen dolphins swimming in the ocean when we were walking along Tamarack Beach.
If you want to take a stroll along the beach you can walk along the sand all the way to Oceanside. Or if you prefer you can walk along the 4 mile stretch of the Carlsbad Seawall.
There is limited parking available along the coast. There is also a small parking area at the end of Tamarack - if you are lucky you will find a space!
Take some time to stroll around Carlsbad Village when you are visiting this very pleasant coastal town. Carlsbad Village is a short walk from the beach and you will find a selection of specialty stores and restaurants.
A great place to eat is The Naked Cafe for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Enjoy the freshly cooked food inside or go outside and sit on the patio to people watch. A favorite place for coffee is It's A Grind.
There are plenty of small stores to browse around including antique shops, specialty gifts and gourmet goods.
If you are visiting on a Wednesday between 3 pm and 6 pm then you must check out the State Street Farmer's Market.
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