by Ketki Hanamshet Updated on 15 Oct 2018
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The small town of Carlsbad in California has rightfully earned the title of ‘The Village by the Sea’. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Carlsbad is almost like one of those quaint and dreamy European hamlets. But at the same time, it has the ambiance of a sunny Californian beach with all its fervor and spirit. With stretches of white sands and even bigger stretches of colorful flower fields, Carlsbad is indeed the perfect place to spend a quiet weekend. Explore Carlsbad attractions, best places to visit in Carlsbad with us. Whether you are a new resident of the place or are planning to visit anytime soon, here are 15 tourist attractions in Carlsbad that should be on your list.
Let's explore 15 best things to do in Carlsbad:
1. Sea Life Aquarium
Under the tutelage of Legoland, the Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad is a marine park that offers visitors interactive sessions to know more about the underwater world, its flora and fauna and their lifestyles. In the aquarium, you will find more than 5,000 sea creatures resting and breeding. Do not miss the feeding sessions.
2. Adventure sports at Carlsbad State Beach
The strip of white sands in south Carlsbad is a hub of adventure sports and other activities. Swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, beachcombing – pick whichever you are comfortable in and indulge to your heart’s content. Above the beach, the bluffs are perfect for camping and picnicking. There are facilities for bathroom, shower and electricity.
3. Museum of Making Music
The Museum of Making Music is a culturally enriched establishment, hosting an array of exhibitions, concerts, interactive programs, workshops and more to preserve the history of American music. The exhibits include classical musical instruments, clips of vintage music and the evolution of it to contemporary ones. The museum is closed on Monday.
4. New Village Arts Theatre
A less popular spot, but you will like this place very much if theatrics attract you. The New Village Arts Theatre can seat around a 100 people, and the productions are arranged by a local ensemble group. But they do a good job, and you can pay a visit if you have some time in hand to discover the local artists.
5. Carlsbad Village
Carlsbad Village is the downtown area of the city with lined up shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and more. The best way to explore the Carlsbad Village is on foot. Do visit the few antique shops that there are. To steer away from shopping, you can go wine tasting at the Witch Creek Wine Tasting Shop and get a flavour of the best of California. Visit the Alt Karlsbad Hanse House for a relaxing mineral spa massage. This spa dates back to the 1880’s almost.
6. Legoland California
Legoland California is the best attraction of Carlsbad. In a small town like Carlsbad, an attraction like this is a big deal. The park has more than 60 theme-based rides, interactive attractions, simulation rides, and children show for kids between 2 to 12. The Water Park, on the other hand, has, even more, rides suitable for the whole family like Temple Wave Pool, Crocodile Swamp, Build-a-Boat session and more.
7. Le Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
One of the best attractions of Carlsbad, Le Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is a National Landmark. It was once an actual working ranch, all old and vintage style, run by actor Leo Carrillo. Now it is a tourist spot with a lovely landscape, picturesque overlapping of blooming plants and a handful of old windmills and buildings. To add to the experience, many wild peacocks roam around the part free.
8. Carlsbad Village Farmer’s Market
Carlsbad Village Farmer’s market is a weekly Wednesday farmer’s market that sells fresh, organic and homemade products. Naturally grown flowers, vegetables, plants and saps, local food and more such things make this market a popular destination to visit. Taking some time away from the malls and the commercialized shops, this market lets you buy straight from the farmers and support small businesses.
9. The flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch
During the spring-summer months of March to May, the fields along the hills of North San Diego turn alive with a burst of colours thanks to the fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs. The ranch lets public visit the vivid fields all seven days of the week during the blooming season. They also have a smaller garden and a gift shop, if you want to take back some souvenir of the fields.
10. Carlsbad Village Art and Antique Mall
The Carlsbad Village and Antique Mall is a dream come true for vintage item lovers and collectors. Spread over 15,000 square feet, the mall caters to around a thousand dealers who sell antique items of all sorts. From home décor to old jewelries, exquisite collectables, fine art, china and ceramic items, textiles and the shops are stuffed with many more such items.
11. Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center
Batiquitos Lagoon is a coastal wetland and nature reserve, which is among the few remaining tidal wetlands of California, and thus a marine conservation area. The nature centre is built around the lagoon to make the public aware of such landforms. Visitors can take guided walking tours that explain the ecosystem of the lagoon, the flora and fauna and the natural system of ecology in the park.
12. Carlsbad Lagoon
Carlsbad Lagoon is a water sports centre where the visitors can enjoy a number of adventurous activities like kayaking, paddleboat, canoeing and wave runners. The equipment devices are available for rent from the centre, and there are trained instructors who explain the techniques and mechanisms of using the equipment if you are an amateur or new to the centre.
13. The GIA Museum
The Gemological Institute of America is in Carlsbad, and the museum is a delight for the eyes. They not only educate the public in the field of gemology and gemstones but have some eye-dazzling items on exhibit as well. The best one is called Symphony in Gemstones, which is a complete set of display including a miniature trumpet made of turquoise, a grand piano made of black onyx, a harp made of tiger eye and more.
14. Craftsmanship Museum
The Craftsmanship Museum is home to automobile, locomotive and aviation-related everything made of wood and metal. The collection has more than 500 working miniatures of engines of different types. Some of the main attractions are the model of a 1932 Duesenberg and the World War II fighter plane models.
15. Carlsbad Food Tour
Carlsbad has reputed agencies that will take you on a tour of the local street food as well as gourmet cuisines. Culinary experts will guide you on tour, and explain the history of the dishes or the famous eateries of Carlsbad. If you are a foodie, and if you are ready to travel for food, you must go for these tours.
There are always more things to experience in a place than you can ever read on a list. Make your itinerary in such a manner that you get to enjoy and explore the best of the places in Carlsbad.