Activities

 

Beaches

Carlsbad is home to seven miles of pristine, uncrowded and sun-drenched beaches. Renowned as one of the best surf spots in southern California, there's still plenty of water and sand for all to enjoy. Walk along the water's edge, splash in the waves or soak in the sun, no matter how you spend you're time on the beach, you're sure to love it.

Carlsbad City Beach

This city beach includes a 4-mile paved walking path. North end of beach is popular for watching sunsets.

Carlsbad State Beach

A 4-mile family-friendly beach with easy water access. Also known as Tamarack Beach.

South Carlsbad State Beach

Beach-goers choose this beach for its swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The bluff-top 222-site campground is located at 7201 Carlsbad Blvd. and offers AT&T Wi-Fi.

Nature & Outdoor Activities

Over the years, Carlsbad has maintained its vast, beautiful outdoor spaces so that they may be enjoyed by bikers, kayakers, fishers, bird-watchers and other guests. Home to an extensive trail system that ranges from leisurely to strenuous, you'll find open hills, covered paths, expansive beaches and quiet lagoons that welcome you to savor the mild, ocean air.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a saltwater wetland and watershed and offers year-round recreational and commercial use. The lagoon includes mud flats, salt and freshwater marsh, and deep water and is actually comprised of three lagoons: a 66-acre outer lagoon, a 27-acre middle lagoon and 293-acre inner lagoon.

Aviara Trails

The Aviara trails consist of the Golf View Trail, Black Sage Trail, Salt Marsh Trail, Eucalyptus Trail and the Lagoon Trail.

Batiquitos Lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon is a 526-acre coastal salt marsh with tidal mud flats and is on of trhe few remainiing tidal wetlands on the Southern California coast.

Buena Vista Lagoon

This Lagoon is the only freshwater lagoon in CA. & its 350 acres is home to dozens of varieties of migrant & resident waterfowl.

Calavera Hills Village H North Trail

Located north and east of Carlsbad Village Drive, this .5 mile trail wanders thru a Eucalyptus grove and also eastward to Hope Elementary School at Tamarack Avenue.

Golf Course - Veterans Park Trails

This trail takes visitors through several popular points of interest. It's also a great way to view the city golf course, The Crossings at Carlsbad. Read about current plans for the future Veterans Park.

Hidden Canyon Trail

This short trails connects the dog park with Hidden Canyon Community Park, which features two playgrounds, several picnic areas and large expanses of lawn.

Hidden Valley - Legoland Trails

Located north of Legoland and across from The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course, this set of paths runs from The Crossings Drive to Legoland Drive and then on to Armada Drive where the annual springtime blooming of The Flower Fields offer one of the most memorable views of Carlsbad.

Hosp Grove Trail

Located in north Carlsbad, this trail is one of the most extensive in the citywide trail system. It winds through a huge grove of mature eucalyptus trees planted many years ago for the railroad industry with the intention for the wood to be used in the construction of rail lines.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Once part of the original 2,538 acre working rancho and vacation retreat of Leo Carrillo (who acted in almost 100 films from 1927n to 1950 and co-starred in the TV series The Cisco Kid,) this historic ranch is an extraordinary educational and recreational resource. The City of Carlsbad has stablized, preserved and restored many of the buildings on this 27 acre parcel. Historic ranch structures include a visitors center, hand-crafted adobe buildings, hacienda, reflecting pool, cabana, cantina, carriage house tack shed, stable, barn and foundry and equipment shed. It can be found on the Citywide Trails System 4-mile long Rancho Carrillo Trail. Self-guided walking tours and 13-minute introductory film give an overview. Guided 90-minute walking tours are offered on Saturdays.

Leo Carrillo Ranch is a 27-acre historical park with irregular earthen and paved surfaces, including without limitations, stairs and trails. It is recommended that visitors wear appropriate shoes for the uneven terrain within this historic park.

  • No pets allowed. Dogs are prohibited in Carlsbad's parks.
  • It is unlawful to vandalize, damage, destroy, cut, injure, or remove any of the park's historic, cultural, and natural features. Carrillo Ranch is a designated local, State, and National Historic Landmark.
  • Children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any city facility.

K1 Speed

Discover fast, fun competitive, and exciting indoor go-kart racing with an authentic European Motor sport feeling at K1 Speed-the largest indoor karting facility on the West Coast. The flagship K1 Speed ( six are now open) is housed in a 75,000 square-foot building with 60,000 square-feet of track area(the longest single track on the West Coast.) The Italian electric Pro Karts are the finest made with 20-horsepower emgoms amd zero emissions. All necessary gear is provided and a game room is available on site with the latest racing simulators, pool tables and other popular games.

Hours

  • Monday - Thursday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Pricing

  • Arrive & Drive - 14 Lap Standard Race $20
  • Specials
    • Buy 2 Get 1 Freee
    • 3 Races for $50
    • 5 Races for $75
    • 8 Races for $100

Sea Life Carlsbad

SEA LIFE TM is designed to be a child's first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active, hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and opportunities to have up close and personal encounters with a variety of sea creatures. A visit to SEA LIFE is an experience like no other!

Valid for one day admission to
SEA LIFEā„¢ Aquarium.

Ticket prices:
Adult = $19.00
Child = $12.00
Senior = $16.00

The Barrio Museum

3304 Roosevelt
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone 760.434.2898

The museum is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of early agricultural workers to the life and growth of Carlsbad. The museum is not open daily. Visitors should call ahead.

The Flower Fields

Noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, the ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. Also check out the miniature rose garden and the All-American Rose walk-of-fame that features 170 All-American Rose selection winners since 1940.

Special events abound at the ranch including open-air concerts, an orchid show, bonsai show, and an exotic plant sale where visitors can snap up some of the botanical treasures. The Canon Photography Workshop teaches visitors the art of macro snapshots. Children love the antique tractor wagon ride, Santa's playground and the Sweet Pea maze. Other favorites include the Carlsbad Mining Company, a sluicing operation that allows kids to pan for semi-presious stones.

  • Prices: $10.00 for Adults, $9.00 for Seniors 60+, $5.00 for Children 3 - 10, Children 2 and under are Free
  • Season Passes: $20.00 for Adults, $18.00 Seniors 60+, $10.00 for Children 3 - 10
  • Wagon Rides: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children 3 - 10
  • For the protection of the flowers and for the health and safety of your pet, pets are not permitted. We are a smoke free environment. Smoking is not allowed on the premises.
  • Parking is free.
  • Wheelchairs are not provided.

The Gemological Institute of America

(Tours are by reservation only) Known for more than 70 years as the world's leading educator to the gen and jewelry industry, the GIA offers tours through the irresistible world of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. Visitors have an opportunity to learn about the Institute's world-renown educational programs, explore gem and jewelry exhibits, and visit the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, an 8000 square foot facility. The most outstanding sight on the grounds is the Tower of Brilliance. a 55-foot tower resplendent with a one-ton crystal octahedron-the largest of its kind in the world, which was custom-designed and donated by D. Swarovski & Company, the world-famous Austrian crystal manufacturer. As the sun dissappears each day, shimmering crystals in a rainbow of colors light up the evening sky by the eternal rotation of the Tower of Brilliance above GIA's main entrance.

To schedule an individual or group tour, please email or call 800-421-7250, ext. 4116 or 760-603-4116.

The Magee House

The craftsman-style Magee House was originally built by Samuel Church Smith (one of the founders of Carlsbad Land and Water Company) in 1887 and is now home to the Carlsbad Historical Society and its archives. The house is furnished in a turn-of-the-century style reflecting thel life of the early Carlsbad settlers who once owned the house. The historical gardens feature a nationally registered Rose Garden that earned Carlsbed the covet American Rose Society's "An American Rose City" in 2002.

About the Rose Gardens

Surrounding the 1887 Historic Magee house is a qualitative garden of about 225 rose bushes representing 15 families of the rose. One garden is modern roses and the other garden contains Old Garden roses and shrubs. A new miniature rose garden was planted in 2003. This magical garden is maintained by the members of the California Coastal Rose Society and established by Ivy Bodin of Vista with love and care for many years.
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In the Fall-Winter of 1996/97 the California Coastal Rose Society undertook with the City of Carlsbad a renovation of the old rose garden at the Magee House. The flowerbeds and rose gardens had been designed and put in place by the city in the mid 1970s. The society had been meeting monthly in Heritage Hall in Magee Park for a number of years and proposed free ongoing rental use of the facility in exchange for the society renovating, planting and maintaining the old rose garden in future years. Roses were solicited and received from a California grower. About 2 to 3 dozen new roses were added to a few older remnant bushes in the garden.

As the bushes were leafing out in the spring of 1997 Ivy Bodin joined the CCRS and asked to be allowed to supervise the maintenance of the garden. He led the CCRS volunteers through 5 years of garden maintenance adding a significant number of roses to the two-part garden. With a special interest in heritage roses he added many of these varieties and created a separate garden of heritage and shrub roses to represent many varieties of rose classes. He also enhanced the separate modern rose garden, adding classic varieties of Hybrid Teas and Floribundas as well as minis and polyanthus to the collection. He, other CCRS members and the general public made rose bush contributions to the collection over those years.

In conjunction with the Carlsbad Arboretum Foundation, which gardened in the front of Magee House, CCRS worked with the other group to reclaim the abandoned flowerbeds surrounding the old historical house. Roses and other plants were added and as well roses were added to the old Red Barn behind the house in the park.
In 2001 the collection came to represent about 121 varieties of rose bushes in the Modern and Old rose/Shrub rose gardens up from an original 40 or so. Fifteen rose families are represented with 26 Hybrid Teas, 4 Grandifloras, 24 Floribundas, 10 Miniatures, 7 Polyanthus, 13 Shrubs (including David Austin English garden roses), 8 Chinas, 6 Teas, 4 Species, 4 Rugosas, 4 Hybrid Musks, 4 Noisettes and 1 Moss, 1 Bourbon, 1 Portland, 1 Damask and 1 Alba.

At the end of 2002 Ivy retired as garden director at Magee and Brenda Pollock Landers assumed directorship, assisted greatly by Joe Smith an original member of the garden. She implemented a significant addition of a mini rose collection to the garden in an ideal location near the old house.

The Craftsman cottage was built from pre-cut lumber, ordered from a mid-Western catalog of pre-designed homes. It is still standing today . When its owner, Florence Shipley Magee died, she left the house and land (about 5 acres) in 1974 to the City of Carlsbad to be used as a park and historical museum. The Carlsbad Historical Society now uses the house.

The Magee House has been recently repainted and repaired and glows with all the newly maintained color of plants at its sides. This is a worthwhile stop on Historical Highway 101 for anyone interested in history and plants, to experience one of Carlsbad's oldest structures located one block from the Pacific Ocean in a beautiful park setting.

The Museum of Making Music

The music products industry has a multifaceted history (1890s to today) that is showcased in the fascinating Museum of Making Music-a division of the NAMM Foundation. Located at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, the Museum depicts stories of hard work, challenge, inspiration and pioneering innovation and shows the profound relationship between the industry, popular music and global culture. This community resource unveils the unique and often quiet back-story of the music products industry to the general public. Intimate concerts, films, discussions, hands-on workshops, volunteer opportunities and programs for underserved youth, offer people of all ages ways to explore the richly intriguing world of music making.

  • The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM - 5 PM; closed Mondays and on major holidays.
  • For specific information for walk-in guests, tour groups, school groups and scout groups, please click here .

 

 

 

 

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