Attractions

San Diego California hosts attractions like Sea World, Wild Animal Park, Legoland and so much more...

Sea World :

This is at the top of our list. The San Diego Seaworld was the first Seawold in the world. You can see first hand various types of animals such as beluga whales, orca whales, a pilot whale, polar bears, dolphins, penguins, manatees, and much more. When it comes to the rides they are short and slightly dissapointing. It should be noted that this is the most expensive attraction, over $60 for an adult. We recommend you pay $10 more and get the 2 day pass. With this pass you get a behind the scenes tour. The tour is different each day, but we got a close up look at a pilot whale, and had the opportunity of petting various small sharks.

Wild Animal Park:

This is the Zoo of the future. Animals roam and interact with one another in over 2000 acres. The animals are all truly happy. There is a lot to see and do. Since this is 35 miles out of the city you will need to rent a car or take a tour to get there. We highly recommend this attraction. The must see exhibits include the all new lion habitat. We witnessed 5 lions cuddling within inches from us. You should also take some time to feed giraffes. The featured attraction is a 1 hour narrated train ride, that takes you through the various habitats, you should do this no matter what. Our favorite was dining at the restaurant in the Heart of Africa habitat. You can eat outside and have an amazing view of the habitat.

World Famous San Diego Zoo :

This is probably the most famous Zoo in the world, and placed San Diego on the map for many tourists. They have several exhibits that are not available at other zoos, such as being able to watch panda bears. You should also take some time to view the Mountain Gorilla habitat, as it's one of the best in any zoo. When we attended there was a baby gorilla entertaining the humans while annoying his siblings.

Other Attractions:

Whale Watching

San Diego has Grey whales that pass through as they migrate annually from the end of December through the end of March. Unfortunately we stayed in San Diego in mid-December and therefore missed this opportunity. In the past I have seen Belugas, and Humpbacks in the wild, and there is nothing like whale watching. If you have never done this, I highly recommend you take a day to go out in the ocean and enjoy yourself.

HELGREN'S COMPLETE SPORTFISHING CENTER and SPORTFISHING FLEET

Is located along a scenic stretch of the Southern California Coastline in beautiful Oceanside , California ( San Diego North County ) just south of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Helgren's Sportfishing trips offer a variety of daily scheduled, or charter activities for individuals or groups: Deep Sea Fishing Trips, exciting Sea Life Whalte Watching Adventures, and relaxing Oceanside Harbor Coastal Excursions . Helgren's is also a provider of Burials at Sea and Ocean Memorials, serving families and funeral professionals throughout the area. Whatever your needs, Helgren's will provide you with the professional, courteous staff you should

Expect from a quality landing.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

This is one of the most under recognized attractions. They are a research station with a nice public exhibit. This aquarium has various types of sharks such as nurse, leopard, horn, angel, and much more. They have an outside pool that enables you to touch tide-pool animals and to see them in their natural habitat. Once you're done with this you should enjoy the spectacular view, as it directly overlooks the ocean. What the aquarium specializes in is raising its own coral reefs, and these are spectacular. You'll see reefs from various parts of the world. They also do a lot of sea horse breeding, and it's amazing to see the various types of sea horses, some of them have adapted in unique and strange ways when it comes to camouflaging themselves. A must see for ocean and nature lovers.

Old Town San Diego

The pamphlets and website really don't do this place justice. You can walk around and enter themed shops, and visit museums. Everything is free, and it's a good way to spend several hours. The shops here are unique and sell some unusual objects. There's also a trolley tour that's offered, but you'll get much more out of the place if you walk.

Balboa Park

This is the heart of the city. Balboa has 13 museums and the World Famous San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Museum of Man and the San Diego Natural history museum look very impressive. We tried the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and are sorry to report that we were very disappointed. Many of the interactive exhibits were small, outdated, or simply non-functional. Unless you have kids you might consider skipping this museum. You should take some time to simply walk around Balboa Park to enjoy the fine architecture.

Sea Port Village

This is a nice little area that surrounds the harbor. Take some time to walk around and visit some of the stores. There are plenty of places to dine. Once you have enjoyed an hour or two strolling you can visit an old aircraft carrier turned museum. Visiting this museum should take a maximum of an hour and a half. You can also choose to do a 1 or 2 hour harbor tour. We took a tour offered by blowhorn, and were disappointed. This was advertised as being an educational narrated tour, but instead turned out to be narrated by someone who obviously had too much to drink and was making failed jokes. This turned out to be annoying, and made the entire 2 hour trip long and uninspiring. At $20 a person it's certainly not worth the money. The admission prices vary by institution. Memberships are also available for purchase from the museums and performing arts organizations, offering an opportunity for visitors to support these San Diego cultural treasures on an annual basis. Admittance to the Park grounds is free. The Botanical Building, outdoor gardens and some additional attractions are also offered free of charge.

Passport to Balboa Park , San Diego's best cultural value, offers visitors the chance to experience 13 museums in the Park, with savings of more than 50% and the convenience of a one-time purchase. The Passport is valid for seven consecutive days, and includes one admission to each of the 13 attractions. The Zoo/Passport Combo includes the Passport to Balboa Park plus one-day deluxe admission at the San Diego Zoo, all for one low price.

PlayWerx

Themeparks – Carlsbad, California

6060 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad,CA,92011

Where a kid can be a kid... and you can be you! The idea of PlayWerx was born out of our quest to find clean, safe, healthy fun options for our three children for birthday parties and days when the kids needed an active play alternative.

What added to our challenge was finding a place where parents could be comfortable and enjoy themselves as well. Once we realized no such place existed, we decided to do it ourselves. Three years later, the dream has come a reality!

The fair trade organic gourmet coffee, frozen chocolate covered banana fruit bars and the all-natural lemonade are a reflection of our commitment to healthy food and responsible business practices. We are very particular when it comes to our children, and the best thing we can say about PlayWerx is that it is the kind of place we would want to bring our kids to, over and over. We hope you think so too.

Admission

Drop in play

Ages 3 and Under
$5.00 per child.
Includes playtime in the toddler area of the play structure, arts and crafts room and library. ( Participants required to wear socks )

Ages 4 Years and Up
$10.00 per child.
Includes playtime in the play structure, arts and crafts room and library.
( Participants required to wear socks )

Parents are FREE

Please don't forget, no outside food or drink permitted.

Socks are required for both parents and children while in the play structure.

Hours for drop in play:

Mon: Closed
Tues-Fri: 10 am-6 pm
Sat: 9 am-7 pm
Sun: 10 am-6 pm

LATE OPENINGS/EARLY CLOSING:

Please check the schedule below for any changes in our normal schedule.

Monday, September 6th, PlayWerx will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Sunday, October 31st, PlayWerx will close early at 2pm in observance of HALLOWEEN!

We hope that by keeping this schedule up to date we can avoid any inconvenience to you! Please call us should you have any questions.

Parties

We do parties of all types, in all ways, to suit your style and budget

The "We do it all" No Stress Party Package:

  • Two hour celebration
  • Private party room with your own party host
  • Invitations prepared and sent out for you
  • Choice of themed decorations
  • Food provided: Pizzas, drinks and snacks for children
  • One-quarter sheet custom cake
  • Goodie bags for each guest
  • Party package is for 15 children
  • Charge for each additional child is $10.00

Party Package Rates:

  • Tuesday through Thursday: $349
  • Friday through Sunday: $399

The "Do it Your Way" ala carte package:

  • Rent a room for your party ($55/hr 2hr minimum)
  • Pay admission for each of your party guests ($5 or $10 each)
  • We provide balloons and paper goods; you add your own touches

Call us to book your party now or to get more information!

760 804 1600

Facility Rentals

Looking for some space to hold an end of season party or other special events.

All of PlayWerx rooms are available for rent!

Party Rooms:
$55.00 per hour (2hr minimum)

Facility Rental:

Rent all of PlayWerx! Please Inquire

FoodWerx Cafe

Our Café reflects our commitment to healthy foods and responsible business practices. We are proud to offer reasonably priced healthy foods and snacks.

Our selections range from grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken nuggets, quesadillas and PB&J for the kids, to salads and sandwiches, including a weekly special for adults.

You won't find sodas, chips or other junk food in our cafe!

CoffeeWerx Bar

We use only the best fair trade, organic coffee and espresso beans at PlayWerx. We have the full range of coffee, espresso, tea, iced and blended lattes and cappuccino drinks with a great selection of flavorings. We also carry gourmet Mexican chocolate, mocha and white chocolate to add to any drink.

Directions

PlayWerx is located in Carlsbad. We are on the West side of the 5 freeway, just South of Palomar Airport Road.

If you are coming from the North: Exit Palomar Airport Road and turn right. The first street is Avenida Encinas, turn left. Go South on Avenida Encinas approximately 1/4 of a mile. You will see our name, Chuck's Tires and Velocity Sports on the sign at the end of the driveway. Make a left turn into this driveway and come all the way up the driveway. We are right next to Chuck's Tires.

If you are coming from the South: Exit Palomar Airport Road and turn left. The first street is Avenida Encinas, turn left. Go South on Avenida Encinas approximately 1/4 of a mile. You will see our name, Chuck's Tires and Velocity Sports on the sign at the end of the driveway. Make a left turn into this driveway and come all the way up the driveway. We are right next to Chuck's Tires

The Flower Fields

The Flower Fields opens March 1st, 2011.
Please check out our 2011 exciting spring season!

Ranunculus

Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature's wonders - our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger - 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers , and festivals throughout the season.

Visit our Miniature Rose Garden - The American Rose Society's highest award for miniature roses, The Award of Excellence, is presented to cultivars that have proven to be outstanding in designated test gardens throughout the United States over a two year period. Roses are evaluated on 11 criteria including novelty, bud form, flower form, color opening, color finishing, substance, habit, quantity of blooms, vigor or renewal, foliage, and appearance along with resistance to insects and plant diseases.

Ranunculus

Visit Our Walk of Fame - The only display of each of the more than 170 All-American Rose selection winners since 1940. Also enjoy the All American Rose Selection (AARS) garden, the Flower Fields ® is one of 130 AARS-accredited public rose gardens nationwide that tests and displays more than 50 different varieties of roses.

Features:
• Carlsbad Mining Company - Our sluice mining activity. Find your polished gem stones using the miner's old method of sifting sand in water!
• Sweet Pea Maze - Find the solution to this one of a kind living maze! Immerse yourself in this living maze of fragrant and colorful "old fashion" sweet pea blossoms.
• Historic Poinsettia Display - Stroll through memory lane, a 1,500 square foot greenhouse filled with the world famous Ecke poinsettias. Enjoy hundreds of exciting poinsettias in over twenty rare , and unusual varieties. Learn the history of the world's best selling potted plant - The Poinsettia.
• American Flag of Flowers - Our brilliantly-hued American flag waves in the wind. Red, white and blue anemone flowers strategically planted on a 300 by 170 foot hillside pay tribute to the United States.
• Santa's Playground - Children and adults will delight in the Santa's Playground, the new home to the whimsical play houses and gigantic mushrooms that were part of Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead years ago. Come see the 'Guard Shack', 'Doll House', 'Crooked Treehouse' and huge colorful mushrooms that so many of us remember from our very own childhood!

Unique Events not to be missed!

• Master Gardeners will be at The Flower Fields ® April 10, 17, 24, and May 8.
• Canon Macro Photography workshop on Sunday April 18 10:30am - 3:00pm. Come and celebrate the beauty of The Flower Fields ® with Canon USA at a free macro photography workshop.

Click here to read the poems of our Master Gardener Don Miller.

The Flower Fields opens March 1st, 2011.

Please check out our 2011 exciting spring season! Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature's wonders - our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger - 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season. Visit our Miniature Rose Garden - The American Rose Society's highest award for miniature roses, The Award of Excellence, is presented to cultivars that have proven to be outstanding in designated test gardens throughout the United States over a two year period. Roses are evaluated on 11 criteria including novelty, bud form, flower form, color opening, color finishing, substance, habit, quantity of blooms, vigor or renewal, foliage, and appearance along with resistance to insects and plant diseases.

Visit Our Walk of Fame - The only display of each of the more than 170 All-American Rose selection winners since 1940. Also enjoy the All American Rose Selection (AARS) garden, the Flower Fields® is one of 130 AARS-accredited public rose gardens nationwide that tests and displays more than 50 different varieties of roses.

Features: • Carlsbad Mining Company - Our sluice mining activity. Find your polished gem stones using the miner’s old method of sifting sand in water! • Sweet Pea Maze - Find the solution to this one of a kind living maze! Immerse yourself in this living maze of fragrant and colorful "old fashion" sweet pea blossoms.

• Historic Poinsettia Display - Stroll through memory lane, a 1,500 square foot greenhouse filled with the world famous Ecke poinsettias. Enjoy hundreds of exciting poinsettias in over twenty rare , and unusual varieties. Learn the history of the world's best selling potted plant - The Poinsettia.

• American Flag of Flowers - Our brilliantly-hued American flag waves in the wind. Red, white and blue anemone flowers strategically planted on a 300 by 170 foot hillside pay tribute to the United States.

• Santa's Playground - Children and adults will delight in the Santa's Playground, the new home to the whimsical play houses and gigantic mushrooms that were part of Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead years ago. Come see the 'Guard Shack', 'Doll House', 'Crooked Treehouse' and huge colorful mushrooms that so many of us remember from our very own childhood! Unique Events not to be missed!

• Master Gardeners will be at The Flower Fields® April 10, 17, 24, and May 8. • Canon Macro Photography workshop on Sunday April 18 10:30am - 3:00pm. Come and celebrate the beauty of The Flower Fields® with Canon USA at a free macro photography workshop.

The Museum of Making Music

Hours of Operation:

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum is closed on Mondays and on major U.S. holidays, including: New Year's Day (January 1), Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November) and Christmas Day (December 25).

 

Admission Prices:

  • $7 - General Admission
  • $5 - Seniors (age 60 and up)
  • $5 - Students (age 6 to 18)
  • $5 - Active military (with ID)
  • FREE - Children 5 and under
  • FREE - Museum members

Methods of Payment:

  • Cash and Traveler's Cheques
  • Personal Check
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
 

Directions:

The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad about 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.

From San Diego:

  1. Take Interstate 5 north to Carlsbad.
  2. Exit at Palomar Airport Road and turn east (right).
  3. Proceed through the Paseo del Norte intersection.
  4. Turn left at Armada Drive.
From Orange County:
  1. Take Interstate 5 south to Carlsbad.
  2. Exit at Palomar Airport Road and turn east (left).
  3. Proceed through the Paseo del Norte intersection.
  4. Turn left at Armada Drive.
 

Museum Amenities:

  • Free, onsite parking
  • Handicap accessible
  • Public restrooms
  • Drinking fountain
  • Single story
  • Lobby seating
The Museum does not offer any food or beverage services, though many dining establishments are located within close proximity (1 mile or less) of our facilities.
 

Contact Information:

Museum of Making Music - Visitor Services
Phone: (760) 438-5996
Toll Free: (877) 551-9976
Fax: (760) 438-8964

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Carlsbad, California - San Diego County:

The City of Carlsbad, a picturesque coastal community located in San Diego County's North Coastal region (approximately 35 mile north of downtown San Diego), is surrounded by mountains, lagoons and the Pacific Ocean.

Known as the "Village By the Sea," it is home to the world-famous Flower Fields, LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad Premium Outlets and is host to ArtSplash, TGIF Jazz summer festival, the Carlsbad Music Festival and the Carlsbad Village Faire.

Visit these sites to learn more about Carlsbad, California, San Diego North County and San Diego:

Batiquitos Lagoon

www.batiquitosfoundation.org

Batiquitos Lagoon is a coastal wetland north of San Diego between the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas. It is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast of the United States. The area is run by the California Department of Fish and Game as a nature reserve.

The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and protection of Batiquitos Lagoon. The Foundation is involved in programs to educate the public in the values of this natural environment and the habitats it provides for birds, insects, plants, fish, mammals and benthic animals.

The Lagoon Foundation is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Please take a look around our website to find out more about the lagoon and the foundation.

Things to do at the Lagoon

We offer a number of activities at the lagoon, and something for all ages! Strollers and wheelchairs can be used on the wide and flat trail. Dogs on a leash are allowed. Horses and bicycles are not allowed.

For dates of upcoming events please see our calendar or our walk schedule .

Walk the Trail

For visitors who would like to follow the Lagoon trail individually, the Lagoon Foundation has produced a trail guide highlighting particular points of interest along the route.

The guides are free and are available inside the Nature Center when open.

When the Nature Center is closed, trail guides are available from bird boxes on the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Bulletin Board outside the Nature Center, and at each trailhead.

You can also download a copy here .

Group Walks

The docents of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation offer a program of guided nature walks. Walks take place throughout the year. The walks focus on a particular aspect of the lagoon wildlife and environment, and cover a wide range of topics.

Individuals do not need to sign up in advance for walks. If you are a group who would like to join one of our walks please call us in advance to let us know.

Special walks and other activities can be arranged for school and youth groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Other Events

We have special events running at various times during the year, including our summer kids camp, Club Pelican and our Lagoon cleanup event for kayakers in September.

Throughout the year volunteers join us for monthly trail maintenance .

Fishing

Fishing is allowed at one point on the Lagoon with a permit. Please take a look at the map to show where fishing is permitted.

Carlsbad State Beaches

A big attraction for Carlsbad are its beaches. However, I'm often asked what can you do there? Well, I'm always amazed by the variety of activities I find there. Offshore you'll almost always find surfers paddling out to where the waves break (check out the tide chart ) and sometimes skin divers. A little further you'll occasionally see small boats or kayaks. Closer in, on warm days, there's swimmers and boogie boarders. (If you're swimming or surfing, carefully observe the zones set aside to separate the two groups. You won't want to smack or be smacked on the head with a board.)

Onshore in the wet zone, you'll see plenty of beachcombers, kids making sand castles, frizbees, soccer, and on quiet days, fishermen. On dry sand you'll see volleyball, horseshoes, picnicing, and sunbathing.

All over you see groups of people under the shade of umbrellas or tarps barbequeing, picnicing, or just relaxing.

On the walkway, you'll see skaters, roller-bladers, runners, joggers, and walkers, with or without their children, dogs, or friends.

My favorite time is around sunset. The golden sun reflecting on the shimmering waves over the Pacific Ocean is always pretty to photograph or to watch. If you're lucky you'll see the "green flash" just after the sun sets. It's a rare sight to see. Your best luck is on a clear, windy day.

Carlsbad State Beach (aka Tamarack State Beach) , with its four mile beach and jogging trails (one high on the bluffs and another and down at the beach), is popular for day use and BBQs. It's also close Carlsbad Village (the downtown area) on the top of the bluffs where you can grab something to eat. The beach is at the foot of Tamarack Avenue (head west from the I-5 exit).

South Carlsbad State Beach has campsites on a cliff overlooking the beach. There's no day-use facilities, and it's more isolated than Tamarack State Beach, but anyone can use the beach for the day. Park on one of the nearby streets to the east. South Carlsbad State Beach is at 7201 Carlsbad, Blvd., Carlsbad. To get there, head west on Palomar Airport Road from I-5, then south on Carlsbad Blvd. for 1.5 miles.

For campground reservations, call 800-444-PARK or see the State Parks web page .

Camping is the best way to be near the beach and hear the waves at night. Camping is available on bluffs overlooking the beach and ocean at South Carlsbad State Beach . Reserve early--the campground is usually full (and crowded) on weekends and in summer. There's no picnicing or day-use facilities in the campground. For campground reservations, call 800-444-PARK or see the State Parks web page .