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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“Legoland in Carlsbad is must do for any family with kiddos under 10. There’s water cannons to shoot, the chance to earn a driver’s license, and a Dragon roller coaster that’ll take you soaring through the sky. Legoland has added on the additions of a water park and the Sea Life Aquarium, making it even more worth it to spend the day here.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Outlet mall with Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, BCBG, Coach, Cole Haan, & more”
  • 128 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Plan on a day trip. Legoland is about 45 minutes to one hour north in Carlsbad. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Garden
“Visit in March - April to see the bloom. Check www.theflowerfields.com for schedule.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“It's incredible. Fresh fish and cold beer. Great happy hour too! There can be a line at times from 5-7ish but its worth it. It is also less than a mile from our door.”
  • 66 locals recommend
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Entertainment
“Kids under 12 really like Legoland. Lots of cool rides and other exhibits to look at. Great mixture of food and drinks. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Live music, a creative & delicious menu, plus walking distance from our cottage! ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Route
“30 minutes north of San Diego has more than 60 rides, shows and attraction. It's an interactive hands-on theme park.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Don't miss Legoland if you have a Lego enthusiast in your family! Complete with rides, amazing lego creations, a water park, and aquarium, there is a ton of fun to be had! Tip: Crowds are smaller on weekdays. Search for deals and coupons like "Buy One, Get One Free." Best suited for children under 12.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack Beach, stretches from the warm water jetties, just south of Tamarack Avenue, to Frazee Beach, near Carlsbad Village Drive. The beach is ideal for the family and kids, the state beach offers swimming, surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing and beachcombing. Many people fish off the Carlsbad jetties, both near Tamarack beach and the campgrounds. The Carlsbad Seawall, a paved 4-mile walking path along the coast, extends from Carlsbad Village drive to Cannon). The seawall separates The beach from Coast Hwy 101, where you can find people walking, jogging, and cycling. All throughout the day you can see joggers, walkers, cyclists and roller-bladers cruising up and down the path. This is definitely an active city. Carlsbad State Beach offers an amazing view of the sunset. Every night people gather at the north end of the beach, on the bluff (towards the village) to watch the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean. The palisades and walkway atop the Seawall is another romantic spot for watching the sunset and enjoying the ocean view. Amenities Restrooms: A restroom and a few rinse-off spigots are located near the parking area. Picnic Area: Two of five picnic tables on the paved walkway are generally accessible. High-low drinking fountains are accessible Beach Regulations NO dogs (must be on 6 ft leash at campground) NO fires (BBQs available at the campground) NO alcohol/glass containers NO vehicles on beach Restrooms available Showers available Hours Open 5am-10pm Parking If you’re feeling lucky, try the small beachside lot on the west side of Carlsbad Blvd where Tamarack Ave intersects. But don’t fight too hard to get into it. Better chances are along Carlsbad Blvd and on the surface streets near the beach. Ponto Beach, just south of the campground, has a pay lot. The beachfront closest to the parking lot is flagged for surfing only. There is more parking along Carlsbad Blvd and nearby residential streets. Lifeguards Yes. Lifeguard towers 21-28.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping plaza with Apple, H&M, Ulta, Anthropologie, MAC, Lululemon, & more”
  • 38 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“The seating is spacious and super comfy and you can order drinks and food! They have a great happy hour! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Liquor Store
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“Good pizza and amazing beer. If you like beer, seriously... Pizza Port beers are amazing! It’s also family friendly, walkable to Carlsbad Beach, and right in the heart of Carlsbad Village.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great outdoor patio, wonderful music played during the day and evening for all ages. Late night dancing starts at 10:00.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Hit Costco at the beginning of your trip for all of your alcohol and bulk items.”
  • 21 locals recommend

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Hotel
“Legoland in Carlsbad is must do for any family with kiddos under 10. There’s water cannons to shoot, the chance to earn a driver’s license, and a Dragon roller coaster that’ll take you soaring through the sky. Legoland has added on the additions of a water park and the Sea Life Aquarium, making it even more worth it to spend the day here.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“It's incredible. Fresh fish and cold beer. Great happy hour too! There can be a line at times from 5-7ish but its worth it. It is also less than a mile from our door.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Live music, a creative & delicious menu, plus walking distance from our cottage! ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Good pizza and amazing beer. If you like beer, seriously... Pizza Port beers are amazing! It’s also family friendly, walkable to Carlsbad Beach, and right in the heart of Carlsbad Village.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Great outdoor patio, wonderful music played during the day and evening for all ages. Late night dancing starts at 10:00.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great Whiskey Bar and Microbrewery. Also has great food and neat atmosphere.”
  • 23 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great for a special night out. Excellent food & cocktails. Would not bring young kids on weekend nights. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

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