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Carlsbad Lagoon

Address: 4215 Harrison Street, Carlsbad, CA 92840
Phone Number: (760) 434-3089
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Ranked #16 of 57 things to do in Carlsbad
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Beautiful and well maintained trail around the lagoon. Lovely old trees. Lots of dog walkers. A great place to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors.

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

One of the best kept secrets in Carlsbad. Even though you can see it from the I-5 not many people know how much this pretty lagoon has to offer. First they have a very active Lagoon Assoication. Fundraising events and environmental awareness help keep the lagoon a safe and a protected wetland. There is an off leash dog beach off... More 

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Carlsbad, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great place to take your stand up paddle and just tool around. There is also an area to rent them if you don't own them. There is water skiing and jet ski's available for rent as well.

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Oceanside, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I loved this place. I am a Texas girl and I have never been out on the water like that. I am a thick woman and I felt really comfortable with my husband and the ski's were super fun. I am 45 years old and I don't know why I haven't ever tried it before. One entry checked off my... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I live on Maui and while visiting family in San Diego......I got to take a stand up paddle board out on a very nice day! It's Fall, so it was very quiet and that was great! The water was calm and I paddled all the way down to the marsh where I visited with a flock of sea birds. The... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are renting something you have to paddle, head towards the marsh area. There is a lot to explore over there and a lot of cool wildlife. The crabs live along the mud walls and are fun to look for. There are various "canal" paths you can follow. We you are going against the tide it is a pretty... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great place to go and rent water equipment to play in the bay. We rented a paddle board for $30.00 for an hour, which was enough time for a beginner.

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Carlsbad, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is one out of three lagoons in Carlsbad. This one in particular is great for all kinds of water sports, kayaking, water bikes, pedal boats, jet ski. The lagoon is about 2 miles from Tamarack Beach and many very good restaurants. Lots to do!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Having grown up in MI canoeing from childhood on, we enjoyed cooling off during our recent hot spell at the convenient Carlsbad Lagoon. We took advantage of a discount coupon which gave us two hours to explore for the cost of one. We were given a heavy gauge red plastic two person canoe, with solid wood paddles and two life... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You can either rent or bring your own equipment. If you bring your own (kayaks, or stand up paddleboards) you can launch for free from Bristol cove. Parking is on the street, but usually available.

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