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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Beaches
Owner description: This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and... more » Owner description: This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and runners and cyclists to the boulevard bordering the beach. « less
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$80* and up
Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
Owner description: Downtown Carlsbad offers antique and curio stores, lots of good eating places and a great place to cool off after spending... more » Owner description: Downtown Carlsbad offers antique and curio stores, lots of good eating places and a great place to cool off after spending hours on the nearby beach. « less
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Ranked #3 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a... more » Owner description: This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a focus on six different musical eras and a collection of musical instruments. « less
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Ranked #4 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Museums
Owner description: The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale. Exhibits include running internal... more » Owner description: The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale. Exhibits include running internal and external combustion engines, model ships, aircraft and autos, tools, clocks, jewelry, guns and dollhouses. Small Engines are run in our working machine shop each day at 10, 12 and 2 PM. Admission is free, and regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 4. The museum is sponsored by the non-profit Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship and partially funded by Sherline Products Miniature Machine Tools. « less
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Ranked #5 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #6 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #7 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Fifty acres of visual splendor, located on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make this one of the most beautiful... more » Owner description: Fifty acres of visual splendor, located on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make this one of the most beautiful sites on the West Coast. Also on the site are special nurseries, gardens and an award-winning Rose Garden. « less
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Ranked #8 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Beaches
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$39* and up
Ranked #9 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Come play at LEGOLAND California Resort. It’s a hands-on experience with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Starting... more » Owner description: Come play at LEGOLAND California Resort. It’s a hands-on experience with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Starting Summer 2014, take your imagination on an amazing journey and enter the new LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park. It features an awe-inspiring Lion Temple Wave Pool, crocodile swamp and the interactive Build-a-Boat. Stay the night at the LEGOLAND Hotel at the Resort with 250 LEGO themed rooms, play areas and be just steps away from LEGOLAND Park. The resort is home to LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE® Aquarium with the new Spring exhibit, Jellyfish Discovery. « less
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Ranked #10 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
GIA's museum in Carlsbad is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.M. To 5 p.M. With appointment.
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$80* and up
Ranked #11 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: SEA LIFE is designed to be a child’s interactive guide to the life of the sea. Get ready to embark on a journey through... more » Owner description: SEA LIFE is designed to be a child’s interactive guide to the life of the sea. Get ready to embark on a journey through fantastic ocean habitats. Shake hands with sea stars at the touch pools and discover the sharks, stingrays and tropical fish of the mysterious Lost City of Atlantis. SEA LIFE Aquarium is packed with interactive play zones, fun activities and unforgettable sights creating an experience like no other. « less
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Ranked #12 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Race Car Tracks; Landmarks
Owner description: The premise behind the creation of K1 Speed was to offer enthusiasts and amateurs alike an authentic and genuine racing... more » Owner description: The premise behind the creation of K1 Speed was to offer enthusiasts and amateurs alike an authentic and genuine racing experience in a safe, comfortable, accessible and perhaps most importantly, unique environment. Utilizing advanced European electric karts and indoor asphalt tracks, K1 Speed quickly developed a reputation as being fun and exciting, and our growth has been continuous since we first opened our doors. In addition to our Arrive and Drive racing option, which allows individuals to visit our indoor karting centers anytime and experience the thrill of racing, we also offer racing leagues and a variety of packages for corporate events and group parties, which have proven quite popular. To meet the needs of customers and kart racing enthusiasts who demand more, we also have a Pro Shop - K1 Race Gear - which carries everything that a karter might need to compete at the track. At K1 Speed, our goal is to be synonymous with karting, and we think that we are on our way!  « less
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Ranked #13 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: This well-maintained city park is a great place for a picnic, a run on one of the trails or, for the sports-minded, a game of... more » Owner description: This well-maintained city park is a great place for a picnic, a run on one of the trails or, for the sports-minded, a game of tennis, basketball or baseball. « less
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Ranked #14 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #15 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
Owner description: Settled in the 1920s by people fleeing the Mexican Revolution, this historical neighborhood holds firmly to its Latino flavor... more » Owner description: Settled in the 1920s by people fleeing the Mexican Revolution, this historical neighborhood holds firmly to its Latino flavor despite the modern development around it, and boasts fine food and interesting shops. « less
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Ranked #16 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: This huge community park in the La Costa hills has a gymnasium, lighted sports fields, a sand volleyball court, picnic area,... more » Owner description: This huge community park in the La Costa hills has a gymnasium, lighted sports fields, a sand volleyball court, picnic area, playground and some interesting features, including sculpted stone structures, the ruins of a stagecoach stop, and a wildlife habitat. « less
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Ranked #17 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: A skaters' haven, this 15,000-square foot park with skateable rails, ramps, bowls and stairs is located between a police and... more » Owner description: A skaters' haven, this 15,000-square foot park with skateable rails, ramps, bowls and stairs is located between a police and fire station, affording parents some measure of security. « less
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Ranked #18 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: Be sure to stop off at this visitor center for brochures, maps, hotel, beach and surf information to take advantage of all... more » Owner description: Be sure to stop off at this visitor center for brochures, maps, hotel, beach and surf information to take advantage of all this charming town has to offer. « less
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Ranked #19 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this 2 1/2-acre historical park has shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, a picnic area with barbecue... more » Owner description: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this 2 1/2-acre historical park has shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, a picnic area with barbecue facilities and a beautiful rose garden. « less
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Ranked #20 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: This indoor/outdoor recreation center at the top of the Calavera Hills has a gymnasium, lighted ball fields and tennis... more » Owner description: This indoor/outdoor recreation center at the top of the Calavera Hills has a gymnasium, lighted ball fields and tennis courts, a playground, kitchen and picnic area. « less
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Ranked #21 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: This tree-covered park is a popular gathering place for locals, perfect for picnics, horseshoes and parties and the site of... more » Owner description: This tree-covered park is a popular gathering place for locals, perfect for picnics, horseshoes and parties and the site of the annual Oktoberfest. « less
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Ranked #22 of 24 attractions in Carlsbad
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Brush up on your swing or start with the basics at this golf school for students at all levels. Located in a gorgeous... more » Owner description: Brush up on your swing or start with the basics at this golf school for students at all levels. Located in a gorgeous setting, the academy employs the latest technologies to help perfect your game. « less
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Category: Health Clubs
Owner description: A luxury fitness and weight loss resort nestled in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, CA at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.... more » Owner description: A luxury fitness and weight loss resort nestled in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, CA at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Providing an unprecedented experience, PFC Fitness Camp offers a comprehensive approach to Behavioral Science, Nutrition and Fitness, for a full wheel of wellness that has resulted in thousands of sustainable weight loss and life-transformations for individuals around the world « less
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