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Carlsbad
Spa-goers have flocked to Carlsbad since its mineral spring was discovered in the late 19th century. Today, you can visit the site of the original well, but you can do much more than just "taking the waters"—Carlsbad’s spas offer world-class services.

All things to do » Things to do

Carlsbad State Beach
Carlsbad State Beach
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.
Attraction type: Beaches
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Carlsbad Village
Carlsbad Village
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.
Attraction type: Neighborhoods
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Craftsmanship Museum
Craftsmanship Museum
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... 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
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Museum of Making Music
Museum of Making Music
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... 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
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Batiquitos Lagoon
Batiquitos Lagoon
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Craft Burger
Craft Burger
Ranked #1 of 296 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $8 - $14
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #2 of 296 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
West Steak and Seafood
West Steak and Seafood
Ranked #3 of 296 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Bistro West
Bistro West
Ranked #4 of 296 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $6 - $27
Cuisines: American, Californian, Contemporary
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Vigilucci's Cucina
Vigilucci's Cucina
Ranked #5 of 296 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price:
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Pelican Cove Inn
Pelican Cove Inn
$115 - $236
Ranked #1 of 1 Carlsbad B&B and Inns
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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Legoland
2.0 of 5
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Legoland
$75 - $174
Ranked #13 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County
$121 - $242
Ranked #14 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Beach Terrace Inn
3.5 of 5
Beach Terrace Inn
$250 - $562
Ranked #1 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
3.0 of 5
West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
$176 - $264
Ranked #2 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Ocean Palms Beach Resort
2.5 of 5
Ocean Palms Beach Resort
$185 - $391
Ranked #3 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
$305 - $788
Ranked #4 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
4.0 of 5
Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
$235 - $417
Ranked #6 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
5.0 of 5
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
$275 - $501
Ranked #8 of 37 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.