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The internationally known Carlsbad Caverns are the biggest tourist draw in this city on the Pecos River. But before or after you've experienced the magnificent caves, you can round out your weekend with some wonderful above-ground sights and activities. If the thought of caves conjures up visions of narrow spaces and dark, cold clamminess, the comfortable year-round 56-degree climate, wide-open spaces and magical underworld of naturally created sculptures will amaze and enthrall you. In the summer, you get to see another natural wonder - some one million bats taking to the skies from the cave entrance every evening at sundown. Hardier cave explorers can take a side trip to the wilder Slaughter Cave for a down and... more The internationally known Carlsbad Caverns are the biggest tourist draw in this city on the Pecos River. But before or after you've experienced the magnificent caves, you can round out your weekend with some wonderful above-ground sights and activities. If the thought of caves conjures up visions of narrow spaces and dark, cold clamminess, the comfortable year-round 56-degree climate, wide-open spaces and magical underworld of naturally created sculptures will amaze and enthrall you. In the summer, you get to see another natural wonder - some one million bats taking to the skies from the cave entrance every evening at sundown. Hardier cave explorers can take a side trip to the wilder Slaughter Cave for a down and dirty ranger-led tour. Come out from under to the zoo at Living Desert State Park for a glimpse of Chihuahuan Desert wildlife - everything from mountain lions, buffalo, bears and coyotes to reptiles, prairie dogs and roadrunners. Head over to the Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area for river swimming and waterskiing or to Guadalupe Mountains National Park for hiking trails with diverse terrain and incredible views. less

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Left Hand Tunnel Tour
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Owner description: Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the varied plant and animal life of the arid Chihuahuan Desert region. Visitors can observe caged animals like... more Owner description: Overlooking the Pecos River Valley, this fascinating park exhibits the varied plant and animal life of the arid Chihuahuan Desert region. Visitors can observe caged animals like snakes, lizards and birds of prey, plus larger animals such as bison and antelope, which are held in pens. Or walk along a nature trail past cacti, agaves, yuccas and other native plant life. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Zoos
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Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
Attraction type: Art Museums; History Museums
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Spider Cave
Spider Cave
Attraction type: Caverns/ Caves
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Brantley Lake State Park
Brantley Lake State Park

All places to eat » Places to eat

The Trinity Hotel Restaurant
The Trinity Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 59 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Italian, Wine Bar
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
YellowBrix Restaurant
YellowBrix Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 59 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Seafood, Steakhouse, Grill
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Pecos River Cafe
Pecos River Cafe
Ranked #3 of 59 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Blue House Bakery and Cafe
Blue House Bakery and Cafe
Ranked #4 of 59 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: Bakery
No Whiner Diner
No Whiner Diner
Ranked #5 of 59 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: American, Diner
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations

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