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  • mags5252
    Morro Bay, CA137 contributions
    Great beach with short waves. The weather was hot so the water felt good to jump in when overheated. It was a Wednesday so not crowded.
    Written September 8, 2022
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  • hollytrea
    State College, PA799 contributions
    Carlsbad puts you in mind of the typical beach town. A town a long the coast dedicated to beach activates and people. It does seem nicer/higher end than some beach towns I have visited, but at the same time keeps that chilled and laid back vibe. There are lots of restaurants, shops, and things to keep any tourist or visitor entertained. I also liked that the town was dog friendly.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • 411Anonymous
    San Juan, Puerto Rico26 contributions
    We visited in early May, near the end of the blooming season. Several of the fields were still incredibly beautiful. We visited with 4 people, ages 49 - 75. We rode the wagon and walked around some, including walking on the paths in the fields. We bought some uce cream. Lots of photo ops. The visit was about 3 hours long, which was plenty of time, but we did not see everything.
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • Sam H
    Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
    Second time visit for Australians, 4 years apart. We had a great time, but some things could definitely improve.
    The breakfast is great and great it’s included in the price, but dining options are non existent. There is only the restaurant with either eat in or take away. We got take out and ate in the courtyard - it was cold and fries tasted like they were a day old. For the price I expect better and it’s not like it was busy. There needs to be more options.
    The activities could be improved immensely! There’s so many kids here and the playground is great but there could be more activities like at Disneyland - craft or building classes colouring tables etc. even the pool could do with a slide or splash pad.
    The staff are fantastic and always helpful. Special note to Baruch the magician - so magical, helpful and knowledgeable. Jessie in reception so amazingly helpful and friendly and Renate in the park was beyond beautiful- above and beyond any expectations!
    The park also hasn’t changed much in the last few years and the builds are looking old and tired. We loved the builds on the path to mini land and now there are none. Can definitely do something along there.
    All up tho, great stay!
    Written September 17, 2022
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  • urbanguy
    Richmond, VA4,440 contributions
    I was very pleased to see that, currently, this is the #1 ranked "thing to do" in Carlsbad. If you're in the area, it's a "MUST."

    There is something here for everyone, young and old, alike. Miniature merry-go-rounds that work, boats/ships, airplanes, cars, wooden "everything," engines, creations with matchsticks, doll houses, and even more. The engines work! The volunteers will turn on the engines for you. What these artisans have done with wood and metal is quite amazing.

    A not of "warning:" they are only open several days a week. But, when they are, this amazing place is free!
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Michael T
    Los Angeles, CA862 contributions
    This is a very fun museum that makes for a great stop on the way to San Diego or a perfect thing to do if you're staying at Legoland and want to try something steps away. This would be a great place without kids if you were actually to listen/watch all the videos... but if you have small children, they're just going to want to play stuff. There is an opportunity to do so, but if it's busy, it might be kind of difficult with kids who have a hard time waiting.

    The up-side is that I got the impression that this place isn't busy all that often. So it's definitely worth a try. I got to try a couple of things I've always wanted to (like a goli and a chapman stick). I did feel the price kind of exceeded our experience. It cost us $40 ($15/adult, $10/kid, 2 and under are free) to get in, and I just felt like this was more of a $20 experience... but it's still worth it. You'll see some amazing things, especially if you have older kids.
    Written August 11, 2022
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  • travelingCAgal
    San Diego, CA677 contributions
    Nice ranch and history but many of the buildings were closed on a weekday. I had been here four years ago and enjoyed seeing the inside of the ranch house. I was told by docents that the only way you get to see the inside is if you go on a tour (check schedule). It wasn’t like that a few years back but I’d suggest doing so because you aren’t getting the full experience unless you get to see the interior of the buildings including the stables, etc. I liked that the movie they show at the visitor center is closed captioned! Nice gift shop, too.
    Written July 5, 2022
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  • Durga M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,047 contributions
    This is not a large mall but I would show a mid size outlet.
    The location is convenient.
    There are good array of shops with decent discount.
    The food options are plenty.
    Written October 23, 2021
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  • Wanderlustingforlife
    California161 contributions
    Interesting place to check out! Great for kids that are mature and interested in crystals/gemstones.
    Written December 14, 2020
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  • LodiWineBob
    Oceanside, CA459 contributions
    Carlsbad has an amazing trail system. The lagoon trail is one of the easiest and flat. Runs alongside the Aviara Golf Course with great views almost every step. 1/2 mile markers plus interactive trail guides (using your phone) guides walkers. End to end round trip is three miles.

    No bikes. Main reason is probably that the trail is not wide enough. Neat nature center at the Western end. Dogs are fine but must be leashed and thankfully people pick up after their pooches.
    Parking probably a problem in the weekends, but I think street parking is allowed. Check out their website.
    Written August 23, 2022
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  • sondra renwanz
    Oceanside, CA28 contributions
    Our grandkids loved the touch tank, the close encounter tunnel and being inside it listening to helpers
    Written June 28, 2022
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  • Exquize
    Riverside, CA646 contributions
    We went here after a trip to LEGOLAND in October. They had very large pumpkins, hay rides and a corn maze. It was my mom and I along with 4 kids between the ages 8 and 10. The corn maze was huge and I’m not sure why we thought we could get through it. After pretending to be in “children of the corn (he wants you too Malachi!)” we were still stuck in the corn maze after a hour and a half. My mom was about to pass out so fortunately my youngest daughter found the way out! Although we went out through the entrance as far they know we made it through the corn maze!
    Written October 1, 2019
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  • Dianna H
    5 contributions
    A great farmers market! We sat inside a restaurant drank a beer and watched everyone set up their stands! Finished our beers and headed out to shop! Got some amazing Zucchini bread and banana chocolate chip bread! Enjoyed smelling all the beautiful flowers for sale as well!
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Patty8888
    Encinitas, CA943 contributions
    First of all, The Forum is attractive. The sidewalks have irregular pebble designs through them, there’s nice landscaping throughout, sculptures and water features dot the campus, and nice music plays from above.

    Secondly, there’s a great array of shops and restaurants so almost any personal or household item you might want can be found there.

    Bottom line, it’s a nice place with lots of businesses to meet your needs.
    Written November 12, 2021
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  • MominOC
    Orange County, CA4,641 contributions
    kinda sad overall. You can't really talk to them about the wine you are tasting. They are very careful to follow procedures. We shared a tasting to decide on a glass to share. We enjoyed the Pinot Noir. Cute wine bar atmosphere. Street parking.
    Written October 4, 2020
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