Things to Do in Carlsbad

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Things to Do in Carlsbad

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  • gingerb
    San Marcos, TX83 contributions
    What a beautiful oasis in the desert! We went the day after the holiday weekend, and we literally had the whole place to ourselves! It was a pleasant surprise to find such a well-done site. The picnic buildings built by the CCC were amazing. A credit to the men who worked there. The walk to the falls is short and easy. It was easy to image people in the past living and seeking out this desert treasure. Beautiful drive with an even more beautiful end.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • ann p
    Walker, LA27 contributions
    This is a park that features the animal and plant life of New Mexico. It is high on a hill overlooking Carlsbad and the valley...very scenic. The walk through the park is long - about 1.5 miles, I think. It is hilly, but paved . While it is scenic, there are really not very many animals to see for the effort you put in to walk the path. But our grandchildren still had fun. There is a succulent house with some amazing specimens, and a visitors center that is very kid friendly.
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • Filmprof
    New Mexico397 contributions
    Carlsbad Museum and Art Center is NOT the caverns. I'm not sure why there are so many reviews here for the National Park?

    What this is, is a nice little local museum, dedicated to Carlsbad and New Mexico. It's divided into two sections, one devoted to history and one to art. There are several well-known NM artists represented (Joseph Sharp, Fritz Scholder), and the history section has a range of material with an emphasis on World War II. There's also a local "hall of fame" featuring people from Carlsbad including Bruce Cabot (King Kong, 1933). It's free and worth an hour of your time.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • moosgang2
    Rockport, TX35 contributions
    If you are in need of some walking time, this is a wonderful place to walk. Well kept sidewalks line both sides of the Pecos River with places to park and play throughout. My favorite hour walk was to park by the blue floating walk-bridge and make a 3 mile loop from there down (south) round the furthermost point and up the other side. You can watch families swimming and fishing, watch the 100s of ducks and enjoy the dry heat and water views as you walk.
    Written August 1, 2020
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  • Gina A
    Dallas, TX410 contributions
    Camped in a 35” motorhome. We are self-contained so cannot comment on restrooms/shower facilities. Probably wouldn’t stay again – would prefer something closer to the caverns. Site #18

    Pros –
    - Camp hosts were helpful.
    - Nice views of lake.

    Cons-
    - Some spaces are very unlevel and are not depicted that way in the description or photos on the reservation site. We had reserved #22 but it was not possible to park our motorhome in the very sloped site. We had to pay a cancellation fee to move to another site.
    - Very windy – maybe just the time of year we went.
    - Not as convenient to Carlbad Caverns as we had hoped.
    Written April 7, 2020
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  • SS_Forever
    Dallas, TX319 contributions
    During our 4 day trip to Carlsbad this was our last day to let the kids get out and just play in the water. They ranged from 5 to 15. Older kids had the big water slide, middle the small water slides and lazy river for the younger and adults.

    It is a small park which I liked as I could see all my grandkids at a quick glance. Being only $5.00 was a great way to spend a few hours without breaking the bank.

    Before we came we enjoyed the Playground across the river and did a picnic lunch before water park to keep kids from being hungry. We arrived about 1pm and stayed till 4pm.

    We came on a Tuesday and was busy when first arrived but thinned out and was good. Guessing will get busier as summer proceeds.

    Main complaint was it seemed they needed a bit more treatment in the lazy river was a bit murky.

    The East side has some great shaded tables so we did take advantage of that.
    Written June 28, 2022
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  • SarahZ
    Fort Worth, TX159 contributions
    I enjoyed an hour here, checking out art by local artists. Jewelry, stained glass ornaments, little sculptures and plenty of paintings. I definitely recommend you shop here as a way to purchase and respect local artisans. There were gifts from around $5 on up. My only wish was that there had been more that reflected the local area, would have been cool to get some really cool shots from Carlsbad Caverns or more art or jewelry that reflected that. I ended up on a cute little framed mushroom drawing, a star ornament to take home and a fun little bat sculpture. I would have much rather bought more specific themed items that would have reminded us and reflected on the trip more specifically. But I understand also that it's not a tourists gift shop.
    Written July 13, 2019
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  • SarahZ
    Fort Worth, TX159 contributions
    This place is full of treasures, and I mean full, literally. I joked with the owner a bit, and she was saying it was kind of a hot mess, but for those who like to treasure hunt, I was perfectly comfortable. There really is a lot of stuff in there, so I do not recommend it for strollers, little kids, people with a wheelchair or a cane or mobility issues as certain areas were hard to navigate. But it's got all the cool and classic stuff like you'd expect from a normally antiques junk shop, like memorabilia, breakables, antiques, Treasures from the 60s through 90s, some fun mid-century pieces and costume jewelry Etc. I didn't snap pics of the whole place but these were a few of the favorite items I found. The thing is, they are all priced at retail so don't expect to get any Keller deals. Lamp set was over $100 I think which is fair but definitely not a bargain. I love checking out places like this so I would definitely come back if in town another day.
    Written July 13, 2019
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  • tleeEvans
    Houston, TX851 contributions
    Had to stop by to see this, as my husband is an engineer and was intrigued by the description . It was a little hard to find using our pones for directions, but pulled up google maps and found it It is located heading out of town toward Artesia, behind the hospital. You can walk up the hill to get view of the water in the flume. In need of repairs.
    Written May 31, 2022
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  • 957edn
    Honolulu, HI35 contributions
    Excellent! It would be worth your time to check the Carlsbad Community Theater’s schedule before planning your visit. We caught the final performance of “Leading Ladies” on March 5, 2017 for a Sunday Matinee. The actors were great. We are so glad we did not miss their performance. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
    Written March 8, 2017
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  • Candace V
    Carlsbad, NM114 contributions
    My husband and I took our kids here to pick our annual pumpkins. They advertise all kinds of activities but when we got there it was not all what we expected. At the petting zoo they didn't want you to pet the animals. They wanted you feed them with a spoon. The maze was just bamboo walls that took my kids less then a couple of minutes to get through. The hay ride was nice and you do get to pick you pumpkin. Which was a nice thing to do as a family.

    In all it was OK but needs some work.
    Written October 16, 2015
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  • Tom L
    29 contributions
    The Old Pecos Gallery is loaded with some really nice art pieces. It's location is off of Canyon Street, but well worth the visit.
    Written December 23, 2015
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  • Michael H
    40 contributions
    This are is very historical from the early years of the settlement of Eddy County. Not a whole lot to see but if you are a history nuff and want some good information, here you go!
    Written February 23, 2020
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  • texas6006
    Texas118 contributions
    It is not easy to get tickets even with the number of boat trips that are scheduled. We persevered and managed to snag 2 tickets for the first boat. It was better than later boats as the night get a lot colder with time. It was a pleasant outing, but $20 appears excessive - think of it as donation to the chamber of commerce.
    Written December 27, 2019
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  • jaxgirl432
    Blue Ridge, GA5 contributions
    The boat was smaller than I imagined but more than enough space for our family of 3 and another family of 4. The weather was perfect. The ride was relaxing. Gerald, the tour guide, was enthusiastic, well- informed, and funny. It was nice to learn about Carlsbad in that nice, refreshing setting.
    Written June 4, 2016
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