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    St. Michael's by the Sea

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    For many years Michael's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church is the only church in Carlsbad and the oldest non Roman Catholic church since 1894 . Plus, one of the four oldest buildings in Carlsbad too. It was moved from Lincoln and Oak Streets in 1959 to its present site and is still very much alive with services and weddings. It has this very beautiful garden that is maintained with love and pride. It is one of Carlsbad much loved historical sites that reflects the dedication of faith and life.

    Daily Office
    Morning Prayer 8:45 a.m.
    Daily in the Chapel
    Except Wednesdays 6:45 a.m. in Chapel

    and Sundays 7:30 a.m. in Church
    Evening Prayer 5:15 p.m.
    Daily in the Chapel
    Except Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
    Intercessory Prayers
    11:00 a.m. Mon-Fri in Chapel

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    Twin Inns 1887 - The Ocean House

    by Yaqui Written Oct 12, 2008

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    Built in 1887, this mansion first belong to Gerhard Schutte, a co-founder of Carlsbad. Built in Queen Anne architectural style you cannot miss it on Carlsbad Blvd. It is now a restaurant, so set aside some time and check out the lovely surroundings.

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    Captian John A. Frazier

    by lmkluque Written Dec 20, 2003

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    Captian John Frazier was a sea captain, who settled in the Carlsbad area in 1883, before it was called Frazier's Station or Carlsbad. He drilled two wells and struck water that seemed to him to have curative powers over his chronic rheumatism.

    John offered his water to the California Southern Railroad and it's passengers arriving at the depot, which became known as Frazier's Station.

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    San Diego Wild Animal Park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 5, 2013

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    This adjunct of the San Diego zoo features animals (primarily African) in a much more natural setting than most zoos. It's slightly smaller in number of animals than the zoo but occupies a much larger size space.

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    Museum in the Basement

    by lmkluque Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    In the basement of the Carlsbad Mineral Spa is a museum about the history of the well and it's water. I didn't see it because the spa was closed when I arrived. Next time I go up, I'll check it out and add the information here.

    The Gazebo is the location of the Well.
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    Museum of Making Music

    by Ken_Weaver Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Carlsbad has this great museum located on the hill overlooking the vast floral gardens.
    The museum tracks the development of music and musical instruments in America decade by decade. As you walk through the museum you push buttons and see and/or hear an explanation of the exhibit. One of the fun parts of the museum is the last segment called "Hands on the Future." Visitors can actually play about 12 instruments...the player is the only one that can hear them as you are wearing earphones. I enjoyed playing the Roland V-Drums and the Yamaha Clavinova digital piano!

    Entrance is inexpensive:
    Adults $5
    Students, Seniors and Active Military $3
    Visa, MC, AMEX, Checks, and Cash
    Discount with AAA in the Gift Store

    Hours: 10am-5pm Tues-Sun
    Closed major holidays

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    Sea Life Aquarium

    by jagheter Written Aug 24, 2012

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    This is a small aquarium that you can get through in about an hour. It's feels very kid-centric, which makes sense as it is practically part of Legoland. My 4 year old had the most fun with the slide inside the front entrance, the underwater dome that lets you put your head inside one of the medium sized tanks, and the tide pool, where he got to touch a sea star. We hit Sea Life at the end of our Legoland visit, so he lost interest about half way through. The aquarium is laid out with one path that you follow all the way through, so you're committed to seeing everything, but it wasn't too bad to hurry through once we were done. The staff does a good job of letting visitors in in small bursts, so the place never felt too crowded.

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    Top 5 attractions

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hmm... to be honest I didn't visit any of the attractions mentioned below but I'd choose the last one (open 16 Aug 2003) first, I suppose.

    LEGOLAND
    Opened in May 1999. Theme park perfect for children ages 4 to 10, I think.

    Tickets:
    1-Day Adult: $41.95
    Children (3 through 12) & Seniors (60+): $34.95

    http://www.lego.com/legolandnew/california

    THE FLOWER FIELDS
    Just outside Legoland, from early March through early May.

    Tickets:
    $7.00 for adults,
    $6.00 for seniors 60+, $4.00 for children 3 - 10,
    Children 2 and under are free

    http://www.theflowerfields.com

    SOUTH CARLSBAD STATE BEACH
    The beach is located 3 miles south of Carlsbad on Carlsbad Boulevard.

    http://parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=660

    CARLSBAD CHILDREN MUSEUM
    Exhibits and hands-on learning experiences.

    Tickets:
    Adults $5.00
    Children $5.00
    Under 2 free

    http://www.museumforchildren.org

    LEO CARILLO RANCH HISTORIC PARK
    Also known as Rancho de Los Kiotes, a historic rancho bought by an actor Leo Carillo (1880-1971) in 1937. The city will open the park to the general public on August 16, 2003.

    http://www.carrillo-ranch.org

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    Indoor Racing Excitement

    by spartan Written Mar 29, 2008

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    After lunch with the boys, we headed over to Carlsbad to experience the thrill of wheel to wheel racing with high performance electric karts. At K1 Speed, you race against all racers and against the clock to see who has the best time. This all adds up to a safe, exhilarating indoor racing experience...what a blast!!!

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    Escondido Grape Day park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 5, 2013

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    This city park has restored historic buildings along with a huge grape statute used for the annual celebration where they celebrate this local produce. The historical buildings have limited opening hours, so check ahead.

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  • Antique Jewelry Shopping

    by Lmacksey Written Feb 7, 2012

    I was wandering around Carlsbad Village and stumbled into Somewhere In Time Fine Jewelry. I spent about 45 minutes in this shop, trying on pieces from what was one of the best collections of antique jewelry I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). Cameos, filigree, Deco, they have it all. I'm now the happy owner of a beautiful antique opal ring :)

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    California Center for the Arts

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 24, 2007

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    This Escondido Art museum has no permanent collection rather it host temporary exhibits mostly of local artists.

    California Center for the Arts
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    Oceanside

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This Calfornia Beach town has much to offer from clean beaches, to beach restaurants and shops and the nearby Mission San Luis Rey.

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    Mission Pala

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 5, 2013

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    Founded in 1816 this is one of the only missions to still serve as a working parish today. There is a small museum and courtyard here but it's not as impressive as other missions.

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    Quail Botanical Gardens

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 24, 2007

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    This Botanic gardens in Encintas, just north of San Diego has a wide range of plants but focuses on Desert plants and coastal scrub plants.

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