Carlsbad Travel Guide

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Carlsbad Things to Do

  • LegoLand

    4 out of 5 stars

    The american branch of this legendary Danish company's themepark is in Carlsbad. It's ride are aimed at younger children than a typical amusement park but its display of Lego building and landscapes are fun for the whole family.

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  • Carlsbad Mineral Water Spring

    Carlsbad started as a whistle stop on the new California Southern Railroad. In the 1880s a former sailor named John Frazier dug a well in the area. He began offering his water at the train station and soon the whistle-stop became known as Frazier's Station. A test done on a second fresh-water well discovered the water to be chemically similar to...

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  • Carlsbad State Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Carlsbad is largely unspoiled, which suits the locals just fine. Along the northern coast, beaches are seperated by sea walls. Beach access is generally very open and inviting. People are mostly sunbathing, swimming and often there are BBQs. I went to the main beach here, Carlsbad (or Tamarack) State Beach. Parking close to the beach is very...

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  • Carlsbad Flower Fields

    4 out of 5 stars

    Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, the ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.

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  • Magee House

    The Shipley-Magee House Museum is furnished in a turn of the century style, which depicts the life style of the early settlers of Carlsbad who had once owned the house. Now houses the Historical Society meetings. Magee Park, 258 Beech St. Samuel Church Smith, one of Carlsbad’s town founders, built this craftsman cottage in 1886. Then the collapse...

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  • Vistor Center

    This was such a find when me and my sister were just strolling around waiting for my niece to finish getting her assignments for her next clients. I was tickled to death to see that they put the Vistor Center in the old historic train Santa Fe Depot. The depot was built in 1907 (replacing the first built in 1887) by the Arizona Eastern Railway and...

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Carlsbad Restaurants

  • Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

    4 out of 5 stars

    Barry, VT Member "Spartan," organized a VT Meeting for Laura, "hayward68" at Samba's and that is how I discovered it. The restaurant is in a free standing building at the entrance of a shopping mall. (The most charming aspect of this mall was the gaggle of geese that had crossed the road from the lagoon to wander around landscaped areas of the...

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  • Neiman's Restaurant

    5 out of 5 stars

    Neiman's is housed in one of Carlsbad's oldest and most striking buildings, which began as two mansions, mirrored in image. There is a narrow area for patio dining and naturally that is where I eat. If you go to the website listed below you will see a button titled, "Coupon," click it and print out the $5.00 coupon before dining at Neiman's. I...

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  • Vinaka Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    Located on the upper level of a peaceful and charming shopping center behind the Twin Inns. At first discovery, I thought it was an Italian restaurant. Vinaka actually is a word from the Fiji Islands meaning Thank you and also it means excellent. A fitting name for such a comfortable place. The outside patio terrace overlooks a small courtyard...

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Carlsbad Nightlife

  • Live Entertainment

    Neiman's offers live music in the Salon and seems to be a popular place for tourist and locals. The variety offered; Live Salsa, Rock, Progressive/Underground, Hip Hop and Swing Dancing which includes lessons, throughout the week should guarantee something for everyone. Check their website for a list of the entertainment offered during your visit...

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  • Neat place

    This is was a really neat experience for me since I have never been to a Irish Pub. I tried some Irish brews, which I took too immediately. Excellent food was served and we all had a wonderful time since we were celebrating my niece's wedding keltic style. The service was excellent and so friendy. Wonderful staff they have. So if you in the area,...

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  • Hot and Sweaty!

    The Alley is a small dance joint that only serves beer, wine and liquor. There's karoake on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and then the live music( Top 40/Pop) rolls in on Thursday-Saturday from 9pm on. There is a real mix of ages here from the young shaved head Marines to the grey haired guys hustling the 25 year old chics! The locals call the place the...

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Carlsbad Transportation

  • Train / Station

    The Coaster is North County Transit District's comuter train getting people into downtown San Diego in the mornings and retuning them to the North County in the afternoons. It also offers evening returns after ball games at Petco Park. While staying in Carlsbad, this transportation is ideal for day trips to Old Town and downtown San Diego. The...

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  • Information & Sources

    . BY HIGHWAY S21: I drove to Carlsbad from San Diego by the road S21 on Saturday early afternoon. The traffic was neither heavy nor light, I could say. Close to major intersections the road was a little jammed whereas it was empty in other places. S21 is a part of Pacific Coastal Highway 1 (or 101) which goes along the Pacific Coast from Mexico...

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  • By Car

    California has a definate car culture and one of the reasons for that is the distance from one part of a city to another. For example, if your hotel is in Carlsbad Village--the downtown area and you want to take the kids to LEGOLAND, you will need a car to get there. Well, maybe you'll be provided some sort of shuttle, but the point is, having...

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Carlsbad Shopping

  • The only North County flea market

    The Seaside Bazaar is an open-air, European-style markeplace with over 50 sellers carrying a unique selection of goods including: affordable antiques, collectibles, jewelry, baskets, leather, clothing, fine crafts and ethnic art. Admission and parking are free. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.. Crafts and ethnic art.

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  • Huge!!

    This place was really impressive because it was so huge. You need to be sure to take some time wondering around to see everything. It has these wonderful murals on the store front, which are a huge eye catcher. Lots of wonderful antiques to see in here too.15,000 sq. ft with over 100 Artist & DealersOpen10:30-5:00pm Daily

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  • MY PERSONAL SHOPPING HEAVEN

    This outlet shopping centre 30 miles north of San Diego has been my personal shopping heaven while we were in California. There are about 90 shops here and in every one of them you find a lot of bargains. T-Shirts, Shoes, Skateboards, Surfboards, Clothes, Accessories, Homeware, Toys, ... you name it! T-Shirts are 10-20 $ which I think is the best...

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Carlsbad Local Customs

  • A small or a large city?

    That is the question :-). Carslbad has over 80,000 citizens, now. Hmm... I was surprised: as for me Carlsbad didn't look even for 30,000 (in compare to other AMERICAN cities). There are vinicities but they seem not to be so crowded, no house by house I mean so they look more like a countryside than like vinicities of large city. Hmm... maybe I...

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  • Motorcycles

    Please be aware that in California, motorcyclists can ride between cars down the lines on the highways and freeways. You need to watch your side mirrors constantly, especially if you are going to change lanes. Lots of times you don't even hear them coming until they zing by you.Very scary for me.

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  • Carlsbad Village Theatre

    In the day of multi-plex theatres it is always a pleasure for me to come across an old neighborhood theatre still alive.Built in 1927 at 2282 State Street, in Carlsbad Village, a block from the main intersection, this historic movie house has offered original black/white silent movies and vaudeville productions in it's early days.Now it is a venue...

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Carlsbad Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of Passing Trains!

    Just a warning to the wise. Not all the trains stop at the Carlsbad Village Station due to schedules. So quite often you will witness the trains speeding through like a flash. So be aware of where you are standing and please keep a tight grip of the little ones!

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  • Slow down!

    Exceeding the posted speed limit can get you a ticket and create an inconvenience. Sometimes the speed limit is painted on the surface of a highway.The top speed limit on freeway I-5 in town areas is 65mph, out on the "open-road," like in areas past the cities, the speed limit goes up to 70 mph.The top speed limit inside the city is 25 or 35 miles...

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Carlsbad What to Pack

  • Your Plastic Shovel

    Carlsbad is one of the more expensive areas of San Diego County and though you could be here a whole day without spending much, there are wonderful luxuries to treat yourself to, a lovely beachside hotel, the Dynasty Treatment at the Carlsbad Spa or even a custom made bikini by Carol. So, I suggest you bring your plastic shovel--credit card--and...

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  • Weather

    Carlsbad's temperate climate adds to the community's charm. Temperatures average 58F (14.5C) in January and 73F (23C) in July with an average rainfall of about 10 inches (254 mm).5-day forecast:http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/USCA0182.html10-day forecast:http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCA0182

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Carlsbad Off The Beaten Path

  • Twin Inns

    Love Twin Inns 2978 Carlsbad Blvd. This Victorian structure was built by Alonzo Culver in 1887 for Gerhard Schutte, known as the “Father of Carlsbad.” Schutte and partners Samuel Church Smith and D.D. Wadsworth, founded the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company and had as their vision "a town of small farms and gracious homes." They bought up...

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  • Lagoons

    The Pea Soup Andersen Wind Mill is located near the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon at the south end of Carlsbad. It is one of the two major lagoons in this city. The other, Buena Vista, is at the north end. Agua Hedionda Lagoon is unique as it is a healthy tidal bed with a large wetlands supporting several endangered species and also premits recreational...

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  • Twin Inns Carlsbad

    LoveTwin Inns 2978 Carlsbad Blvd. This Victorian structure was built by Alonzo Culver in 1887 for Gerhard Schutte, known as the “Father of Carlsbad.” Schutte and partners Samuel Church Smith and D.D. Wadsworth, founded the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company and had as their vision "a town of small farms and gracious homes." They bought up 400...

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Carlsbad Sports & Outdoors

  • Iron Mountain

    Iron Mountain just out of Poway at the intersection of Poway Road and HWy 67 is a great day hike of abotu 6 1/2 miles. The peak gives great views of the surrounding area.

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  • Surfing

    Surfing is a popular pastime for the young and old throughout San Diego County especially on famous Swami's Beach in Encinitas, a few miles south of Carlsbad. Famous from the Beach Boy’s hit song Surfin’ USA,' in Encinitas is one of San Diego’s prime surf spots. In January 2002, Encinitas was named “One of the Top 10 Surf Towns in the United States...

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Carlsbad Favorites

  • See a Carlsbad Treasure: Ocean House

    Pretty buildings as seat of town history!The Ocean house represents much of Carlsbad's history. Originally named Twins Inn and secondly, Neimans, the colorful and charming building is seated in the town roots. Town founder, John A. Frazier dug a water well around here and noticed that the water levels were coparable to one found in Karlsbad,...

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  • Need more information?

    .Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau:400 Carlsbad Village DriveCarlsbad, CA 92018For general information:call: +1 (760) 434-6093, +1 (800) CARLSBAD or +1 (800) 227-5722Fax: +1 (760) 434-6056E-mail: info@visitcarlsbadcomhttp://www.visitcarlsbad.comCity of Carlsbad Official Site http://www.ci.carlsbad.ca.us/about/index.htmlCarlsbad Chamber of...

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  • Visit during the spring time...

    Visit during the spring time when you can see the hillsides near Legoland abloom at the'Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch'.You can walk along dirt paths through thousands of ranunculuses against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. A garden shop features bulbs and blooms grown at the nursery. There are too many tourists but still it is an awesome site....

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