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Things to do in Carlsbad

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
“Legoland in Carlsbad is must do for any family with kiddos under 10. There’s water cannons to shoot, the chance to earn a driver’s license, and a Dragon roller coaster that’ll take you soaring through the sky. Legoland has added on the additions of a water park and the Sea Life Aquarium, making it even more worth it to spend the day here.”
  • 261 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Walking distance, but also plenty of parking. Many food choices there and across the street.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Great for day trips from San Diego. Geared towards children and teenagers, but overall great family fun !”
  • 50 locals recommend
Garden
“For a great photo opportunity, with thousands of poppies in bloom. Ride on the farmers wagon or walk through for a nice few hours, shop at the agriculture barn and go discount shopping at the Carlsbad Shops next door. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Great casual beachy restaurant with excellent food of all types. Great happy hour, especially their margaritas and nightly live music make this a local fav!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Cinema
“Just up the road is this Upscale movie theatre with cocktail and food service. Leather lounge seating. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Surfs up... at Carlsbad State Beach! get those toes in the water, sand and sun for some fun in many forms. An outdoor adventure is at your fingertips wether you enjoy surfing, boogie boarding, body boarding, swimming, hiking, jogging, biking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, jet skiing, or any of the vast array of water-sports available for your fun seeking pleasure. If your not into outdoor adventures, you can always just relax to to therapeutic sound of the waves, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and read a book on the sand!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Route
“30 minutes north of San Diego has more than 60 rides, shows and attraction. It's an interactive hands-on theme park.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“Coyote boasts an attractive mix of Southern California cuisine, local music, heated fire pits, indoor, outdoor dancing and live entertainment 7 days a week. Operating since the summer of '89. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is an upscale outdoor shopping mall. Well curated favorite stores. I love the atmosphere. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Off-Licence
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“Bustling beach hangout with picnic tables and arcade games serving hand-tossed pizza and a variety of beers. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Local Leucadia coffee favorite. Take a to go Latte and walk up the hill to Beacons beach”
  • 34 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Great casual beachy restaurant with excellent food of all types. Great happy hour, especially their margaritas and nightly live music make this a local fav!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
“Coyote boasts an attractive mix of Southern California cuisine, local music, heated fire pits, indoor, outdoor dancing and live entertainment 7 days a week. Operating since the summer of '89. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Bustling beach hangout with picnic tables and arcade games serving hand-tossed pizza and a variety of beers. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Buzzy indoor/outdoor locale serving wood fired American fare & cocktails amid camping decor.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great Whiskey Bar and Microbrewery. Also has great food and neat atmosphere.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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