Things to do in Carlsbad

Family standing on rock jetty at Ponto Beach in Carlsbad

Looking for things to do in Carlsbad? You’ve come to the right place! This blog post is packed with information on the best local spots. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity or something more adventurous, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading for our top recommendations!

Ponto Beach

My first recommendation is also one of my favorite photo shoot locations (as seen in the photo above). South Ponto beach is not only one of the most photo worthy beaches in San Diego County, but it is also one of the widest, with plenty of room for recreation, no matter what the tide conditions are. This wide, sandy beach offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and is a perfect place to sunbathe, swim, or go surfing. Additionally, South Ponto Beach features plenty of picnic areas, so you can pack a lunch and spend the day lounging on the sand with friends and family.

Teen girl posing with mural in Carlsbad, CA
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Carlsbad Village

Carlsbad Village is home to a variety of restaurants, from casual cafes to fine dining. There’s also a lively nightlife scene, with a number of bars and clubs to choose from. And if you’re a fan of craft beer, you’ll be happy to know that Carlsbad is home to several breweries. Best of all, the village is within walking distance of the beach, so you can enjoy the sun and surf during your stay. The beautiful murals by local artists are my favorite part of the village atmosphere.

Legoland California

When it comes to family-friendly fun, LEGOLAND California is hard to beat. Located in Carlsbad, this theme park is full of rides, shows, and attractions that are perfect for young children. Highlights include the LEGO Ninjago World ride, the LEGO City Fire Academy, and the Duplo Playtown. There’s also a water park on site, making LEGOLAND the perfect place to cool off on a hot day. Best of all, admission is free for kids under 3, making LEGOLAND an affordable option for families. So if you’re looking for things to do in Carlsbad with kids, be sure to add LEGOLAND to your list.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, check out the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This 50-acre site is home to beautiful flowers that bloom from March through April. Visitors can stroll through the fields or take a tram ride for a closer look.

Coastal Rail Trail

For those who want to explore Carlsbad’s natural beauty, hiking and biking trails abound. One of the most popular trails is the Coastal Rail Trail, which runs along the coast from Oceanside to Encinitas. For something.

Visit Wineries

If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, go on a wine tasting tour at one of Carlsbad’s many wineries. Carlsbad is home to a number of award-winning wineries, and a wine tasting tour is the perfect way to sample some of the best that the region has to offer. Most tours will take you to several different wineries, so you can try a variety of wines and learn about the production process. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the winemakers and ask them any questions you may have. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or just looking for a fun day out, a wine tasting tour is sure to satisfy.


If you’re looking for things to do in Carlsbad, a round of golf at The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course should definitely be on your list. The course offers stunning ocean views, and it’s a great way to spend a day outdoors. The course is challenges but also enjoyable for players of all skill levels. And after your round of golf, you can relax in the clubhouse or take a dip in the pool. So if you’re looking for a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy, be sure to check out The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course.

Spend a day at the Spa

If you’re looking for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation, there’s no better place to go than the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Nestled in the hills of Carlsbad, the Omni La Costa offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features a world-class spa with an array of treatments designed to pamper and relax. You can also enjoy a variety of fitness classes, take a dip in one of the pools, or simply relax in your luxurious room or suite. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a chance to recharge your batteries, the Omni La Costa is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy all that Carlsbad has to offer.

Looking for more options? Check out my list of the best spas in Carlsbad!

No matter what your interests are, there’s sure to be something for you to do in Carlsbad! So what are you waiting for? Start exploring!

Did you bring your kids on your trip? While you are in the San Diego area, you might also want to check out the best things to do in La Jolla with kids and things to do in San Diego with kids!

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