Things to do in Carlsbad

Our most recommended things to do in Carlsbad

LEGOLAND California Resort: Theme Park 1-Day Admission

1. LEGOLAND California Resort: Theme Park 1-Day Admission

Visit the Theme Park at LEGOLAND® California Resort, where families with children ages 2-12 can enjoy more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions. Explore THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD which is a brand new immersive land where the hit movie comes to life. Join Master Builders on a Triple-Decker Flying Couch on Emmet’s Flying Adventure Ride, as cutting-edge technology transports you all over THE LEGO MOVIE universe. Surrounded by a full-dome virtual screen, feel like you’re flying through a world created completely from LEGO® bricks. Spin, bounce, and drop on a rainbow-filled journey on Unikitty’s Disco Drop ride. Stop by Emmet’s Super Suite apartment to meet all of your favorite THE LEGO MOVIE characters. Explore the rest of the park where you can ride on the Dragon Coaster, Coastersaurus, and the LEGO Technic Coaster to get the adrenaline flowing. Explore Miniland USA and see LEGO recreations of Southern California, Washington D.C, San Francisco, and more cities. Learn how LEGO bricks are made at the LEGO Factory Tour. See the first-ever life-size Ferrari F40 Lego® model. It may not have more than 470 horsepower, but it’s built out of more than 358,000 LEGO® elements, weighs more than 3,000 pounds, and is a one-of-a-kind replica of one of the most celebrated Ferrari vehicles ever created. LEGOLAND® Holiday fun has arrived and the entire Resort is bursting with holiday cheer and festive décor. Your favorite holiday characters, Santa and the Toy Soldier, are back along with The Gingerbread Man. Fun Town will have a 30-foot, fully-decorated LEGO® Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments. There are great photo opportunities throughout the park, including a sleigh with a life-size LEGO Santa that’s pulled by his trusted reindeer. On December 31st, 2022 we will launch our Kids’ New Year’s Eve featuring kids’ bands, party favors, fireworks and a 6pm giant brick drop!

Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation by your guide, journey to 4 different local wineries, where you’ll learn about the wine-making process and what makes Temecula Valley wine so special.  You will have the opportunity to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes vintner’s tour of one of the wineries. Also included on the tour is an idyllic picnic lunch from a top-rated local eatery at one of the winery stops. Each winery will be curated to make sure you get to taste and learn about a variety of different wines, in order to comprehensively experience Temecula’s wine region. When booking, please select a food option from the list below and write in your selections in the notes during the booking process: •  Chicken Caesar Salad  •  Mediterranean Chicken Salad  •  Eggplant Caprese Sandwich •  Turkey Club Sandwich •  Classic Italian Sandwich •  Artisan Cheese & Deli Plate  •  Roast Beef Sandwich  •  Viva Chicken Wrap All lunches are served with a chewy Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie and bottled water. Spinach wraps are available as an alternative for ciabatta bread. Side house salads are served with Italian vinaigrette.

San Diego: San Diego Zoo Safari Park 1-Day Ticket

3. San Diego: San Diego Zoo Safari Park 1-Day Ticket

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an adventurer’s safari paradise in Southern California. The 1,800-acre Safari Park is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 375 species—many living in wide, open field enclosures. So jump onto one of our thrilling array of tours and create memories of adventure for you and your family – all while benefiting the conservation of species here and in more than 35 countries across the globe. Welcome to a land of volcanoes, tropical rain forests, a treasure trove of biodiversity—and tigers. Sumatra is home to the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, along with other endangered species such as orangutans, rhinos, and elephants. Tiger Trail provides a journey to discover tigers and their current struggles within their island world. Lion Camp - Get nose to nose with our African lion pride—literally! Bring the kids up close to see lions that may come right up to the glass to check you out. Heart of Africa - The winding trails take you through an African forest and savanna to a serene lake. Stop and cool off at Jamison Research Island. Elephant Overlook - An elevated walkway takes you out where you can get a closer look at our Elephant Cam stars. Don't miss the youngsters born right here! Hidden Jungle - Enter our tropical greenhouse and experience a habitat of exotic birds, insect, and plants, home to our annual Butterfly Jungle event. Wings of the World Aviary - Everything in this free-flight aviary is designed to approximate the natural turf for over 140 birds of 40 species. Condor Ridge - Follow the trail of North American habitats and animals to see bighorn sheep and learn the great conservation story of the California condors. Other activities included in your admission: Elephant Enrichment - Watch our elephant herd enjoy morning treats. Discovery Station - This kid-friendly area is filled with musical instruments, puppets, books, craft activities, and wildlife “toys” and is designed to give children and their adult companions a playful space for animal-themed fun. Savanna Cool Zone - Walk through palm trees offering a gentle mist to three slippery critters that spout water: a turtle, a lion, and a crocodilian. Jameson Research Island Interpretive Center. Africa Tram Safari - Guided tour rides depart 10 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. daily (The Africa Tram Safari is an exciting expedition with brightly colored tour vehicles and our diverse animal collection creating a relaxing adventure. Lorikeet Landing - Watch our colorful rainbow lorikeets swoop down to enjoy nectar offered by guests. Exhibit entrance if free; lorikeet food is available for purchase to experience the thrill of feeding these birds by hand. Petting Kraal - Touch gentle deer and antelope. Have you “herd”? with Robert the Zebra - Robert the Zebra lives in digital, animated form on a large screen, where he can see the people who have come to visit. He asks questions, cracks jokes, talks about zebra life, and is very curious about humans. Frequent Flyers® Bird Show - An East African crowned crane in flight is a stunning sight viewed by only a privileged few, until now! The crane is one of the stars of the Park’s bird show, Frequent Flyers. The program lets you witness birds in full flight and focuses on a variety of birds from around the world. Animal Encounters - This interactive program gives you an opportunity to have face-to-face contact with the Park’s animal ambassadors like a cheetah, alligator, serval, and other rare and exotic animals. You may interact with trainers and ask questions about the species. Cheetah Tales - Come meet our cheetah ambassadors in Heart of Africa. Note: Schedules may vary or be canceled due to weather or animal health needs.

San Diego: Top Attractions CityPASS®

4. San Diego: Top Attractions CityPASS®

Pick up your San Diego CityPASS and enjoy three ticket packages: SeaWorld San Diego with 3 attractions, LEGOLAND California with 3 attractions, and SeaWorld + LEGOLAND California with 3 Attractions. See your choice of SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, or both. - SeaWorld San Diego: SeaWorld® San Diego Single Day Ticket - LEGOLAND California: 1-Day Admission to LEGOLAND California Plus get admission to 3 more attractions. - San Diego Zoo: 1-Day Pass, including admission, unlimited use of Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Tram, all regularly scheduled shows and exhibits. Excludes special ticketed events/attractions. - San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 1-Day Pass, including admission, *unlimited rides on the Africa Tram, and *all regularly scheduled shows and exhibits. Excludes parking and special ticketed events/attractions. - USS Midway Museum: General Admission, including the 3D holographic movie Battle of Midway Theater and audio tour available in six languages. - City Cruises: San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise - Old Town Trolley Tours: 1 day of unlimited reboarding with 12 Hop-on, Hop-off stops - Birch Aquarium at Scripps: General admission - Maritime Museum of San Diego: General admission (Self-guided)

Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

5. Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass by Go City gets you into over 40 top attractions in the city for one low price. Enjoy great savings on admission compared to buying individual tickets and pay nothing at the gate. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and many more of the best things to do in L.A., Hollywood, and beyond. In addition, when you buy a 3-, 5- or 7-day pass, you also get a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. You can take up to 2 weeks from when you first use the pass to use the remaining calendar days on your pass. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, how to get there and how to make reservations in advance when required. Simply show your pass straight from your phone (or printed) at the gate or ticket office to get in. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass: Theme Parks • Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket (3+ day passes only) • Knott's Berry Farm • Six Flags Magic Mountain • LEGOLAND California (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) • Knott's Soak City Water Park Outdoor Activities • Whale Watching in San Pedro or Long Beach • Catalina Flyer (Ferry to Catalina Island) • Harbor Breeze Whale Watching Tour - Long Beach • Perry's Beach Café and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Hollywood Sign Tour • Celebrity Bike Tour by Bikes & Hikes LA (choice between self-guided or guided tour) • Whale Watch & Dolphin Tour - Beautiful Newport Beach • Harbor Cruise in Long Beach or San Pedro • Huntington Beach: 2-hr SUP board or kayak rental • Huntington Beach: Yoga on the beach Tours • Big Bus Los Angeles 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Tour • Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Dolby Theater Guided Tour • Starline Tours: Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour • Glass Bottom Boat Eco Tour • SoFi Stadium Tour Family-Friendly • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Aquarium of the Pacific • TCL Chinese Theater - Tour or Movie and a drink (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium • Los Angeles Zoo • California Science Center IMAX Movie • San Diego Zoo (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) Museums and Entertainment • Hollywood Museum (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • GRAMMY Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • Natural History Museum • Autry Museum of the American West • Museum of Latin American Art • Cabrillo Maritime Museum • Richard Nixon Library • South Coast Shop & Dine Package

Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

6. Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

The tour sets off from the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village, where your 3-hour culinary adventure begins. Navigate the picturesque streets of the village with your local guide and discover its diverse history, architecture and culture. Stroll down some of the most famous streets in Carlsbad, home to a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants, and iconic landmarks, uniquely mixed with shops, art galleries and vibrant street murals. Along the way, stop at 8 different eateries, popular with the locals, and taste the flavors of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from a locally-owned specialty food store, and ethnic or locavore-style eateries. Some of the stops on the tour include one of Carlsbad’s most romantic restaurants and a dessert haven with recipes passed down through generations. There’s also time to delight your taste buds with a sampling of California’s award-winning wines at one of the village’s urban wineries.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

7. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

Carlsbad Scavenger Hunt & Trivia Digital Walking Tour

8. Carlsbad Scavenger Hunt & Trivia Digital Walking Tour

Explore the Carlsbad Village, California, with a digital scavenger hunt full of riddles and trivia. Play right from your phone and follow the trail around the Historical Society museum at Magee House, the old train station/Visitors Center, Pine Ave scenic viewpoint, the Village Faire, and more. Get tips on the best things to see and do while you solve fun puzzles. Grab your phone, some comfy shoes, and weather-ready gear and head to the starting location once you’ve accessed the game. Go through parks and village streets, along the coastline, and see famous local businesses like Carlsbad Alkaline Water and the historic Twinn Inns building. Earn points and travel farther along the route with every riddle. Uncover clues and use your trivia knowledge and observation skills to discover all the area has to offer. Check out all the local shops along the way and stop to enjoy at your leisure. Each clue guides you through the village, pointing out historical fun facts, public artwork, and scenic views. Find recommendations for local things to do and places to relax with ocean views. Complete the route to loop back and finish where you started and see your final score at the end. Games can take from 1 to 4 hours, depending on how much you stop and enjoy the sights along the way. Pups are welcome to join!

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What people are saying about Carlsbad

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 141 reviews

My husband and I were visiting San Diego for a wedding and decided to do the food tour in Carlsbad and it was our favorite thing we did the whole week! The food was great and our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable!! I highly recommend!

Dave was great. Well worth the money. Do this early on into your vacation because you will get great tips on where to eat.

Everything impeccable!! When we had a problem, they fixed it right away.

The tour guide was knowledgeable & I enjoyed my experience.

Great tour guide, made the tour interesting and fun.