In and About Carlsbad

Carlsbad - A destination resort community

A beach that reflects community pride and passion.

Carlsbad Beach Stairs

Carlsbad began as a rural agricultural community and Santa Fe Railroad whistle stop, a place people passed through on their way to points north or south. In recent years, farms and flower fields have given way to corporate headquarters, and the Legoland theme park draws visitors from around the world.

In spite of all the new activity east of the freeway, Carlsbad's beaches remain one of San Diego's best kept secrets, which is just fine with the locals. The north half of the Carlsbad coast is composed of a series of small beaches divided by sea walls. The cliffs here are relatively low and in most places the Coast Highway passes right next to the shore, offering an unobstructed view of the sea and open access to the beach.

Carlsbad Beach PicnicThe community has gone to great lengths to beautify their downtown businesses, homes and beaches. Well-designed walkways, attractive sea walls and all kinds of facilities have been added to make the beaches as pleasing to the eye as they are accommodating to users.

Tamarack Beach - part of Carlsbad State Beach - is at the foot of Tamarack Avenue. Spend your days swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, beach combing or have a beach bluff picnic.

Carlsbad Beach

Check out the sunset time and look for the Green Flash

Harbor Fish

Swing by Harbor Fish and check out the sunset time.  Than head for the beach and look for the Green Flash.  If you are lucky you will see it but only if the conditions are just right.

Carlsbad Beach Sunset

Green flashes are a phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when some part of the Sun suddenly changes color (at sunset, from red or orange to green or blue). The word “flash” refers to the sudden appearance and brief duration of this green color, which usually lasts only a second or two.

Carlsbad State of the City Video 2017

State of the City - 2017

Video presentation on why folks choose to live and visit Carlsbad and the latest city projects and initiativies.

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At LEGOLAND® California everyone is a hero on more than 50 super rides, shows and attractions. ADVENTURERS WANTED. The Land of Adventure, LEGOLAND California's newest area, is full of mystery and intrigue. PIRATES WANTED. Sail a galleon in Splash Battle. HEROES WANTED.

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Faire

More than 100,000 people will take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment when the largest one-day street faire in the nation returns next month.

The Carlsbad Village Street Faire takes place twice a year, the first Sunday in May and the first Sunday in November. The free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.

The Crossings at Carlsbad

The Crossings at Carlsbad

When playing golf in San Diego County, The Crossings at Carlsbad is a must play golf course for those seeking a challenging, risk-reward golf adventure. Voted by GOLF Magazine as one of the Top 10 New Courses You Can Play," The Crossings at Carlsbad captures the warm friendly spirit of its own unique seaside community.  Inspired by its surrounding natural coastal habitation, Pacific Ocean views, and protected native flora and fauna,  as its backdrop, journey through the rugged canyon terrain, sweeping emerald green fairways, and memorable vistas and discover the unspoiled beauty that will inspire an unforgettable golf experience. 

Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music presents visitors with an interactive journey through a century of musical instrument innovations that helped shape American Popular Music from the 1890s to the present day. It includes over 500 vintage instruments on display, hundreds of audio and video examples at the push of a button and an interactive area where visitors can play on a variety of hands-on instruments. The Museum also presents a number of special events and educational outreach activities.

The Flower Fields

the Flower Fields

Come experience the vibrant waves of color that covers the hillsides at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch each Spring - April and May. This wonderful annual display of horticultural beauty opens in March promising to welcome you into a sea of floral color and aromatic delights.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo cares for more than 4,000 individual animals representing 800 different species. Its collection of animals, as well as its plant collection of over 6,500 species, is acknowledged as one of the finest in the entire world. Energetic traditional African dancers perform nightly in the Park’s Heart of Africa, while a steel drum band adds a lively sound in Nairobi Village. Joining the activities will be some mysterious stilt creatures lurking in the night. And of course, our popular Wgasa Bush Line Railway, animal shows, and Dino Mountain have extended hours

San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park

Wild Animal Park

Experience a unique adventure at the 2,100-acre preserve where animals wander freely in surroundings much like their native homelands. A quiet monorail, pathways and animal shows enable visitors to observe the animals and many species of exotic plants.



SeaWorld San Diego is one of the world's premier marine adventure parks with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. More than 80 million visitors have explored the mysteries of the sea here, with up-close animal interactions and exhilarating thrills.

Old Town

Old Town

Take the Coaster to Old Town San Diego - considered the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. Father Serra’s mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego. At the base of the hill in 1820’s, a small Mexican community of adobe buildings was formed and by 1835 had attained the status of El Pueblo de San Diego. In 1846, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and a Marine Lieutenant, raised the American flag in the Old Town San Diego Plaza.

In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the 1821 to 1872 period. The park includes a main plaza, exhibits, museums and living history demonstrations.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Balboa Park lights up summer nights with two free concert series, a free outdoor film series, and a host of special events and performances ideal for balmy evenings and after sundown fun.

At the Spreckels Organ Pavilion thrill to the majestic sound of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ and performances by internationally renowned musicians accompanying elegant vocal works, brass ensembles, or even a sidesplitting silent movie.

San Diego Padres and Petco Park

Petco Park San diego Padres San Diego Padres San Diego Padres

Take the Coaster to PETCO Park and take in a San Diego Padres baseball game.  PETCO Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.

Coaster to Downtown San Diego and on to Coronado Island

San Diego

Take the Coaster to downtown San Diego.  Explore Seaport Village, Gas Lamp District, and downtown San Diego. Or check out Coronado Island.  One block from the train station is the Coronado Ferry to Coronado Island.  Coronado is a great place to explore on bikes.  Try the Hotel Del on the patio for lunch.

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