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Things to Do in Carlsbad

Experience the best of Carlsbad, CA

Make Carlsbad by the Sea Hotel your base of operations for experiencing the diverse and exhilarating range of things to do in and around Carlsbad. Located across the street from Carlsbad Premium Outlets, near the Carlsbad Flower Fields and LEGOLAND California, we’re only minutes from the top attractions, activities and landmarks in the San Diego area. Within a short drive you’ll find gorgeous beaches, family fun, eclectic shopping and seasonal fairs in Carlsbad Village, picturesque golf courses, microbreweries and wineries, outdoor recreation at Carlsbad Lagoon, world-class museums, great eats and so much more. 

From the shimmering coast to the trail-topped mountains to the caves of La Jolla, from fashionable stores to gourmet bites, from lively nightlife to grounded corporate centers, and from action-packed activities to tranquil settings, Carlsbad truly has it all.  

To help with planning your Carlsbad adventure, we’ve put together a comprehensive Adventure Guide and Dining Guide highlighting not just Carlsbad, but the neighboring areas of San Diego, Encinitas, Leucadia, Oceanside and Del Mar.

The Flower Fields

Flowers Fields of Carlsbad

The Flower Fields is a flower garden found on the Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California. It opens up once a year in spring from March 1 through May 10.

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Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

The Carlsbad Premium Outlets mall is located right across the street from our hotel. Shop more than 90 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Barneys New York Warehouse, Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, and more.

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LEGOLAND

Legoland

Our Carlsbad hotel offers a complimentary local area shuttle to the LEGOLAND® for our guests convenience. Discount LEGOLAND® Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk.

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The Crossings Golf Course

The Crossings at Carlsbad

The Crossings at Carlsbad is a must play golf course for those seeking a challenging, risk-reward round of golf. The Crossings at Carlsbad is located about a mile from the Pacific Ocean and just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego.

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Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach

This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and runners and cyclists to the boulevard bordering the beach. Contact Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101

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Gemological Institute of America

Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

Established in 1931, GIA is an independent nonprofit that protects the gem and jewelry buying public through research, education and laboratory services.

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Green Dragon Tavern & Meseum

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is a community centric restaurant, hospitality venue and must visit destination located in Carlsbad, CA. Opened in 2014 with a passion to revolutionize hospitality by creating a memorable guest experience unlike any other on the west coast. 

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The Magee House

Surrounding the 1887 Historic Magee house is a qualitative garden of about 225 rose bushes representing 15 families of the rose. One garden is modern roses and the other garden contains Old Garden roses and shrubs. A new miniature rose garden was planted in 2003.

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Museum of Making Music

Museum of Making Music

Discover and play musical instruments at a unique museum that tells the story of how instruments were made, used and sold.

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Carlsbad Lagoon

Carlsbad Lagoon Watersports

Located on beautiful Aqua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, California Watersports offers locals and visitors watercarft rentals, sales, and lessons. Race around the lagoon on waverrunners or quietly paddle a kayak or SUP and take in the local wild life.

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Carlsbad Village

Carlsbad Village

From beaches and theaters to fine dining and taco shops, Carlsbad Village is your North County destination of choice.

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Local Guides

To help with planning your Carlsbad adventure, we’ve put together a comprehensive Adventure Guide and Dining Guide highlighting not just Carlsbad, but the neighboring areas of San Diego, Encinitas, Leucadia, Oceanside and Del Mar.

Explore our Adventure Guide PDF

Explore our Dining Guide PDF

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