10 Fun Family-Friendly Activities in Carlsbad

The Carlsbad sign at Carlsbad Boulevard near Carlsbad Village Drive.

Carlsbad, located in North County San Diego, is a laid-back beach town and home to 7 miles of beaches. But it isn’t only known as solely a beach town. You will find that Carlsbad has so much more to offer. Here are 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad with the family, including the best attractions, restaurants, and accommodations Carlsbad has to offer families.

The Fun Cat rental at California Watersports

1. Carlsbad Lagoon

Located on Aqua Hedionda Lagoon, the Carlsbad Lagoon offers exciting activities on calm, uncrowded water. California Watersports offers rentals of all kinds like stand-up paddle boards, canoes, jet skis, speed boats, aquabikes, and more. They also offer summer camps and private party areas to rent.

2. Legoland

LEGOLAND California, located in Carlsbad is specially designed for families with children ages 12 and under, this amusement park offers mellow roller coasters, interactive rides, colorful play areas, hands-on LEGO pits, and other interactive park experiences.

Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields

3. Visit the Flower Fields

Every spring, between March and May, you can witness one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Also be sure to check out gem-mining, free concerts, tractor-pulled wagon rides, and a maze made of sweet peas.

You Had Me At Aloha

4. Cool down with shaved ice

There’s no better cure for a hot summer day than going to the  beach and grabbing yourself a heaping serving of colorful shave ice. Located on Carlsbad Village Drive, Aloha Ice Co. serves up a large selection of flavors and you can add an option of ice cream from vanilla, coconut to macadamia nut.

The Alley Art Wall by Bryan Snyder

5. Murals in the Village

The Carlsbad Village is filled with art of all kinds scattered throughout the Village. Take a visual journey of the Village’s rich culture and artistic talent as nearly every street is adorned with art of some sort.

Ripe strawberries at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company

6. Strawberry Picking

If you are looking for a fun and popular springtime activity in Carlsbad, give strawberry picking a try!  Located in coastal Carlsbad, the third generation Carlsbad Strawberry Company is a family-run “U-pick” farm.  Families can enjoy strawberry picking from January through July. In the fall, look for a pumpkin patch and corn maze at this same location.

The walk path along Carlsbad State Beach

7. Head to the beach

Beach activities are so diverse, and beaches aren’t just for laying out or surfing. Discover the best beaches in Carlsbad, whether you’re looking for families and off-leash dogs and the best spots for bonfires, bike rides, tide pooling and more. 

Cute character buns at Harumama

8. Lunch at Harumama

Lunch at Harumama is a must for cute character buns and amazing ramen. The buns are fun for the kids and there are a number of animals to choose from.

Vacation Rental home in Carlsbad – Terramar

9. Where to Stay – Close to Beach

This Spanish-style home just two blocks from the beach in Carlsbad that we call “Hacienda Terramar” is a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home and will accommodate up to 6 people and is pet friendly. With sunny interior spaces, unique architectural features, cozy bedrooms and large, private backyard, you won’t want to leave! Spend your days relaxing at the beach, or by taking a quick day trip to San Diego. In the evenings, take a short walk to the beach to watch the sun set over the ocean or enjoy a backyard BBQ with a fire pit and test your skill at cornhole!

The back patio at Shore Drive with private beach access

10. Where to stay – Ocean Front

Wake up to the sounds of the surf at Shore Drive, an oceanfront getaway with a private staircase leading down to the shores of Carlsbad, CA. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features wall-to-wall windows on the ocean facing side of the home for an unobstructed, panoramic ocean view.

After spending the day at the beach, guests can enjoy home-cooked meals in the fully-stocked kitchen, or a sunset BBQ on the patio, and restful nights in the comfortable bedrooms.

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