Fun Things to do Off the Beaten Path in Carlsbad

Everyone who lives in or has visited Carlsbad, CA knows that it is famous for several things-the beautiful beaches, Legoland, the Flower Fields and the charming Village. But did you know that there are some other places to visit that are wonderful and often overlooked. If you are planning a visit, or even if you live nearby and have not checked out these venues, it will be well worth your time!

dreamstime_6077806Carlsbad Lagoon Water Sports-A great place for thrill seekers or those wanting a cool way to have fun, the Carlsbad Lagoon offers a variety of water sports-wave runners, jet skis, boat rentals, kayaking/canoeing, water bikes, paddle boards and peddle boats. The lagoon is the perfect place to learn any of these sports, as it is wave-less and calm, with a large enough area to really break loose and have a blast. Check out their website at

Leo Carrillo Ranch-Located in Southeast Carlsbad in the heart of the sprawling housing development Rancho Carrillo, Leo Carrillo Ranch is a historical ranch that was built by the late film actor Leo Carrillo.  It was purchased in 1937 and served as a retreat for Mr. Carrillo and his friends (many of whom were famous Hollywood actors as well).  It was a working ranch with an adobe home that is still standing today.

Both tours and self-guided walking tours of the ranch are available. You will also see wild peacocks all over the place and learn about their history at the ranch. There are movies scheduled at the park and other events, including children’s art classes and camps. You will learn a lot and have fun as well. It is a great part of Carlsbad’s history and definitely a beautiful and interesting place. Visit their website for more information at

Batiquitos Lagoon-If you live in Carlsbad and have not walked the nature trails at Batiquitos Lagoon, you are really missing out!  The lagoon is a beautiful nature preserve with trails that take you DSC02404from being close to the beach through thick forest-like tree lined paths along the wetlands. It is great for walking, running  or strolling. Dogs love it too! There are numerous birds that make the lagoon home, and in the Spring you may even see a Heron nest, or if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a colorful Heron. There is a Nature Center that is open Monday through Friday from 9-12:30 and on the weekends from 9-3. All along the trails there are posts providing information on local fauna and flora. Note: biking is not permitted (despite photo!). For location and further information please visit

Museum of Making Music-This museum, located near Legoland in Southwest Carlsbad, is a fantastic place for music buffs of all ages. It houses a large collection of  information and exhibits that focus on American music products, from the beginning (1890) to today. The museum also hosts concerts, workshops, discussions and films related to making music. Admission is only $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students (ages 6-18) and military. Children under 5 are free. You can visit their website for more information at

IMG_7521K-1 Speed-For those thrill seekers this is the place to be! K-1 is an indoor go kart race track where you can experience speed and have fun with your friends. Located in Southwest Carlsbad close to Palomar Airport, this is a fantastic venue for parties, dates and company events. If you are looking for something fun and different to do, this is it! Visit their website for directions, restrictions and further information at

Carlsbad is full of terrific things to do and see, whether you are a tourist or a lucky local…enjoy!

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