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Things To Do in Carlsbad, CA

We’re right across the street from the beach, and just a block from the village of Carlsbad… the perfect setting for an unforgettable stay in Southern California.


Catch the ideal wave.  Build a magical sandcastle.  Play, explore, and relax.  Across the street from the Ocean Palms, seven miles of America’s greatest beaches are waiting for you. 

Take your pick of Carlsbad State Beach, Tamarack Beach, the North Carlsbad Beaches, The South Carlsbad State Beach, South Ponto Beach, and Terramar Beach.


It’s where the whole family can enjoy a hands on, interactive experience.  More than 60 rides, attractions and shows sprawling across 128 acres.  Check out the 22,000 LEGO® models, built from more than 57 million LEGO® bricks.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

From Designer fashions and sportswear to housewares and home furnishings, the
90 stores at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets offer legendary brands, an abundant selection, and real savings… just three miles from the Ocean Palms.


San Diego’s North County is home to some of America’s most challenging, and enjoyable, championship golf.  The Ocean Palms is just a few minutes away from many of the region’s leading courses.

  • Four Seasons Resort Aviara Golf Course
  • La Costa Resort and Spa North and South Courses
  • The Crossings At Carlsbad
  • Rancho Carlsbad
  • Lake San Marcos 
  • Ocean Hills Country Club
  • Torrey Pines

Carlsbad Village

There’s something for everyone… elegant dining and terrific taco shops.  Pubs, bakeries, and coffee shops.  A year-round farmers’ market, live theater, and interesting shops with everything from books and curios to sporting goods and jewelry.  It’s all just a block away from the Ocean Palms.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is Southern California’s center of ocean science education.  It’s where the magic of the ocean comes alive for visitors, who can watch kelp tank feeding shows, visit the aquarium displays, and even explore tide pools.

Carlsbad Coaster Station

Just three blocks from the Ocean Palms, take the train to downtown San Diego.  Explore the heart of the city and visit Little Italy, the Gaslamp District, Old Town, and Seaport Village.  Take in a Padres Game at Petco Park, shop at Horton Plaza, or board the U.S.S. Midway for a tour of the historic aircraft carrier.   Visiting during football season?  Take the train to downtown San Diego and ride the trolley to Qualcomm Stadium to cheer on the Chargers.

More San Diego County and Southern California Attractions

  • SeaWorld
  • Oceanside Harbor
  • North County Wineries and Microbreweries
  • Del Mar Race Track
  • Disneyland
  • San Diego County Fairgrounds at Del Mar
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Magic Mountain
  • Universal Studios Hollywood

Our Favorite Carlsbad Restaurants

  • Pizza Port
  • PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Tip Top Meats
  • Pelly’s Fish Market & Café
  • Karl Strauss
  • Cafe Topes
  • Swami’s
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Dini's Bistro
  • Caldo Pomodoro
  • Carlsbad Chocolate Bar
  • Harbor Fish and Chips
  • Norte’s Mexican Food