Many consider Carlsbad one of San Diego’s most majestic cities. Some attractions are Legoland, outlet mall shopping, resort living, lovely beaches, and its Flower Fields. One thing visitors and locals can agree on, is that its charm also stems from its warm weather and some of its less high-profile offerings, well worth checking out.
One must-visit area is the historic heart of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Village. Consider taking the Coaster, the North County Transit District's commuter train, which is ideal for day trips from San Diego to Oceanside. The one-way fare is $4, $2 for seniors and children 5 or younger are free.
If you want to enjoy more of a carefree afternoon, take some time in the Village and check out the curio shops, wine tasting rooms, beautiful waterfront and awesome restaurants. The Carlsbad Historical Society produced a self-guiding walking tour map available at the Visitor's Center in the Old Santa Fe Train Depot. Take a glimpse into history while enjoying a nice stroll and checking out the Alt Karlsbad Hanse House, Magee House, Twin Inns and much more!
- 400 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, 760-434-6093
You are bound to find some scenic spots to enjoy a picnic, but if you are going the route of affordable and family-friendly restaurants, you’ll have to check out:
Affordable Food Recommendations
In the Village, famous for their great breakfasts, like their Eggs Benedict and French Toast. They also make a wonderful variety of homemade fudge. Kids eat for free with paying adults.
- 795 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, 760-729-5448
Pollos Maria offers authentic Mexican food. They offer indoor and outdoor seating and are known for their grilled chicken and fabulous salsa bar. Prices are comparable to restaurants, but because it is an informal take-out, you save on tips.
- 3055 Harding St., Carlsbad, 760-729-4858
New York Pizzeria, a family-owned restaurant that keeps customers coming back for their pizzas, pizza rolls, and good variety of Italian dinners. Call ahead if you want take-out and save time. The spinach rolls and calzones are to die for.
- 3067 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, 760-729-0785
The Village would not be the same without its Farmers’ Market. The Carlsbad Village Association's two weekly Farmers' Markets are held "rain or
shine" every Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., year-round. Enjoy fresh produce, flowers, specialty foods and crafts located in the Public Parking Lot.
- 2930 Roosevelt St. between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad
Want some good clean fun? The Carlsbad Village Theatre, located across from the Coaster, has served as a venue since 1927. Check out clean comedy, local musician acts, live entertainment and featured films.
- 2822 State Street, Carlsbad, 760-720-2460