Welcome to Carlsbad

Carlsbad came into being with the railroad in the 1880s. John Frazier, an early homesteader, sank a well and found water that had a high mineral content, supposedly identical to that of spa water in Karlsbad, Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic). He built a grand Queen Anne–style spa hotel, which prospered until the 1930s and is now a local landmark.

If you’ve come looking for the Carlsbad Caverns, you’re outta luck. Those are in New Mexico.

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Carlsbad activities

$59 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Carlsbad Village 3-Hour Food and Walking Tour

Caldo PomodoroCaldo Pomodoro serves up North County's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Caldo Pomodoro, every dish is created with old fashion Sicilian zest.Humble Olive OilsHumble Olive Oils is a family owned and operated olive oil store and tasting roomlocated on State Street in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.Vigilucci's Gourmet MarketRoberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. He prides himself on exceptional Italian home cooking reminiscent of his childhood in Milano.Witch Creek WineryWitch Creek Winery has honed the focus of their winery on producing a wide variety of outstanding, award-winning red wines.Gaia GelatoGaia prepares gelato in small batches every day, using only our authentic Italian recipes. They have installed in the heart of Carlsbad an authentic Gelato Lab.Gregorio'sNestled in the Northern San Diego County beach town of Carlsbad is our Italian kitchen. Gregorio's has been serving up great Italian food and pizzas for over 20 years.Cafe TopesVOTED BEST BREAKFAST IN CARLSBAD. Cafe Topes style is of new American with a modern twist on your favorite breakfast and lunch combinations.Lola's Mexican DeliHands down it's the best Mexican food in the village. Authentic Mexican food since 1943! Oldest consecutive business in Carlsbad.Senor Grubby'sOffers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.Carlsbad Chocolate BarOffers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.

$59 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Indulgence Food Tour

The Indulgence Food Tour Departs daily at 11:30 am on Tuesdays & Fridays onlyWhere to Meet:Meeting Point for Carlsbad Food Tours & Indulgence Food TourDowntown Carlsbad Village at the corner of State & Grand – 2898 State Street at Fountain (AKA: Village Pop-Up Plaza)Meeting Location is near:Carlsbad Village Train Station2775 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008Carlsbad Village Station, AddressParking is available near the meeting location.Restrooms available during the experience.Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Wheelchair accessible.Small groups of no more than 20 guests per guide.Vegetarian substitutions are available. Notify us of SERIOUS allergies or aversions.Are you ready for a new dining experience with the Indulgence Food TourIt is really easy to fall into a comfort zone though when it comes to food. If you are lucky enough to live in a town or visit a place like Carlsbad where there are plenty of restaurants, start having fun with trying new ones. What better way to see all you can see and eat your way through the town with Carlsbad Food Tours newest adventure The Indulgence Food Tour.Cicciotti's TrattoriaCicciotti's is casual Italian dining cooked by a Published Author & Chef Gaetano Cicciotti. They serves classic Italian pasta, gnocchi, bruschetta, tiramisu & limoncello.Barrel Republic Beer Tasting (or):Barrel Republic is the Mecca for craft beer & wine lovers to come for the freedom to pour. Let's not forget the delicious Mac & Cheese with a touch of spice, delicious!The GoodsArtisanal donuts; Strawberry Cheesecake, Smores, Bear Claws and Butter donutsPark 101Park 101 is Carlsbad’s unique answer to community dining, and sipping in stylem watermelon mimosa, yum. Our BBQ inspired meat-centric menu offers lip smacking selections.Caldo PomodoroThe "Hot Tomato", not a new restaurant but one of the best in Carlsbad so we had to keep it on the tour. Sicilian style family owned & operated eatery in the Village.Humble Olive OilsHumble Olive Oils is a family owned and operated olive oil store and tasting room located on State Street in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.Witch Creek Winery: Wine TastingSan Diego's oldest beach urban winery, specializes in small lots of quality red wines.Gaia GelatoGaia prepares gelato in small batches every day, using only our authentic Italian recipes. They have installed in the heart of Carlsbad an authentic Gelato Lab: all the machines anCarlsbad Chocolate BarOffers an extensive variety of chocolates.

$10 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Admission to Museum of Making Music

Visit: Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, CaliforniaThis unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a focus on six different musical eras and a collection of musical instruments.

$79.95 Kid Friendly

Oceanside Indoor Skydiving Experience

Arrive at iFLY Oceanside, and get started by putting on your gear and going through a specialized training session from an expert flight instructor. You’ll learn how to safely float in an 800-horsepower vertical wind tunnel that generates a wall-to-wall cushion of air - commonly used by professional skydivers - without having to jump from a plane. Just about anyone can fly, and no experience is necessary.Once you're inside the enclosed space of the flight chamber, a tunnel operator slowly increases the wind speed until you and your instructor are airborne. Feel the adrenaline rush as you float at wind speeds reaching 130 to 175 mph (209 to 282 kph). The stable wall-to-wall airflow keeps you from falling off the column of air, and your instructor is on hand at all times to guide you.The entire indoor skydiving experience takes about 75 minutes from start to finish. Each session includes up to six people, but you fly one-on-one with your instructor for 60 seconds in the wind tunnel twice.

$85 Private & Custom Tours

Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch

Departing at 9am, you'll have two bike routes to choose from. The first is the Del Mar Race Track Tour, which goes through Carlsbad State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach, alongside Agua Hedionda Lagoon, where you’ll experience the first climb as you head to South Ponto Beach alongside Batiquitos Lagoon. Soon thereafter you will come to the surf town of Encinitas, where you’ll find the famous Swamis reef surf spot. Cardiff-By-The-Sea and Solana Beach are the next seaside towns as you approach the 15-mile turnaround at Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds. The bike ride is fairly flat and few inclines.The second tour option takes you through Carlsbad and Leucadia with a turnaround near Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Lunch is included with both options.

$85.12 Walking & Biking Tours

The Dalai Lama Tour (electric bikes)

After meeting at the designated meeting point on Carlsbad Village Drive at least 15 minutes prior to your 1pm start time, you'll be fitted for an electric bicycle and helmet. Then, you will be trained on how to use the bike. When the small group is all set, you'll be on your way cycling through the sunshine in beautiful Carlsbad.The tour takes approximately 45 minutes each way; however, the pace will be based on the group. Your guide will share fun California facts while taking you along the breathtaking bike routes of Highway 101. You may see dolphins or whales along the way while viewing the ocean. We will stop at a look-out point for 5 - 10 minutes to snap a photo or two and admire the view high above the cliffs. There is a restroom facility nearby while en-route.Travel through the quaint towns of Leucadia and Encinitas where you will pass funky shops, local cafes, coffee houses, and beautiful Eucalyptus trees planted in the 1880’s. Take an enchanting stroll through the Self-Realization Meditation Gardens which feature streaming brooks, gentle waterfalls, koi ponds where the fish will greet you with warmth, rolling paths with a variety of indigenous plants, and take in the breathtaking views of the pacific ocean.The tour will end between 3pm and 4pm at the original departure point.