Top things to do in Carlsbad

Top Choice American in Carlsbad

Trinity Restaurant & Wine Bar

This elegant split-level dining room – the ceiling is so high there’s room for a mezzanine floor – offers Carlsbad’s finest dining, with a menu of steaks, seafood and Italian specialties, and pasta and salad for veg…
Zoo in Carlsbad

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

Northwest of town, this state park is a great place to see and learn about reptiles and roadrunners, wolves and antelopes, along with desert plants such as agave, ocotillo and yucca. A good 1.3-mile trail showcases …
Cafe in Carlsbad

Blue House Bakery & Cafe

This sweet Queen Anne house perks the best espresso in southeast New Mexico. Its baked goods are pretty darn good too, as are the breakfast sandwiches. Cheery and family-owned, it also offers an outdoor patio and ga…
Pub in Carlsbad

Lucky Bull Grill

In Carlsbad's old town hall, this is your spot for a burger and a beer. There's lots of gooey, salty munchies to complement the brews on tap – think chicken fajita nachos, poutine, and chile and bacon smothered chip…
Barbecue in Carlsbad

Red Chimney Pit Barbecue

Southern-style, slow-cooked pit barbecue – if quality meats and tasty sauce aren't your thing, how about catfish and fried okra?
Museum in Carlsbad

Carlsbad Museum & Art Center

This museum displays Apache artifacts, pioneer memorabilia from the region, and paintings by artists from the Taos School.
Waterfront in Carlsbad

Lake Carlsbad Beach Park

A system of dams and spillways on the Pecos River created the 2-mile-long Lake Carlsbad immediately east of downtown, which holds pleasant trails along its two banks. You can swim at the north end of Park Dr (or the…
Mexican in Carlsbad

Lucy's Mexicali Restaurant

Apart from the Mexican menu, Lucy's serves up tasty margaritas and a good selection of microbrews – small wonder it’s usually packed with devoted locals and visitors.