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Carlsbad is home to many Southern California major attractions including LEGOLAND® California Resort, SEALIFE Aquarium®, the seasonal Flower Fields, K1 Speed and more! Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a day with friends, or a couple’s getaway, you’ll find all the fun and adventure you need right here in Carlsbad.
LEGOLAND California Resort is a 128-acre family theme park located in Carlsbad, a seaside community 30 miles north of downtown San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim. LEGOLAND California offers more than 60 interactive rides, shows and attractions, as well as restaurants, shopping and beautiful landscape features specifically geared for families with children ages 2 to12. There are more than 22,000 LEGO® models in the Park created from more than 57 million LEGO bricks. These models range from a Brontosaurus named Bronte (made of more than 2 million LEGO bricks) to a tiny rabbit in a magician’s hat in Miniland Las Vegas made of just four bricks.
SEA LIFE Aquarium attractions are an ideal, friendly and authoritative guide to the last great frontier...the seas and oceans of the world and their myriad mysterious and amazing inhabitants. Unrivalled display technology, biological expertise and entertainment skills combine to provide seamless journeys through local and tropical waters, and astonishing close encounters with everything from humble shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.
SEA LIFE® is designed to be a child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active, hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and opportunities to have up close and personal encounters with a variety of sea creatures. A visit to SEA LIFE® is an experience like no other!
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area; the ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. Also check out the miniature rose garden and the All-American Rose walk-of-fame that features 170 All-American Rose selection winners since 1940.
Special events abound at the ranch including open-air concerts, an orchid show, bonsai show, and an exotic plant sale where visitors can snap up some of the botanical treasures. The Canon Photography Workshop teaches visitors the art of macro snapshots. Children love the antique tractor wagon ride, Santa's playground and the Sweet Pea maze. Other favorites include the Carlsbad Mining Company, a sluicing operation that allows kids to pan for semi-presious stones.
The music products industry has a multifaceted history (1890s to today) that is showcased in the fascinating Museum of Making Music-a division of the NAMM Foundation. Located at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, the Museum depicts stories of hard work, challenge, inspiration and pioneering innovation and shows the profound relationship between the industry, popular music and global culture.
This community resource unveils the unique and often quiet back-story of the music products industry to the general public. Intimate concerts, films, discussions, hands-on workshops, volunteer opportunities and programs for underserved youth, offer people of all ages ways to explore the richly intriguing world of music making.