Located in San Diego North County, Carlsbad, commonly referred to as "The Village by the Sea," is one of those places that blooms because of the numerous activities you can enjoy in the area. 

Some of the places to visit in Carlsbad include the Carlsbad Music Festival (usually held on the last weekend of August), Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad Village, Legoland California, the Carlsbad Flower Fields and Seal Life Aquarium. And for those wanting to live the beach lifestyle, there are plenty of activities to do in this seaside community where you can rent various gears like bikes, as well as, opportunities for stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing.

While you're in town, be sure to visit these attractions. No matter what you like, from loud and adventurous to steady and calm, Carlsbad is sure to give you what you need. 

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LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND in Carlsbad was the first to be built outside of Europe and the third in the world. Since it was built in 1999, it has expanded with other attractions including Sea Life Aquarium, a CHIMA-themed water park, and a hotel. The park has more than 60 rides, including 3 roller coasters and 7 water rides that attract more than 1.4 million visitors a year.

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The Carlsbad Skatepark

The original Carlsbad Skatepark was the first modern skateboard park, built in March 1976 on the grounds of the Carlsbad Raceway. The Skatepark and the Raceway have since been turned into an Industrial Park. However, there have been two other skateboard parks constructed within the city.

Want to know something interesting? Some of the biggest names in skateboarding lived in Carlsbad. These include Ryan Gallant, Tony Hawke, Josh Kalis and Shaun White.

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Carlsbad Beaches

Carlsbad State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach are city-run beaches. The South Carlsbad State Beach has campgrounds where visitors can pitch their tents and make camp.

Tamarack Beach - also known as Carlsbad State Beach, is a family-friendly beach that has may amenities. It also offers swimming, beachcombing, surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, and fishing. If you are up for some walking, running, rollerblading or cycling, The Carlsbad Seawall, offers a paved 4-mile walking path to get your blood circulating.

South Carlsbad State Beach - Unlike Carlsbad State Beach to the north, this beach is rather remote and has fewer amenities, except for the campgrounds. The quality sand in this beach makes it a top choice for a little privacy walking and jogging.  Popular activities include picnicking, swimming, surfing, fishing and, sunbathing. 

South Ponto Beach - This family-friendly beach has one of the widest beaches in the county. Offers a wide variety of activities including sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and much more.  Bring your own net and play beach volleyball with your friends and just simply have a great time. The beach is also a hot spot for surfing and runs occasional surfing events.

North Carlsbad Beaches - Conveniently located near Carlsbad Village, from Oceanside border to Pine Ave. These beaches are open to the public. However, they do not have any lifeguard services, restrooms, showers or other amenities.

Terramar Beach - Fancy a surf? Located South of the Carlsbad Power plant and North of Palomar Airport Road is a hidden beach typically known as the go-to spot for local surfers. There aren’t lifeguards on duty, however, lifeguards do roam the area in their vehicles.

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Carlsbad Lagoons

Carlsbad Lagoons is a great place to unwind and have an exhilarating experience. In here, fun is for everyone. Enjoy Yamaha WaveRunners, Wakeboarding & Waterskiing, Boat, Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, Canoes and Peddle Boats, Aqua Cycles

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Golf Courses

Tee up and enjoy! With the sub-tropical desert weather in southern California, golf is practically a year-round sport. The city has 4 golf courses. These include the Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club, Lake Carlsbad Golf Course, The Crossings at Carlsbad, La Costa Resort and Spa and the Aviara Golf Club and Golf Academy. 

The Original Baths

Carlsbad was named after the city of Karlsbad in Bohemia, now Karlovy Vary a part of the Czech Republic. During the 1880s, a well was dug where the water turned out to have the same chemical properties as Karlsbad. At present, Alt Karlsbad a replica German Hanseatic house stands at the site of the original well.

The Economy

Although it was famous for its baths and tourism, Carlsbad was mainly an agricultural economy. When tourism took a downturn, the economy survived due to the citrus, olive, and avocado farms. Nowadays, Carlsbad has a mix of IT industries, as well as, several sports companies.

Golf club manufacturers like Taylor-Made-Adidas, Callaway, Cobra, Titleist and Odyssey have their manufacturing facilities here. Other sports companies which make their home here include Jazzercise, Upper Deck, and No Fear.

IT companies include Arkeia Software, Business.com, MaxLinear, PC Power and Cooling, Razer and Viasat. The area also has a lot of video game developers, robotics firms, medical technology, life sciences, wireless technology and clean technology.

The city is relatively well-off. The median household income in 2011 was close to $88,000, while the median family income was a little more than $102,000. More than 11% of households were earning more than $200,000, and close to 15% of families earned more than $200,000.

Carlsbad as a community does more than just going to the beach. Almost 2/3 of the population over 16 years of age was employed. In terms of education, more than 95% of the population graduated from high school, and more than half of the population had a bachelor’s degree or some higher education.

The citizens are educated and well-off and preserving nature is a concern for the whole community. As a whole, the city is prosperous and would continue to do so in the coming years. Even though it is a tourist destination, it is not heavily dependent on the tourists for the economy to flourish. High-value companies located in the city are varied enough that there is no immediate danger of the city going bad if only one or two industries have a downturn.

Carlsbad is a tourist destination but its life is independent of tourists and visitors. It is close to nature and country living, and it is prosperous and would remain so for decades to come.

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