The gorgeous beachside town of Carlsbad sees tourists year-round, thanks to its warm weather and abundance of sights to keep visitors entertained, most notably Legoland California. However, embarrassingly enough, many of these visitors miss some of the best things to do in Carlsbad.
New Village Arts Theatre
This intimate and artistic theater is a favorite among Carlsbad locals. The plays vary throughout the year but the cast is always top-notch and never disappoints. Although there are only 99 seats, the theater positioned them perfectly so all guests can be confident they will have a great view of the stage. You will find wine, beer, and coffee sold at the theater. There is usually a food truck out to satisfy any larger appetites the attendees of New Village might have. For a full schedule or to book tickets, please consult their website.
K1 Speed Carlsbad
Most visitors to Carlsbad are so distracted by the resorts, beaches, and wealth of water-based sports and activities that they do not even realize K1 Speed exists. This astounding place is an indoor go-kart racetrack designed for both kids and adults. Although both age groups can race, they cannot do so at the same time. The adult karts are top-notch and can hit 60 mph. K1 Speed hosts birthday parties and corporate events regularly, so it is best to call ahead to avoid a long wait upon arrival.
This fairly small museum packs itself full of precious gems and rare stones, and is definitely a must-visit while in Carlsbad. The 90-minute tour is free, although if you take a guide (recommended as visitors will learn so much more this way), then it is polite to tip appropriately at the end of the tour. It is also staggering to see the amount of protection and security precautions the museum takes with these gems. It is important to call ahead one day before to place yourself on the list (and most likely screened to ensure that you are not an international gem thief!).
This humongous park is a great way to escape the crowds of tourists and relax in more tranquil surroundings. Bring a picnic basket and unwind over a tasty meal. Alternatively, strap on those running shoes and hit one of the many park trails. For the sports enthusiasts there are tennis, soccer, basketball, and baseball fields. Besides regularly scheduled team games, there are also impromptu games depending on the weather, so do not worry if you arrive without a ball.
Even if you didn’t bring a skateboard that is no reason to skip over this 15,000-square foot park. Just relax on the sidelines for an hour and enjoy watching the others hone their skills. Should any take a spill, it is lucky for them there is hospital right next door, which skateboarders know will help out if any injuries should occur.