Top 5 Family Friendly Activities in Carlsbad, CA

The Sheraton Carlsbad is located on Grand Pacific Drive off of Cannon Road in Carlsbad, near Legoland. If you are looking for a staycation destination, look no further than San Diego County. Just an hour drive from Orange County, Carlsbad is ideal! My family recently spent a night at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, making it our home base for our weekend of relaxation. We’ve gone to Legoland many times on day trips, and stopped at Carlsbad en route to San Diego. But making Carlsbad THE destination was kind of new to us.

Sheraton Carlsbad PoolSide Photo courtesy of the Sheraton Carlsbad.

The Sheraton Carlsbad itself offers discount tickets to LEGOLAND, at the concierge desk. If you opt to skip Legoland like we did, you can lounge by the pool and just chill, or work out at one of the most state-of-the-art hotel fitness facilities I’ve ever seen. It was fun to work out together as a family too, something you can only do on vacation. Then book an exquisite massage at the serene Ocean Pearl Spa. Seriously, my therapist Mary was amazing!

Ocean Pearl Spa Lobby and Concierge Desk Photo courtesy of the Sheraton Carlsbad.

If you have kids, then chilling out at a hotel, even if it is the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, may not be their style and so I give you the TOP FIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLACES TO VISIT IN CARLSBAD.

Carlsbad State Beach
7201 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Recently named one of America’s best beaches, you can swim, surf, scuba dive, fish or play in the soft sand at Carlsbad State Beach. There are restrooms and shower facilities available along this beach.

San Diego Coastline with Pacific Ocean Waves
Carlsbad Lagoon
4215 Harrison St., Carlsbad, CA 92008

This was the find of our recent stay! This private aquatic center is a mecca for water sports. You can rent kayaks, wave runners, boats, stand up paddle boards and aqua cycles at reasonable rates and spend the day in the calm, un-crowded waters of the lagoon. You can also go wakeboarding or waterskiing. On land, they have decks overlooking the lagoon, where you can have a small gathering and barbecue or picnic.


Look my boys even kayaked, which they had never done before!

kayakLEGOLAND California
1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Over 60 rides, shows, and attractions all built around everyone’s favorite snappable brick toy – LEGOS! Everything is awesome.

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

There is a permanent display of vintage instruments, audio and video clips, and an interactive area. The museum hosts many musical performances and events geared towards children.

The Flower Fields
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Opening March 1st this year, the Flower Fields are home to over 50 acres devoted to raising the beautiful Tecolote Giant Ranunculus flowers.

*We didn’t visit the Flower Fields since they weren’t open yet, but we are definitely making plans to do so AND staying at the Sheraton Carlsbad, of course!


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