Just 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of San Diego lies Legoland, where you can spend an entire day living in the land of imagination and fun. Experience numerous fun-filled rides, adventures and shows at this incredible amusement park. The park features 128 acres (51.7 hectares) of displays including MiniLand where replicas of famous sites (Hollywood Bowl, Washington, D.C.) are created entirely from Legos. In the Imagination Zone, children under six can play with Duplos to their hearts' content, whereas kids over six can check out the 'Build & Test' center. Themed areas at the park include Castle Hill and Pirate Shores.
This is the premier place for culture in all of North County. The Broadway-style theater hosts up to 60 performances each season with guests such as Barishnykov, Stomp and Broadway musicals. Meanwhile, the museum features more than 9,000 square feet of galleries as well as an outdoor area called "Lyric Court". The focus is on 20th-century visual arts with contemporary flair. Exhibitions change frequently. Private party and reception facilities are available.
The comfortable Harrah's Rincon gives you a panoramic view of the Palomar Mountain and its valleys. Its casino boasts 1600 slots, 46 tables, and games which only Harrah's offers. The casino also allows you to choose from Rincon craps, slots, tables and volcanic roulette bingo. So, go ahead and enjoy the action in San Diego style! The over 1000 rooms at Harrah's Resort Southern California provide the utmost comfort, luxury and amenities to the guest making their stay experience wonderful and memorable.
One of only two places on the California coast where these gnarled, once nearly extinct specimens grow, visitors will witness more than 3000 Torrey Pines in this untamed 2000-acre (809 hectares) reserve. You will also see cliffs, mesas, canyons, beaches, and wetlands. Discover eight trails ranging from a 20-minute walk to a two-hour hike. Trail maps are available at the Visitor's Lodge, where you'll also find a modest natural history museum complete with a souvenir shop. Despite the shade, it can be hot in the summer, so bring your own water. See website for maps, online resources and more. Open daily from 8a
Climb 145 steps down into Sunny Jim Cave, the largest of the grottoes in La Jolla Cove. The area is now run by the Cave Store, which displays historic photographs of La Jolla and offers a small concession where visitors can purchase souvenirs, postcards, and T-shirts. A trip here provides a fascinating glimpse into what lies under, as well as over, the scenic California coastline.
Named for newspaper heiress and early La Jolla resident Ellen Browning Scripps, this community park offers one of the best views along the Southern California coastline. The park overlooks La Jolla Cove where clear Pacific waters crash against the rocky shoreline. Countless tourists and locals flock to this park for daytime picnics on the perfectly manicured lawns surrounded by palm trees. The grounds are also ideal for evening strolls while watching glorious sunsets. For those seeking a glimpse of the local seal population Children's Pool Beach is located at the south end of the park.
The catch phrase is "Carlsbad, California's Newest Playground". Strictly speaking, Carlsbad has been around for a long time, but it has not been promoted or discovered in the way that many residents rightly feel it deserves. With the Flower Fields and Legoland drawing international visitors, the already-charming town is spiffying itself up to be at its best. This local center provides abundant pamphlets, maps, hotel information, beach, surf and weather information in addition to an up-to-date events calendar.
A sun-drenched haven, Carlsbad State Beach features a sandy strip of land ringed by rugged bluffs and a shoreline carved by the sea. Visitors can stroll along the speckled coast and watch as the waves gently lap against the shore. The beach offers several water-oriented recreational activities including fishing and surfing.
One of the oldest parks in the city, Holiday Park a well-maintained stretch for recreation in Carlsbad. Be it a picnic lunch, some quality family time or a simple stroll; Holiday Park is an ideal spot for all kinds of activities. The park provides facilities such as horseshoe pits, gazebo, restrooms, and picnic tables. The park also includes a kid's play area.