Carlsbad for Kids
LEGO fun in a coastal California town.
From LEGOLAND to skate parks, the coastal city of Carlsbad, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, is very kid-centric, thanks to its theme parks and family-run restaurants.
A celebration of the famous childhood toy, LEGOLAND California was the first amusement park of its kind to open and the first in the United States. The park, geared toward younger children between the ages of two and twelve, features over 60 rides, shows, and attractions, including a LEGO factory tour.
2 Carlsbad Inn
This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees. The grounds also include two large fire pits, as well as a heated pool and adults-only Jacuzzi. Divided into guest rooms and private condominiums, the 194 accommodations contain marble bathrooms, yellow and teal accents, and white plantation shutters that open onto views of the ocean or gardens.
3 The Daily News Cafe
Enjoy a breakfast of huevos rancheros or a Mount Olympus Greek omelet on the patio.
4 Gregorio's Italian Restaurant
The restaurant is a favorite of skate master Tony Hawk, a Carlsbad resident and dad who loves the pasta with spicy mushroom sauce.