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Attractions

Legoland

LEGOLAND® California Resort has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the exciting new LEGO® NINJAGO® World! Ninja practice at special training areas to become masters of the ancient art of Spinjitzu. All that training gets put to the test on the stunning new LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. This interactive, cutting-edge, technological marvel allows riders to control animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice. Harness the power of the elements to defeat the Great Devourer and collect points for ninja status! But that's not all that's new for 2016. Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, MetalBeard and UniKitty star in The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure.

Our heroes, along with the audience, take a trip to a theme park and wind up in an incredible adventure they never expected. It's an all-new, totally original, never seen before 4D movie and it's only at LEGOLAND. Inside LEGOLAND, you can enter a world of knights and princesses to conquer the Dragon Coaster. Kids can drive their own cars at Driving School. Make new friends at LEGO Friends Heartlake City. The Resort is also home to the LEGOLAND Water Park featuring the LEGO Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park. Right next door is the wonder-filled SEA LIFE® Aquarium. There's so much to do, you'll want to spend the night. The amazing LEGOLAND Hotel has 250 rooms and it's packed with LEGO features.

LEGOLAND California is open daily spring and summer and closed select Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the fall and winter.

Resort Hopper: Includes admission to LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Visit all three attractions on the same day or visit LEGOLAND California/LEGOLAND Water Park only on the first day of use and return to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium within 9 days (unless noted otherwise on your ticket). Guest must bring their ticket back to Guest Services if they are planning to visit the second attraction on another day.

Water Park Hopper: Includes admission to LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Water Park.

SEA LIFE Hopper: Includes admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Visit both attractions on the same day or return to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium within 9 days (unless noted otherwise on your ticket). Guest must bring their ticket back to Guest Services if they are planning to visit the second attraction on another day.

LEGOLAND Water Park

LEGOLAND California Resort features the world's first LEGOLAND Water Park. The centerpiece is a 45-foot-tall tower designed to immerse children in the creative world of LEGO. The Water Park also features more than 20 LEGO models including giant LEGO friends who splash or spray water on guests, two sandy beach wading areas, retail shops and snack carts.

The Water Park features an array of fun, kid-friendly attractions including:

Make sure to check the park's schedule for opening days and operating hours, available on the LEGOLAND website.

SEA LIFE Aquarium

Merlin's SEA LIFE® attractions are an ideal, friendly and authoritative guide to the last great frontier…the seas and oceans of the world and their myriad mysterious and amazing inhabitants. Unrivalled display technology, biological expertise and entertainment skills combine to provide seamless journeys through US and tropical waters, and astonishing close encounters with everything from humble shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.

SEA LIFE® is designed to be a child's first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active, hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and opportunities to have up close and personal encounters with a variety of sea creatures. A visit to SEA LIFE® is an experience like no other!

1-Day Hopper Ticket includes one-day admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
2-Day Hopper Ticket includes two-day admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Second visit must be used within 7 days of first visit, and does not include parking.
Children 2 and under are admitted FREE!

Scavengers Beer & Adventure Tours

Beer Tour Info…

When We Operate…
We Offer Private Tours 7 days a Week for groups of 2-25. Our Public Tours Operate on Fridays & Saturdays for groups of 2-25. We also offer Tours on Sundays for groups of 8 or more. See our Public Tours or Private Tours Page for info. Private tours usually take more time and effort to plan.

Where We Pickup…
We offer free Pickup & dropoff in the Carlsbad Area. We also offer free pickup for groups of 8 or more in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido. For a fee we can pickup groups over 4 persons anywhere in San Diego. Our Meetup locations are: The Carlsbad Village Train Station 2775 State st. Carlsbad Ca 92008. OR Escondido Sprinter Train Station 2121 Barham Drive Escondido Ca 92025.

What To Bring…
Dress for casual fun! Wear whatever you wish however we recommend you bring sunglasses & sunscreen hat or hair tie will be useful. Pack a light jacket or sweater if weather is cold…your camera (optional) Tour Guide gratuity (10-15% industry standard) welcomed if deserved.

Tour Prices…
Friday Tour $99 per person
Saturday Tour $109 per person
Sunday Tour $109 per person

*Groups of 8 or more get $10 off per person

Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music is a fun and informative museum that exists to inspire visitors to interactively discover the history of making music, musical instruments and products. At the museum you will travel through time, from 1900 to today, exploring the connections among people, instruments, and the music we make…and make some music of your own! A vibrant concert series is ongoing throughout the year!

The Magee House

The craftsman-style Magee House was originally built by Samuel Church Smith (one of the founders of Carlsbad Land and Water Company) in 1887 and is now home to the Carlsbad Historical Society and its archives. The house is furnished in a turn-of-the-century style reflecting thel life of the early Carlsbad settlers who once owned the house. The historical gardens feature a nationally registered Rose Garden that earned Carlsbed the covet American Rose Society's “An American Rose City” in 2002.

About the Rose Gardens:

Surrounding the 1887 Historic Magee house is a qualitative garden of about 225 rose bushes representing 15 families of the rose. One garden is modern roses and the other garden contains Old Garden roses and shrubs. A new miniature rose garden was planted in 2003. This magical garden is maintained by the members of the California Coastal Rose Society and established by Ivy Bodin of Vista with love and care for many years.
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In the Fall-Winter of 1996/97 the California Coastal Rose Society undertook with the City of Carlsbad a renovation of the old rose garden at the Magee House. The flowerbeds and rose gardens had been designed and put in place by the city in the mid 1970s. The society had been meeting monthly in Heritage Hall in Magee Park for a number of years and proposed free ongoing rental use of the facility in exchange for the society renovating, planting and maintaining the old rose garden in future years. Roses were solicited and received from a California grower. About 2 to 3 dozen new roses were added to a few older remnant bushes in the garden.

As the bushes were leafing out in the spring of 1997 Ivy Bodin joined the CCRS and asked to be allowed to supervise the maintenance of the garden. He led the CCRS volunteers through 5 years of garden maintenance adding a significant number of roses to the two-part garden. With a special interest in heritage roses he added many of these varieties and created a separate garden of heritage and shrub roses to represent many varieties of rose classes. He also enhanced the separate modern rose garden, adding classic varieties of Hybrid Teas and Floribundas as well as minis and polyanthus to the collection. He, other CCRS members and the general public made rose bush contributions to the collection over those years.

In conjunction with the Carlsbad Arboretum Foundation, which gardened in the front of Magee House, CCRS worked with the other group to reclaim the abandoned flowerbeds surrounding the old historical house. Roses and other plants were added and as well roses were added to the old Red Barn behind the house in the park.

In 2001 the collection came to represent about 121 varieties of rose bushes in the Modern and Old rose/Shrub rose gardens up from an original 40 or so. Fifteen rose families are represented with 26 Hybrid Teas, 4 Grandifloras, 24 Floribundas, 10 Miniatures, 7 Polyanthus, 13 Shrubs (including David Austin English garden roses), 8 Chinas, 6 Teas, 4 Species, 4 Rugosas, 4 Hybrid Musks, 4 Noisettes and 1 Moss, 1 Bourbon, 1 Portland, 1 Damask and 1 Alba.

At the end of 2002 Ivy retired as garden director at Magee and Brenda Pollock Landers assumed directorship, assisted greatly by Joe Smith an original member of the garden. She implemented a significant addition of a mini rose collection to the garden in an ideal location near the old house.

The Craftsman cottage was built from pre-cut lumber, ordered from a mid-Western catalog of pre-designed homes. It is still standing today . When its owner, Florence Shipley Magee died, she left the house and land (about 5 acres) in 1974 to the City of Carlsbad to be used as a park and historical museum. The Carlsbad Historical Society now uses the house.

The Magee House has been recently repainted and repaired and glows with all the newly maintained color of plants at its sides. This is a worthwhile stop on Historical Highway 101 for anyone interested in history and plants, to experience one of Carlsbad's oldest structures located one block from the Pacific Ocean in a beautiful park setting.

Sea World

This is at the top of our list. The San Diego Seaworld was the first Seawold in the world. You can see first hand various types of animals such as beluga whales, orca whales, a pilot whale, polar bears, dolphins, penguins, manatees, and much more. When it comes to the rides they are short and slightly dissapointing. It should be noted that this is the most expensive attraction, at nearly $50 for an adult. We recommend you pay $10 more and get the 2 day pass. With this pass you get a behind the scenes tour. The tour is different each day, but we got a close up look at a pilot whale, and had the opportunity of petting various small sharks.

Wild Animal Park

This is the Zoo of the future. Animals roam and interact with one another in over 2000 acres. The animals are all truly happy. There is a lot to see and do. Since this is 35 miles out of the city you will need to rent a car or take a tour to get there. We highly recommend this attraction. The must see exhibits include the all new lion habitat. We witnessed 5 lions cuddling within inches from us. You should also take some time to feed giraffes. The featured attraction is a 1 hour narrated train ride, that takes you through the various habitats, you should do this no matter what. Our favorite was dining at the restaurant in the Heart of Africa habitat. You can eat outside and have an amazing view of the habitat.

World Famous San Diego Zoo

This is probably the most famous Zoo in the world, and placed San Diego on the map for many tourists. They have several exhibits that are not available at other zoos, such as being able to watch panda bears. You should also take some time to view the Mountain Gorilla habitat, as it's one of the best in any zoo. When we attended there was a baby gorilla entertaining the humans while annoying his siblings.

Whale Watching

San Diego has Grey whales that pass through as they migrate annually from the end of December through the end of March. Unfortunately we stayed in San Diego in mid-December and therefore missed this opportunity. In the past I have seen Belugas, and Humpbacks in the wild, and there is nothing like whale watching. If you have never done this, I highly recommend you take a day to go out in the ocean and enjoy yourself.

HELGREN'S COMPLETE SPORTFISHING CENTER and SPORTFISHING FLEET

Is located along a scenic stretch of the Southern California Coastline in beautiful Oceanside , California ( San Diego North County ) just south of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Helgren's Sportfishing trips offer a variety of daily scheduled, or charter activities for individuals or groups: Deep Sea Fishing Trips exciting Sea Life Whale Watching , and relaxing Oceanside Harbor Coastal Excursions . Helgren's is also a provider of Buriels at Sea and Ocean Memorials, serving families and funeral professionals throughout the area. Whatever your needs, Helgren's will provide you with the professional, courteous staff you should

Expect from a quality landing.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

This is one of the most under recognized attractions. They are a research station with a nice public exhibit. This aquarium has various types of sharks such as nurse, leopard, horn, angel, and much more. They have an outside pool that enables you to touch tide-pool animals and to see them in their natural habitat. Once you're done with this you should enjoy the spectacular view, as it directly overlooks the ocean. What the aquarium specializes in is raising its own coral reefs, and these are spectacular. You'll see reefs from various parts of the world. They also do a lot of sea horse breeding, and it's amazing to see the various types of sea horses, some of them have adapted in unique and strange ways when it comes to camouflaging themselves. A must see for ocean and nature lovers.

Old Town San Diego

The pamphlets and website really don't do this place justice. You can walk around and enter themed shops, and visit museums. Everything is free, and it's a good way to spend several hours. The shops here are unique and sell some unusual objects. There's also a trolley tour that's offered, but you'll get much more out of the place if you walk.

Balboa Park

This is the heart of the city. Balboa has 13 museums and the World Famous San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Museum of Man and the San Diego Natural history museum look very impressive. We tried the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and are sorry to report that we were very disappointed. Many of the interactive exhibits were small, outdated, or simply non-functional. Unless you have kids you might consider skipping this museum. You should take some time to simply walk around Balboa Park to enjoy the fine architecture.

Sea Port Village

This is a nice little area that surrounds the harbor. Take some time to walk around and visit some of the stores. There are plenty of places to dine. Once you have enjoyed an hour or two strolling you can visit an old aircraft carrier turned museum. Visiting this museum should take a maximum of an hour and a half. You can also choose to do a 1 or 2 hour harbor tour. We took a tour offered by blowhorn, and were disappointed. This was advertised as being an educational narrated tour, but instead turned out to be narrated by someone who obviously had too much to drink and was making failed jokes. This turned out to be annoying, and made the entire 2 hour trip long and uninspiring. At $20 a person it's certainly not worth the money. The admission prices vary by institution. Memberships are also available for purchase from the museums and performing arts organizations, offering an opportunity for visitors to support these San Diego cultural treasures on an annual basis. Admittance to the Park grounds is free. The Botanical Building, outdoor gardens and some additional attractions are also offered free of charge.

Passport to Balboa Park , San Diego's best cultural value, offers visitors the chance to experience 13 museums in the Park, with savings of more than 50% and the convenience of a one-time purchase. The Passport is valid for seven consecutive days, and includes one admission to each of the 13 attractions. The Zoo/Passport Combo includes the Passport to Balboa Park plus one-day deluxe admission at the San Diego Zoo, all for one low price.

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