Spectactular Carlsbad Places to Visit
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad is a large park which is mostly pedestrian-oriented where a self-guided tour can take up to a couple of hours. Take a leisure walk along the paths that offer beautiful scenery and an abundance of wildlife which adds to the beauty of this park. Guided tours are available for visitors who would like to tour the historic ranch structures including the Carriage House, Tack Shed, Hacienda, Foundry and Equipment Shed. The Leo Carrillo Ranch is part of the original 2,500 acre working rancho and vacation retreat of actor Leo Carrillo. Within the beautifully landscaped canyon is the 27 acres where the buildings are located and have been stabilized, preserved and restored by the City of Carlsbad. When first designed, the outline of the buildings were created by footprints in the dirt prior to construction. The Rancho de los Quiotes, which translates to the Ranch of the Spanish Daggers, is representative of a man's dream to eventually connect with the proud memories of his past.
After enjoying an afternoon in the park, head over to the Museum of Making Music that offers an interactive tour that takes visitors through a century of innovations of musical instruments. The tour includes over 500 vintage instruments displayed for guests to view and hundreds of video and audio examples. Visitors can play on a variety of instruments in the interactive area of the museum.
A well known adventure in Carlsbad is offered through the Biplane, Air Combat, and Warbird Adventures. This is the nations oldest and largest vintage air tour facility around. Peer down on the ocean and cities as you soar overhead in a vintage plane and see if you can spot migrating whales. Military pilots will fly you into a real aerial dogfight with you as the pilot, or fly with an instructor and do loops and rolls.
If flying isn't something that gains your attention, then maybe the Carlsbad Village Art and Antique Mall will have something that interests you. This is a 15,000 square foot shopping space with over 100 dealers and artists waiting for your visit. After spending time at the mall, maybe it's time to head out to Dini's By the Sea eating establishment. The focus here is on preparing mostly American food with reasonable rates. Dini's By the Sea offers a wonderful view while you dine as the restaurant is located on the shore.
Another interesting attraction of Carlsbad is the Batiquitos Lagoon. Although it is surrounded by a lot of city activity, the Batiquitos Lagoon is a great opportunity to see endangered species of numerous birds. An interpretive trail describes the birds that are amore threatened and are found around the lagoon. Because many of these birds are considered to be endangered, visitors are asked to stay on the trail and follow the special precautions as a means to preserve the lagoon for the birds.