Classic California Culture

When you close your eyes and think of Southern California, what you imagine is probably Carlsbad. Just ask the nearly 4 million visitors to come to Carlsbad every year to have their SoCal dream become a reality. No matter what kind of cultural experience you desire, you can access it in or from Carlsbad.

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LEGOLAND and so much more

We are home to LEGOLAND California and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, two of the most popular destinations in California. If you are the museum-loving type, our community has the Museum of Making Music, a museum in the Gemological Institute of America, and even an Atlas Obsurca worthy miniature engineering craftsmanship museum. For performance art, the city’s Cultural Arts Department offers year-round performances. Carlsbad Village is a hub of arts & cultural activity, from being the home of New Village Arts, to hosting annual events like the Taste of Carlsbad and Carlsbad Music Festival.

Experience San Diego's Upside

Across the 78 Corridor and beyond Carlsbad’s city limits, there are more cultural opportunities that await. The Oceanside Museum of Art delivers above what you expect from a local museum, which is just down the street from the California Surf Museum. These are both located in downtown Oceanside, where their weekly night market draws a big crowd. The Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista delivers open air performances minutes away from the city’s downtown, Vista Village. With Vista’s reputation as the city with most craft breweries per capita in America, those SoCal hops are in plenty of supply.  Escondido hosts the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the California Center for the Arts and the family friendly Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

Arts & Attractions in America's Finest City

San Diego offers that “big city” culture. La Jolla is home to the La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla Playhouse and UCSD ArtPower. Venture further downtown and explore the expansive and impressive Balboa Park, where you may see a production at the Old Globe Theater before it goes to Broadway. There’s also the San Diego Ballet, San Diego Symphony, and San Diego Opera. San Diego’s less formal cultural vibe in areas like Little Italy, North Park and Barrio Logan is artistic and eclectic. Liberty Station is a former military base that now houses a number of galleries, arts non-profits as Arts District Liberty Station. First Fridays are a great time to experience the art and grab dinner at the public market. The murals of Chicano Park are a must see and a national landmark. Inside, outside and in between, cultural experiences come in all forms throughout San Diego.

California Cultural Icons

For those willing to travel a little farther, Orange and LA Counties to the north offer endless cultural experiences and attractions. From the world of Disneyland in Anaheim, to world class art at  The Getty, exploring north of Carlsbad unlocks levels of culture only a few places in the country have to offer. Musical venues like The Forum, the Greek Theatre or Hollywood Bowl is where you’ll likely end up for major music headliners. The two counties offer other spatterings of smaller museums and art galleries. You may end up staying overnight once you journey north, but taking the train like Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner or Metrolink can make the journey more about seeing the view of the ocean instead of sitting in traffic.

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