Beach Breaks

3-Day Getaway: Carlsbad, California

Get outside and play in Carlsbad with this Hilton Grand Vacations itinerary

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Carlsbad is filled with outdoor activities to keep you relaxing and having fun near sunny San Diego. Check out the Hilton Grand Vacations 3-day guide to Carlsbad, California.

Day 1


Head to LEGOLAND® California Resort where you and your family can be entertained for days. Enjoy the rides, a water park, the Lego play areas, and a top-notch aquarium with local sea life. Guests of Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa enjoy early access to the park.


Head over to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens for a beer tasting and an outdoor dinner. Make sure you take a walk to admire all of the landscaping and beauty this brewery has to offer.

Day 2



Spend the morning collecting sea-shells, surfing, boogie boarding, and building sand castles at the South Carlsbad State Beach.

Afternoon & Evening

The world-famous San Diego Zoo near downtown San Diego is amazing, but equally so, is their sister habitat, The San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Take a caravan safari for close-up views of animals or take a stroll down the Australian Walkabout to see kangaroos, wallabies and more.

Day 3



Wake up early for a walk at the hidden gem, Batiquitos Lagoon, This nature reserve and designated marine protected area is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast.

Next, don’t miss a visit to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum. This free museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale.


Visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields if they are in bloom, and stop by the Gemological Institute of America Museum. Cut, clarity, color, and carat, are on view in the form of hundreds of gems, diamonds, and other rare stones.


Downtown Carlsbad is a beach village, home to a variety of fine dining experiences and music festivals. It's a perfect way to wrap up your day.

Carlsbad is filled with adventures galore.


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