There are plenty of things to do in Carlsbad, and even more for your children. No matter the weather or the day, Carlsbad offers many activities, clubs, and parks to get your children up and moving!
Playgrounds around Town:
Playground on the Pecos at the Riverwalk Recreation Center and Friendship Park on Park Drive are two community favorites.
Each park is made for kids of all ages to enjoy!
Below is a list of all of the different parks in town!
Interesting Places for Children:
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
Enjoy all of the native animals and plants the park has to offer, all while surrounded by a beautiful view!
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Our namesake national park known for its caves, rock formations, and hiking trails is a great place to get the entire family up and moving! https://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Located in the beautiful mountains south of Carlsbad, the Guadalupe Mountains are worth the short drive for the whole family! https://www.nps.gov/gumo/index.htm
Lake Carlsbad Beach Park and Splash Pad
Your child will love swimming at the beach, and it’s a great place for parents to relax under the sun. You can even get a snack at the rental shack after all the fun!
Carlsbad Water Park
The water park is Carlsbad’s pride and joy! With two slides, lazy river, zero-entry play area, and two new slides on the way, the park is a wonderful place for the whole family! http://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/carlsbadwaterpark.cfm
Riverwalk Recreation Center
One of Carlsbad’s biggest recreational facilities and it holds activities for kids of all ages, even adults, such as basketball, skating, racquet ball, and different exercise classes! http://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/commdevriverwalk.cfm
Boys & Girls Club
A great place for children to play, make arts and crafts, and learn teamwork!
Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex
State of the art sports complex for softball, baseball, soccer, and football. If your children aren’t there to play or view a game, there’s a splash pad for children to enjoy!
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
The museum is a great way to give your child insight on what life was like back in the old days and get their imagination rolling! Entry is free, but donations are always welcome.
Carlsbad Public Library
The Carlsbad Public Library is located at 101 S. Halagueno St and is open Monday through Saturday. The library features a large children section and a separate section for teens, as well as a very active summer program schedule. There's always something going on at the Carlsbad Public Library! For more information, please visit http://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/library.cfm
Carlsbad Disc Golf Course
Located near the beautiful Baatan Recreation Area and Martin Luther King Jr. Park, the disc golf course is a game for the entire family to play!
Located at the high school, the natatorium is a great place to swim and it’s open for everyone! While your child swims in the kid-friendly pool, you can do laps or diving while life guards ensure safety!
Businesses around Town:
Pirates of the Pecos Boat Rides
Take your child on an adventure right here in town! The Flying Fiddler Cruises start May 25th, 2018. Visit the website for more information on how to book a cruise!
While at the beach, stop by and rent a pedal boat, a paddle board, or even a kayak for your family to enjoy!
La Cueva 6 Movie Theater
The movie theater is a fun and exciting way to see all of the latest movies with your child or even the entire family!
Fiesta Drive-In Theatre
Enjoy a retro-style outdoor movie theater with a jumbo screen, parking lot viewing space and snacks!
Cal’s Cactus Lanes Bowling & Recreation Center
A fun place to eat, bowl, and play games! Your child will love every minute of it.
There are always events and activities for kids going on around Carlsbad! Please visit the Chamber of Commerce’s main page for up to date information.