Here are some of our favorites:
Poinsettia Community Park / Dog Park
If tennis, pickleball or dogs are your passion, the Poinsettia Community Park is the place to be. This 42-acre park has 10 lighted tennis courts available for public use from 8am - 10 pm daily. Other recreational facilities include pickleball courts, baseball fields, a lighted basketball court and a playground.
Bring your furry friend to Carlsbad’s newest dog park! This 27,700 square foot off leash dog park is divided into two sections with a 20,000-square-feet fenced area for large dogs and a 7,700-square-feet fenced area for small dogs. Each section has agility equipment, drinking fountains, bag dispensers and picnic tables. The park has a natural grass surface.
Poinsettia Community Park is at 6600 Hidden Valley Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92011. For more information, visit https://www.carlsbadca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/44/
Magee Park is a beautiful 2.1-acre park that is a popular spot for weddings. 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 the life of the early Carlsbad settlers who once owned the house.
The historical gardens at Magee Park reflect Carlsbad’s agricultural heritage and feature a nationally registered rose garden. Take a walk through this scenic rose garden to discover over 125 different roses that represent 15 different rose families. The development of these rose beds earned Carlsbad the honor of being named an “American Rose City” in 2002 by the American Rose Society. Magee Park is also home to the L. John Simons Twin Inns Gazebo, as well as several historic buildings including the Magee House, Heritage Hall and Granary. Take a tour of these buildings through the Carlsbad Historical Society.
Magee Park is located at 258 Beech Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008. For more information, visit https://www.carlsbadca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/46/7400.
Alga Norte Community Park
Home to San Diego’s largest skate park and a state-of-the-art aquatic center, Alga Norte Community Park can be enjoyed by the entire family, including your furry friends.
Skateboarders can test their skills on lighted skate park that is perfect for both beginner and experienced skateboarders. The impressive aquatic center features swimming pools, a warm water spa for adults, diving boards, a splash pad for children and a fitness room. Kids will have a lot of fun at the universally accessible playground with shade structures over the play equipment.
Four legged friends will enjoy a 30,000 square foot fenced, Off-leash dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, dog agility equipment, a dog drinking fountain and plastic bag dispensers and receptacles for cleanup.
The park also offers basketball courts, shaded picnic areas with barbecues and lighted multipurpose ball fields.
Alga Norte Community Park is at 6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009. For more information, visit https://www.carlsbadca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/10/7417.