Nestled along a seven mile stretch of ocean sits the seaside city of Carlsbad, which offers visitors a chance to enjoy outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking as well as cultural museums that entertain and educate.

The Carlsbad Historical Society is a place for anyone interested in the colorful history of the city and the surrounding San Diego county area. The restored turn-of- the-century Shipley-Magee House is home to exhibits that reflect the life of early settlers and their agricultural history. Public tours feature discussions about the city and its surrounding agricultural areas. Tourists must visit the old fashioned gardens that orchestrate the history city’s past. Before going, make sure to visit the Carlsbad Historical Society’s website for a walking tour map of the city featuring the city's unique cultural spots and its most historic buildings.

Art lovers will enjoy discovering the science of sound through the exhibits displayed at the Museum of Making Music. Admission is inexpensive for this institution dedicated to the art and culture of music. Interactive exhibits encourage visitors to understand the science of sound and the creation of music through the use of sound recordings. Other exhibits highlight historical musical artifacts that include working mandolins, guitars, and drums.

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is a cultural city treasure because of its Revolutionary War exhibits and restaurant. The institution is an exact replica of the original inn where our nation’s Revolutionary heroes planned the Boston Tea Party. The Green Dragon Inn’s elegant hardwood gallery houses historical documents, weapons, and letters from such Revolutionary heroes as Ben Franklin and others.

History and engineering science enthusiasts will find the Craftsmanship Museum a vast and interactive playground. Admission is free to the 13,000 square feet of exhibits that include a working machine shop space that anyone interested in engineering will enjoy. The 200 functional miniature engines, guns, ships, auto clocks, and other mechanical exhibits will engage adults and children alike. Information and a directory of businesses and engaging Carlsbad events can be found at

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