5 Great Parks and Playgrounds in Carlsbad

Parks and playgrounds we love in Carlsbad

April 6, 2021

We are lucky in Carlsbad to have so many great playgrounds and parks to explore. From swings to slides, to baseball, soccer, football fields, basketball, tennis, pickleball, green space and water features, Carlsbad parks and playgrounds keep our kids active, are a great place to meet old friends (and make new friends!), and they're FREE!

I often get asked what our favorite playgrounds are, so I thought I'd share here with you five playgrounds and parks to visit in Carlsbad.

What we love about Poinsettia Park: 

This park is well maintained with wonderful green grassy areas and rolling hills with spaces for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. 

Poinsettia Park

6600 Hidden Valley Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Amenities at Poinsettia Park

  • picnic area with barbeques
  • lighted baseball fields
  • soccer field
  • walking paths
  • lighted basketball court
  • lighted tennis courts
  • lighted pickleball courts
  • playground

What we love about Aviara Comunity Park

Along with this being a great community park filled with lots of ammenities, there is a great view of the Carlsbad airport and more. This park is well kept and a great peaceful park. There is plenty of space and ammenities to accommodate everyone's outdoor activities. 

Aviara Community Park

6435 Ambrosia Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Amenities at Aviara Community Park

  • restrooms
  • 5 covered picnic shelters with electrical outlets with outdoor fireplace
  • four half court basketball courts
  • hiking paths
  • tennis courts
  • 2 large children's play area with zipline
  • lighted turf baseball/softball fields
  • full size lighted turf soccer field
  • skatepark
  • splash pad

Alga Norte Park

6565 Alicante Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

 What we love about Alga Norte Park

We love that we can bring our dog along as some parks aren't pet friendly. There is a large playground and plenty of space to play outdoor games, you can bring a basketball along or a bat and ball. The skate park accomodates the beginner to the advanced skateboarder.+

Amenities at Alga Norte Park: 

  • dog park
  • state of the art aquatic center
  • picnic areas
  • lighted skate park
  • huge playground
  • ball fields
  • basketball courts

What we love about Cannon Park: 

This is a smaller quaint park that along with the playground there is a grassy area to play with balls, frisbee, tag, etc. There isn't a lot of shade so wear your sunscreen. Parking is on the street as there is no parking lot. The kids really enjoy playing at this park.

Cannon Park

Corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Amenities at Cannon Park:

  • porta potty
  • picnic area with barbeque
  • children's play area 
  • basketball court
  • athletic field
  • green space

What we love about Hidden Canyon Park

We love that there are two playgrounds, one for little kids and one for bigger kids. The park is tranquil and is always so clean. The park has a lot of shade so if you are trying to stay out of the sun you will find places to relax. This gem is definitely a park to check out. 

Hidden Canyon Community Park

2685 Vancouver St.
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Amenities at Hidden Canyon Park: 

  • private parking lot
  • trail connection to dog park
  • restrooms
  • walking paths - bench seating 
  • 2 playgrounds 
  • picnic areas

We hope this list of five playgrounds and parks in Carlsbad helps you find -- or rediscover! -- some fun places for your family to explore. Now get those kids out to play!

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