Visit the Carlsbad Tide Pools with your Grandkids and family

This post was written by Valerie on October 11, 2011
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes

Family Day at Carlsbad Tide Pools

Visit the tide pools in Carlsbad and squish your toes gently on a sea anemone and watch your Grand-kids laugh and squeal. Or check out the sea slug (if you touch them do it gently as they spray a purple ink at you). Here is one:

Sea Slug under water.

Sometimes we even found a starfish or two. The best way to find the Carlsbad tide pools is to take I-5 to the Tamarack exit and if from the South turn left and from the North turn right. Tamarack ends at the ocean and take a left on Carlsbad Village Drive or formerly HWY 101 go South and park just before or near the Power Plant which is on the East side of the street. The only restroom is the Port-a-potty so with small potty trained kids make sure you give them the option of using the potty before you head South along the shore. Tides are important. Low tide is the best time to go as high tide can cover the pools. can give you the latest Carlsbad tide schedules.

Late September and October if sunny is a great time to explore as there are not as many people as there are in summer.

Roll up all the pant legs or better yet where shorts and remove your shoes. The rocks are smooth and can be slippery so keep a firm grip on your Grandchildren.

There are lots of shells. Look off shore and you might spot a Dolphin or two. Great bird watching as well.

Egret looking for dinner.

The birds like the Egret we watch from afar. But you can actually get the kids fairly close if they are quiet so as not to disturb the larger birds.

There are hundreds of various shells, rocks and an occasional sand dollar.

If you time your visit just right you can watch the sunset. Some helpful tips to have ready when it is time to go home is:

  1. Thermos of warm water or large container that holds warm water to rinse off the sand.
  2. Towels to dry all those cute little toes
  3. Water and snacks for the ride home.
  4. Take lots of photos and put them in a book format like Shutterfly and give them to the kids to “re-visit” the tide pools at home. My Grand-kids loved their book.

Don’t forget to catch the sunset.

Dancing at sunset.


Reader Comments

Thank you so much for all of this great info,we are heading to Carlsbad in a few days and have 4 kids. They are so excited!

Written By shelly on July 12th, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

Thank you for this great information. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I do have a question for you. I am trying to find a place to roast hot dogs on the beach in Carlsbad. Do you have a recommendation?
thanks so much

Written By JoAnn on September 28th, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

Hi JoAnn,
Officially I would have to say the California State Beach at the foot of Poinsettia and Coast Hwy 101. Unofficially if you bring a small hibachi and haul out your hot coals..don’t bury them in the sand as they get even hotter and will burn someone-that might work. best.

Written By Valerie on September 28th, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

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