In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing some local places to stay and visit in my adopted home of Carlsbad. As you may know, it's also the home of LEGOLAND California and miles of pristine beaches. Not to mention, some super tasty places to eat and drink.
Today, I'm sharing all about a new Hilton property: Cape Rey Carlsbad.
A Cape Rey summer vacation offers endless options for family fun. The Junior Beach Ranger program is a summertime favorite. Families meet up at the Campfire Center at Carlsbad State Beach campground directly across from the hotel every Tuesday and Friday from March to October. The 45-minute ranger-led program teaches visitors about marine life, ecology and the environment in fun interactive sessions that include nature walks, tide pooling and hands-on activities. Each participant also receives a special ranger logbook with stickers to track their accomplishments and take home as a keepsake.
Active families can rent classic beach cruisers from the resort's concierge and enjoy scenic rides along easy coastal bike routes. Another fun option is kayaking, paddle boarding or sea-biking at the nearby Aqua Hedionda Lagoon where calm coastal waters create the perfect environment for beginners and young ones. Families can also plan a stop at the Lagoon's discovery center to check out fun exhibits and displays, which teach about the area and unique lagoon environment. To make a day of it, Cape Rey offers Beachside Picnics To Go, which are packed in individual cooler bags so guests can stop along the way and fuel up. The picnics include a selection of delicious adult- and kid-friendly sandwiches, sides, house made cookies and drinks.
Of course family fun is never more than steps away from the guest rooms. Kids and parents can frolic in the resort's ocean view pool that includes a zero-entry, kid-friendly design. Summer also means the return of Cape Rey's family activity center that features a variety of fun games and activities for all ages, plus craft programs to keep youngsters busy while mom and dad relax by the pool or enjoy an ocean view cocktail.Just 150 steps away is the beach, which is all the more enjoyable with the addition of Cape Rey's beach pack that includes chairs, an umbrella and beach towels.
Right now, the SoCal ocean front property is enticing families with two great getaway packages and fun new programming that allows guests to immerse themselves in local exploration by land, by sea and even by lounge chair.
With a location just minutes from Carlsbad's LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA theme park, Cape Rey's new Legoland Resort Hopper Package sets the stage for the perfect Lego vacation. This package includes two-day resort hopper tickets for two adults and two children good for admission at LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE Aquarium and the LEGOLAND Water Park. Prices start at $575 per night and include complimentary resort shuttle transportation to and from the park. Second day admission tickets can be used at any time, so families can take a beach-day break before heading back to the park.
For families who prefer to do it all- beach, theme parks, museums and more- Cape Rey's new Family Beach Package is a good choice. This package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for four (two adults and two kids), plus 15% off dining, spa, and tickets to local theme parks and attractions. Prices start at $224 per night.