Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in Carlsbad, starting with the Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area. Located within the heart of Carlsbad, Lake Carlsbad offers fishing, boating, water-skiing, and camping. Lake Carlsbad is surrounded by several hundred acres of City-owned parks and golf courses and a lighted lakeside walkway that stretches over 4.5 miles in length.  Other amenities include nine tennis courts, three racquetball courts, four play grounds, skateboard park, and the Riverwalk Youth Recreation Center.

Additional parks include Brantley Lake State Park where families can go boating, water skiing, and fishing. Just outside of town there are even more options for hiking, swimming, biking, and exploring as our residents treat Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park like part of their extended backyard.