Take a deep dive into the ocean of sustainable oyster farming here at the only aquafarm in southern California, Carlsbad Aquafarm! Quality shellfish matters and the amazing coastal preservation process is highlighted throughout this oyster farm tour and tasting. This tour begins with a guided tour walk that highlights healthy shellfish farming practices, equipment used to support eco-friendly farming, and a LIVE hands-on-learning experience! Next, shucking class is in session. Shuck farm-fresh oysters while soaking in the coastal breeze. Finish the tour with an oyster tasting and prideful glow knowing that Carlsbad Aquafarm was built for the shellfish of tomorrow. Coastal conservation at its finest!
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Location & Hours
What a great, educational, delicious trip! We signed up for the 10:00am tour and were directed to park in the front lot by the gentleman at the main gate. Our guide met us at the hut near the entrance to the footpath, and gave us a brief overview of what to expect, along with access to a large container of spf 50 sun screen, which I highly recommend as the whole 1-hour tour is outdoors. After a short wait, my wife and I and about 8 other participants started on the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and discussed the synergy between the filter feeding bivalves grown at the farm and the nearby water purification plant. There was a section with touch tanks where you get to pick up and hold oysters, mussels, and even tiny baby oysters. A group that was 20 minutes late joined us at this time, and was welcomed but no recap was given. The finally 30 minutes of the experience is spent shucking oysters.I believe the policy is 6 super amazingly fresh oysters per person, but I must've had at least 10 myself. If shucking is not your thing, the guide is happy to help. If oysters are not your thing, you are welcome to try 1 or none before heading back to your vehicle. You will have the opportunity to purchase oysters to take home at the end of the tour. In conclusion, if you've ever wondered how to farm oysters, take this tour an wonder no more. If you are looking for the freshest oysters in town, this is your spot! Just go. It's a blast!
A true hidden gem. The tour was interesting and our guide provided lots of information about the surrounding businesses that share in the making of farming oysters and muscles. I enjoyed learning about the growing process and especially loved the live how to shuck oysters lesson. Favorite part, yep, eating the oysters I shucked. Go take a tour, invite your friends and family, you’ll be so happy you did 🦪
We had a fun experience. Olivia was our tour guide and she was very informative and answers all our questions. Location is beautiful and well maintained. I learned how to shuck oysters and you get to try 6 oysters at the end of the tour. Now we know where to get the freshest oysters. I will not buy anywhere else because you can taste the difference. You can order 1 dozen for $20 and they packed them in plenty of ice. If you are planning to purchase some you can bring a cooler with you. Overall, fun for a date or with family and friends. $35 per person. Depending on the time or what month you are going please bring a hat and apply sunscreen. Arrive 5-10 min before your tour appt. Book ahead because the tours are filled quickly. They also have mussels.
Informative tour about the growing and farming of the oysters & mussels from this Aquafarm as well as the relationship it has to the environment and surrounding area (particularly the desalination plant). The tour finishes with a lesson on how to properly shuck an oyster at which point you get to practice AND eat half a dozen of some very fresh & delicious oysters!
My wife and I just took the Oyster Farm Tour, it was so awesome! Our wonderful Tour Guide Jason was very knowledgeable, personable and taught us many fascinating facts about oysters and the high standards that Carlsbad Aqua Farm keeps. One of our favorite parts was being taught how to properly shuck and eat fresh oysters! They were so yummy! Thanks Jason, Matt and the rest of the Team for an unforgettable experience! We will definitely visit again!!
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Rules & Safety
Please contact Carlsbad Aquafarm at least 48 hours before the tour if you would like to cancel to receive a full refund. If you are running late or can no longer attend, please contact us at least 1 hour before the reserved tour to reschedule. Due to current demand, tickets cannot be rescheduled less than 1 hour prior to the start of the tour.