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Oceanside, California

Oceanside, located on the Pacific Coast, was named because of its location. Incorporated in 1888, the town is home to some of Southern California’s widest beaches, historical landmarks and a distinct Southern California surf culture. Whether you are looking for outdoor activities, dining, or cultural events and arts, you’re sure to find something to do and explore!

There are so many things that Oceanside and the surrounding areas offer including:

Outdoors and Nature

  • 40 parks, trails and amenities including skateparks, biking and hiking trails, and golf courses
  • Beaches that are perfect for surfing, swimming in the surf, beach walks, and more!
  • The Oceanside Pier, whale watching expeditions, and fishing
  • Taking in the sights of the California coastline while skydiving
  • Wander through the fields of the Flower Fields in Carlsbad


  • The Mission San Luis Rey
  • Graves “Top Gun” House
  • The World War II/Korea LVT Museum

Fun Things to Do

  • Take a walk to the end of the historical Oceanside pier
  • Visit the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
  • Take a wine tour in Temecula’s wineries
  • Visit Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks
  • Take in the exhibits in the Oceanside Museum of Art and the California Surf Museum
  • Visit the Sunset Market in Downtown Oceanside


Oceanside and the surrounding areas are home to a variety of dining options including barbecues, brew pubs, one-of-a-kind mom and pop diners, global fusion and more!

Annual Events

  •  Heritage Park Day: Every May
  •  Concerts in the Park: Begins in June
  • Movies in the Park & at the Pier: Various dates February through October


Major League Baseball, National Women’s Soccer League, lacrosse, hockey, and college sports

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