All About Oceanside

Oceanside is almost exactly halfway in between San Diego and Orange County, making it the perfect home base for exploring Southern California. There’s plenty to do in the seaside community as well, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, thrill rides, or a relaxing afternoon.

Family Activities

Pacific Coast Sail Charters

Pacific Coast Sail Charters

Sit back and enjoy a relaxed day on the water or take the helm an sail an afternoon adventure under direction of a skilled skipper. Pacific Coast Sail Charter is a full service company that currently offers day sails, sailing instruction, and overnight passage making. Their 39 foot yacht can accommodate 6 passengers, is fully equipped with comfort and safety amenities.

Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside Harbor

The Oceanside Harbor Village is a mecca for sport fishing, whale watching, boating and other water-oriented activities. Explore the shops of Harbor Village and enjoy some fish and chips for lunch while watching the boats float by.  Locals Harbor Days is a scheduled annual event held the 3rd weekend in September.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Each year, Gray Whales pass by Oceanside on their migration to Baja.  See these magestic whales and playful dolphins aboard an Oceanside Adventures charter, narrated by an expert Captain and certified naturalist.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

The nation’s largest urban cultural park. Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Go to sea without leaving port! Explore more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 27 restored aircraft. Located in downtown San Diego.

Local Attractions

California Surf Museum

California Surf Museum

Since 1986, the California Surf Museum has curated an impressive collection of surf memorabilia that will take you on a journey through the history of surfing.  Drop in to learn more about the sport that has captivated California and beyond. 

LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND California is 128-acre Park that offers over 60 family rides, interactive attractions and live shows. This is truly an amazing place for family fun adventure.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Noted for being one of the most beloved spring traditions in the area, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch opens annually in March for six to eight weeks showcasing the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive at Birch Aquarium! View a stunning variety of colorful, Pacific marine life featured in more than 60 habitats. Interact with hands-on exhibits that showcase cutting-edge research discoveries that have profound impacts on what we know about Earth’s systems and how these discoveries are relevant to our everyday lives.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Experience a unique adventure at the 2,100-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park preserve where animals wander freely in surroundings much like their native homelands. A quiet monorail, pathways and animal shows enable visitors to observe the animals and many species of exotic plants.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo cares for more than 4,000 individual animals representing 800 different species. Its collection of animals, as well as its plant collection of over 6,500 species, is acknowledged as one of the finest in the entire world.

Sea World

Sea World

Explore the ocean world at SeaWorld San Diego. Get up close and personal with hundreds of sea creatures and their environment. Experience “Believe”, the visually-stunning Shamu show; encounter polar bears at Wild Arctic; and brave the daring drop on the Journey To Atlantis water coaster. Enjoy a fun-filled day with Sesame Street! Experience the new 4-D movie, Sesame Street™ Lights, Camera, Imagination! Afterwards, come play in the all-new themed play area, Sesame Street Bay of Play featuring three family-friendly rides.

Nearby Shopping

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Just minutes from the resort – enjoy over 90 high-end factory discount stores from Polo Ralph Lauren, Godiva Chocolatier, Coach, Lacoste, Banana Republic to BCBG Max Azria at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

The Village Faire Shopping

The Village Faire Shopping

Ten minutes from the resort, right in the heart of the historic downtown village of Carlsbad, this New England-style shopping area offers over 33 restaurants, shops and services.  Learn about The Village Faire Shopping center by visiting their website.

Outdoor Recreation

Pier Fishing

Pier Fishing

Fishing from the Oceanside Pier will net you California halibut (spring and summer), sargo, jacksmelt, sculpin, white croaker, Pacific bonito, queenfish, Pacific barracuda (in summer), kelp and sand bass.

The Crossings Golf Course

The Crossings Golf Course

Voted by GOLF Magazine as one of the “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play”, The Crossings at Carlsbad is more than just a golf course as it captures the warm friendly spirit of its own unique seaside community.

Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons

SoCal Surf lessons offers year round surf lessons in Oceanside and San Diego, CA. They teach men and women of all ages the art and sport of surfing using safety-minded techniques that are proven to work.

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