6 Unforgettable Oceanside Attractions
If you have some time in Oceanside California make sure you check out these must see attractions.
There is something for everyone in the beautiful city of Oceanside. Just 35 miles from downtown San Diego this historic city has everything from white sandy beaches, to museums and wineries. Make sure you take some time in your San Diego vacation to visit this friendly place.
If you are heading to the beach then you must take a stroll along Oceanside Pier. At 1,954 feet long it is the longest wooden pier on the west coast.
The first pier in Oceanside was built in 1888 but the present one is much more recent, having been built in 1988. You can see for many miles along the coast—if it is a clear day you will be able to see La Jolla, Coronado Islands, and Catalina Island.
The pier is also a great place to watch the surfers catch a wave, or the fisherman catch a fish. If you are very fortunate you may even see a dolphin.
If you are hungry then Ruby's, a classic diner, is located at the end of the pier. Order a milkshake and take in the views.
There are many places to park near the Pier - you may even find a free spot if you go just a little further away from the main street.
Mission San Luis Rey
The Mission San Luis Rey was founded in 1798 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. It is located very close to residential areas of Oceanside but the Mission itself is set in 56 beautiful and secluded acres. It is very well preserved and a must see if you are in the area.
The Mission is still home to Franciscan friars as well as being an historic center. It's museum displays historic original art and artifacts from the Mission Era.
Self guided tours are offered every day and the admission price for adults is $5, youth and seniors $4, active military and their families are free. They do have guided tours on a Saturday at 1pm for an extra charge.
Mission San Luis Rey is located at 4050 Mission Ave., (Highway 76), Oceanside, CA 92057. It is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
California Surf Museum
If you are close to the beach and have an hour or so to do something fun then head on over to the California Surf Museum.
This small, but well thought out museum tells the story of the history of surfing and some of the personalities in the surfing world. It even has Bethany Hamilton's shark bitten surf board on display!
It is an inexpensive museum at just $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Students and the Military. Children under 12 are free. The first Tuesday of every month has free entry for everyone.
California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way,Oceanside, CA 92054.
Beach House Winery
The Beach House Winery is a unexpected treat in Oceanside. High in the South Morro Hills there are spectacular of North County and the Pacific Ocean from the Beach House.
The winery itself is a small, inviting building, with a cozy bar area. Walk up the spiral staircase for amazing views from the outdoor patio. The owners Kim and George Murray are very welcoming and will answer any questions that you have. They have a selection of 10 wines available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
The winery is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. All other times are by appointment only. Wine tasting is available - you should call ahead for details on 760 732 3236.
The Beach House Winery is located at 1534 Sleeping Indian Road, Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Farmer's Market
Oceanside Farmer's Market is one of the largest of it's kind in Southern California. It is held every Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm. There is also a Sunset Market in the same location on the same day from 5 pm until 9 pm.
For both markets there are hundreds of vendors. There are lots of grocery items, flowers, specialty food, and handmade craft items. It is a lot of fun browsing around the booths. There is always live entertainment and lots of choice of food to pick up if you get hungry.
Oceanside Farmer's Market is held at the Corner of Pier View Way and Coast Highway. It is very popular so parking can be a little difficult. Bring some cash for the meters!
You really shouldn't visit Oceanside without taking some time to spend on the beach. There are over 3.5 miles of pristine white sandy beaches in Oceanside. Unlike many areas along the San Diego Coast, Oceanside has very easy beach access and lots of parking.
Harbor Beach is one of San Diego's widest beaches offering 16 acres of space and almost a quarter mile of white sand from the street to the ocean. Even at the busiest times of the summer you will find your own space.
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