Activities

ARTS AND CULTURE

While our wide-open beaches are the top reason visitors escape to Oceanside , exciting discoveries can be made while exploring our rich cultural heritage. From our outdoor amphitheater to historic museums, Oceanside 's cultural resources vary from the classic to contemporary and are enjoyed through hands-on experiences, live theater performances and thought-provoking art.

Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. The museum is housed in a classic Irving Gill designed building that represents the flavor of Southern California in the 1930s. Providing a variety of programming that complements, OMA presents five provocative exhibits each year. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A modest fee is charged. Call (760) 435-3720 or visit the web site, www.oma-online.org.

Oceanside Museum of Art Website

California Surf Museum

At a time when the historical roots of many beach communities are rapidly changing and/or disappearing, the California Surf Museum is preserving the strong link between the ocean and lifestyles of the beach community. The museum actively collects, documents and preserves surfing related artifacts and memorabilia. Through a series of rotating exhibits, the California Surf Museum presents the many facets of this fervent culture. Visit the Museum at 312 Pier View Way, or call (760) 721-6876, for more information: www.surfmuseum.org

California Surf Museum Website

Mission San Luis Rey

Known as the “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, is the largest of the California Missions. The title "King of the Missions" was bestowed upon this California state treasure because of its expansiveness and architectural beauty. With such peaceful and inspirational surroundings, it is easy to visualize the everyday life of the Franciscan Friars and Native Americans who inhabited the Mission more than two centuries ago. The mission architecture is extraordinary. Hand carved wooden doors, bright and colorful hand painted walls and murals, the original baptismal font (made by Native Americans) of hand hammered copper, and a mixture of Classical and Baroque reredos are not to be missed. The Mission provides guided and self-guided tours, a museum, a gift shop, retreat center, and year-round special events. For information call (760) 757-3651.

Mission San Luis Rey Website

Sunshine Brooks Theater

Operated by New Vision Theatre, the historic Sunshine Brooks Theatre is home to a series of year-round quality productions. New Vision produces some exceptional community theatre and is responsible for refurbishing the hall into a facility supportive of concerts as well as Oceanside civic events. For more information and a current show schedule, call (760) 529-9140 or visit www.SunshineBrookTheatre.com.

Sunshine Brooks Theater Website

Heritage Park Village Museum

Nestled among the rolling hills of historic Oceanside Valley , Heritage Park features the original buildings of downtown Oceanside . These original structures date from the turn of the century and feature the City's first General Store, the Blacksmith Shop & Livery Stable, the Portola Inn, the old city jail, a doctor's office, Libby School and The Blade Newspaper. The charm of yesteryear is beautifully captured in this historic park which serves as a dramatic backdrop for special events, education programs, and social gatherings of all kinds. The park grounds are open to the public daily from 9am-4pm. The buildings are open on Sunday afternoons from 1pm-4pm. Detailed guided tours are offered weekends during the summer months. For information please call (760) 433-8297.

Star Theater

N Coast Highway Oceanside , CA 92054


(760) 721-9983

The Star Theater is a community-based theater that is rented out for a variety of performing arts groups. Performances include music, drama, lectures, concerts and visual arts.

Oceanside Star Theater Website

Mira Costa College

(760) 795-6815

Mira Costa College offers student based performances of Dance, Theater, Film, Music and Special Events.

Mira Costa College Website

Oceanside Historical Museum

305 Nevada, Oceanside , CA 92054

760-722-4786

The Oceanside Historical Museum preserves Oceanside history through memorabilia, photography, and research archives. Tours are available .

Oceanside Historical Museum Website

The Kruglak Gallery

(760) 795-6815

The Kruglak Gallery offers a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions of interest to both students and the general public. The gallery is located in the Mira Costa College Student Center on the Oceanside Campus. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 10am – 3pm and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 6 – 7:30pm. Admission is free.

The Kruglak Gallery Website

Rosicrucian Fellowship

Brilliantly situated on a dramatic bluff overlooking the historic Oceanside Valley , the Rosicrucian Fellowship offers sanctuary from the demands of the modern world. Operating as the International Headquarters, the Fellowship aims to unite Christianity with science. There are two daily services offered to visitors who visit this National Historical Monument . The Rosicrucian Fellowship is located at Mission Ave. and Mesa Drive . For more information please call (760) 757-6600.

Prince of Peace Abbey Retreat House

The Prince of Peace Abbey is a Benedictine Monastery situated on a mesa overlooking the San Luis Rey River Valley and the Pacific Ocean . It was founded in 1958 by monks of St. Meinrad's Archabbey in Indiana . The facility serves as a retreat house and gardens for those seeking spiritual renewal. For more information please call (760) 430-1305.

Rancho Guajome Adobe

Rancho Guajome hacienda depicts a unique example of Anglo-Hispanic architecture built on an original Mexican land grant. Distinguished as a National Historic Landmark for its contribution to our nation's history, the rambling twenty-room adobe ranch house, built with huge profits from the cattle boom of the 1850's, bustled in its heyday with extravagant fiestas, lively rodeos, and constant visitors. Noted author Helen Hunt Jackson stayed at Guajome while she gathered material for her famous novel Ramona. Guajome County Park also offers a rich riparian area, marshes, spring-fed lakes, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and camping.

Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center

At the absolute southern edge of Oceanside , you'll find the Buena Vista Audubon Society's Nature Center . Sited on the Buena Vista Lagoon, the Center offers a variety of natural history experiences. In the course of an afternoon, you can walk amid native plants to see views of the lagoon and its bird life, discover tracks along the shore that reveal the night's animal visitors, tour the garden of native plants, find the world's tiniest mammals in one of the exhibits of local habitat, learn what endangered species live in the lagoon and challenge your children with nature games. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Take Coast Highway to 2202 South Coast Hwy. Phone: (760) 439-BIRD (2473).

Farmer's Market

The Farmers Market is a delightful way to mingle with the locals and experience our fresh, homegrown, organic produce, botanicals and scrumptious baked goods. Located in historic downtown on Pier View Way , the Farmers Market is held every Thursday morning. For more information, call Main Street , Oceanside (760) 754-4512.

North County Model Railroad Society

Come and see the Museum Quality HO Gauge Model Trains displayed in Boney's Marketplace, at 1820 Oceanside Boulevard. Hwy 5, one block East on Oceanside Blvd. Thursday 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Hwy 5, one block inland on Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-7366 or

North County Model Railroad Website

Camp Pendleton

The largest United States Marine Corps amphibious training base, this former Rancho provides unique insight into the native chaparral (coastal desert) landscape in which urban Southern California was built. Camp Pendleton 's motto is "Preserving California's Precious Resources" as it is home to endangered species and contains many historical landmarks. Originally named by the Portola Expedition (the famous Portuguese explorer) "Santa Margarita y Las Flores," the base was dedicated in 1942 in the name of Major General Joseph H. Pendleton, famous for his vision of Southern California coastal lands as ideal Marine Corps training grounds. The 125,000+ acre site's ownership history reflects dramatically the history of California and the nation. In order to visit the base, guests must show identification, proof of insurance and proof of registration at the gate. Two museums are available for one-and-a-half hour tours on the base. For tour information call (760)725-5569.

The Museum of Making Music - A Division of the NAMM Foundation

Founded in 1998 under NAMM's organizational umbrella and with its sponsorship, the Museum of Making Music explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry from its beginnings in the 1890s to today. Housed at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, California (north San Diego county), the Museum tells stories of hard work, challenge, inspiration and pioneering innovation, and reveals the profound relationship between the industry, popular music, and global culture.

The Museum serves as a resource for the community of NAMM members through the preservation, interpretation and sharing of the industry's collective history in a public museum context. In addition, it reveals the unique and often unknown story of the music products industry to the general public. And, through intimate concerts, films, discussions, hands-on workshops, volunteer opportunities and programs for underserved youth, the Museum opens doors to enable people of all ages and walks of life to find their way into the richly kaleidoscopic world of music making.

The Museum of Making Music

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Being a classic Southern California community, there are plenty of activities in Oceanside to engage oneself in. With over 3.5 miles of spectacular white sandy beaches, Oceanside is the ultimate place for sunning, surfing, playing and relaxing. Sports fishing, whale watching, kayaking, jet skiing are available out of our harbor. Oceanside also has plenty of opportunity for bike riding, rollerblading, skate boarding, bird watching and historical tours.

Bike Rentals

  • Come by the City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division Office at 300 North Coast Hwy (Pier View Way and Freeman - Bldg 300 E)) to check out a bike for $5 per day.
  • Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm to fill out a one time registration form.
  • US Citizens bring photo ID; Outside the US, a passport is required.
  • Cell phone is required.
  • Bikes are available Monday - Thursday & alternating Fridays. No week-ends or holidays.
  • For more information call (760) 435-5041.

Wheel Fun Rentals

Boat Rentals

  • Come and experience Oceanside's greatest natural resource, the ocean. Boat Rentals of America offers the following types of vessels for you to enjoy.
  • Hours of operation: Weekends 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Weekdays by appointment only.
  • 18' & 19' power Boats
  • 12' & 14' Sailboats 18' Electric boats
  • 7' Pedal Boats Single & Double Kayaks
  • Wave runners Jet Skis, including double & triple Seadoos & Yamaha

Boat Rentals of America Website

OEX (760) 721-6195

We feature Hobie, Malibu and Wilderness Systems Kayaks as well as SCUBA and Freedive gear. We have everything you need for your next beach adventure.

OEX Oceanside features:

  • Recreational kayaking
  • Full Dive shop with air fills and classes
  • Guided kayak fishing adventures
  • Guided Scuba dives
  • Rental Scuba gear
  • Spearfishing accessories
  • Kayak fishing classes
  • Kayak surf lessons
  • Full rigging of all makes and models of kayaks.

OEX Website

Pacific Coast Sail Charters (760) 212-2963

Pacific Coast Sail Charter is a full service company that currently offers day sails, sailing instruction, and overnight passage making. We offer the perfect setting for weddings, anniversaries, other special occasions, or just a leisurely day at sea. This 39 foot yacht can accommodate 6 passengers, is fully equipped with comfort and safety amenities, and is available by appointment only.

Pacific Coast Sail Charters Website

Skateboard

  • John Landis Skate Park 2855 Cedar Road, Oceanside, CA 92056
  • Libby Lake Skate Park 424 Calle Montecito, Oceanside CA
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Skate Park 4500 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92054. The park consists of a few quarter pipes, various quarter pipes and ramps, and a formidable bowl.

    It is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.

    Helmets required.

    It is not fenced.

    It is not supervised.

    Open to all ages!!!!!!

  • Skateboarding Sales Asylum 401 mission Ave Oceanside, CA 92054 760.722.7675 Ozone 4231 Oceanside Blvd Oceanside, CA 92056
  • Skateshop 1909 S. Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 760.433.4020
  • SOP 302 Oceanside Blvd Oceanside, CA 92054 760.439.3119
  • Surfride 1909 S. Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054 760.433.4020

Sport Fishing

Surfing in Oceanside

  • So Cal Surf School So Cal Surf School is located in beautiful Oceanside , on the beach south of the Oceanside Pier and the Southern California Beach Club. (760) 889-8984.
  • Action Beach 310 Mission Ave 760.722.7101 Surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits, fins.
  • The Beach Company 1129 S. Coast Highway 760.722.2578 Surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits
  • Oceanside Surf & Sport 205 N. Coast Hwy 760.757.5274 Surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits.
  • Surf Ride 1909 South Coast Highway 760.433.4020 Surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits, fins.
  • Surfboard, Boogie Board Sales: Action Beach 310 Mission Ave 760.722.7101
  • Aloha Surfboards 420 Via Del Monte 760.757.4696
  • The Beach Company 1129 S. Coast Highway 760.722.2578
  • B Z Pro Boards Inc 572 Airport Road 760.757.8000
  • Oceanside Surf & Sport 205 N. Coast Highway 760.757.5274
  • Play It Again Sports 2809 Plaza Drive 760.630.6156
  • Surf Ride 1909 South Coast Highway 760.433.4020
  • Ukulele 381 Via El Centro 760.754.1326
  • California Surf Museum , 223 North Coast Highway 760.721.6876 California Surf Museum

BEACHES

Buccaneer Beach

Buccaneer Beach is Oceanside's smallest beach with a lifeguard tower (Tower 11); however, the beach offers other activities due to the park located across the street. Buccaneer Beach is located approximately one mile north of our city's southern border. During the summer months, the water directly in front of the lifeguard tower and between the rocks that border the neighboring homes is designated for swimmers, waders and body boarders only. As a safety precaution, this area is closed to surfing and is marked by two checkered flags and swim-surf signs. The area outside of the flags is open to surfing and to all other types of water activity.

Facilities: Buccaneer Park is located just across the street from the beach. The park has a large grass area, jungle gym, basketball court, picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, shower, snack bar and public telephone.

Parking: there is a free parking lot available directly across the street from the beach.

Directions: if you are traveling north on Interstate 5, take the Vista Way exit. From the exit, you will proceed west until you reach Coast Highway, turn right; continue to Cassidy Street and turn left. Cassidy Street will take you to Pacific Street; turn right on Pacific Street and travel half a mile to Buccaneer Beach.

If you are traveling south on Interstate 5, take the Cassidy Street exit west until you reach Pacific Street. Turn right on Pacific Street and travel half a mile to Buccaneer Beach.

Oceanside Boulevard Beach

Oceanside Boulevard offers more actual beach area than its neighbor, Buccaneer Beach. All along the beachfront, there are private homes facing the ocean. During the summer months there is an area directly in front of the lifeguard tower (Tower 9), approximately 200 ft., that is designated for swimmers, waders and body boarders only. For safety precautions, this area is closed to surfing and will be marked by checkered flags and swim-surf signs. There is a very large rock that sits in the surfline approximately 300 feet south of the lifeguard tower and can be seen at low tide.

Facilities: there are no restrooms located at this beach. There is a shower. The closest public restroom is either Buccaneer or Wisconsin Street beach.

Parking: parking is available along Pacific Street and other neighboring streets.

Directions: from Interstate 5, take the Oceanside Boulevard exit; go west to the beach and to Lifeguard Tower 9.

Wisconsin Street Beach

Wisconsin Street beach is located at Wisconsin Street and The Strand. The south strand is a one-way, southbound street that parallels the beach. There is a ramp just north of the lifeguard Tower 7 for access to the beach. This is Oceanside's least frequented beach due to the beach being narrow. When the tide is high, the water often comes all the way up to the rocks, leaving very little or no beach at all. The ocean in this area is open to all water activities.

Facilities: there are restrooms, showers, and a public telephone.

Parking: a small pay parking lot is located directly behind the lifeguard tower on The Strand. There is also parking along Pacific Street.

Directions: from Interstate 5, take the Oceanside Boulevard exit, west. When you reach the beach, turn right. You will travel less than one mile to reach Wisconsin Street.

 

 


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