Helicopter Tour - Oceanside

Holidays Gifts and Bucket List Musts

Give the gift of an experience.

Now more than ever, “time” has become such a precious and cherished commodity. We all live such crazy and busy lives, that when we have the opportunity to relax and unwind, spending time with those that we love the most and creating once-in-a-lifetime memories with them, has become our most prized possessions.

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

As we embark on the holiday season, take a moment to truly think about your loved ones and consider what it would be like to give a “gift of experience” this holiday season. Remind your friends and family what it is like to use their phone to take adventure-filled photos instead of checking endless work emails.

Below is a sampling of bucket list worthy experiences that are all within easy reach and sure to be favorite gifts for years to come.

Go Jump Oceanside - Coastal Skydiving


Whether you are 18 or 90, skydiving is a popular activity for a bucket list and a fun holiday gift. In Oceanside, visitors can take the plunge while enjoying spectacular views of the Southern California coast. Go Jump Oceanside offers the only coastal skydiving experience in Southern California. Jumpers take off and land from Oceanside Municipal Airport and enjoy coastline views as they freefall from 13,000 feet.

Helicopter Tour

Memories of this experience are sure to last a lifetime as you take an exhilarating ride in a helicopter with Waverider Helicopter Tours; take in views of the Pacific Ocean on one side, and picturesque scenery on the other. Check out the Facebook Live video from @travelingmom as she took a helicopter tour during a recent trip to Oceanside, CA. 

Surf Lessons- Learn to Rip - Oceanside CA

Surf Lessons

Nothing says Southern California more than surfing. But, like any sport, surfing is best learned from an expert. Lucky for us, there are plenty of radically talented surfers in Oceanside that are ready to share their passion with you. Take an individual surf lesson or make it a special group outing and invite the entire family to join in on the fun! Learn more about Surf Lessons in Oceanside.


Whale Watching

The rich diversity of marine wildlife living along the San Diego shoreline can be seen year-round. A whale watching experience is perfect for anyone and everyone that loves the ocean or the wildlife that may encounter. Whale watching tours leave daily from Oceanside Harbor.

Food Tour

The Oceanside food movement is insanely delicious and diverse. Talented local chefs are using locally sourced products to develop amazing menu items that rotate and change based on the produce they receive. Experience the dining scene while participating in a guided food tour with Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tour. During the tour participants visit 3-4 restaurants, meet our talented chefs, and discover local fun facts along the way. Learn more about the Restaurants in Oceanside.

family bike ride, things to do in Oceanside, CA

Bike Tours

Oceanside has gorgeous year-round weather, making it possible to go on a bike ride or a bicycle tour any time of the year. Bike rentals range from casual beach cruisers to longer distance mountain bikes. After renting your bike, explore the area on your own or participate in a bike tour. Wheel Fun Rentals provides maps for those looking to experience a self-guided tour to Mission San Luis Rey or register for a guided bicycle tour with SoCal Bikes; including a brewery bike tour. Learn More about Bike Rentals and Oceanside Bike Trails.

Become a Member

For the art connoisseur, fitness guru, beer festival lover, or wine-o in your life, consider purchasing them a membership to a local museum, fitness studio, or even a wine/beer club this holiday season.  The gift of membership is truly the gift that keeps on giving!  You would not only be supporting a local business, but every time your loved one visits that location, they will think of you as they create special memories throughout the year.  The video above features the vibrant arts and culture scene in Oceanside.